University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Type: Full Time
Salary: commensurate with experience
The University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service, Department of Animal Science is seeking applicants for a new faculty and Extension specialist position to work with current faculty and stakeholders in statewide Extension education programs in livestock with emphasis in forage systems in Arkansas. Arkansas has approximately 6 million acres of forage including about 1.5 million acres of hayland and 4.5 million acres of pasture. The position is 100% Extension within the Department of Animal Science with primary responsibility in forage management and will serve as the content expert and assist in forage related youth activities. Position office is located at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service State Office in Little Rock. This position is supervised and programmatically reviewed by the Department Head of Animal Science.
Responsibilities for this position will include development and implementation of science-based educational outreach programs to increase producer knowledge and understanding of efficient utilization of forages to improve the profitability of livestock production (including harvested forages and grazing systems), forage adaptation, establishment and management. Work to assemble and lead multi-agency and trans-disciplinary faculty teams in conducting applied, systems integrated extension programming on ruminant animal nutrition, animal-forage-soil nexus, forage pest management and environmental quality in relation to industry needs and state and federal policy. The educational outreach will be delivered using both traditional and digital platforms, and outcome assessments will be developed. The successful candidate will be expected to provide state and regional leadership in forage systems and management through interactions/collaborations with industry personnel, governmental agencies, other specialists, and research-oriented faculty in animal science and related disciplines. This position is expected to provide training, collaboration and support to county agents and programs.
Position inquiries may be directed to Dr. Daniel Rivera, email@example.com or 870-777-9704
Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Plant Science/Agronomy, Animal Science (ruminant nutrition or forages) or related discipline is required. The successful candidate will have practical knowledge of U.S. forage and livestock production systems, enabling him/her to work with public and private entities and agricultural producers in Arkansas to develop system solutions to practical forage production issues. Experience should emphasize practical Extension and/or research experiences in forage selection, establishment, and grazing management and utilization. Ability and interest to effectively contribute to interdisciplinary teams for the promotion of forage-based livestock industries should be a goal. Strong communication skills (written and oral) and the ability to secure extramural funding to support applied research and Extension programs are also required. Successful candidate will be expected to write Extension fact sheets and publish applied research in appropriate peer-reviewed journals.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience and/or knowledge in ruminant nutrition and/or livestock systems also preferred.
About University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
The Department of Animal Science program is located in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and has 23 full-time faculty with 300+ majors. The U of A, Fayetteville, is a land grant university with enrollment of more than 27,500 and considered the flagship institution in the state university system. Fayetteville is located in Northwest Arkansas in the scenic Ozark Mountains close to lakes, rivers and national forests. Northwest Arkansas is served by Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, linking the area to nearby international airports. Major cities located within a day’s drive of Fayetteville include: Dallas-Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Wichita, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis and Shreveport. For more information on the University of Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas please visit www.uark.edu.
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons mu...st 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. This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, drug screening, and MVR check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history 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.
Membership is open to individuals, organizations, or firms interested in research and application, instruction, or extension in animal science
or associated with the production, processing, marketing, or distribution of livestock and livestock products.