We’re Hiring: Organic Data and Information Systems Coordinator

Hours: 30 – 40 hours a week

Compensation: Salary $42,000-$55,000/year pro-rated

Benefits: OCO compensates staff for personal device use, internet and other small office expenses pending approval. After 6 months, staff may be offered a health savings plan.

  • Participants must be age 30 and under and a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or hold refugee status in Canada;
  • Must be a graduate from a post-secondary institution (some exceptions apply) and is not an existing full-time permanent employee;
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations

OCO has recently revamped our Organic Data Portal to include an organic information knowledge base. The application employs various custom import tools to pull data from a variety of sources to create dynamic and up-to-date data reports on the organic sector (acreage, number of operators etc.) using Data Wrapper. The Data Portal Intern will help us explore ways we can expand the data portal with the available data, as well as improve processes and user experience to provide a seamless experience for OCO members and staff and eliminate manual entry. Furthermore, OCO aspires to increase the data reports offered and requires a curious intern and strategic mind to help source and develop new automated data reports and improved processes for sustaining these efforts in the future.

The Organic Data and Information Systems Coordinator will manage and improve the data portal, increasing integration, efficiency, and creating a seamless experience for OCO members, staff, and public users. The data portal and knowledge base will:  

  • support organic farmers and businesses to more easily navigate the Canadian Organic Standards and access information that facilitates business decisions and growth; 
  • increase access to information on regenerative and organic best practices, increasing their uptake by farmers and thereby increasing their environmental impacts; 
  • increase awareness of the climate-friendly impacts of organic agriculture among the public, encouraging more organic purchases and greater demand for organic products;
  • connect organic producers and businesses across the province, supporting stronger local, organic food systems; and 
  • create easier to access information and resources for producers and businesses interested in transitioning to organic food production.

Job Duties:

  • Acquire, analyze, clean and import organic membership and product data;
  • Research and promote climate-friendly benefits of organics;
  • Work with partners to identify gaps in data and conduct research to fill holes;
  • Perform regular updates to the Ontario Organic Data Portal using custom-built tools;
  • Determine new sources of organic data (e.g. livestock, consumer processed goods) and design reports to feature relevant analysis. This may involve discussions with partners, designing surveys and/or forms and some business strategy;
  • Analyze and assess the data collected to highlight trends and insights;
  • Process membership data to populate and maintain the Ontario Organic directory;
  • Oversee ongoing data management and process optimization using OCO’s member database and custom-built membership management tools.

OCO is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. OCO actively encourages applications from those who experience barriers to equity such as BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ people. We invite you to inform us should you have any accessibility or accommodation needs.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and a cover letter in one PDF to [email protected] by December 8th at 5pm. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

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