[Sust-mar] Educ. & Outreach Coord., f/t (age 30 & under), ACORN, Sackville NB

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Position: ACORN Education & Outreach Coordinator

Organization: Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network


Location: 43 Main Street, Sackville, New Brunswick

35 hours / week

$12.00/ hour

Duration: 9 months

Start date: October 5, 2009

ACORN is the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network, 

a not-for-profit organization that works to promote organic

agriculture and products in Atlantic Canada. ACORN's

membership includes farmers, consumers, retailers, gardeners

and more. For more information, see http://www.acornorganic.org

Position Description:

* The Education and Outreach Coordinator will take a lead

role in all of ACORN's educational and membership related


* The position will oversee the ACORN sustainable farm

apprenticeship program (a partner project with SOIL -

http://www.soilapprenticeships.org), helping to link farmers

and apprentices.

* This position will also organize a Fall workshop series

* Successful applicant will assist with the 10th Annual

Organic Conference and Trade Show

* This position will also assist with the ACORN Annual

General Meeting and will help produce a number of

communications, including a monthly e-newsletter, 

quarterly print newsletter, and membership outreach.

Task Description:

Coordinator will act as project lead on sustainable farm

apprenticeship program: work directly with partner

organization (SOIL) to recruit new farms and apprentices for

Atlantic Canada region. This program assists farmers by

finding labour sources, as well as encouraging new farmers

to learn from experienced growers directly. This is a very

important program to ensure sustainable farm succession and

the growth of the local food movement. Act as project lead

on fall workshop series: working to coordinate three

workshops across Maritimes on on-farm food processing. This

includes arranging venues, speaker travel, promotions, and

registering participants. Coordinator will also be required

to follow budget, report on project, and post all materials

on-line for public access. This project will promote the

development of value-added local food, which will provide

greater farm profitability, diversification, and reduce food

reliance on imports. Assist with conference and trade show:

Coordinator will work with Conference Coordinator to

coordinate this event for 400+ delegates and trade show

exhibitors. This position will be responsible for volunteer

planning, training, and management. The ACORN Conference 

is a highly anticipated event of the organic community, where

educational seminars and information exchange are essential

for the development of the burgeoning industry. It is also

important to note that organic agriculture has the highest

percentage of women of any agricultural sector. There are

several other projects planned; however the above are the

key activities.

Special Requirements:

Driver's license required. Access to a vehicle preferred,

but not required. Dress code is office casual. Some travel

will be required.

Minimum Qualifications: The successful applicant should

hold a degree from a university or college. As this position

plays a critical role in the organization's public face, it

will be important to find a candidate who is experienced in

communications, has excellent written skills, and is

comfortable working with the public. Must have basic

understanding of MS Office programs. Experience with Adobe

Creative Suite is an asset. Applicants should be well

organized and enjoy multi-tasking. Must have the ability to

work in a small group and take the lead on projects--from

planning to execution and monitoring. Interest in organics,

food systems and/or environmental issues preferable.


Intern will develop several new skills and experience in an

ENGO setting, including: -developing/following budgets

-professional applications of software (MS Office and Adobe

Creative Suite) -basic up-dating of websites with FTP -grant

writing and reporting -membership recruitment and retention

-event planning and logistics -volunteer coordination

-knowledge of organic production/agriculture, and local food

issues -marketing and promotions of events and services

-communications (writing and production) -project management

This internship position will allow the successful applicant

the ability to learn many skills related to non-profit

management and project management. There is flexibility in

the position to allow the intern to focus on a particular

area of interest and further gain experience in a chosen

career path.

Language Requirement:

Excellent written/spoken English is essential. French would

be considered a strong asset.

Please submit applications before September 30th at 4:30 PM to:

Theresa Richards

Administrative Manager

admin at acornorganic.org

Fax: 506-536-0221

Tel: 506.536.2867

*The YMCA/YWCA Canada Youth Eco-Internship Program 

has generously provided funding for this position. Applicants

must be between the ages of 15-30 years old. See

http://www.yeip.ca for more information on Youth Eco



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