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Part Time Certification Specialist – July 2015

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Part Time Certification Specialist

Primary responsibility: The job of the Certification Specialist is to review organic system plans and evaluate operations for certification through on-site inspections
Supervisor: MCS Director
Position: Salaried, Federal Labor Law Exempt
Workweek: 0.6 FTE with some weekend and evening hours as needed. Position may become a 0.8 or 1.0 FTE in a future fiscal year
Location: Our office is in Unity, Maine, which is where the position is based

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Understands the principles of organic agriculture and is familiar with USDA's National Organic Rule
  • Minimum two years' work experience in agriculture, livestock management or related fields
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, especially in writing
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills and memory for detail
  • Possesses good judgment and 'people' skills; can work effectively under pressure and as a member of a team
  • Ability to use computers, the Internet and databases
  • Must be able to deal constructively with difficult personalities
  • Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle
  • IOIA training and prior organic inspection experience a plus
  • College degree; BS in agriculture or related field is preferred
  • Must be able to travel to attend meetings, training workshops and conferences
  • A commitment to MOFGA's operating principles

Duties and responsibilities:

  1. Reviewing organic system plans. Certification Specialist reviews client documents (e.g., organic system plans, inspection reports], assisting with time sensitive workflow throughout the year
  2. Inspecting farms. Certification Specialist inspects farms clients after other staff has reviewed the farm plans
  3. Communicating with clients. Certification Specialist will assist other program staff in managing client files, which may include calling or writing clients and updating database information
  4. Performing other duties and responsibilities as deemed necessary to carry out MOFGA's certification program and maintain accreditation with USDA

MOFGA Certification Services LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA]. MOFGA provides benefits (health insurance subsidy, vacation and sick time] that are pro-rated according to the 0.6 FTE status of this position. Qualified individuals should send cover letter, resume and a list of three references as a single PDF to Mary Yurlina, Director, MOFGA Certification Services LLC by email: yurlina@mofga.org

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