The purpose of the Farm Safety Project is to assist farmers, farm labor contractors, farmworkers, and their families with reducing the risks of COVID-19 transmission on the farm, increase farmworkers’ access to COVID information and services (including testing, vaccine inoculation, and medical care), and assist with response efforts in the case of an outbreak. It also provides training opportunities and resources on pesticide safety, heat stress, and green tobacco illness.
Salary: up to $24/ hr. depending on qualifications. Up to 40 hours per week Services area: Duplin and Johnston Counties
Workstation: Duplin or Johnston County Extension Center (based on the hired educator’s place of residency). Work from home may be involved based on COVID-19 guidelines. Reimbursement for mileage is provided from the work station at a rate of .33 cents for round trips 100 miles or more and .56 cents for trips under 100 miles.
Work Schedule – Up 8 hrs. per day. Flexible based on the program’s needs. Work evenings and weekends when necessary
● Be knowledgeable of agricultural crops, related seasonal activities, farm community in the selected counties, as well as the work and living patterns of H2A, migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
● Have the ability to effectively outreach and engage with farmers, farm labor contractors, and farmworkers and their families, and to network and collaborate effectively with community agencies, programs, and organizations
● Be bilingual (oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish).
● Have good technical skills including Microsoft Office programs and other relevant software programs, familiarity with website development and Internet communications
● Have a valid Driver's License and reliable, personal transportation required. Job responsibilities of temporary staff
● Assist farmers with resources available for COVID-19 prevention and response:
○ PPE and cleaning supplies
○ Free, non-regulatory Industrial Hygiene Consultation visits offered by the Division of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Branch
○ Internet Connectivity Project
○ Connect/refer to FW health program for patient education and health care access
○ Connect/refer to community health workers and social supports as available in the county
○ Connect/refer to isolation and quarantine housing resources
● Develop and implement an outreach plan to identify and engage with farmers, crew leaders, farm labor contractors, and farmworkers and their families in need of occupational-related health and safety training.
● Train farmworkers on pesticide safety, heat stress, green tobacco illness and COVID-19 prevention and vaccine education.
● Partner with local farmworkers vaccine teams to prevent and respond to COVID19 in the farm and promote health and safety at work.
○ Participate in efforts to organize events with personal protection supplies, education, testing, and vaccines.
○ Be part of regional partners coalitions to sustain efforts to prevent and respond to COVID-19
○ Lead the organization of a County Farmworker Health fair as requested by the supervisor
● Document services provided If you are interested, submit your resume to Cintia Aguilar, NC State Extension at firstname.lastname@example.org The selected candidate will be hired through the Office of Rural Health as a temporary worker as part of the collaboration between the Office of Rural Health and NC State Extension.