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University of Arkansas

Program Technician - AR Discovery Farm



Full Time

On Site


Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

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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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Summary of Job Duties:

This position is responsible for day-to-day sample collection and routine maintenance of edge-of-field water monitoring equipment for the Arkansas Discovery Farms program. Responsibilities include but are not limited to frequent driving (truck is provided) from State Extension Headquarters in Little Rock to research locations throughout the Arkansas Delta, collecting, processing, and shipping water samples, maintaining sample collection logs, and performing laboratory operations consistent with collecting waters samples, i.e. washing labware/sample bottles, acid treating samples, etc., operating farm machinery and equipment for the purposes of installing and/or maintaining sampling equipment.

Other duties will or could include irrigation design and implementation, heavy equipment operation, low voltage electrical/solar wiring, occasional trips to Fayetteville, AR, occasional overnight stays. Assist in station equipment maintenance and upkeep. Assist in general station maintenance and laboratory upkeep. Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
BS in Agriculture, Agricultural Technology, Environmental Science, or related field in row crop agriculture and/or environmental science.

Preferred Qualifications
MS in Agriculture, Agricultural Technology, Environmental Science, or related field in row crop agriculture and/or environmental science.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of general farm operations and procedures. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to observe equipment and recognize potential problems, on the job training specific to the research will be provided. Ability to drive a pickup truck, back a trailer, and drive an ATV. Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Ability to use a smartphone (provided) and laptop (provided) to communicate with and retrieve data from research equipment. Ability to learn new software relevant to the research.

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Driving automobile and/or ATV, Seeing/Reading small print LCD screens, Writing (sample logs, field notes), Kneeling, Lifting, Reaching, Repetitive Motion, Standing, Walking, Outdoors, Wet Muddy Slick walking conditions (rubber boots and waders are provided) other physical activities common to farm/construction.

Occasional Physical Activity:

Climbing, Crouching, Feeling, Grasping, Sharps, Talking, Wading, other physical activities common to farm/construction.

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Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Letters of Recommendation, Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

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Applicants for this position are requested to upload a Resume (or CV), Cover letter, Official or Unofficial Transcript, and three (3) Letters of Recommendation prior to submitting the application. Once an application is submitted, the applicant will not be able to edit the application or upload additional documents.

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Recruitment Contact Information:

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site [Register to View] target="_blank">[Register to View]

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

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.

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