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About NOFA-NY

NOFA-NY is an organization of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working together to create a sustainable regional food system that’s ecologically sound and economically viable. Through demonstration and education, we promote land stewardship, organic food production, and local marketing. We bring consumer and farmer together to make high-quality food available to all people. NOFA-NY is a growing not-for-profit, USDA-accredited organic certification agency, whose primary purpose is to provide high integrity certification services to 1,100 organic farmers and processors throughout New York State and surrounding areas.

Open Positions

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC is hiring a full-time Sr. Certification Specialist
to start ASAP.


Be a part of a growing not-for-profit, USDA-accredited organic certification agency, whose
primary purpose is to provide high integrity certification services to 1,100 organic farmers and
processors throughout New York State and surrounding areas.


Primary responsibilities include working to ensure a smooth and efficient implementation of
the certification process, by working with staff and producers, developing and implementing
systems, and monitoring the use of the Organic label.


We offer a friendly environment, challenging work, open communication, and commitment to a
job well-done. The ideal candidate will have a college degree in a related area, or equivalent by
training or experience, and knowledge of organic farming and certification. Organic certification
experience is required.


This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with benefits. Benefits include healthcare, dental
vision, life and 403(b) as well as very generous paid holidays/vacation time. NOFA-NY offers a
collaborative and flexible working environment. $22/hour starting salary, negotiable based on
organic certification experience.


This position will take approximately one year to master – serious applicants only. Interested
and qualified candidates are invited to email a resume and cover letter to: hr@nofany.org
For information regarding our organization, please visit www.nofany.org. NOFA-NY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from diverse
backgrounds to apply. NOFA-NY

Founded in 1983, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is the
premier statewide organization dedicated to organic agriculture. NOFA-NY provides education
and outreach to farmers, consumers, and gardeners; advocates for a fair food system at the
state and federal levels; and is the largest USDA-accredited organic certifier in New York State.
NOFA-NY is seeking a full-time Organic Educator to lead the organization’s outreach, technical
assistance, and programming to support and grow the number of certified organic operations in Central New York.


Position Summary:
The Organic Educator CNY position requires a creative and organized self-starter with
experience in organic farming. The person must be passionate and knowledgeable about
organic agriculture and have project management experience. The Organic Educator reports to the NOFA-NY Executive Director. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position, Position is grant funded and is mostly remote with flexible in office schedule between Binghamton/Syracuse and occasional in-person staff meetings.

Responsibilities:

  • Program Management:
    • Create comprehensive training program for farmers transitioning to organic management, including online instructions and tutorials supporting farmers to navigate applying for organic certification.
    • Conduct outreach for program participation.
    • Share overall program accomplishments with greater organic community.
  • Education and Technical Assistance:
    • Provide phone, online, and in-person technical assistance to transitioning organic farmers and general outreach to support ongoing compliance in organic certification.
    • Develop educational trainings & materials.
    • Connect producers with funding support including cost share program and transitions funding to ensure financial success.
    • Facilitate farmer-to-farmer mentorship program.
  • Data Management and Reporting:
    • Maintain a program management log to communicate goals, deliverables, and results.
    • Manage records for CNY certification and education support program.
    • Conduct annual evaluations and provide required reporting on program activities.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational skills, attention to detail and computer skills.
  • Knowledge of and experience in organic farm management and certification process.
  • Program development, project management and reporting experience.
  • Ability to lead an advisory group of organic farmers and coordinate effective and well-attended educational events.
  • 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.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of organic and sustainable farming.
  • Valid driver’s license required.

How to Apply:
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to email a resume and cover letter to:
hr@nofany.org. For information regarding our organization, please visit www.nofany.org.


Deadline for applications is October 1, 2022, interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
NOFA-NY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from diverse
backgrounds to apply.

Founded in 1983, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is the
premier statewide organization dedicated to organic agriculture. NOFA-NY provides education
and outreach to farmers, consumers, and gardeners; advocates for a fair food system at the
state and federal levels; and is the largest USDA-accredited organic certifier in New York State.
NOFA-NY is seeking a part time Organic Educator to lead the organization’s outreach, technical
assistance and programming to grow the number of certified organic operations in the Hudson
Valley.


Position Summary:
The Organic Educator HV position requires a creative and organized self-starter with experience
in organic farming. The person must be passionate and knowledgeable about organic
agriculture and have project management experience.


The Organic Educator reports to the NOFA-NY Executive Director. This is a half-time (20
hours/week), This position is grant funded and currently is remote with occasional in-person
staff meetings.

  • Responsibilities:
    • Program Management:
      • Create comprehensive training program for farmers transitioning to organic management, including helping farmers to navigate applying for organic certification.
      • Conduct outreach for program participation.
      • Share overall program accomplishments with greater organic community.
  • Education and Technical Assistance:
    • Provide phone, online, and in-person technical assistance to transitioning organic farmers.
    • Develop educational trainings & materials for program.
    • Facilitate farmer-to-farmer mentorship program.
  • Data Management and Reporting:
    • Maintain a program management log to communicate goals, deliverables, and results.
    • Manage records for LI certification and education support program.
  • Qualifications:
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational skills, attention to detail and computer skills.
    • Knowledge of and experience in organic farm management and certification process.
    • Program development, project management and reporting experience.
    • Ability to lead an advisory group of organic farmers and coordinate effective and well-attended educational events.
    • 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.
    • Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the goals of organic and sustainable farming.
    • Valid driver’s license required.

Compensation: Compensation 50% FTE, $24,00-$26,000 annually. Benefits include health,
dental, vision and life insurance. Retirement plan for employee contributions. Generous
vacation package.

Working Conditions:

  • This position requires the ability to:
  • Work within a standard week with the occasional weekend/evening assignments.
  • Be exposed to farm environments during meetings or field days:
    • Walking various distances on uneven ground
    • Exposure to animal/plant/dust allergens
    • Working in unpredictable weather conditions with minimal shelter
    • Ability to stand for long periods of time at NOFA-NY-hosted events

How to Apply:
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to email a resume and cover letter to:
hr@nofany.org. For information regarding our organization, please visit www.nofany.org.


Deadline for applications is October 1, 2022, interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
NOFA-NY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from diverse
backgrounds to apply

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC is hiring a full-time Materials Specialist to start
ASAP.


Be a part of a growing not-for-profit, USDA-accredited organic certification agency, whose
primary purpose is to provide high integrity certification services to 1,100 organic farmers and
processors throughout New York State and surrounding areas.

  • Responsibilities:
  • Materials Coordination:
    • Position is responsible for the timely and accurate review of NOFA-NY approved and requested materials/inputs.
      • Review brand name products for compliance with National List.
      • Assist with decisions about use of prohibited materials.
      • Assist with compliant investigations as applicable.
      • Follow up with vendors to acquire any information needed to ensure a complete review.
      • Conduct or coordinate re-reviews of allowed products and ingredients.
      • Record and manage data related to reviewed products.
      • Maintain accurate and complete records of product reviews including billing.
      • Stay informed of and use NOP guidance and NOSB proposals to update/evaluate materials.
      • Present certification and materials review information to producers and consumers when needed.
      • Database monitoring/clean up.
      • Coordinate reviews with the VOF joint review list/program.
      • Ensuring accuracy of current on statuses of product reviews accepted by MRO’s.
  • General:
    • Working closely with the Director and other certification staff.
    • Maintain an understanding of the USDA National Organic Program regulations, as well as NOFA-NY policy and procedures.
    • Maintain training necessary to complete duties.
    • Participate in staff meeting, conferences and events.
    • Any other duties as assigned.


Qualifications:
Education & Training:
Bachelor’s degree or 1-3 years’ work experience in related field. Background in the Sciences
(chemistry, physics, biology, geology or food) or Agricultural focus desirable.


This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with benefits. Benefits include healthcare, dental
vision, life and 403(b) as well as very generous paid holidays/vacation time. NOFA-NY offers a
collaborative and flexible working environment. $20-$22/hour starting salary, negotiable based
on organic certification experience.


Interested and qualified candidates are invited to email a resume and cover letter to:
hr@nofany.org. For information regarding our organization, please visit www.nofany.org.


NOFA-NY is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic
information, or any other protected class. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds
to apply. NOFA-NY is committed to centering racial equity in our organization and in our
advocacy work. Please visit NOFA-NY’s website to read our Equity Statement here.

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC is hiring a full-time Certification Coordinator to
start ASAP.


Be a part of a growing not-for-profit, USDA-accredited organic certification agency, whose
primary purpose is to provide high integrity certification services to 1,100 organic farmers and
processors throughout New York State and surrounding areas.


The Certification Coordinator-Handling is responsible for the intake and flow of certification
applications through the handler certification process. He/she must ensure that an application
is complete, and monitor its progress through the entire certification process.


Responsibilities:
• Receive, review and process incoming certification applications for completeness.
• Respond to inquiries regarding the certification process, send out applications, and provide
resources and support to handlers as needed.
• Input and update all necessary information in the appropriate database and e-file
• Prepare initial review letter and send to the producer.
• Monitor mail and email to ensure that requested information is received in a timely manner
and is processed appropriately. Review and approve changes, labels, and other submitted
materials.
• Perform the annual emailing of applications for renewal, and other producer
communication and mailings as necessary.
• Attend office trainings and meetings, Field days, shadow inspections, NOFA-NY annual
conference, and IOIA inspector training.


QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or 1-3 years experience in certification.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Good writing and communication
skills.
• Good computer skills including a working understanding of database programs, word
processing, and email systems.
• Able to respond decisively, accurately, confidently, and courteously to client inquiries.
• Knowledge of organic farming or organic certification, and familiarity with the food
production system is desirable.
• Willing to work occasional irregular hours and travel as needed.


This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with benefits. Benefits include healthcare, dental
vision, life and 403(b) as well as very generous paid holidays/vacation time. NOFA-NY offers a
collaborative and flexible working environment. $20-$25/hour starting salary, negotiable based
on organic certification experience.


Interested and qualified candidates are invited to email a resume and cover letter to:
hr@nofany.org. For information regarding our organization, please visit www.nofany.org.


NOFA-NY is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic
information, or any other protected class. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds
to apply. NOFA-NY is committed to centering racial equity in our organization and in our
advocacy work. Please visit NOFA-NY’s website to read our Equity Statement here.

NOFA-NY is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected class. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. NOFA-NY is committed to centering racial equity in our organization and in our advocacy work. Please visit NOFA-NY’s website to read our Equity Statement here.