This is a full-time, 12-month position with paid vacation and fringe benefits. The selected individual will participate in an established team-oriented irrigation research and Extension program. The incumbent will work with producers and stakeholders to improve irrigation practices, instrumenting sites for research, collecting data, summarizing results, and advancing the knowledge of water resource management in Arkansas. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and must be able to work independently in a professional agricultural atmosphere. 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 statistical analysis for field experiments. The individual will be assisting with the implementation of irrigation water management practices on cooperator farms. IWM practices include computerized hole selection, surge irrigation, soil moisture monitoring, and ET based scheduling. The individual will also be expected to be able to test irrigation pumps, use an ultrasonic meter, down hole well camera, liquid measurement devices and torque cells to measure pumping plant efficiency. The individual also will assist the water management engineer in development of materials for extension programs and research presentations. Some supervision of support personnel and other tasks will be required.
Excellent written & verbal communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, data management, & email programs. A high level of technical competence in irrigation. Ability to develop & deliver presentations. Ability to exercise initiative, make sound judgments, & work independently. Ability to relate & respond to the needs of supervisors, subordinates, & clientele.
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.
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.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate and competitive upon training and experience
About University of Arkansas-Rice Research & Extension Center
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 wa...s 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