Program Associate

University of Arkansas

Stuttgart, AR, US

Position Information

Posting Number NCA116P
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Working Title Program Associate
Position Number 10325
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.

About the College/Department

Arkansas is the third largest irrigated state, the largest producer of rice in the US, and is un-sustainable in groundwater withdraws. The University of Arkansas, Irrigation Water Management program works on-farms with producers to improve irrigation practices through on-farm demonstrations and advancing the knowledge of water resource management in Arkansas. Join a cutting edge team creating new irrigation technology and creating sustainable solutions for agriculture. The mission at the Rice Research and Extension Center is to improve rice production for Arkansas farmers through applied research and extension programs to develop sustainable systems that protect our natural resources, enhance the economy of Arkansas and provide a food product consumed worldwide.

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Job Type Staff
Summary of Job Duties

Program Associates operate in an independent, decision-making role in the planning and execution of programs. Work objectives are coordinated with Project Leaders and/or other supervisors, but project implementation and management are primarily the responsibilities of the Program Associate. Program Associates are expected to contribute effectively to conceptual framework, program design, result dissemination, educational activities, and the pursuit of extramural financial support.

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 analysis of 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 main responsibility will be establishing Irrigation Water Management Demonstrations on cooperating producer farms and training farmers and other trainers about Irrigation Water Management Practices. This keystone program is demonstrating 27% reductions in water use with no yield penalties and an average of $511 per irrigation pumping plant from testing. The individual also will assist the water management engineer in development of materials for extension programs and research presentations and meeting the needs of stakeholders and funding agencies. Provide training for a mobile app developed for rice irrigation. If individual is trained as an engineer, duties would also include troubleshooting and design of irrigation system and components. Supervisor is a licensed Professional Engineer.

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
Preferred Qualifications

M.S. in related field. 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. The employee must be able to perform physical work such as lifting a minimum weight of 50 pounds and operate ATV.

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 worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside., The worker is subject to extreme heat. Temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour. Consideration should be given to the effect of other environmental conditions, such as wind and humidity., The worker is subject to noise. There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above ambient noise level.
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 Competitive and 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 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.