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Farm Educator/Farm Manager

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Job Type Full Time

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.

Summary of Job Duties
Managing diversified crop production on multiple scales:
1. Lead crop planning, manage labor needs, and crop production and harvest.
2. Lead a plan for crop planting, maintain and enhancing soil health, irrigation, pest management, and harvesting.
3. Plan seasonal through daily activities and manage student workers.
4. Maintain and adjust farm equipment as needed.
5. Keep updated crop production records in Excel or Google Sheets or farm management software.

Educating student farmers, in-field:
1. Train and lead student farmers in the application of sustainable farm production practices.
2. Integrate the crop production plan activities into the educational modules when possible.
3. Participate in the educational team meetings.

Also participate in team meetings to review, discuss and guide Center activities, farm education plans and farm production plans; Serve as a program representative in the community, which may occasionally require work on weekends or after hours. Perform other duties as assigned by project director.

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.

  • B.S. degree in agriculture or agriculture education-related field, plus three years of related experience or a M.S. degree in agriculture or agriculture education related field.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 4+ years’ experience in diversified crop farm management.
  • Experience teaching adult learners, especially outside of the classroom.
  • M.S. Degree in agriculture or education-related fields.
  • Greenhouse production experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs and bend, squat, lift periodically throughout the day.
  • Be able to tolerate regular exposure to pollen, ticks, chiggers and heat.
  • Willingness to adapt, learn, and participate with team members in achieving the Center’s goals.
  • Strong time management skills including understanding priorities, and when and where to delegate tasks.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Creative problem solving skills.
  • Enthusiasm, capacity to endure physically challenging work.
  • Good stress management skills.
  • Commitment to continuous learning.

Physical activities associated with this position
For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division’s Office of Affirmative Action at bbatiste@uark.edu.

Physical Conditions The employee is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside., The employee is subject to extreme cold. Temperatures typically below 32 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 employee 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 employee is subject to noise. There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above ambient noise level., The employee is subject to hazards. Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts or vehicles, electrical current, working in high places, exposure to chemicals, biological, radiological or hazardous materials.

Work Schedule Monday thru Friday 40 hrs/week

HOW TO APPLY

https://jobs.uark.edu/postings/37270

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