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Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest Coordinator

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is seeking a FarmFest Coordinator to serve on our Education and Outreach Team. The part time contracted position will be responsible for planning and management, with support from the PCO staff, of the Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest, held annually on the first weekend of August at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall PA. This year’s event is scheduled for Aug 7-8, 2015. PCO is a private non-profit organization that works to ensure the integrity of organic products and provide education, inspection, and certification services that meet the needs of our members.
The successful contractor will possess strong organizational and time management skills with demonstrated work experience in event and volunteer management. We seek a highly competent individual with proficiency in soliciting/securing sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors and the use of databases, computer networks, volunteerism, and social media. Please refer to our website at www.farmfest.paorganic.org when completing this proposal.

To apply for this position, please access the request for proposal form here.


 

FarmFest Administrative Coordinator Intern

This non-paid internship can be taken for credit over the course of the Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 semesters.

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is seeking a part-time FarmFest Administrative Coordinator Intern who will be responsible for duties associated with successfully running a Summer festival attended by over 3500 people. The intern will perform all duties listed below with support from the PCO staff, to facilitate this year’s FarmFest, held August 7-8 at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall PA. PCO is a private non-profit organization that works to ensure the integrity of organic products and provide education, inspection, and certification services that meet the needs of our members. This intern position is based in our Spring Mills, PA office, though flexible, work-from-home hours prior to the festival is permissible. A personal computer and reliable access to Google Docs, as well as attendance at FarmFest in August are required.

The successful intern will possess strong organizational and time management skills with demonstrated work experience in event and volunteer management. We seek a highly competent individual with proficiency in the use of databases, computer networks, volunteerism, and social media.

Skillset

  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated work or volunteer experience in event and volunteer management
  • Potential to exhibit proficiency in soliciting/securing sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors
  • Skilled in use of databases, computer networks, and social media
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Familiarity with local community
  • Highly developed interpersonal, networking, and rapport building skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and perform within deadlines
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with others
  • Understands and appreciates importance of extraordinary customer service

 

Responsibilities

  • Recruit, coordinate, schedule, and manage volunteers
  • Obtain sponsor, vendor, and exhibitor commitments
  • Manage annual FarmFest timeline and tasks
  • Work collaboratively with partner organizations to plan various FarmFest areas including but not limited to: Family Arena, Wool Village, 5K, and Silent Auction
  • Update and maintain FarmFest website and social media outlets
  • Report progress to PCO FarmFest Manager weekly

Position will remain open until filled. Please send RESUME AND COVER LETTER to farmfest@paorganic.org.


 

FarmFest Event Coordinator Intern

This non-paid internship can be taken for credit over the course of the Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 semesters.

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is seeking a part-time FarmFest Event Coordinator Intern who will be responsible for duties associated with successfully running a Summer festival attended by over 3500 people. The intern will perform all duties listed below with support from the PCO staff, to facilitate this year’s FarmFest, held August 7-8 at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall PA. PCO is a private non-profit organization that works to ensure the integrity of organic products and provide education, inspection, and certification services that meet the needs of our members. This intern position is based in our Spring Mills, PA office, though flexible, work-from-home hours prior to the festival is permissible. A personal computer and reliable access to Google Docs, as well as attendance at FarmFest in August are required.

The successful intern will possess strong organizational and time management skills with demonstrated work experience in event management. We seek a highly competent individual with proficiency in the use of databases, computer networks, volunteerism, and social media.

This non-paid internship can be taken for credit over the course of the Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 semesters.

Skillset

  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Demonstrated work or volunteer experience in event planning and management
  • Skilled in use of databases, computer networks, and social media
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Familiarity with local community and public outreach opportunities that could be used to promote FarmFest
  • Highly developed interpersonal, networking, and rapport building skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and perform within deadlines
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with others
  • Understands and appreciates importance of extraordinary customer service

 

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with FarmFest Manager to accomplish annual FarmFest timeline and tasks
  • Work collaboratively with partner organizations and volunteers to execute various FarmFest areas including but not limited to: Family Arena, Wool Village, 5K, and Silent Auction
  • Develop site maps and layout, vendor/exhibitor/sponsor assignments, staff/volunteer scheduling, venue and grounds, etc.
  • Plan and conduct pre-event activities (attend parades, farmers markets, festivals to publicize FarmFest and plan volunteer work parties)
  • Event set-up, schedule, and cleanup coordination
  • Report progress to PCO FarmFest Manager weekly

Position will remain open until filled. Please send RESUME AND COVER LETTER to farmfest@paorganic.org.


 

IMG_2407PCO Internship

See above for specific internships being offered at this time.

The Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) Internship position would assist in all duties associated with office management and organic certification as directed by the Administrative Team and Certification Team.  Applicants should have organizational, communication, writing and computer skills, as well as strong abilities in a team environment.  Responsibilities include handling correspondence, phone, and email communication, providing information to prospective and current clients, assisting with office management duties, participating in the preparation of events and exhibit booths and supporting the certification team with filing, mailings, and processing paperwork. This is a three-month paid part-time or full-time position at our Spring Mills, PA office.

Wondering what a day in the life of a PCO intern is like? Click here to review some of their responsibilities.

Please send resume and cover letter to lia@paorganic.org. Electronic submissions are preferred.

 


Organic Inspectors

If you are interested in learning about the process for becoming an organic inspector and potentially becoming a PCO contractor in the future, please contact the PCO office at 814-422-0251 or e-mail to pco@paorganic.org

For more information about organic inspector training, please visit the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) website at: http://www.ioia.net