Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
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MOFGA Is An Equal Opportunity Employer


Common Kitchen Manager and Food Liaison

Educational Programs Coordinator

Low Impact Forestry Specialist

MOFGA Certification Inspector & Materials Reviewer

Orchard Assistant

Farm Apprenticeships

Journeyperson Opportunities


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MOFGA Common Kitchen Manager and Food Liaison

Candidates for the position should submit a PDF application (including a cover letter, resume and three professional references) to: aprilb@mofga.org. The position will remain open until MOFGA finds the ideal candidate.

Primary Responsibilities: To manage and maintain the Common Kitchen, food donations, and work with Fair Staff to coordinate food at the Common Ground Country Fair. All duties are performed with the highest safety standards and in keeping with MOFGA’s Food Policy.

Supervisor: CGCF Director

Work Week: 20 hours - Monday through Friday.

Additional Work Hours: Extended hours during September, events and meetings.

Position: Hourly. The employee in this position is eligible for overtime pay.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • understanding issues related to organic farming and gardening in Maine
  • culinary and management experience
  • ability to pass and maintain a ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification
  • knowledge of DHHS codes and standards
  • ability to prioritize workload and manage multiple projects concurrently
  • comfortable collaboration with staff, volunteers and public
  • ability to train volunteers and support staff
  • effective verbal and written communication skills
  • strong customer service skills
  • computer literacy including word processing, spreadsheet management, Google docs, and familiarity with the Mac platform
  • ability to work with all food ingredients and types
  • ability to lift 25lbs
  • ability to work with cleaning products
  • willingness to learn new systems
  • willingness to work a flexible schedule
  • creative problem solving and ability to take initiative where appropriate

Primary Responsibilities:

Common Kitchen Management

Report maintenance and supply needs to CGCF Director
Maintain a current ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification.
Ensure all food handling in the Common Kitchen is according to ServSafe standards.
Be onsite once a week to manage kitchen needs and keep up to date on tasks.
Ensure the kitchen, pantry, and freezers are kept in good order and in keeping with DHHS codes.
Organize and lead volunteer cook days.
Work with Events Coordinator to schedule all cook days and organizational/cleaning days around MOFGA event & meeting needs.
Schedule and oversee kitchen cleaning as directed by CGCF Director.
Keep an updated, shared Google calendar of Kitchen usage.
Be available by phone and email.

Year-Round Food Donations

  • Maintain and establish relationships to encourage year-round and event donations.
  • Coordinate delivery and pick-up of food donations.
  • Maintain and stock the pantry, walk-in, and freezers with organic food.
  • Receive food donations and keep an updated food inventory.
  • Coordinate and lead workshops and workdays to preserve or cook food donations as needed.
  • Maintain a master list of food donors and their donations.
  • Work with staff and volunteers regarding ingredient needs for donation requests.

Common Ground Country Fair Food Liaison

  • Report to the CGCF Director for assignments and expectations regarding guidelines, sourcing, and conduct.
  • Take the lead and work with the Common Ground Country Fair Coordinator on all food paperwork.
  • Coordinate the Food Ingredient Review with the Food Ingredient Review Group.
  • Maintain confidentiality of food ingredients and sourcing.
  • Take the lead on any crop failures working with vendors and the Food Review Group to find suitable alternatives.
  • Be available by phone and email.
  • Be responsible for commongroundfoodarea@mofga.org and its correspondence.
  • Be the point of contact for all exhibitor areas with food.
  • Work with Compost & Recycling Coordinators to help prepare vendors to be ready for the Fair’s Compost & Recycling system.
  • Work with Utilities Coordinator to ensure smooth operation.
  • Be on-site to help with Food Vendor set-up and clean-up.
  • Coordinate ice with the Fair Logistics Coordinator: order, tallies, and money
  • Conduct receipt checks for all vendors in the Food areas and other areas as agreed upon with the Fair Director.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the Food Vendor and Supplier Potluck.
  • Other duties as needed
  • Carrying out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission statement, goals, and philosophy of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

MOFGA’s success is dependent upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.


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Educational Programs Coordinator

We are looking for an entrepreneurial self-starter with a passion for the organic food movement in Maine. The Educational Programs Coordinator is responsible for coordinating educational events and assisting educational department staff with administrative and communication tasks.

Primary Responsibilities: Coordinate logistics and outreach to support successful and meaningful educational and food access programming. Supervisor: Educational Programs Specialist Work Week: 40 hours --Monday through Friday, and additional evening and weekend hours as needed for events. Position: Salaried. Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt. The employee is not eligible for overtime payment.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Firm understanding of issues related to organic farming, gardening and food access in Maine
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload to manage many projects simultaneously
  • Capacity for quick, creative problem solving with flexibility and composure when unexpected challenges arise
  • Skill for coordinating complex events logistics (often concurrently) involving diverse contributors, stakeholders and objectives
  • Ability to work cooperatively and efficiently with staff, program participants, volunteers and the public through effective verbal and written communication, in-person and remotely
  • Ability to bring projects to conclusion under deadline
  • Fluency with computer systems and communication tools including word processing, databases, spreadsheets, online form building, website maintenance and social media.
  • Capacity to take initiative and work independently and creatively when appropriate

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with program directors and program staff to coordinate logistics of meetings, events, and programs
  • Manage the Maine Harvest Bucks CSA Program by communicating with program partners, work with participating farmers to project seasonal budgets, process invoices, assist with fundraising efforts and grant reporting, work closely with other departments in MOFGA to coordinate public education and outreach efforts
  • Work closely with program directors and program staff to develop promotional literature in support of meetings, events and programs via established MOFGA communications channels as well as external media outlets
  • Perform outreach to announce educational opportunities to the public and reach target audiences
  • Track event and program income and expenditures, and generate financial analysis as needed
  • Ensure thorough quantitative and qualitative data collection on event and program activities, impacts and participation
  • Continually strive to improve and systematize ongoing events and programs while simultaneously assisting with development and evaluation of educational events and programming
  • Assist with attainment of sponsorships and procure exhibitors to support key educational events
  • Ensure procurement of goods and services for educational events in alignment with MOFGA’s mission and budget realities
  • Advise and support other MOFGA staff in coordinating educational events
  • Work closely with volunteer coordinator to ensure adequate volunteer support for meetings and events
  • Work closely with and provide administrative support for database manager and administrative assistant to ensure efficient and accurate processing of registration for educational events
  • Work with Country Store manager to order books and related materials for educational events
  • Assist with Fair set-up, clean-up, and related meetings as needed
  • Carry out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission statement, goals, and philosophy of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

MOFGA’s success is dependent upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.

Competitive salary dependent upon experience. MOFGA has an excellent benefits package with paid medical, dental and vision insurance and paid maternity/paternity leave. Employees earn 12 days of vacation during their first year of employment and four weeks of vacation annually in subsequent years, plus 12 sick days, three personal days, and 14 paid holidays annually.

MOFGA strives for a diverse workplace and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter to Ryan Dennett at hiring@mofga.org. Review of candidates will begin immediately, and position will remain open until filled.

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Low Impact Forestry Specialist

MOFGA’s Low Impact Forestry (LIF) Specialist works to engage diverse stakeholders throughout Maine and New England to enchance the ecological integrity of Maine forests by providing education about low-impact forestry principles and fostering public and professional networks to cultivate a community of forest stewards.

The Specialist coordinates LIF events throughout the year, including chainsaw safety courses, draft animal and small machinery logging workshops, presentations at MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair, and other related educational events in consultation with the Education Department.

Primary Responsibilities: Supporting MOFGA’s Low Impact Forestry Program (LIF) activities and its network; helping to expand the scope and capacity of MOFGA’s LIF Program.

Supervisor: Educational Programs Director

Work Week: This is a year round position, requiring 20 hours of work per week (1040 hours per year). Exact schedule will be determined by LIF program needs and work plan, in consultation with the Educational Programs Director. Great flexibility is necessary as more time will be needed surrounding workshops and events and will frequently require evening and weekend hours.

Position: The position is salaried. Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt. The employee is not eligible for overtime payment.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Understanding of current and historical practices in forestry, the commercial forest industry and the extraction of forest products
  • Ability to think critically and creatively around current forestry practices, the forest products industry and their relationship to ecosystems and human communities
  • Ability to work well independently as well as with staff, volunteers and the public
  • Effective management and organizational skills including experience managing volunteers and participants of various ages and abilities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including understanding of and ability to work with various electronic communications channels
  • Ability to work effectively within a non-profit structure
  • Understanding and commitment to the mission and vision of MOFGA and the LIF program
  • Ability to manage many short- and long-term projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrable leadership experience
  • Physical ability to traverse a forest in all seasons and all weather conditions
  • Access to a personal vehicle, a valid driver's license, and the ability to travel long distances for meetings and program activities.

Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement all LIF events and workshops, including LIF activities at the Common Ground Country Fair
  • Coordinate LIF press releases, announcements, mailings, social media and website activities with MOFGA Communications team
  • Engage with other MOFGA program areas to develop collaborative programs, coordinate activities and represent LIF
  • Perform outreach with other private and public organizations to support LIF offerings
  • Communicate with MOFGA membership regarding LIF activities and practices, including:
    • Serve as primary contact for MOFGA membership with forestry concerns
    • Manage content for LIF column in quarterly MOF&G
    • Serve as primary staff liaison to the LIF Program Steering Committee
    • Report regular program updates to Educational Programs Director as needed for reporting, program development and updating the Board of Directors
  • Work with MOFGA Education and Development Departments to secure funding for LIF activities
  • Assist in the planning of capital improvements, maintenance, and special projects on the MOFGA grounds relevant to LIF
  • Carry out the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission, vision and values of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
  • Other duties as assigned.

MOFGA’s success is dependent upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.

Competitive salary dependent upon experience. MOFGA has an excellent benefits package with paid medical, dental and vision insurance and paid maternity/paternity leave. Employees earn 12 days of vacation during their first year of employment and four weeks of vacation annually in subsequent years, plus 12 sick days, three personal days, and 14 paid holidays annually. Benefits are pro-rated for part-time employees.

MOFGA strives for a diverse workplace and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter to Ryan Dennett at hiring@mofga.org. Review of candidates will begin immediately, and position will remain open until filled.

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MOFGA Certification Services Inspector & Materials Reviewer

Overview: The Inspector and Materials Reviewer performs organic inspections, including applicant, annual and unannounced inspections, pesticide residue testing and generates reports and other documents for MOFGA Certification Services (MCS). She or he will also review material inputs for all scopes of operations, so that MCS can approve, restrict or prohibit their use by clients in organic production and handling. Staff Inspectors are expected to work with office administration and certification specialists regarding scheduling of inspections, timely return of completed files, and to relay any issues associated with the certification process of a particular client.

Competitive salary dependent upon experience. MCS has an excellent benefits package with paid medical, dental and vision insurance and paid vacation and maternity/paternity leave. Interested applicants can apply via email to certification@mofga.org. Please provide a cover letter, resume and professional references by April 30.

Direct Supervisor: Director

Position: Salaried, Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt

Work Week: .8 FTE, normally 32 hours per week; some weekend and evening hours as needed

Inspector and Materials Review Requirements (~70%):

  • Understands National Organic Standards as they apply to all categories of production.
  • A demonstrated working knowledge of organic/sustainable crop and  livestock production. Familiarity with value-added processing of agricultural products a plus.
  • Familiarity with regulatory process and inspections.
  • Able to work with minimal supervision while communicating work efforts with others on staff.
  • Work under time constraints (deadlines) which may be limited based upon the type of assignment.
  • Understands how inputs (materials and products used in agriculture) are evaluated for compliance with the standards.
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, especially in writing
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management and memory for detail.
  • Ability to use computers, Internet and related databases. Knowledge of Filemaker Pro is a plus.
  • Must be able to handle difficult situations constructively, with objectivity and professionalism.
  • Ability to directly schedule inspections in allotted time tables balancing needs of MCS and the client.
  • Audit, interview, observation and intermediate math skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.
  • A commitment to MOFGA’s operating principles.
  • IOIA training and prior organic inspection experience a plus
  • College degree in agriculture or related field. Applicants with degrees in unrelated disciplines may apply if they have relevant agricultural and/or regulatory experience.
  • Must be able to travel to attend meetings, training workshops and conferences, not all of which are local. Overnights a possibility.

Duties and responsibilities:

  1. Performs a significant percentage of MCS annual inspections.
  2. Generates electronic inspection reports for evaluation by MCS certification specialists.
  3. Reports non-compliances to MCS staff as they are discovered in the field.
  4. Conducts unannounced inspections including taking samples and following chain-of-custody protocol.
  5. Investigates complaints, allegations of non-compliances and violations.
  6. Evaluates material inputs for compliance with the National Organic Standards. Maintains verification records for this work. Review annually and update if necessary the material review SOP.
  7. Assist in the production of documents and publications such as record templates, fact sheets, and material lists.
  8. Assist in training of new inspectors and annual auditing requirements.
  9. Attends MCS staff meetings and MOFGA staff meetings as appropriate or required.
  10. Other duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary to carry out MOFGA’s certification program and maintain accreditation with USDA.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to walk long distances over rough terrain; occasional light lifting; ability to travel long distances by car. Able to work in outdoor conditions that include all types of seasonal weather as well as inside environments where there may be loud noises or strong odors.


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MOFGA Orchard Assistant

The ideal candidate will have education or experience in organic orchard care and maintenance. We are looking for a well organized and self motivated person who excels at working independently and in a team structure. This position will require 40 hours per week on the Unity campus seasonally May through October.

Competitive salary dependent upon experience. This job is not eligible to receive benefits.

Interested applicants can apply via email to lsieger@mofga.org. Please provide a cover letter, resume and professional references by April 19, 2019.

Primary Responsibilities: Assist MOFGA Orchard Coordinator with maintaining MOFGA’s Orchards to reach their maximum educational potential.

Supervisor: Orchard Coordinator

Work Week: This is a temporary position, requiring 40 hours of work per week approximately mid-May through late October (1040 hours per year). There is a possibility of extended hours during the month of September in preparation for the Common Ground Country Fair.

Position: The position is non-exempt under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The employee in this position is eligible for overtime pay, however work hours are limited on a weekly basis, and it is unlikely that the employee will ever work overtime hours.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Experience with organic orchard care and maintenance
  • Ability to work well independently as well as with staff, volunteers, and the public. Individual must have sufficient management and organizational skills to provide training, direction and oversight to volunteers and participants of various ages and abilities
  • Strong communication skills
  • Understanding of MOFGA’s mission and strategic plan
  • Ability to handle many projects simultaneously
  • Willingness to learn new skills and techniques
  • Ability to lift fifty pounds, and work outside for four or more hours at a time
  • Valid driver’s license required

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the MOFGA’s Buildings and Grounds Director, Orchard Coordinator and the Orchard Committee.
  • Maintain health and aesthetics of MOFGA’s orchards, through participation and coordination of work done by contractors and/or volunteers
  • Work regularly with volunteers and MOFGA staff to complete projects
  • Work to maintain “certified organic” status of the site
  • Assist with on-site composting systems, especially composting of materials from Common Ground Country Fair
  • Provide other landscaping & grounds support as needed
  • Carry out the responsibilities listed above in accordance with the mission, vision and values of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

MOFGA’s success is dependent upon the collaborative spirit among its staff members and volunteers. Employees are expected to be ready and willing to assist colleagues in all program areas when directed to do so by their supervisors.

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