Opportunities

Staff Positions

Certification Specialist

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC is a non-profit, USDA-accredited organic certification agency, whose primary purpose is to provide high integrity organic certification to over 1,000 organic farmers and processors throughout New York State and surrounding areas.

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC is hiring a full-time Certification Specialist. Training provided along with the ability for a flexible work location at home or at NOFA-NY Binghamton, NY office. A candidate who can regularly visit the Binghamton, NY office is preferred, though flexibility in location is possible.

The starting salary for this exempt positon is $30-$35K depending on experience along with annual pay increases. Benefits include healthcare, dental and 403(b) as well as generous paid holidays/vacation time. Be a part of a growing company working with a dedicated team that supports local organic food and farming.

Responsibilities

  • Review initial/renewal certification applications for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with USDA NOP National Organic Standards
  • Review initial/renewal application after inspection for compliance with NOP National Standards and consistency with Organic Farm Plan submitted.
  • Approve/Pend or Deny approval of Organic Certification
  • Finalize producers certificates and paperwork
  • Issue non-compliance notices to producer not in compliance with the NOP National Organic Standards
  • Review producers response to non-compliance, final review determination notification and document results of findings
  • Assist the certification office with the annual mailing of applications for renewal
  • Assist the certification office with producer communication and mailings as necessary.
  • Input of data into database including products, crops, fields, livestock, and acreage.
  • Attend Office trainings and meeting
  • Attend trainings outside the office – Field days, shadow inspection, NOFA-NY annual conference, and IOIA inspector training.

Qualifications

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

This position will take approximately one year to master - serious applicants only. Interested and qualified candidates are invited to email a resume and letter of interest to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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Internships

Organic Farming Outreach and Education Intern

Founded in 1983, NOFA-NY is a statewide organization leading a growing movement of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and businesses committed to promoting sustainable, local, organic food and farming that’s good for people and planet.

We provide education, assistance, and support to regionally-based, sustainable farmers to help them thrive; educate consumers about the value in buying local, organic products; help consumers connect with regionally-based farmers; work to make local, organic food available to all people; and advocate policies that support a sustainable food and farm system.

Our organization promotes the stewardship of the land and the lives that inhabit it. Stewardship encompasses the long-term viability of our natural resource base; the health of consumers; the working conditions of farmers, their families and workers; the needs of communities; and the welfare of farm animals. Please see our website for more information: www.nofany.org.

Overview of Outreach and Educational Support:

  1. Support NOFA-NY’s Educational Programming by coordinating promotion and marketing for outreach activities.
  2. Support organization through research of marketing opportunities across NYS.
  3. Conduct directed market research into relevant areas of policy affecting organic and sustainable producers.
  4. Compile basic organic statistics state wide to use when promoting organic and for project justification for grant writing.

Internship Information:
This is an unpaid internship. The duration of the internship is a negotiable. The time requirement per week is between 16 and 24 hours. If you need to receive educational credit for this internship, please let us know in your application.

Office Location:
1423 Hathaway Drive, Farmington, NY 14425

Application/Contact:
Please email a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


To submit a hardcopy of application materials, please send to:
Human Resources
NOFA-NY
1423 Hathaway Drive
Farmington, NY 14425

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Volunteer Positions

Interested in volunteering with NOFA-NY? We can always use some help! Contact us with your background and interests at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..