NOFA-NY Certified Organic

Certification Specialist

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Posted On: Sunday, 10th February 2019
Category: Administrative
Location: Binghamton, New York
840 Front St, Binghamton, New York 13905
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About NOFA-NY Certified Organic:

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.


Position Summary:

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 strongly preferred, though flexibility in location is possible. Applicant must be willing to visit Binghamton office daily the first week of hire for training purposes.


Position 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 System 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 meetings
  • Attend trainings outside the office – Field days, shadow inspection, NOFA-NY annual conference, and IOIA inspector training.


Position 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.



The starting salary for this exempt position 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.


To Apply:

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:

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