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Agricultural and Laboratory Safety and Compliance Officer

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2023

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Staff - Engineering, Science, Agriculture

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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.

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) seeks an energetic, self-motivated individual to provide creative and exemplary leadership for Agricultural and Laboratory Safety and Compliance (Safety Officer). The successful candidate will be responsible for safety and compliance programming on 5 Research & Extension Centers (RECs) and 7 Research Stations (RSs). The Safety Officer will report to the Assistant Directors of the AES.

Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station: The AES is the research arm of the Division of Agriculture, consisting of locations in/near Fayetteville, Stuttgart, Clarksville, Kibler, Marianna, Rohwer, Batesville, Keiser, Greenfield, Hope, Savoy, and Pine Tree, AR. These locations are crucial to our efforts to help Arkansas farmers and other stakeholders adapt to rapid changes in technology, products, methods, and regulations.

Nearly 150 faculty representing nine academic departments perform research at our locations. Most faculty have academic appointments with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, but faculty at the Forest Resources Center at the University of Arkansas-Monticello and in the Arkansas State Research Unit also hold appointments in AES.

Our partnerships with state and national agricultural organizations and other industry and community groups help keep us focused on solving the real challenges facing Arkansas farms, businesses, and communities. Our partnerships with state, federal, and international agencies and professional societies connect us to worldwide communities of science and scientists. See https://aaes.uada.edu for further information.

Responsibilities: The Safety Officer will develop, organize, and implement safety and compliance training for human and physical resources at 12 research locations across Arkansas. The position will be based out of the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research Experiment Station (AES) in Fayetteville, AR.

The Safety Officer will be responsible for safety programs for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station including but not limited to, health training (CPR and automated external defibrillator), emergency preparedness, fire prevention, vehicle and agricultural equipment safety, laboratory safety, annual pesticide storage and shop inspections, and hazardous chemical and biohazardous waste pickup.

The incumbent will be expected to sign waste manifests, prepare and submit annual Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality waste reports, and ensure all AES locations are in compliance with federal and state programs related to environmental and hazardous waste. The Safety Officer will become proficient in using BioRaft to ensure buildings and workspaces are safe work environments and compliant with regulations. The Safety Officer will investigate all work-related accidents and prepare an annual report summarizing accidents and all mitigation/prevention measures. The successful candidate will have or obtain and maintain all relevant certifications for training and compliance duties and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Regular and non-disruptive work attendance and the ability to develop collegial, working relationships are essential. Lifting, transporting, and handling hazardous waste containers is required. Occasional-to-frequent travel is required.


Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline. The minimum qualifications include a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, with staff ranging from students, professional farm/laboratory/office personnel, faculty, and administrators. A valid driver's license is required.

Preferred Qualifications: A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline. Five or more years of experience in Environmental Health & Safety. Certifications in Red Cross CPR and AED, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Certification and/or other OSHA regulatory certifications. Prior experience in the Land Grant University System is highly desirable.

Additional Information:

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience.

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details), Resume

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to the cover letter stating their interest in this position, applicants are required to provide a separate statement on professional goals and accomplishments related to developing and maintaining a culture of safety and compliance in a professional setting.

Recruitment Contact Information:

Nathan McKinney

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Motor Vehicle Reports Check

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 is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Crouching, Driving, Feeling, Grasping, Hearing, Kneeling, Lifting, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Repetitive Motion, Stooping, Talking, Walking

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Balancing, Climbing, Crawling, Pulling, Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Standing

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