Extension Assistant II (Willcox, AZ)

Location
Tucson, AZ
Posted
Aug 31, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Assist the residents of Arizona by bringing University research and support to Arizona's families to improve their lives, communities and the economy.

The primary purpose of the Research Specialist, Rangeland Monitoring is to perform a variety of standard sampling procedures for inventory and monitoring of soils and vegetation on rangeland ecosystems. The position also organizes, evaluates, and digitizes existing data related to project goals. Efforts are conducted in cooperation with United States Forest Service (USFS) personnel and grazing permittees. The position also assists The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension personnel in educational activities regarding land management, assessment, and monitoring. Additional responsibilities may be deemed necessary and assigned by the Division and/or Extension administrators.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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As a cost-saving measure related to the impact of COVID-19, Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs have been approved by the Arizona Board of Regents. All new hires subject to the programs will be notified in accordance with adopted Furlough and Furlough-Based Salary Programs guidelines and will be required to comply with all measures. To learn more about the programs and whether this position is affected, please visit hr.arizona.edu/FY-2020-2021-Furlough-Program.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Record vegetation sampling data at locations throughout the assigned area using electronic field devices and summarize results.
  • Evaluate and update USFS field files with summarized field data and provide reports to USFS personnel and grazing permittees.
  • Verify and input historical monitoring data into database.
  • Review and evaluate monitoring plans and procedures for adequacy and consistency.
  • Teach and assist USFS personnel and grazing permittees regarding range monitoring techniques and protocols.
  • Evaluate monitoring techniques.
  • Assist at range-related Extension workshops.
  • Assemble and present rangeland data and results at workshops and meetings as requested.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience required.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required.
  • Knowledge of rangeland resource management.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Ability to ride horses and operate ATV’s.
  • Meet requirements of security screening processes for the University employees.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to identify native and naturalized plant species.
  • Ability to navigate to and find locations based on topographic and other maps.
  • Knowledge of GIS and GPS applications.
  • Experience and understanding of vegetation sampling techniques.
  • Experience and understanding of rangeland management and public land issues.
FLSANon-Exempt Full Time/Part TimeFull TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week40 Job FTE1.0Work CalendarFiscalJob CategoryAgriculture and ExtensionBenefits EligibleYes - Full Benefits Rate of Pay18.60Compensation Typehourly rate Grade2 Career Stream and LevelOC2Job FamilyExtension Job FunctionAgriculture & Extension Type of criminal background check required:Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department) Number of Vacancies1 Target Hire Date8/23/2020 Expected End Date Contact Information for CandidatesKim McReynolds, [email protected], (520)766-3602 Open Date8/27/2020Open Until FilledYesDocuments Needed to ApplyResume and Cover LetterSpecial Instructions to Applicant Diversity StatementAt the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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