Training Materials for Noncertified, Non-Agricultural Applicators of Restricted Use Pesticides


The Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) is accepting applications to serve on a national project team to inform and assist in the creation of training materials (e.g., video and other formats) that meet EPA’s certification and training requirements of 40 CFR Subpart C 171.201 – Supervision of Noncertified Applicators.


About PERC:

PERC is led by University of California of Davis Extension and Oregon State University, and is funded by a 5-year cooperative agreement (#X8-83616301) from the U.S. EPA. PERC aims to support the development of resources/materials about the safe use of pesticides by applicators and handlers in agricultural, commercial, and residential settings. Materials could include brochures, factsheets, posters, videos, manuals, and mobile tools, while addressing the needs of low-literacy and multilingual audiences. These materials will help prevent pesticide exposure incidents for pesticide applicators, handlers, workers, and their families. The PERC supports the U.S. EPA’s Strategic Goal 4: Ensuring the Safety of Chemicals and preventing pollution.

The Project:

The primary goal of this project is to create 1-2 training videos targeting new EPA training requirements for non-certified, non-agricultural pesticide applicators, working under the supervision of a certified applicator. Additionally, the team will create a training presentation and a flip-chart to provide employers with a suite of training tools to meet annual training requirements. The visual elements need to feature various non-agricultural industries, such as wood treatment, structural fumigation, roadside maintenance, and landscaping. The training materials will be created in English and Spanish, will feature various industries, and will not be sector-specific. A goal is to make them as visually clear/intuitive as possible for low-literacy groups.

The Team:

As many as four (4) Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are needed to participate in determining priorities, improving drafts of video scripts, arranging site visits for filming, and assuring that video footage shows compliance with training requirements. Additionally, the SMEs will advise on the adaptation of the video content into other potential resources, such as a training PowerPoint and flipchart.

Video production and editing expert(s):

Desired applicant(s) will have demonstrated success working individually or on a team to produce a safety training video, preferably related to pesticides or similar workplace regulations (OSHA, etc.). The video team must have resources for editing, closed captioning, music, narration, and mobile video equipment for travel to locations for specific shots. Experience with Spanish translations from English and video adjustments necessary to ensure consistent messaging is desired.

The level of effort for each team member depends on the number of SMEs/videographers recruited, their availability (hours/week) and their skill level. PERC predicts peak effort between May and July and could vary as much as 5-20 hours per week. It is expected that the outputs will be complete by fall 2020, although some team members may be retained through the end of 2020 to respond to user feedback.

Subject Matter Expert (SME) Job Description & Qualifications:

Job descriptions will vary, but may include some or all of the following:

Videographer Job Description & Qualifications:

The job description may include some or all of the following:

Eligibility:

State and tribal regulators, academic/private/non-profit educators, professional videographers and video editors, and representatives from professional associations are encouraged to apply. Funding is available for compensation for a project member’s time, pending the applicant’s eligibility to accept payment under the rules governing this cooperative agreement. Participation may also be considered as in-kind.

Application Procedure & Selection:

Complete the web-based form available here. Be prepared to describe your qualifications, availability, compensation requirements, and any constituent groups you feel you can represent.

Application receipt deadline: Monday, February 17, 2020

Earliest funding start date: ~ Monday, March 16, 2020

Using a system for evaluating applications, PERC administrators from the University of California of Davis Extension and Oregon State University will make the final selections and will notify all applicants of their decision by March 02, 2020.

For questions, please contact Grace Barajas, (grbarajas[at]ucdavis.edu), Suzanne Forsyth (spforsyth[at]ucdavis.edu), or Kaci Buhl (kaci.buhl[at]oregonstate.edu).