Discovery Farm Program Associate for Water Quality

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA 🇺🇸

Type of Position:


Workstudy Position: No

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Sponsorship Available:No

Institution Name:

Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas System 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 (AES) 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. 

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Water Quality

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Program Associate will be responsible for implementing field and lab research to better define the impact of agriculture on water quality as part of the Arkansas Discovery Farm team, including soil, water, and stream interactions that govern these relationships and the role of conservation in improving water quality.

The Program Associate will operate in an independent, decision-making role in the planning & execution of Discovery Farms programs. Work objectives are coordinated with Project Leaders, Dr. Shannon Speir (Supervisor) and Dr. Mike Daniels, Director of Discovery Farms, but project implementation & management are primarily the responsibilities of the Program Associate. The Program Associate will be expected to contribute effectively to conceptual framework, program design, result dissemination, educational & extension activities, & the pursuit of extramural financial support.


Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in soil science, hydrology/stream ecology, environmental science, agronomy, or a closely related field with three years of relevant professional experience, or a Master’s degree in the fields listed above is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in a field listed above; background in crop production, soil and water conservation, and water quality monitoring; experience with data collection in agricultural settings, coordination with County Agricultural Agents, Extension Specialists and Researchers, natural resource agencies, and farmers is preferred. Experience with GIS and/or programming in R is preferred.

Additional Information:

Salary Information: commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply: Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume

Optional Documents:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:Daniela Kidd –

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site  

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Motor Vehicle Reports Check

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment.  The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check.  Required checks are identified in the position listing.  A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position.  Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation.  The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity.  As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply 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.  Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.  All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Driving, Grasping, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding

Frequent Physical Activity:

Balancing, Climbing, Crouching, Kneeling, Lifting, Standing, Stooping

Occasional Physical Activity:

Pulling, Pushing, Reaching, Sitting

Benefits Eligible:






IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development