Program Specialist III

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

College Station, TX, USA 🇺🇸

Job Title: Program Specialist III

Agency: Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

Department: Texas Water Resource Institute

Proposed Minimum Salary: Commensurate

Job Location: College Station, Texas

Job Type: Staff

Job Description

The Program Specialist III, under general supervision, will work as a member of a team providing leadership and support for various watershed assessment, planning, and implementation programs on a statewide basis, lead and support program development and the development of grant proposals to secure extramural funding.


  • Work both independently and as part of a team to lead the stakeholder engagement aspects of watershed-based plan development and subsequent implementation efforts once planning is completed. This will include engagement and education of watershed stakeholder through educational program delivery, resource development and distribution and generally working to support efforts of watershed stakeholders to implement planned activities.
  • Gather and assess watershed-based data to establish a needed understanding of current conditions to convey to stakeholders.
  • Facilitate, coordinate, and collaborate with watershed stakeholders to identify and address local resource concern issues and develop watershed management strategies to restore water quality.
  • Identify local educational resource needs and work to develop, deliver, and disseminate needed resources to watershed stakeholders. Work to effectively coordinate and integrate programs relevant to subject matter expertise.
  • Establish and facilitate local working relationships to foster watershed-based plan development and implementation.
  • Lead project implementation, track implementation progress and success, and sustain stakeholder group engagement through the delivery of educational materials and programming.
  • Work with stakeholders and the TWRI team to develop grant proposals and other funding mechanisms to address Texas’ emerging water issues.
  • Work with TAMUS administration and faculty; research and Extension personnel; federal and state agencies; non-profit organizations; personnel with other universities, centers, and institutes; and other partnerships to plan and develop projects and grant proposals to address critical water Texas issues.
  • Manage projects and project reporting, including quarterly reports, final reports, and other technical reports as necessary to complete project deliverables.
  • Outside of stakeholder engagement, participate in grant writing for TWRI and TAMUS to secure extramural funding.
  • Ability to work outside of normal business hours and travel statewide when necessary.
  • Contribute to publications when necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Hydrology, Water Management, Agricultural Science or closely related field.
  • At least three years of project/program management experience including experience with watershed management, planning, implementation, or related activities.
  • At least three years’ experience in developing grants to secure extramural resources

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in degree in Hydrology, Water Management, Agricultural Science or closely related field
  • At least six years of grant writing, project/program management, in depth knowledge regarding the Texas watershed planning and implementation process, direct experience in watershed management, planning, implementation or related activities.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications.
  • Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal, organizational, and customer service skills. Maintains attention to detail and utilizes sound judgment.
  • Ability to interact with diverse groups including public, agricultural interests, city and county officials, non-profit and environmental advocacy organizations, river authorities and personnel from Land Grant Universities and state and federal agencies.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of surface water quality standards and methods for addressing water quality impairments.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.





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