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Organic Certification Specialist (Reviewer) - WSDA

Washington State Depart. of Agriculture’s Organic Program is looking for a full-time Organic Certification Specialist (Reviewer) based in Olympia, Wa.  Position provides technical assistance on organic standards and reviews crop production applications and inspection reports to determine compliance with the USDA Organic Regulations.  Excellent communication skills and knowledge of crop production and handling within the state required.  Join our team of professionals in providing third party certification services and ensuring the integrity of the organic claim in Washington State. 

For a full description of the position, salary/benefit package, and details on how to apply, contact WSDA Organic Program Manager at the number or email below.  This opportunity is open until filledcontact us today!                                                                                  

Started in 1988 the USDA-accredited WSDA Organic Food Program upholds the integrity of the organic label through certification and inspection of organic crop and livestock producers, processors, handlers and retailers. WSDA, the oldest and largest state certification agency in the country, is entirely fee-funded and currently certifies over 1,100 organic clients and registers 750 material inputs for organic production. www.agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/Organic/

Brenda Book
WSDA Organic Program Manager

(360) 902-2090 / bbook@agr.wa.gov

WSDA Organic Food Program - 1111 Washington Street / PO Box 42560
Olympia WA 98504 - 2560


posted 7/19

NOC Seeks Consultant

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a "Washington voice" for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and industry members involved in organic agriculture. NOC seeks to advance organic food and agriculture and ensure a united voice for organic integrity, which means strong, enforceable, and continuously improved standards to maximize the multiple health, environmental, and economic benefits that only organic agriculture affords. The coalition works to assure that policies are fair, equitable, and encourage diversity of participation and access.

NOC is seeking a consultant to facilitate our work on National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) issues and the October 2015 NOSB meeting. The NOSB is the organic stakeholder board that advises the USDA on organic policy and regulations, including making recommendations about what materials should be added or removed from the National List. The NOSB holds public meetings twice a year. NOC participates by submitting written comments to the NOSB and providing oral testimony at NOSB meetings.

NOC’s participation in these meetings is a key part of our work to maintain organic integrity. As a diverse coalition with representatives from farmer organizations and the business community, as well as environmental and consumer advocacy groups, we are uniquely positioned to weigh in on which materials should be allowed in organic. While we recognize that farmers need access to tools to create viable and productive farm businesses, we are firmly committed to removing materials that harm the environment or human health and are no longer necessary in organic.

Duties and Responsibilities of Consultant The NOSB Consultant’s key duties include:

- Working closely with members of NOC’s NOSB committee to identify which materials and topics the committee would like to discuss and include in NOC’s written comments.
- Understanding different perspectives of NOC coalition members and working with the NOC NOSB committee to seek common ground to craft NOC positions.
- Scheduling NOC NOSB committee calls, crafting agendas, and acting as a facilitator during committee calls.
- Producing notes from committee calls (with support from NOSB committee members) and keeping NOC members informed about the committee’s work.
- Conducting research as needed to support the work of the NOC NOSB committee; evaluating technical reviews and other key documents produced by the NOSB.
- Drafting NOC’s written comments to the NOSB in partnership with NOC members; reviewing, editing, and submitting NOC’s written comments via the federal register.
- Attending the NOSB meeting in October of 2015. The meeting will take place from October 25-29 in Stowe, VT. Consultant will produce written record/summary of key discussions and decisions made by the NOSB.
- Assisting as needed with planning and facilitating the NOC Pre-NOSB meeting on Sunday, October 25.
- Drafting and presenting oral testimony to the NOSB in coordination with NOC’s executive director and policy director.

Qualifications This bright individual must possess:
- Outstanding interpersonal skills; the consultant will need to be a strong facilitator and have experience with group process.
- A collaborative spirit; the consultant needs to have the ability to listen to different perspectives and seek common ground.
- A keen understanding of the organic industry and standards; we are seeking a consultant who has experience with the Organic Foods Production Act, National Organic Program (NOP) regulations, and the NOSB; a background in chemistry or biology and/or a degree in a scientifically-related field are a plus.
- Excellent writing and public speaking skills, attention to detail, and analytical mind.

Compensation and Hours: This is a negotiable contract opportunity, with a budgeted consulting rate of $40-$50 per hour depending on qualifications and experience, plus travel expenses. The position requires approximately 20 hours per week on average during September and October of 2015 with additional hours required at the end of October during the NOSB meeting. We anticipate that the workload will not be even during this two-month period and some weeks (i.e. the week before comments are due) may require significantly more than 20 hours of work. There is no location requirement for the position but the consultant needs to have the ability to travel to Stowe, VT to attend the NOSB meeting from October 25- 29. There is a possibility of a contract renewal to continue consulting with NOC for the 2016 NOSB meetings.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (please indicate relationships), to: info@nationalorganiccoalition.org, subject line “NOSB Consultant.”

Deadline Friday, July 31, 2015. 

posted 7/17/2015

OMRI Needs Inspectors

OMRI is interested in contracting with independent, experienced inspectors with IOIA certification to perform inspections of organic input manufacturers. Areas of highest demand for inspectors are the U.S. (Midwest, Southern California, and the South), Mexico and Europe. To apply, please send email of interest and resume to inspections@omri.org.

posted 6/2/2015

OMRI Soliciting for Leadership Position - Technical Director

We are currently seeking applications for a new Technical Director to lead the department, and we plan to move quickly to fill the position as soon as possible. This is the perfect opportunity for someone with material review experience who wants to play a key role in the organic industry and work for the leading material review organization. Primary job responsibilities include working with certifiers to answer questions and provide technical support, acting as liaison with government agencies and serving as project manager for Technical Evaluation Reports. The Technical Director also oversees education projects and research efforts and plays a leadership role as part of the five-member OMRI Management Team. Telecommuting may be an option for the right candidate.

Please read the full job announcement for further details.

posted 5/23

CCOF seeking Inspection Operations Specialist

Click here for details. Job will be posted until filled.

posted 4/3/2015