Program Specialist III (Agricultural irrigation education programs)

Texas Water Resource Institute

College Station, TX, US

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 supervision of the Texas Water Resources Institute, will support the development and delivery of agricultural irrigation education programs, primarily in Central and South Texas as well as assist in field research and demonstration projects as needed.

Responsibilities:

– Manages projects and balances project priorities to ensure deliverables are complete.

– Contributes to grant proposal development and execution of grant projects.

– Develops effective learning environments for adult audiences.

– Works with local producers to identify relevant irrigation education and demonstration programming needs.

– Delivers or facilitates delivery of educational activities.

– Evaluates programs and activities in relation to outcome plans and program objectives/requirements.

– Provides expertise for disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and/or interdisciplinary programming and projects of the agency.

– Applies an understanding of irrigation and water conservation principles and technologies in support of programs or services.

– Conducts relevant irrigation demonstration projects to meet local water resources needs.

– Develops personal and organizational relationships with industry and other external groups to advance organizational goals.

– Contributes to the development of experimental design and implementation of field research.

– May supervise staff and students.

– Oversees the work of assigned program staff

-Other duties as required.

Required Education and Experience:

– Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering, Water Management, or closely related field.

– Three years of experience with agricultural irrigation systems or related experience

Preferred Experience:

– Master’s degree or higher in Agricultural Engineering, Water Management, or closely related field

Preferred Licenses/Certifications:

– Texas Professional Engineers license

Required Knowledge, abilities, and skills

-Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others.

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

– Strong interpersonal, organizational, and customer service skills.

– Ability to maintain attention to detail and utilize sound judgment.

Preferred Knowledge, abilities and skills:

– Knowledge of both groundwater and surface water sources and methods used for irrigation

– Knowledge of layout, design, operations, services, and technologies used in agricultural irrigation systems

– Knowledge of water district and State regulations applicable to the use of irrigation water

– Familiarity with cropping systems in the region

– Ability to lift items weighing 50lbs

– Ability to transverse plowed fields while conducting field experiments

– Fluent in English language (bilingual in English and Spanish preferred)

– Extensive knowledge of agricultural irrigation systems and Extension education techniques

Instructions to Applicants: This position will be located in College Station, TX for 1 – 2 years and then may be relocated to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center or TAMU Regional University in Southern Texas.

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 committed to diversity.


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED