Program Technician

Posting Number NCA174P

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Working Title Program Technician

Position Number 10353

Department Cotton Research Station

About the University

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
The Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

The Lon Mann Cotton Research Station is one of the three original branch stations established by the Arkansas Agriculture Experiment Station in 1926. Originally the Cotton Branch Station, it was renamed in 2005 to honor the legacy of Lon Mann who was a leader in the development of Arkansas agriculture.

The mission of the station is to serve the agriculture community, particularly those involved in agronomic crop production in eastern Arkansas. The 650 acre research station consists primarily of silt loam soils. Research includes annual evaluation of cotton, soybean, wheat, grain sorghum, and corn varieties and breeding lines as well as studies to determine optimum fertility, irrigation and pest management practices for these and other crops.

The station is also the site of the Eastern Arkansas Soil Testing and Research Laboratory, which provides statewide soil testing services.

Area farmers and business participated in a development campaign that concluded in 2005, which made possible major improvements to the Station. The Station Headquarters, which had been in the same building since 1926, is now in the Dan Felton, Jr., Building.

The new building includes a 160-seat auditorium, offices, lab, kitchen, and conference room. It is attached by a breezeway to the Soil Testing and Research Laboratory.

The Lon Mann Cotton Research Station is rich in the heritage of the Arkansas Delta. The staff and Project Leaders are highly motivated by a tradition of making the most of available resources to meet the needs of the Delta farmers for information to help solve problems and increase the profitability of agricultural enterprises.

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

Planning, initiating and conducting designated research projects. Perform basic agricultural operations (including driving and maintaining tractors, planting, spraying, harvest, and other research equipment). Collect and report complete and accurate data. Maintain supplies and chemical inventories. Perform proper calibration of sprayers, weigh systems and other research and field equipment. Other duties as assigned by station director or project leaders including assisting with field days, assisting other Program Technicians and general maintenance of station.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

B.S. degree required in Agriculture related field. Must have a valid driver's license.

Does this job require any license(s)/certification(s)? No

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications

Experience or training working with diverse mid-south row crop research and/or production including soybeans, grain sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton and other alternative crops. Understanding of experimental plot designed with ability to communicate with client groups. Experience with plot equipment (planting and harvesting), plant monitoring (growth and pest) is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

Must have ability and interest in agriculture and working in row crop field conditions. Have the ability to work in adverse climate conditions and carry at least 50 lbs.

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division's Office of Affirmative Action at

Physical Conditions The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside., The worker is subject to noise. There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above ambient noise level., The worker is subject to vibration. Exposure to oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body., The worker is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts or vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals, biological o

Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Overtime Eligible No

Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions. No

Work Location/Building Lon Mann Cotton Research Station, Marianna, AR

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commensurate with experience.

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? Yes

Does this position require a background check? Yes

Does this position require a substance abuse test? Yes

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 03/30/2018

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date 04/09/2018

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Mr. Claude Kennedy


Teresa Malone

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internal Posting No

City, St. Marianna, AR

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    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
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