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


Educational Programs Director

Common Ground Country Fair Coordinator

Inspector, Material Reviewer, MOFGA Certification Services

Farm Apprenticeships

Journeyperson Opportunities


 

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Educational Programs Director

Primary Responsibility: to support MOFGA’s mission and values through educational programs and events.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Position: Salaried, Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt

Work Week: 40 hours per week, with weekend and evening functions as needed.

Additional Work Hours: Extended hours during the certain periods as needed, including the Common Ground Country Fair, Farmer to Farmer Conference and multi-day meetings out of state.

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Deep understanding of issues related to organic farming and sustainable living in Maine
  • Working creatively and independently
  • Planning, promoting, organizing, coordinating and evaluating large events
  • Managing personnel and volunteers
  • Communicating verbally and in writing with Staff, Board, committee members, other volunteers, and the public
  • Managing a large budget
  • Understanding, writing, reviewing and tracking grant proposals
  • Proficient in computer systems including word processing, databases and spreadsheets
  • Ability to plan and manage many projects simultaneously
  • Recognizing operational needs and delegating accordingly
  • Working well with Staff, Board, committee members, other volunteers, and the public

Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with Staff and program committees to develop, implement, evaluate, and improve MOFGA’s Educational Programs, events and materials
  • Overseeing coordination of MOFGA’s comprehensive farmer support programs, including the Apprenticeship, Journeyperson, Farm Beginnings and Maine Farm Resilience Programs
  • Overseeing production of promotional and educational literature in support of MOFGA’s broader publications, communications, and fundraising efforts
  • Managing budget and fiscal planning for the Education Program
  • Collaborating on fundraising efforts related to Educational Programs, including grant writing and management, and donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Supervising all Education Department staff
  • Working with Executive Director, the Board, volunteer committees, staff and program stakeholders to ensure that MOFGA’s Educational Programs remain congruent with MOFGA’s mission and community needs
  • Participating as a team member with other Departmental Directors to set organization wide goals, strategies, best practices and policies.
  • Working with Communications staff and the media to promote Educational Programs
  • Facilitating and managing communication about Educational Programs among Educational Programs Staff, the Board, Departmental Directors and related volunteer committees
  • Serving on internal and external committees and task forces related to farm viability and agricultural education
  • Coordinating with Buildings & Grounds work as it relates to MOFGA’s Educational Programs, the Farmer-in-Residence, Low Impact Forestry, the Orchards and other on-site demonstration programs
  • Assisting with Fair set-up, clean-up, and related meetings as needed
  • Carrying out all of the responsibilities listed above in accordance with MOFGA’s mission statement, philosophy and strategic plan
  • 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.

Compensation and Benefits:

MOFGA offers a competitive salary dependent upon experience, and a generous benefits package including health insurance, dental, vision, four weeks of paid vacation, sick days and 10 paid federal holidays.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to hiring@mofga.org. MOFGA strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and persons with disabilities to apply.

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Common Ground Country Fair Coordinator

Primary Responsibilities: To manage Common Ground Country Fair (CGCF) exhibitor applications and operations, coordinate all aspects of the CGCF's administrative operations, and assist the CGCF Director as necessary with all tasks and functions related to the CGCF.

Supervisor: CGCF Director

Work Week: 40 hours - Monday through Friday.

Additional Work Hours: Extended hours of operation during the Fair weekend, monthly Fair Steering Committee meetings and some educational events.

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

Required Abilities and Knowledge:

  • understanding issues related to organic farming and gardening in Maine
  • experience executing events
  • 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
  • skilled proofreading
  • aptitude for administrative information and file management
  • strong customer service skills
  • computer literacy including word processing, spreadsheet management, strong database management, basic website content management and familiarity with the Mac platform
  • willingness to learn new systems
  • creative problem solving and ability to take initiative where appropriate

Responsibilities:

  • working with CGCF Planning Team members to ensure that exhibitor correspondence, applications, contracts, and guidelines are updated and accurate each year
  • in collaboration with the CGCF Director, preparing CGCF exhibitor applications, contracts and correspondence
  • in collaboration with the Database Manager, processing CGCF participant applications, contracts and corresponding fees
  • providing support and oversight as necessary to Planning Team members' coordination of exhibitors and participants in their respective areas
  • in collaboration with the Fair Food Liaison, managing Food Area application review, contracts, and appropriate correspondence
  • collaborating with CGCF Director to ensure that MOFGA policies and Fair and Area guidelines are implemented with professionalism and integrity throughout the Fair and equitably by all members of the Planning Team
  • preparing and managing key administrative communications with the Fair Steering Committee, Planning Team and CGCF Participants, including FSC agendas and meeting packets, Coordinator Packets and Confirmation Packets
  • organizing and maintaining records and correspondence for the CGCF
  • updating CGCF website content for MOFGA.org
  • training and working closely with the Fair Assistant and volunteers working in the Fair office
  • responding to information requests
  • attending all FSC meetings and representing the Fair at MOFGA committee meetings and meetings outside of regular business hours as needed per the direction of the CGCF Director
  • utilizing electronic and paper communications to keep exhibitors apprised of deadlines and other relevant information
  • assisting CGCF Director with CGCF communications, including compilation of the Fairbook, Planning Team newsletters, and other internal and external communications as needed
  • participating in Fair set-up and clean-up as needed
  • coordinating the operation of the Fair office during the Fair
  • recording and reporting Fair participant stipends to Finance Administrator
  • assisting CGCF Director with preparation of annual stipend report to the Maine Department of Agriculture
  • procuring goods and services as needed for the CGCF
  • reviewing CGCF systems and procedures annually
  • 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.

Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of three professional references to Fair Director April Boucher at aprilb@mofga.org.

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Inspector, Material Reviewer

Overview: The Inspector and Material Reviewer performs organic inspections, including applicant, annual and unannounced inspections, pesticide residue testing and generates reports and other documents for MOFGA Certification Services (MCS). He or she 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.

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 it applies 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 on 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:

  • Performs a significant percentage of MCS annual inspections.
  • Generates electronic inspection reports for evaluation by MCS certification specialists.
  • Reports non-compliances to MCS staff as they are discovered in the field.
  • Conducts unannounced inspections including taking samples and following chain-of-custody protocol.
  • Investigates complaints, allegations of non-compliances and violations.
  • 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.
  • Assist in the production of documents and publications such as record templates, fact sheets, and material lists.
  • Assist in training of new inspectors.
  • Attends MCS staff meetings and MOFGA staff meetings as appropriate or required.
  • 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.

Interested applicants can apply via email to certification@mofga.org. Please provide a cover letter and resume.

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