Small Grains Program Manager – Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario

Responsibilities include
Oversee the planning and launch of EFAO’s Small Grains Program including writing educational materials and disseminating program intake details.
Oversee administration of EFAO’s Small Grains Program including supporting farmer-participants and gathering information from farmers for outcome verification of practices.
Provide and coordinate agronomic support for farmer-participants related to their small grain and cover crop production practices.
Work closely with research group at University of Guelph to oversee the research components of the Small Grains Program including compiling data for analysis and helping with interpretation.
Conduct outreach around small grains production as part of EFAO’s Small Grains Network by writing e-newsletter and print newsletter articles, and exhibiting at sector events.
Organizing learning opportunities for supply chain stakeholders.
In collaboration with EFAO’s Events & Resource Manager, organize and deliver farmer-to-farmer training opportunities around small grain production including workshops and field days (in-person and virtual).
Explore opportunities to collaborate with other organizations to support ecological and organic field crop growers through education and farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing.
Other projects and initiatives, as determined collaboratively with EFAO’s staff team

Requirements include
Master’s degree in agriculture or equivalent experience in research, agriculture or related field.
Experience conducting and managing research projects
Knowledge of field crop production in Ontario, including small grains. An understanding of Ontario agriculture and related issues is an asset. An understanding of field crop production across the spectrum of practices (i.e. organic, conventional) is an asset.
Strong writing skills, in both informal and formal settings. Experience in outreach and communications is an asset.
Experience writing grant proposals and reports
Ability to work efficiently and accurately, and a commitment to delivering high-quality work in a busy and dynamic work environment
Creative problem-solving skills with a keen attention to detail
Self-motivated and outgoing, and willing to initiate contact with farmers, landowners and agriculture professionals
Ability to meet deadlines and manage several tasks at once
Some off-site and weekend work required
Valid driver’s license required
Connected with Ontario field crop farmers is an asset.
Experience organizing educational events such as workshops is an asset.
Experience with WordPress and different social media platforms is an asset.
Experience working or volunteering with non-profit organizations is an asset.
EFAO offers
A family-friendly work culture
Flexible work schedule
Contributions to a Health Savings Account
Generous paid time off

Application
EFAO is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume or CV (in one PDF document) to Sarah Hargreaves at jobs@efao.ca by October 4, 2021 11:59 EST.

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