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Current Open Positions:

Title:  Produce Program Outreach & Education Coordinator - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  03/15/2020
Req ID:  6071
Department:  Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency
Location:  

Williston, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $23.67
 
Overview

Join the Agency of Agriculture team that supports Vermont's fruit and vegetable growers and protects public health! The Produce Program Outreach & Education Coordinator (Agriculture Development Specialist I) conducts outreach and education to Vermont's produce industry and related stakeholders focused on FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and best practices for on-farm produce safety. The coordinator works closely with other Produce Program team members and manages multiple simultaneous projects and priorities.

Key responsibilities of this position include the following:

  • Design and develop outreach and education materials in print and digital formats.
  • Conduct phone, email, and in-person outreach to growers and other stakeholders.
  • Organize workshops, training, and stakeholder meetings.
  • Collaborate with the communications team on press releases and social media content.
  • Evaluate on-farm produce safety practices and provide produce safety training.
  • Develop, track, and report on program metrics. 

The ideal candidate is self-directed, has excellent written and oral communication skills, can synthesize and communicate complex ideas in plain language, and has experience working with diverse audiences/stakeholders. Candidates should have some familiarity with and a strong interest in graphic design as well as familiarity with agriculture and/or food safety. 

This position is funded by a multi-year FDA cooperative agreement. The successful candidate will be based in Williston, VT for the first six months of employment; the permanent duty station for this position is expected to be Montpelier, VT.

Who May Apply

This position, Produce Program Outreach & Education Coordinator (Job Requisition #6071), is open to all State employees and external applicants. It is a Limited Service position, which is non-tenured and authorized for a specific period of time. Limited Service positions are established for specially funded projects or programs. 

If you would like more information about this position, please contact kristina.sweet@vermont.gov, (802) 522-7811
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in a variety of settings, including open floorplan office, producer and market sites, and public events, project sites and potential hearing settings. Some in-state and limited regional, out-of-state travel is involved for which private reliable means of transportation must be available. Occasional public communication, both verbally and in writing is required. An incumbent must coordinate activities with other departmental staff and interact considerably with agricultural and land development business people, interest groups and the general public. Certain required activities may occur outside of normal office hours.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree AND one (1) year or more of experience at or above a technical level in agriculture, marketing, environmental conversation, communications, land use planning or another relevant field.

Preferred Qualifications

Completion of Lean White Belt training.

Experience assisting in the annualized management of grant and program funding.

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

Equal Opportunity EmployerThe State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.2431
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.3132
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Farmer Assistance                    802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431