The PERC is funded by a 5-year cooperative agreement (#X8-83616301) from the U.S. EPA which will support the development of resources and materials on the safe use of pesticides by applicators and handlers in agricultural, commercial, and residential settings. With the recently announced revisions to the U.S. EPA Worker Protection Standard, it is necessary to update pesticide safety materials with the latest standards. This cooperative agreement will help meet a greater need for collaboration and resources because of revisions to the Worker Protection Standard and Certification and Training regulations. 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 and handlers, workers, and their families. The PERC supports the U.S. EPA’s Strategic Goal 4: Ensuring the Safety of Chemicals and preventing pollution.
Based on preliminary needs assessments of stakeholders conducted December 2015 to present, PERC has identified the need for an EPA-approved WPS Train-The-Trainer Program (TTT) which includes recent revisions to the federal WPS. The primary goal of this project is to revise the 2011 “National Worker Safety Trainer Handbook - Pesticide Safety for Agricultural Workers” in addition to developing other supporting resources and delivery methods.
As many as four (4) team members / subject matter experts (SMEs) are needed to help execute this project. SMEs will advise on the components of the TTT program, delivery methods, and other considerations. In order to ensure consistency of materials, SMEs will collaborate and contribute across all areas and provide ongoing review. SMEs are needed to help create, edit, and review.
It is anticipated that once the larger project team is formed and there is alignment of goals and timeline that a single SME lead will focus on each of the following areas:
The level of effort for each SME is predicated on the number of SMEs recruited and their skill level. PERC predicts peak effort between May and August and could vary as much as 5-20 hours per week. It is expected that the items listed above (1-3) shall be completed by December 2016, yet some of the SMEs may need to be retained through March 2017 to accommodate any additional reviews/edits.
Job descriptions will be specific to the interest level of each SME and may include some or all of the following:
The project will benefit from individuals with a broad range of experience and qualifications with the WPS. Refer to list below and please include in your 1-page letter of interest which of the following areas apply(ies) to your qualifications:
It is understood that project team members represent organizations that perform pesticide safety education activities, which may overlap with some PERC goals and/or publications. Project team members will commit to seeking win-win approaches that do not put the PERC in direct competition with any other entity.
Federal, state and tribal regulators, academic, non-profit, private educators, and representatives from professional associations are encouraged to apply. A limited amount of 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, and/or offer in-kind services through participation.
A one-page letter of interest including 1) the applicant’s desired area of involvement, 2) a description of the applicant’s qualifications [education, related professional experience (e.g., developing curriculum and providing instruction, knowledge of teaching techniques and principles of instruction), special skills, and areas of expertise], 3) list of applicable qualifications, and 4) the applicant’s compensation requirements must be submitted by Friday, May 13, 2016. 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 Friday, May 20, 2016.
Please send a PDF or Microsoft Word version of the 1-page letter to Suzanne Forsyth at spforsyth[at]ucdavis.edu. For questions, please contact Suzanne Forsyth (spforsyth[at]ucdavis.edu) or Kaci Buhl (buhlk[at]ace.orst.edu).