Job Openings

Job Openings

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Executive Director

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), Spring Mills, PA, is a nonprofit, USDA-accredited, organic certifying agency that educates and certifies growers, processors and handlers of organic crops, wild crops, livestock and livestock products. Founded in 1997, PCO has ensured the integrity of organic products and provided education, inspection, and certification services that meet the needs of its more than 1600 members. PCO has grown to be one of the top five certification agencies in the U.S. with an incredibly talented and dedicated team of 60. PCO is in the unique situation as a nonprofit that generates the vast majority of its revenue from a fee for service which allows for opportunities for future development of innovative services.

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), is seeking an Executive Director to further its mission to “Ensure the Integrity of Organic Products and Serve our Farming Community” and to empower staff, clients and the organization to realize their fullest potential. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for the industry and a vision for its future. A demonstrated track record of excellent communication skills and the ability to build, cultivate and steward relationships in a variety of settings are essential to the role.

Essential Requirements:

  • Experience in and a working knowledge of organic agriculture
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is needed
  • Demonstrated track record of successful team leadership experience
  • Proficiency with technology

Desired Experience:

  • Working with a mission-driven organization
  • Participating in a compliance driven, highly regulated industry
  • Collaborating with a Board of Directors
  • A demonstrated history of community involvement

If you are passionate about organic farming and want to lead a highly dedicated team in growing the organization & impacting the organic farming community, this opportunity may be right for you!

Please forward resume and cover letter to our consultants: www.NorthGroupConsultants.com/jobs

Program Assistant

Pennsylvania Certified Organic announces a job opening for a Program Assistant. The Program Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for prospective clients and provides internal certification administrative support. The Program Assistant plays a key role in the exceptional customer service PCO is known for, by identifying and assessing customer needs and ensuring seamless follow-through. The ideal candidate will have an education and / or experience in the following areas: business, administrative, or a related topic, basic knowledge of organic standards and regulations, familiarity with certification procedures. We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated person to join our team-oriented environment in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania.

PCO is a growing non-profit organization that works with organic farmers and food producers across the US. PCO provides organic certification services to more than 1600 operations and employs approximately 30 staff and sub-contracts with around 50 field inspectors.  Our staff are dedicated to our mission: to ensure the integrity of organic products and serve our farming community.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Click here to view the job description and requirements.

Salary range: $38,000 to $46,400, depending on experience.

Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance; Simple IRA, generous holiday, vacation and paid time off.

This position will remain open for 14 days. Please send resume and cover letter to PCO Job Openings by Sept 22, 2019.


Employee Value Statement

Our core values serve as a guide for how PCO works and makes decisions every day. Through our core values, we recognize the interdependent relationships between all our stakeholders: certified clients, supporters and members; PCO staff and independent contractors; partner organizations; community and environment.

We keep people at the center of every action, interaction, and decision. We value employees who:

  • Care intensely about our stakeholders and their ability to succeed.
  • Show deep respect for human beings inside and outside our company and for the communities in which they live.
  • Listen well and seek to understand before reacting.
  • Are empowered to provide proactive solutions.
  • Communicate in a clear and timely manner.

We promote restorative practices that improve the world for future generations. We value employees who:

  • Provide sensible enforcement and understand how that impacts people, the environment, and the organic industry.
  • Create a network of support by connecting stakeholders to resources.
  • Are an advocate for PCO and the industry – building trust in organics from the inside out.

Embrace transparency and integrity in all our work. We value employees who:

  • Embrace humility, own mistakes, and honor commitments.
  • Actively welcome and give constructive feedback.
  • Foster a participatory workplace through inclusive discussion and decision making.

At PCO we strive to promote a work culture that promotes caring, purpose, and results.


PCO Internship

We currently do not have any 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 jobs@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 Jenny Cruse, Inspections Program Manager at jcruse@paorganic.org

To view the PCO Contract Inspector Expectations and Qualifications click here.

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