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Date:  Sep 24, 2021
Req ID:  11723

Little Rock, AR, US, 72205

Anticipated Starting Salary:  36,155

Position Number: 22087672 
County: Pulaski 
Posting End Date: Open Until Filled 

Anticipated Starting Salary: 36,155



Hiring Authority:

#1 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR  72205

Phone: 501/219-6361

Email: wade.hodge@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: G179C

Grade: GS06


Salary Range: $36,155.00 - $52,425.00


The Legal Services Specialist is responsible for performing legal research, preparing and filing legal documents, maintaining legal files, and coordinating legal section/office activities. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


Researches law from statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treatises, codes and constitutions, and prepares legal memos, briefs, motions and other pleadings for review, approval and use by agency attorneys. Coordinates the activities of a legal section/office as directed by supervisor. Prepares drafts of new or amended legislation or regulations pertinent to the agency's mission. Investigates issues and situations, gathers facts and evidence, conducts interviews with affected employee(s) and witnesses, and provides documentation to assist attorneys in preparation for investigations. Provides technical assistance to agency personnel in analysis, interpretation and application of laws, rules, regulations and agency policies. Files legal documents as directed by the Attorney Supervisor in the appropriate court(s). Establishes and maintains legal reference files. May serve as lead worker by providing training, establishing work plans, and reviewing work performed to ensure technical accuracy and compliance. Performs other duties as assigned.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of legal research and writing protocols. Knowledge of legal terminology. Knowledge of the ethical standards of the legal profession. Knowledge of investigative standards, procedures, and techniques. Ability to perform legal research. Ability to analyze legal documents for accuracy and content. Ability to handle confidential information. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with agency staff and other relevant legal and agency contacts. Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in political science, public administration, general business or a related field. 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:

  • Proficiency in computer and information technology


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