Program Associate

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Posting Number NCA196P

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Working Title Program Associate

Position Number 16660

Department Rice Research & Extension Center

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.

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Job Type Staff

Summary of Job Duties

Duties include some laboratory but mostly field activities in irrigation water management. Includes but not limited to repairing and installing irrigation equipment, planting crops, harvesting crops, spraying crops, retrieving information from data logging equipment, manual data collection, data summarization and statistical analysis for field experiments. The employee must be able to perform physical work such as lifting a minimum weight of 50 pounds and operate ATV. The job also requires driving long distances and walking and working on cooperating producer farms. The individual will be assisting with the implementation of new and innovative irrigation water management practices on cooperator farms. IWM practices include multiple inlet rice irrigation, computerized hole selection, surge irrigation, soil moisture monitoring, tail water recovery, and ET based scheduling. The individual will also be expected to be able to test irrigation pumps, use an ultrasonic meter, down hole well camera, liquid measurement devices and torque cells to measure pumping plant efficiency. The individual also will assist the water management engineer in development of materials for extension programs and research presentations.

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.

Bachelor's in Mechanized Systems Management, Agriculture Technology Management, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Engineering, agronomy, soil science, crop science or related technical agricultural or environmental field plus three years of related professional work experience, or a Master's degree in Mechanized Systems Management, Agriculture Technology Management, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Engineering, agronomy, soil science, crop science or related technical agricultural or environmental field.

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

If yes, please specify

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications: Experience and /or knowledge of farming and familiarity with irrigation, engines, pumps, farm machinery, and electronics is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, data management, and email programs. A high level of technical competence in irrigation. Ability to develop and deliver presentations. Ability to exercise initiative, make sound judgments, and work independently. Ability to relate and respond to the needs of supervisors, subordinates, and clientele.

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division's Office of Affirmative Action at [email protected].

Physical Conditions The employee is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.

Work Schedule 8:00 am - 4:30 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 Rice Research & Extension Center, Stuttgart, AR

Benefits Eligible Yes

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commensurate upon training and 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 or information 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 08/31/2018

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date 09/03/2018

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Dr. Chris Henry
University of Arkansas
Rice Research & Extension Center
2900 Hwy 130 E
Stuttgart, AR 72160
[email protected]

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. Stuttgart, AR

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    Documents Needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
    3. Letter(s) of Recommendation (2)
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      Posted: 7/10/2018
      Application Due: 9/1/2018
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