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The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center, housed within the UW School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington by reducing occupational disease and injury among agricultural operators, workers and their families in the farming, forestry, and fishing industries. Our emphasis is on injury and illness research and prevention for vulnerable populations such as contract workers and children.
The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Coordinator. The Research Coordinator position supports outreach, research, and other activities with farmworkers, farms, and dairies across four PNASH projects. Many activities require bilingual and bicultural approach and skills, especially with agricultural and dairy farmworkers.
The Research Coordinator will perform general tasks across projects including: study development (work with the PI, project manager, and faculty on planning, designing, and implementing research project; help with the preparation of summaries for research team synthesizing the approved aims, timelines, and products in keeping with the details of the design and implementation phases; contribution to competing and non-competing grant renewals: Serve on the PNASH Center research team contributing to the overall development of strategic planning, project development and design, information delivery, evaluation, and development of narratives and summaries incorporated in the Center’s grant submissions, sponsor reporting, and collaborations with the other national agricultural safety and health centers. Specific project activities include:
Dairy Safety Training Platform: Participate in the development, maintenance and dissemination of a novel online tool to provide training materials to WA State dairy workers; research and curate dairy safety training programs specific to the needs of WA State Dairies; install materials on the open EdX platform and coordinate with the department IT team; engage stakeholders in the selection process; moderate discussions relating to content and material; and promote the product through print, social media, and online media and at conferences and meetings.
Etiquetas bilingües de pesticides/Bilingual Pesticide Safety: This project’s mission is to provide the agricultural workers accessible and accurate pesticide safety information in Spanish and English. Each agricultural pesticide product comes with a detailed booklet or label containing this technical and regulatory information. The information will be delivered through phone applications. The project focuses on WA State crops and with plans to expand nationally. The Research Coordinator will: recruit and conduct interviews with Spanish and English speaking study participants and contribute to survey development and implementation; summarize qualitative and quantitative data and translate Spanish results into English; organize, coordinate, and maintain system for tracking data entry and data collection and extract data from PDFs while also conducting data entry and verification; coordinate and contribute to the development and dissemination of outreach and promotional materials including social media, websites, newsletters, factsheets, e-news, and infographics in Spanish and English; coordinate and conduct phone app promotion at conferences and meetings; and contribute to the development and maintenance of a project contact database.
Practical Solutions for Pesticide Safety: This educational research project works with agricultural industry partners and workers to discover and share practical pesticide safety measures for handling pesticides. Greenhouses, nurseries, and forest service agencies represent current partners. Some of these practical solutions come with ‘tailgate’ training modules. These solutions are part of a web guide which includes training talks. The Research Coordinator will: coordinate the online guide including content, images and design; contribute to the development and dissemination of outreach and promotional materials including social media, website, factsheets, e-news, and infographics in Spanish and English; and investigate and recommend alternative platforms for the online guide.
PNASH Outreach Core: The Outreach Core is the Center’s foundation for building relationships and sharing information. It is the mechanism to gather the agricultural community’s health and safety concerns which informs and provides the context for the Center’s research, intervention, and educational activities which is then developed into interventions, and educational strategies returned back to the agricultural community. The Research Coordinator will: participate in monthly Outreach Core meetings; serve on Communications Committee to develop content for social media, website, factsheets and infographics; attend conventions and meetings to represent Center projects and products; and contribute to a positive experience for participants and agricultural stakeholders.
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Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health, Public Health, Communications, or related field. A minimum of one year of experience contributing to community outreach projects and research is required. Additional requirements include: familiarity with human subjects research regulations and guidelines; strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate across groups; excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated competency preparing correspondence and progress reports; organized, detail-oriented; ability to work both independently and as part of a team; ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a busy environment with competing priorities; and proficient with Microsoft Office products.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Experience with internet resources, social media, and print materials appropriate for the farmworker community; advanced knowledge Adobe Acrobat; demonstrated exceptional bilingual and bicultural experience and skills with Spanish speaking farmworker community; exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communications with internal and external clients and project participants in both Spanish and English; research and training skills including human subject’s, interview techniques, and data collection; experience with user-interfacing online systems including, data entry, survey/interview form development and implementation; Spanish language skills and bi-cultural experience; and experience working with Northwest stakeholders regarding farming hazards and pesticides.
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