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CFSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and people of color.
Organic Research Coordinator Description
The Organic Research Coordinator is a full-time (40 hours/week) position with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). The Organic Research Coordinator works as part of the Farm Services Team to conduct research and on-farm demonstrations to provide information to growers on organic production practices and organic transition.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a member based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. We support sustainable farming that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farm workers, and good for the land.
The Organic Research Coordinator is a full-time, salaried position that will conduct on-farm research that supports the needs of organic farmers in the Carolinas; conduct on-farm demonstrations to validate the effectiveness of organic production practices; and collaborate with research and education providers to assist in gathering and disseminating information on organic production practices and organic transition. This position will be based out of the Elma C. Lomax Farm in Concord, NC and will require travel throughout the Carolinas.
The Organic Research Coordinator will report directly to the Farm Services Director, and may supervise staff in the future. S/he will work with the Farm Services Director to prepare internal reports, compliance reports, grant billings, and other tasks necessary to meet program goals.
General Administrative Support (10%)
- Assist financial and programmatic monitoring to ensure compliance, progress towards objectives and expected results, and work plan and budget adherence.
- Oversee purchasing in accordance with approved budgets; maintain account and transaction records as needed for program implementation; and ensure compliance with CFSA expenditure control protocols.
Technical Assistance (30%)
- Conduct on-farm demonstrations at Lomax Farm and other farms in the Carolinas to validate the effectiveness of organic production practices.
- Provide on-site training to producers growing in seasonal high tunnels.
Methods & Tools (30%)
- Research and document successful business models for organic, small scale, and diversified farms and support producers’ adoption of those models.
- Develop resources and provide education on how to build successful organic farming operations.
- Collaborate with research and education providers to assist in gathering and disseminating information on organic production practices and organic transition.
- Conduct research at the Elma C. Lomax Farm that supports the needs of organic farmers in the Carolinas.
Training and Workshops (10%):
- Offer workshops in the Carolinas on organic production practices.
- Organize and host field days.
- M.S. in a horticultural or agronomic science field or a B.S. plus 5 years of relevant work experience in organic/sustainable agriculture with extensive on-farm research experience.
- At least three years’ organic farming experience and growing in seasonal high tunnels.
- Demonstrated research and analysis capacity and experience with experimental design and management.
- Strong familiarity with the National Organic Program regulations.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and to work comfortably in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
- Ability to work well within a team and with individuals, both internal and external, from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to travel throughout the Carolinas.
- Proficiency with MS Office Pro applications.
Salary range is between $36,000-$43,000 depending on experience, with generous vacation, retirement benefits, as well as a monthly fringe benefit of $360. CFSA is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and people of color.
TO APPLY: Submit a resume, list of professional references and a cover letter explaining why you want to work to promote local, organic agriculture to firstname.lastname@example.org, include “Organic Research Coordinator” in the subject line. You will receive electronic confirmation of your email submission. No calls, please.