Director, Extension Fish Health Specialist (Extension Specialist III)


Appointment: Permanent, full-time

Position Location: UAPB Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Lonoke, AR

Salary/Fringe Benefits: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Group health, life, and disability insurance; retirement; social security; workers' compensation, paid holidays; vacation and sick leave; tuition discounts for employee, spouse and children.

Qualifications: A minimum of a Ph.D. degree in fish biology, fish health, fish pathology, aquaculture, or a closely related field, or a veterinarian with fish health experience is required. Fish health diagnostic experience, experience in commercial fish production, and Extension are strongly preferred. Applicant must possess or pursue AFS-FHS certification as an Aquatic Animal Health Inspector within six (6) months of hire. Experience with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) certification process according to OIE (World Organization for Animal Health), AFS-FHS (American Fisheries Society Fish Health Section) Bluebook, the Northeast Fish Health Committee Guidelines, and current Canadian regulations is highly desired.

Nature of Position: The UAPB Lonoke Fish Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, located in the heart of the commercial baitfish industry, is one of the eleven facilities approved by APHIS nationally. The lab specializes in the diseases of baitfish, ornamental fishes, and water quality. The Fish Health Certification Laboratory is approved to inspect fish for export and is one of the most active labs in the APHIS Farm Certification Program. The Director, Extension Fish Health Specialist will oversee this lab, and also provide vital field support for the Arkansas aquaculture industry. Job responsibilities include developing and implementing a dynamic Extension program related to solving fish health problems on commercial aquaculture farms, maintaining a high-level of fish health and water quality diagnostics services for commercial fish farms, and training county Extension agents.

Personal Characteristics: The successful candidate will possess:
• ability to articulate a clear, collegial vision for the Diagnostic Lab's Extension
• ability to generate support from both internal and external constituents in
implementing the vision and mission
• appreciation for the value of fundamental and applied research
• strong personnel and budget management skills
• demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive community as a personal
and professional value
• ability to develop effective working relationships with county Extension agents;
other Extension specialists, fish farmers, researchers, staff, students, and the
general public
• willingness to learn and apply Extension methodologies to develop an effective
and high-impact Extension program

The individual selected must be committed to solving problems on commercial fish farms and to provide a high level of diagnostics and inspection services.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of application, vita, a copy of transcripts from all ·higher learning institutions (official transcripts required for employment), and contact information of three professional references to:

Search Committee for Director, Extension Fish Health Specialist
c/o: Human Resources Department
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
1200 N. University Drive Mail Slot #4942
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

Application packages may be sent by e-mail to:

Application deadline: April 15, 2019, or until a suitable applicant is found.

UAPB is an Equal opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and participates in E-Verify

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