Soil Health Ecologist

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Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkan…

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Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Wed, 16 Dec 2020 23:59:59 GMT

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SunIRef:cr001 Current University of Arkansas System employees including student employees and graduate assistants need to log into Workday on My Apps. Simply enter "Find Jobs" in the Workday search bar to view open positions. All Job Postings will close at 12:01 a.m. CT on the specified Closing Date (if designated). If you close the browser or exit your application prior to submitting, the application process will be saved as a draft. You will be able to access and complete the application through My Draft Applications located on your Candidate Home page. Type of Position: Research Job Type: Regular Work Shift: Institution Name: 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. Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening. To apply for the position, please click the link/button. If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process and require reasonable accommodations, please contact the Division’s Office of Inclusion, Access, and Compliance at . For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at or . Department: Administrative Apprentice Summary of Job Duties: Summary: The Soil Health Ecologist – Post Doctoral Fellow is a full-time salaried position in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences located at the State Extension Headquarters in Little Rock. The position is jointly funded by USDA-NRCS and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service with guaranteed funding for three years. The position will work with a team of extension specialists and research scientists to conduct field research and develop/deliver extension programs aimed at helping agricultural producers including those that manage row crops, grazing lands and horticultural crops to improve soil health. The position will lead the biological and ecological portion of the research and extension programming associated with existing Division programs such as Discovery Farms, the Soil Health Demonstration program for row crops, commodity crop research verification programs (especially cotton), soil health for grazing lands, and other on-farm research and educational programs. The position is envisioned to use 50% of the appointment for on-farm, applied research and 50% for extension programming. The position will be working closely with the Arkansas Soil Health Partnership, which includes the Division, State NRCS, the Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts and the non-profit, farmer-led, Arkansas Soil Health Alliance. Additionally, the position will lead joint trainings of County Agents and NRCS field personnel on the role of soil ecology in soil health and soil productivity. The position will develop peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, fact sheets, workshops, management guides, training agendas and other research and educational products. Job Duties: Will lead soil health ecology research and extension efforts associated with the Arkansas Soil Health Partnership by developing on-farm, applied research co-designed with farmers from the Arkansas Soil Health Alliance and Soil Health team members from within the Division. The position will develop and deliver an extension program on the importance of soil microbiology and ecology on soil health and productivity. The position will work with NRCS to evaluate conservation practice effect on soil ecology and review and or develop information related to soil health. The position will support county-based education by training and supporting county agents. Skills: Excellent written & verbal communication skills. Proficiency in computer software and applications. Proficiency in designing, conducting and synthesizing field research. A high level of technical competence in the area of responsibility, understanding soil ecology and microbiology with respect to soil health and crop production. An aptitude to translate research into practical guidelines for production agriculture. Desire to develop & deliver quality extension programming. Demonstrated competence in statistical analysis and interpretation is an essential qualification for consideration and success in this position Capacity to exercise initiative, make sound judgments, & work without close supervision. Ability to relate & respond to the needs of supervisors, subordinates, & clientele. Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications: A Post-Doctoral Associate requires a Ph.D. degree in Soil Science, Agronomy, Biology, Ecology or closely related subject matter degree with demonstrated competence to independently implement on-farm research with respect to soil ecology and health. Preferred Qualifications: On-farm, field experience working directly with agricultural producers to improve soil health and productivity and experience in metagenomic analysis for translating communities into soil health indicators is preferred. Grants management and/or writing experience is highly preferred. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills is preferred. Demonstrated competence in statistical analysis and interpretation is highly preferred. Additional Information: Work Hours M-F, work hours may vary Salary Range: Commensurate with education and experience Special Instructions for the Applicant : For consideration, applicants must upload a Resume, Cover letter, Transcript, and three (3) Letters of Recommendation. If you have technical issues uploading a document or if you would like to provide additional documentation after submitting your application, contact Human Resources at Pre-employment Screening Requirements: 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. Constant Physical Activity: Driving, Hearing, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding Frequent Physical Activity: Talking Occasional Physical Activity: N/A Benefits Eligible: Yes