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EFAO Seeking Northern Ontario Regional Outreach Consultants

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Request for Proposals: Northern Ontario Regional Outreach Consultants 

The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario (EFAO) supports farmers to build resilient ecological farms and grow a strong knowledge-sharing community. We envision an Ontario where thriving ecological farms are the foundation of our food system, and where agriculture protects our resources, increases biodiversity, mitigates climate change, and fosters healthy, vibrant communities.

Established by farmers – for farmers, EFAO has been committed to ecological and organic farming since 1979. EFAO brings farmers together through farmer-to-farmer education and research, so that they can learn from each other and improve the health of their soils, crops, livestock and the environment, while running profitable farm businesses.  

Strengthening the Ecological Agriculture Sector in Northern Ontario:

Over the next 3 years, EFAO will carry out a program in Northern Ontario to:

  • Support and encourage the start-up of new farm businesses through training, mentorship, outreach and grants for equipment/capital;
  • Provide farmer-to-farmer training & mentorship through workshops, farm tours, meetings and advisory consultations;
  • Engage farmers in farmer-led research and provide training and financial support for on-farm research trials;
  • Attract new, ecological farm businesses to start-up in northern Ontario through a promotional campaign; 
  • Partner and collaborate with organizations and groups in Northern Ontario and beyond to support farm businesses and develop the agriculture sector.

To support this program, we will contract an Outreach Consultant to complete project deliverables in each of the following regions (total of 5 consultants):

  • Region 1: Rainy River/Kenora Districts
  • Region 2: Thunder Bay District
  • Region 3: Algoma/Manitoulin Districts
  • Region 4: Timiskaming/Cochrane Districts
  • Region 5: Sudbury/Nipissing/Muskoka/Parry Sound Districts

 

Timeline: 

September 1st, 2019 – August 30th, 2020
*with possible extension for up to 2 additional years (with additional deliverables). 

 

Deliverables

Thunder Bay, Algoma/Manitoulin and Sudbury/Nipissing/Muskoka/Parry Sound:

Outreach Consultants in the Thunder Bay District, the Algoma/Manitoulin Districts and the Sudbury/Nipissing/Muskoka/Parry Sound Districts are each expected to complete the following project deliverables within the year:

  • Create and execute an Outreach Strategy for the promotion of this project, its programs, activities and events, and the EFAO, to farmers, future farmers, and farm organizations in their respective regions. This should include:
    • Attendance and outreach at regional events and meetings
    • Meetings/consultations with farmers and representatives of farm organizations
  • Attend 3-4 outreach events in their region for promotional purposes,
  • Solicit input from regional stakeholders regarding workshop/meeting topics and overall program delivery,
  • Recruit farmers to host a minimum of 2 “kitchen table-style meetings” and 2 farm tours in their region, and attend these events to collect fees, take attendance, take photos and administer feedback surveys, 
  • Recruit 1-2 farmers to undertake farmer-led research trials in their region.
  • Meet regularly (by video conference and/or phone) and share information/updates with fellow Outreach Consultants in other regions, project management staff and other EFAO staff as appropriate, and
  • Collect data on project results (as needed).

Rainy River/Kenora and Timiskaming/Cochrane:

Outreach Consultants in the Rainy River/Kenora Districts and the Timiskaming/Cochrane Districts are each expected to complete the following project deliverables within the year:

  • Create and execute an Outreach Strategy for the promotion of this project, its programs, activities and events, and the EFAO, to farmers, future farmers, and farm organizations in their respective regions. This should include:
    • Attendance and outreach at regional events and meetings
    • Meetings/consultations with farmers and representatives of farm organizations
  • Attend 1-3 outreach events in their region,
  • Solicit input from regional stakeholders regarding workshop/meeting topics and overall program delivery,
  • Recruit farmers to host a minimum of 1 “kitchen table-style meeting” and 1 farm tour in their region, and attend these events to collect fees, take attendance, take photos and administer feedback surveys,
  • Recruit 1 farmer to undertake a farmer-led research trial in their region.
  • Meet regularly (by video conference and/or phone) and share information/updates with fellow Outreach Consultants in other regions, project management staff and other EFAO staff as appropriate, and
  • Collect data on project results (as needed).

Remuneration:

Outreach Consultants in the Thunder Bay District, the Algoma/Manitoulin Districts and the Sudbury/Nipissing/Muskoka/Parry Sound Districts will each receive $5,000 (including any HST) in remuneration to complete the above (an estimated 180 – 220 hrs/year). Travel mileage (paid at $0.41/km) will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $1,000 (including any HST). 

Outreach Consultants in the Rainy River/Kenora Districts and the Timiskaming/Cochrane Districts will each receive $2,500 in remuneration to complete the above (an estimated 90 – 110 hrs/year). Travel mileage (paid at $0.41/km) will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $500 (including any HST).

Qualifications:

Both self-employed individuals and applicable organizations with a suitable candidate may apply for this contract. The successful applicant will be required to enter into a professional services contract with EFAO for the work outlined in this RFP. 

The successful Outreach Consultant must have:

  • Excellent organization and time-management skills; ability to work independently
  • Good knowledge of – and/or experience in – the agriculture sector in their region
  • Strong connections and contacts within the agriculture sector in their region
  • Excellent communication skills. Ability to speak and correspond in both official languages preferred, especially in the Sudbury/Nipissing/Muskoka/Parry Sound Districts and Timiskaming/Cochrane Districts 
  • Access to home (or other) office, including personal computer, telephone and a good internet connection
  • Ability to travel to events within their region

Application Deadline: 

*** Deadline extended to 5:00 p.m. August 21st*** Work will commence September 2019.

How to Apply: 

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

  • For interested individuals, please submit a resume and cover letter describing why you would be a good fit for this position.
  • For interested organizations, please submit a proposal that details relevant organizational experience, as well as experience and qualifications of the proposed candidate.

If you have questions about the position, please contact Allison Muckle at allison@efao.ca.

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.

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.

Seeking On-Farm Event Coordinators!

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EFAO Volunteer Positions

On-Farm Event Coordinators

Position: On-Farm Event Coordinators

Type: 7 month volunteer (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 2017. 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.

Deadline: February 24, 2017

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 Naomi Krucker, Membership Services Coordinator (naomi@efao.ca, 519-822-8606 x.105)

Email resume and cover letter in a single document to naomi@efao.ca

Training & Resources Coordinator Position

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EFAO Training & Resources Coordinator Position

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

Duration: September 28, 2015 – July 1, 2016 (40 weeks)

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 help coordinate farm tours and workshops, develop resources and conduct outreach to support ecological farmers across the province. The position will provide opportunities to participate in training events, connect with Ontario’s ecological agriculture community and take part in a dynamic grass-root community oriented 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 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

  • Help organize farm tours, workshops and annual conference
  • Coordinate with venues, presenters and participants
  • Conduct outreach and promotion including website updates, press releases, social media, communication through listserv, poster design
  • On-site coordination including set-up and registration
  • Develop and populate resource webpage and online discussion forum for ecological farmers
  • Coordinate advisory service and develop new mentorship program
  • Keep and share appropriate records
  • Document events (blog post, pictures or video)
  • Conduct evaluation of programs and services

Skills & Assets Required            

  • Experience coordinating events
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with website content development and management using WordPress
  • 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 ali@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 August 30, 2015

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