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ORGANIC FRUIT & VEGETABLE COORDINATOR

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is the oldest and largest organization in New York devoted to organic and sustainable farming and gardening. We are seeking a part time Organic Fruit & Vegetable Coordinator to work with the Education Director and other staff to lead the organization’s technical assistance and outreach to organic fruit and vegetable farmers.  Estimated weekly hours are 20-31 hrs/week depending on available funding.  Hours may increase as this position grows.

The position requires a creative and organized self-starter with a background in and/or experience in organic fruit and vegetable farming. The person must be passionate and knowledgeable about organic fruit and vegetable farming and gardening and have project management experience. The Organic Fruit & Vegetable Coordinator is based in the NOFA-NY office in Farmington, NY and reports to the Education Director.  Exceptional candidates who wish to work from a home office will be considered; monthly staff meetings in Farmington are required for a telecommuting position.  

Specific Responsibilities

Responsibilities include providing technical assistance to organic vegetable and fruit producers, organizing fruit and vegetable technical workshops and field days, and responding to gardener and homesteader inquiries.

In coordination with the Education Director, sets annual education and outreach goals for fruit and vegetable technical assistance, education, and outreach, develops strategies, and coordinates initiatives to meet these objectives. 

Coordinates all fruit and vegetable workshops for the annual NOFA-NY winter conference for 1,000+ attendees.  Attends and helps staff the conference each year. 

Coordinates and staffs fruit and vegetable on-farm workshops for the NOFA-NY field day series across NYS.

Provides some technical assistance to fruit and vegetable farmers and gardeners through phone and email.

Manages the production of the Organic Farm Resource Guide, a guide to organic farm inputs.

Occasional public speaking.

Writes grants to support fruit and vegetable education and technical assistance work.

 Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field, required.  Master’s degree in related field, preferred. 

Knowledge: Extensive knowledge of organic and sustainable agriculture and the educational needs of fruit and vegetable farmers.  Experience: Minimum 5 yrs experience in organic fruit and vegetable agriculture, additional experience: event/program planning and working with volunteers.

Required Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational skills; strong computer skills; Beneficial Skills:  Familiarity with database programs, graphic design interest, Spanish language skills.

Capabilities: High energy and enthusiasm. Ability to work well in a team and with a wide range of people, work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once, and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis.

Conditions: Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of NOFA-NY.  Frequent statewide travel required during the growing season. Valid driver’s license required.

Compensation

Competitive salary and benefit package, dependent on experience.

How to Apply

Position open until filled. Please send cover letter and resume to HR@nofany.org by March 6, 2015.  Please indicate in your cover letter if you are able to work out of the Farmington office, or if you are applying as a telecommuting candidate.

NOFA-NY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.