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EFAO is seeking a Fundraising Coordinator

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EFAO Fundraising Coordinator Position

Position: 30 hours/week, offered through the Ontario Job Creation Partnerships (OJCP) program (see eligibility criteria below)

Duration: 26-40 weeks, starting early February 2018

Compensation: $423/week through OJCP program                                                               

Location: Guelph, Ontario

Job Opportunity:
The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) is looking for a motivated and organized individual to research, design, carry out and evaluate a fundraising strategy for EFAO. The position will also provide opportunities to connect with Ontario’s ecological agriculture community and take part in a dynamic grass-roots organization dedicated to supporting farmers!

About the EFAO:
The Ecological Farmers of Ontario (EFAO) is a farmer-led charitable organization that has been supporting ecological farmers in Ontario since 1979. We strive to provide practical farmer-to-farmer training in ecological farming and to build community and support for our member farmers. Our main activities include workshops, farm tours, kitchen table meetings, an advisory service, farmer-led research, an annual conference and a bi-monthly newsletter. To learn more about EFAO please visit efao.ca.

Eligibility:

This position is being offered through the Ontario Job Creation Partnerships (OJCP) program. After being selected by EFAO, candidates will also be interviewed by a program representative. Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • Unemployed and legally entitled to work in Canada (if working part-time, must be less than 20 hours per week);
  • Eligible for Employment Insurance Benefits, or have collected EI Benefits in the past 36 months, or finished a maternity or parental claim within the last 60 months are now looking to return to the work force;
  • Have completed a Needs Assessment interview with a designated Service Provider, and developed a Return To Work Action Plan (RTWAP) indicating that a JCP position is a suitable intervention to meet the Plan’s goal.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Research potential fundraising opportunities
  • Develop both a short-term and long-term Fundraising Strategy
  • Coordinate and attend fundraising events, gather feedback and prepare reports on event success
  • Develop communications materials
  • Attend public events, conferences and tradeshows to promote donor fundraising program
  • Explore fundraising opportunities through EFAO merchandise (i.e. baseball hats, t-shirts, etc)
  • Other project-related activities as needed.

 

Skills & Assets Required:

  • Experience with fundraising and marketing/communications
  • Experience preparing budgets and making budget reports
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Timely and attentive to details
  • Relationship-building skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Self motivated, creative problem solver with the ability to prioritize and see tasks through
  • Experience working or volunteering with non-profit organizations
  • Familiarity with the broader ecological farm community in Ontario
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license
  • Ability to occasionally work on weekends

 

To apply please email the following in a single PDF document to jobs@efao.ca:   

  • A cover letter describing why you would be a good fit for this position
  • A resume outlining relevant experience
  • 3 references

 

Deadline: Please apply on or before February 2, 2018

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Event Coordinators Wanted!

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EFAO Volunteer Positions

On-Farm Event Coordinators

Position: On-Farm Event Coordinators

Type: 7-month volunteer position (details below)

Organization: Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (efao.ca)

Location: Guelph, Ontario

EFAO is looking for 2 Volunteer On-Farm Coordinators, one located in Eastern Ontario and one located in Southwestern Ontario.

In this position, you would attend and facilitate farm tours and on-farm workshops covering a variety of topics, from irrigation to cut flower production on behalf of EFAO. The On-Farm Event Coordinator is a volunteer position starting in April and lasting until November 2018. The position involves approximately 40 hours of work total, depending on schedule and availability. Events may be on weekends or weekdays (typically, though not exclusively, Sunday, Monday, or Wednesday) and can be up to 6 or 8 hours, including travel time. Volunteers are reimbursed for travel expenses.

Application Deadline: February 24, 2018

Responsibilities may include:

  • Bringing necessary supplies
  • Taking registrations and payment
  • Introducing EFAO
  • Supporting farm tour host as needed
  • Collecting evaluations
  • Documenting the event (blog post, pictures or video)

Assets:

  • Experience coordinating events
  • Experience public speaking
  • Practical farming experience
  • Knowledge of ecological agriculture
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Timely and attentive to details
  • Relationship-building skills
  • Ability to see tasks through
  • Familiarity with broader farm community in Ontario

 

Position Requirements

  • One of the volunteers must live in, or close to Guelph, Ontario and be available to come into the office
  • You will need to have access to a car and valid driver’s license

 

A complete application will consist of:

  1. A resume outlining relevant experience
  2. A cover letter describing why you would be a good fit for this position

 

Questions about the position can be directed to Katie Baikie, Membership Services Program Manager (katie@efao.ca, 519-822-8606).

Email resume and cover letter in a single document by February 24th to katie@efao.ca

The 2017 EFAO Conference is Coming!

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Early Bird Rates in effect until November 6th

4th Annual Ecological Farmers of Ontario Conference

November 29-December 1, 2017
Blue Mountain Resort, Blue Mountains, ON
Visit conference.efao.ca or call 1-877-822-8606 to register.

Join over 300 ecological growers and supporters from across Ontario and beyond for an incredible three days packed full of practical farmer training, networking opportunities, and celebration.

A draft program illustrating this year’s theme, Rebuilding Rural Economies from the Ground Up, is now available online.

Conference program highlights include:

  • Thursday keynote address by Shannon Hayes, the Radical Homemaker
  • Friday keynote address by Lauren Martin of the Canadian Organic Trade Association
  • Speaker panel on co-operative farming models, facilitated by Faith Gilbert of Letterbox Farm Collective
  • Intensive pasture management & land restoration with Shawn & Beth Dougherty, authors of The Independent Farmstead
  • Farm business management sessions addressing cost of production, marketing, and labour management
  • Soil-focused workshops on topics such as low-input agriculture and soil carbon sequestration
  • Workshops on grain production, intercropping, natural beekeeping, seed crops, and animal health
  • Tours at The New Farm and Eat Local Grey Bruce
  • Many more exciting topics and speakers!

Early-bird pricing ends November 6th – register early to take advantage of this reduced rate!

Visit conference.efao.ca for the latest updates!

EFAO Seeking Fundraising Coordinator

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The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) is looking for a motivated and organized individual to research, design, carry out and evaluate a fundraising strategy for EFAO. The position will also provide opportunities to connect with Ontario’s ecological agriculture community and take part in a dynamic grass-roots organization dedicated to supporting farmers!

Position: 30 hours/week, offered through the Ontario Job Creation Partnerships (OJCP) program (see eligibility criteria below)
Duration: September 11, 2017 – June 29th, 2018 (40 weeks)
Compensation: $423/week through OJCP program
Location: Guelph, Ontario

About the EFAO
The Ecological Farmers of Ontario (EFAO) is a farmer-led charitable organization that has been supporting ecological farmers in Ontario since 1979. We strive to provide practical farmer-to-farmer training in ecological farming and to build community and support for our member farmers. Our main activities include workshops, farm tours, kitchen table meetings, an advisory service, farmer-led research, an annual conference and a bi-monthly newsletter. To learn more about EFAO please visit efao.ca.

Eligibility

This position is being offered through the Ontario Job Creation Partnerships (OJCP) program. After being selected by EFAO, candidates will also be interviewed by a program representative. Eligibility criteria include the following:

  • Unemployed and legally entitled to work in Canada (if working part-time, must be less than 20 hours per week);
  • Eligible for Employment Insurance Benefits, or have collected EI Benefits in the past 36 months, or finished a maternity or parental claim within the last 60 months are now looking to return to the work force;
  • Have completed a Needs Assessment interview with a designated Service Provider, and developed a Return To Work Action Plan (RTWAP) indicating that a JCP position is a suitable intervention to meet the Plan’s goal.

Responsibilities

  • Research potential fundraising opportunities
  • Develop both a short-term and long-term Fundraising Strategy
  • Coordinate and attend fundraising events, gather feedback and prepare reports on event success
  • Develop communications materials
  • Attend public events, conferences and tradeshows to promote donor fundraising program
  • Explore fundraising opportunities through EFAO merchandise (i.e. baseball hats, t-shirts, etc)
  • Other project-related activities as needed.

Skills & Assets Required

  • Experience with fundraising and marketing/communications
  • Experience preparing budgets and making budget reports
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Timely and attentive to details
  • Relationship-building skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Self motivated, creative problem solver with the ability to prioritize and see tasks through
  • Experience working or volunteering with non-profit organizations
  • Familiarity with the broader ecological farm community in Ontario
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license
  • Ability to occasionally work on weekends

To apply please email the following in a single PDF document to jobs@efao.ca   

  • A cover letter describing why you would be a good fit for this position
  • A resume outlining relevant experience
  • 3 references

Deadline: **Deadline Extended** Please apply on or before September 4, 2017.

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.