Blog: The Wheat Sheaf
Now Hiring: Alberta Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Program Coordinator
The Alberta Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Grant Working Group came together as a result of Growing Forward 2 (GF2) funding for the development and delivery of safety education and awareness for farmers and ranchers in the province of Alberta. The Working Group consists of members from the Alberta crop and livestock industries. The objective and primary responsibility of the Working Group is to oversee and direct the allocation of the GF2 grant dollars for the intended purpose. More specifically, the Working Group will direct grant monies targeted at adult programming through the following avenues:
- Developing new farm and ranch safety materials and programs to remove gaps in training resources and opportunities. One example may be an improved risk assessment and management tool for use in operations engaged in primary production.
- Delivering educational resources for farmers and ranchers. This may include new programs developed above, or funding the extension of existing programming.
- Demonstrating a model of farm safety education that can form the foundation of a long-term permanent structure with effective and stable programming
- Facilitating an improvement in farm safety attitudes (ex. “culture of safety”)
Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) is the administrator and grant holder of the GF2 grant.
Under the direction of Alberta’s crop and livestock commissions, we are seeking an Extension Program Coordinator for a two-year, part-time term to coordinate the above activities with the objective of increasing Alberta producers’/growers’ awareness of on-farm safety. The position will be front loaded as full time the first 3 months and will be on a part time basis and up to 24 hours a week thereafter (flexible).
The Extension Program Coordinator will work with the Farm Ranch and Safety Committee staff to:
- Identify current farm safety extension activities and programs already in place in Alberta and across Canada, and identify how best to capitalize on these existing resources.
- Establish a project plan including timelines, budget, scope of work and boundaries.
- Collaborate with subject matter experts such as from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF), the Canadian Agriculture Safety Association (CASA), and private consultants on program development and implementation.
- Develop and execute requests for proposals as deemed necessary in the scope of work.
- Coordinate and collaborate with the working group to collect industry input.
- Work with Alberta Wheat staff on project status updates and financial reporting.
The successful candidate for the Extension Coordinator role will have:
- Extensive knowledge of the agriculture industry in Alberta as well as on-farm practices, likely achieved through 3-4 years of experience and the completion of a degree or diploma in agriculture. Other relevant experience and education will be considered.
- Strong understanding of agricultural production, as well as agriculture practices in Alberta. Farm or ranching background will be considered an asset.
- Demonstrated ability in extension and adult education.
- Experience with developing communication and extension tools such as videos, newsletters, factsheets, production manuals, etc.
- Excellent project management skills.
- Experience in planning and implementing events. Event planning experience an asset.
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work well independently, and as part of a highly dynamic team of professionals.
- Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite and other programs as required.
- A valid class 5 valid driver’s licence with the ability to travel.
Position details and application guidelines:
• Two year contract starting August-September, 2016
• Position location is flexible and can be housed in either Calgary or Edmonton
• Salary will be commensurate with education and experience
Candidates interested in the Safety Extension Program Coordinator position can forward their resume to the Alberta Farm and Ranch Safety Extension Grant Working Group, c/o the Alberta Wheat Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-717-3711 for further information. The deadline for applications is July 20, 2016.