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Date:  Sep 15, 2021
Req ID:  10604

Monticello, Rison, Warren, Pin, AR, US, 71655

Anticipated Starting Salary:  40,340

Position Number: 22087935 
County: Drew; Bradley; Cleveland; Jefferson; Lincoln 
Posting End Date: Open Until Filled 

Anticipated Starting Salary: 40,340

Law Enforcement 


Hiring Authority:

#1 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR  72205

Phone: 501/219-6365

Email:  billy.black@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: X109C

Grade: GS07


Salary Range: $40,340.00 - $58,493.00


The Agriculture Investigator is responsible for investigating agricultural crimes that affect any part of Arkansas’s diverse agricultural industry, and enforce the laws and regulations of all agencies under the Department including the Forestry Division, Natural Resources Division, Plant Industries Division, and Livestock and Poultry Division.  Investigators work with state, local and county law enforcement to investigate crimes and prosecute when necessary. Common investigations include wildfire arson, timber theft, livestock theft, agricultural and forestry equipment theft or vandalism, and enforcement of an array of Department regulations. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.


Receives complaints dealing with felony and misdemeanor crimes, investigates complaints, collects evidence, interviews witnesses and suspects, prepares case files, presents case files to prosecutors, arrests suspects, testifies in court, and conducts internal investigations when requested. Patrols Arkansas forests for violations of Arkansas Department of Agriculture rules and regulations or other criminal violations. Assists Arkansas Department of Agriculture personnel in fire suppression efforts. Assesses agriculture crime prevention and educational needs, researches and prepares presentations and informational handouts on agriculture crime prevention and law enforcement, and conducts informational/ educational presentations or other activities for the public on agriculture crime prevention and law enforcement. Conducts needs assessments on law enforcement training; researches and prepares law enforcement training programs and courses to meet needs. Trains and assists other investigators in training agency law enforcement personnel and ensures all agency law enforcement personnel meet the minimum state standards for law enforcement officers. Maintains database of all law enforcement issued property. Performs other duties as assigned.


Exposure to extreme weather conditions, rough terrain, and potentially hazardous and/or dangerous conditions is required. Exposure to danger exists in the performance of job duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of principles and practices of the Arkansas Criminal Justice system. Knowledge of investigative techniques and crime scene processing. Knowledge of fire prevention and suppression methods. Ability to work with the general public, other law enforcement personnel, and government officials. Ability to prepare and present training courses and educational programs. Ability to maintain detailed court-ready records and testify in court. Skill in the use of firearms, photography equipment, surveillance equipment, computers, audio equipment, and other law enforcement/training tools and aids.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education of a high school diploma; plus three years of experience in forestry, criminal justice, law enforcement, or a related field. Must possess a valid Arkansas driver's license. Must obtain law enforcement certification in accordance with ACA 12-9-106. Must successfully complete required courses offered by the Criminal Justice Institute, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Arkansas Law Enforcement Standards Academy and qulify annually with the use of firearms. 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.


  • Must possess basic certification as Law Enforcement Officer by the Commission of Law Enforcement STandards and Training in accordance with ACA 12-9-106 or obtain within nine (9) months of hire date.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Basic certification or higher from CLEST
  • Supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of agriculture industry
  • Ability to relocate


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