JOB ANNOUNCEMENT :: Weed Specialist - Turfgrass, Specialty Crops, & Forestry

Jul 19, 2021

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Type of position: The Department of Horticulture in the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture seeks an individual who will develop and lead a highly effective and nationally recognized extension and applied research program in weed control in turfgrass, specialty crops, and forestry. This is a non-tenured assistant or associate professor position with a 75% extension and 25% research appointment. This position will provide leadership in horticultural weed control for the state and complement related Departmental and faculty programs in these areas.

Employer: Department of Horticulture in the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Location: Little Rock, AR

Description of Location: State Extension Headquarters, Little Rock, Arkansas – a modern facility located on South University Avenue in the capital city of Arkansas. Little Rock is the metropolitan and political center of the state, offering diverse schools, living communities, cultural and historical settings, and outstanding health care facilities including the highly ranked UA Medical Sciences Campus and Hospital. It is centrally located in the state, providing rapid and convenient access to all areas.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Closing date of competition: 09/08/2021

Date position available: 10/01/2021

Description of duties: This position will be responsible for development and implementation of relevant and up-to-date extension education programs that positively impact Arkansas turf industries, specialty crop producers, and forestry and that strengthen the excellence of local county extension programs in these areas. In addition, this position will develop a targeted problem-solving applied research program and exercise effective grantsmanship in support of extension and research efforts. Extensive travel in the state and collaboration with interdisciplinary faculty, county extension agents, growers, and industry personnel on best management systems; and sustainability will be key to success.

Qualifications sought:

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Weed Science, Horticulture, or highly related field; excellent demonstrated verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in horticultural extension and applied research; experience in weed management; experience in team collaboration and leadership; experience in effective grantsmanship; experience in using applied research to solve problems; experience with diverse stakeholders.

Contact for additional information: Further questions may be directed to Dr. Mike Richardson, Professor, Department of Horticulture, Plant Sciences Bldg. 316, Fayetteville, AR 72701; Office 479-841-6169;


Submit what:

Application: Submit a cover letter (letter of application) stating career goals, extension/research interests, summary of abilities along with a resume or CV; academic transcripts and the names and addresses of three references at the following link:—Turfgrass–Specialty-Crops—-Forestry_R0004165Submit to—Turfgrass–Specialty-Crops—-Forestry_R0004165


By Gale Perez
Posted by - Program Representative