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Date:  Aug 30, 2021
Req ID:  7829

Greenbrier, AR, US, 72058

Anticipated Starting Salary:  32,405

Position Number: 22088616 
County: Faulkner 
Posting End Date: Open until filled 

Anticipated Starting Salary: 32,405

Forestry Division, Rural Fire Protection 


Hiring Authority:

#20 Inustrial Blvd

Greenbrier, AR  72058

Phone: 501/679-3186

Email: olivia.standridge@agriculture.arkansas.gov


As the largest industry in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation. The Department is organized into five Divisions: Forestry Division, Livestock and Poultry Division, Natural Resources Division, Plant Industries Division, and Shared Services Division.

Position Information

Class Code: V014C

Grade: GS05


Salary Range: $32,405.00 - $46,987.00


The Buyer is responsible for processing the procurement of supplies, materials, and equipment. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Reviews purchase requests to determine need for term contracts, develops new contracts and/or prepares history sheet and product specifications, determines appropriate list of bidders for product, and notifies potential bidders. Analyzes and monitors sales records, trends, and economic conditions to anticipate consumer buying patterns, and determines inventory needed. Receives and evaluates bids to determine lowest bid and delivery requirements within cost limits, and awards bid. Authorizes payment of invoices or return of merchandise. Interviews and works closely with vendors to obtain and develop desired products. Negotiate prices, discount terms, and transportation arrangements for merchandise. Prepares specifications for Request for Quotation, Request for Proposal, and Request for Qualifications. Examines, selects, orders, and purchases merchandise at most favorable price consistent with quality, quantity, specification requirements, and other factors. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of purchasing principles, procedures, and methods. Knowledge of state and university purchasing laws and regulations. Knowledge of market conditions and resources in an assigned field. Ability to research and draft clear, concise, and competitive purchasing specifications and evaluate product acceptability and/or quality. Ability to perform basic mathematical computations. Ability to maintain accurate and systematic procurement records. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with purchasing agents/officials, vendors, and manufacturers.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus five years of experience in merchandising or a related field, including one year in purchasing. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commercial Driver’s License with a minimum 3 years OTR experience
  • Experience driving, maneuvering, and loading transport vehicles.
  • Experience driving, maneuvering, loading and securing flatbed trailers.
  • Drive long distances to screen, acquire, load, and transport equipment.
  • Knowledge of Rural Fire Protection program.
  • Frequent overnight stay.
  • Bending, stooping, and climbing – ability to lift 50 pounds.
  • Strong communication skills – oral and written.
  • Professional demeanor and attention to detail are imperative.
  • Working computer knowledge.
  • Mechanical inclination for troubleshooting and vehicle maintenance.


The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock