Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Canadian Organic Growers Digital Education Coordinator Job Vacancy in Ottawa, Ontario

Start date: September 5, 2017
End date: April 27, 2018
Duration: 8 months
Contract: 37.5 hours/week
Compensation: To be determined, based on experience.

Canadian Organic Growers is a registered charity that produces educational materials to help farmers and gardeners adopt sustainable, organic production methods. Our materials include workshops, webinars, certificate courses, printed and digital handbooks, awareness campaigns and The Canadian Organic Grower magazine published three times a year.

We’re currently looking for a full-time intern to join our team at the national office and help improve our web-based training resources available for organic farmers. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience in project coordination, learn more about sustainable agriculture and help develop educational resources and tools for Canadian farmers.

The intern will:
• Research, compile and identify gaps in existing organic farming research and educational material from organizations across Canada;
• Develop stream-lined, user-friendly online platforms for accessing sustainable organic and ecological farming research and information;
• Build content and user-friendly applications into COG’s new website and update and maintain the existing TCOG magazine website;
• Develop and maintain a blog on sustainable organic and ecological farming that will increase awareness of environmentally beneficial farming practices;
• Improve the functionality of COG's digital lending library to increase accessibility to organic farming resources and improve ease of site management;
• Provide IT assistance and support to the office.

Essential Qualifications:
• Proven experience developing, designing and maintaining websites, using Wordpress, HTML and PHP.
• Strong IT skills including programming, coding and database creation, and providing technical support.
• Able to develop visually-appealing and educational graphic design content (using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign).
• Excellent written communications, including writing, editing and proofreading skills, particularly for web content.
• Research and analysis skills; ability to compile large quantities of data and present an analysis in simple, visually-appealing manner.
• Strong time management skills, with the ability to manage both short and long-term projects.
• Able to work as part of a team but also take initiative and a leadership role on projects.

Asset Qualifications:
• Diploma in Computer Science, IT, Web Development or Graphic Design
• Experience filming, editing and producing video content
• Knowledge of sustainable/ecological agriculture systems
• Demonstrated creativity in previous work experience and/or extracurricular activities

Candidates must:
• Be Canadian post-secondary graduates;
• Be 30 years or younger when they start the internship
• Must not have participated in any other Youth Employment Strategy programs (ie. Career Focus);
• Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

To apply for this position, please submit your CV, a 1-page cover letter explaining why you are a good fit for the position and 1-2 samples of your portfolio in website development and/or graphic design. Please send your application to:  employment@cog.ca  by Monday August 7th at 12pm EST.

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