Utah State University

Environmental Health and Safety Officer - Field and Farm Research/Work Safety Specialist

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(1/31/2020 6:36 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Environmental Health & Safety
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Under the direction of the Executive Director of the USU Environmental Health and Safety Office, serve as the Safety Specialist for all research activities occurring outside the traditional laboratory setting. Responsibilities focus on promoting the prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses while researchers, faculty, staff, students, and visitors are conducting outdoor research and teaching activities at locations including, but not limited to, farms, field stations, natural reserves, and remote research sites. This position will assist university personnel in recognizing hazards and reducing risks in these environments. This position will be responsible to provide technical guidance in the development of agricultural research/teaching and field research/teaching safety programs.


  1. Direct the Field Safety Program
    • Assist University faculty and staff to apply the applicable portions of the Utah Labor Commission's Farming Operations Standards and the OSHA General Duty Clause into all University agricultural and field research and teaching activities.
    • Review Field Safety & Health plans for USU field research and teaching activities and agricultural research, teaching and production activities. Areas include, but are not limited to:
      • Extension farms
      • Field research
      • Utah Conservation Corp
      • Outdoor Recreation
      • Extension
    • Assist USU Personnel (PIs, Instructors, Farm Managers, etc.) to develop Field Safety & Health plans for field and agricultural research and teaching activities. Field Safety & Health plans should include:
      • Methods to work within USU policies and procedure for safe travel to and from remote sites
      • Pre-trip evaluation of all activities to identify any potential hazards
      • Pre-trip establishment of risk reduction methods
      • Training requirements and certifications
      • Methods for dealing with unforeseen hazards
      • Emergency contacts and procedures
      • File all documentation within EHSAssist
        • Accessible to all project personnel, PIs and Department Heads
    • Develop Job Safety Analysis (JSAs) for mobile and handheld equipment used in field and agricultural research, teaching and production activities.
    • Ensure that safety training for field activities is provided (to be team taught with individuals who are expert in the practical application). Examples include:
      • Off-highway vehicles (OHV)
      • Safe walking, hiking
      • Farm safety
        • Worker/Technician
        • Researcher
        • Student
      • Lock-Out Tag-Out (LOTO) electrical/mechanical safety
      • Tractor/agricultural equipment/machinery safety
      • Power take-off (PTO)
      • Pesticides/herbicide mixing and application
      • Confined space
      • Fall protection (including tree scaling and rock climbing)
      • Lifts/Ladders
      • Animals
    • Participate in the University Safety Committee structure by serving on the Field Safety Committee and as an advisor to that committee.
  2. Accident Investigation
    • Initial evaluation of worker compensation claim forms
      • Review the accident reports daily to identify any field related incidents
      • Pass non-field accidents on to appropriate EH&S personnel
    • Conduct investigations of all accidents occurring in field-related activities
      • Determine the cause of the incident
      • Propose solutions to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future
      • Communicate findings and recommendation to the PI and DH
      • Communicate findings to any other PI, DH or Dean that could benefit from implementing recommendations
      • Complete the EH&S Investigation section in Service Now
      • Enter findings, recommendations and a record of communications in the file for USU "Accident Investigation"
    • Provide reports of all field accidents, including recommendation, to the appropriate safety representatives prior to each semester's Safety Committee Meeting
  3. Travel requirements
    • In support of field and farm safety, this position may require some travel (in-state, out-of-state, day trips or involving overnight stay).
    • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  •  Bachelor's degree with field research/work application
    • Examples include but are not limited to:
      • Agriculture (Animal, Dairy)
      • Engineering (Biological, Environmental, Civil)
      • Health (Public Health, Industrial Hygiene, Safety)
      • Humanities (Anthropology, Sociology)
      • Natural Resources (Environment, Watershed, Wildland)
      • Science (Biology, Geology, Ecology)
  • Minimum one year (cumulative) of experience working full time in field research/work activities
    • Examples include but are not limited to:
      • Research (Actual time spent on projects outside traditional laboratories)
      • Natural Resource Industries
      • Government (Forest Service, BLM, National Parks)
      • Private (Logging, Mining, Oil Exploration)
      • Agriculture (Farming, Ranching, Gardening)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • The ability to apply knowledge and experience to the task of accident prevention, hazard recognition, and risk mitigation
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with field researchers, farm managers, staff members, administrators, and workers
  • Skill in working independently and following through on assignments
  • Ability to analyze technical data and make recommendations based on the data
  • Ability to make persuasive oral and written presentations
  • Ability to develop and provide valuable, informative, and engaging training
  • Ability to clearly and concisely provide information and explain procedures or policies
  • Skill in writing concise, logical, and grammatically correct analytical reports
  • Ability to use a personal computer, mobile device, and related business software
  • Ability to respond to accidents and incidences after normal university business hours
  • Willingness to travel to off-campus locations to provide training, assist with program implementation, conduct safety inspections and accident investigations

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree, or minor, in Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, or a related field
  • One year of experience working within some aspect of worker safety, particularly experience in field safety or agricultural safety
  • Experience working under safety plans in the field
  • Knowledge of the basic principles in agricultural and/or field safety gained from formal training, college level educational and/or work experience
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local health and safety codes as applicable to the agriculture and field community
  • Leadership experience in planning and executing field research projects

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter* to be typed/pasted at the end of your application under "Cover letter"


*In the cover letter, applicants should provide a statement of their Safety Philosophy, and a self assessment of their field and safety experiences.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The position requires work in both indoor and outdoor environments. Indoor environments include typical office space. Indoor duties can include nearly continuous sitting and significant use of repetitive hand motion (such as typing).
Outdoor work environments may not be protected from weather conditions and may involve exposure to extreme heat or cold, areas housing animals, loud noises or vibrations from equipment, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases and regions of poor ventilation. Outdoor duties may require long periods of standing, walking, hiking, limited climbing (no technical climbing or scaling) and the use of motorized and non-motorized vehicles, or off-highway vehicles.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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