Job posting – AgSafe Alberta Advisor
Representatives from a broad collection of Alberta’s agricultural crop and livestock commodity groups have teamed up to form AgSafe Alberta. AgSafe Alberta is an educational and advisory body that works with Alberta farmers and ranchers to increase the level of safety, through awareness and safe work practices, both at home and at work. The AgSafe Alberta team received funding from Growing Forward 2 for development and delivery of safety education and awareness programs for Alberta farmers and ranchers.
AgSafe Alberta requires the contract services of farm safety specialists at multiple locations around Alberta. AgSafe Advisors are not employees of AgSafe Alberta but rather contractors/consultants representing AgSafe Alberta.
Working in consultation with the Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Coordinator, the AgSafe Alberta Advisors (ASA Advisors) will be seen as the field safety specialist and a primary resource to end users in the education, application and execution of AgSafe Alberta safety programs. The ASA Advisors will develop working relationships primarily with individual farmers and ranchers whose fundamental activities are related to agriculture in Alberta.
The ASA Advisors will be required to identify farmers who are seeking assistance in establishing a safety management program on their farms. The ASA advisors will deliver and instruct on the ASA tools that have been developed such as the Quick Start guide, the Risk Assessment tool as requested. The ASA Advisors may be required to instruct ASA farm safety courses at seminars, workshops. ASA Advisors should be knowledgeable on the current Occupational Health and Safety acts, regulations, and codes and how they apply to farms and ranches in Alberta.
Certification in Safety Training from a recognized post-secondary institution at the Diploma or Certificate level or CRSP designation.
Experience working in the agriculture industry and understanding of Alberta agricultural operations and the activities involved in operating farms and ranches of multiple sectors/commodities.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Sound working knowledge of regulatory requirements, relevant legislation and accepted practices applicable to Alberta farms and ranches
• Thorough knowledge of how agricultural OH&S rules and best practices apply as an integrated part of farm safety management.
• Knowledge of agricultural hazards and appropriate hazard controls implementation
• Agricultural background and experience working with producers, farmers and ranchers
• Strong team work skills
• Good project management skills
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Must possess strong organizational skills to effectively manage time and priorities
• Strong problem solving skills
• Strong decision making skills
• Alberta Class 5 Drivers Licence
• Vehicle for travelling throughout Alberta
• Ability to travel within the province of Alberta
• Ability to pay strong attention to details
• Ability to manage deadlines and prioritize
• Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships
• Ability to adapt to new situations and changing environment
• Develop and maintain working relationships with producers, farmers, ranchers, agri-business, agricultural associations, in order to facilitate delivery of AgSafe Alberta’s farm safety programming, resources and tools.
• Provide programs developed under the direction of AgSafe Alberta and in consultation with Commodity Associations and Commissions to promote and advance safety within the agricultural industry in Alberta.
• Write safety management system policies and procedures appropriate to Alberta farms and ranches
• Identify agricultural occupational health and safety hazards – identify situations and practices that could impact the health and safety of those working on the farm and determine/present methods to reduce them.
• Maintain current and up-to-date knowledge of all relevant regulations and accepted practices necessary to provide information and services. Have a full understanding of the act, regulations and OHS code in order to promote compliance with the legislation as it applies to farms in Alberta in a positive and proactive manner. Assist in the
development of safety programs that comply with the safety regulations as requested by producers.
• Develop and provide commodity specific; Inspection
Application of the Quick Start and Risk Assessment tools
• Liaise and communicate with the crop and livestock commissions to promote, educate and train safe work practices in agriculture.
• Assist producers and agribusiness owners in the development of emergency preparedness and safe work plans
• Provide consultative services at tradeshows, conferences and other organized events as required and arranged by AgSafe Alberta Extension Coordinator.
• Deliver farm safety presentations at conferences as requested by AgSafe Alberta
• Coordinate training for farms, specifically basic farm safety orientation and hazard identification (AgSafe Alberta has tools for this), health and safety management
• Provision of safety literature, documents, fact sheets, videos and booklets, safety stickers and decals
• Communicate directly with the AgSafe Alberta Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Coordinator on a regular basis to discuss strategy and make recommendations.
• Assist in developing project reports and details on the work effort invested in each farm to accomplish their farm safety goals.
• Submit a monthly detailed invoice and written reports of activity. The report should reflect the action plan set out at hiring and should include future planned activities.
The majority of the work done on site at farms or ranches within the province of Alberta. Contractor will need to use their own vehicle to drive throughout Alberta.
There are no financial responsibilities for this position.
There are no supervisory responsibilities for this position.
Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume, attention EXTENSION COORDINATOR at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday May 15th, 2017, 4:00 PM. We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.