Friday, March 28, 2014

Multiple Position Recruiting Announcement - USDA National Organic Program

See original job posting here.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing
Service’s National Organic Program (NOP) is the team that develops and
enforces national standards for organically-produced agricultural
products. We support consumer confidence that products with the
USDA organic seal meet consistent, uniform standards.

The National Organic Program team:

 Investigates complaints alleging violations of USDA organic
regulations; conducts proactive compliance and outreach activities;
and enforces organic production, handling, and labeling standards.
 Accredits and oversees a network of third-party organizations, called
"accredited certifying agents," who certify organic farms and
businesses.
 Sets standards for organically-produced agricultural products. We
develop and update regulations and policies; and facilitate review of
new materials for use in organic agriculture.
 Collaborates with other USDA agencies and countries to establish
organic equivalency arrangements with other countries.
 Develops communication materials and outreach and training
programs to support the organic community.
 Administers organic certification cost-share grant programs.

In 2014, the NOP will be recruiting for multiple positions, including:

 Policy Analysts, Accreditation Managers, and Materials Specialists (all
may be listed in USAJobs under the job title “Agricultural Marketing
Specialists” – read the announcement for the more specific role)
 Compliance and Enforcement Specialists (may be listed as
“Compliance Officer”)
 Communication, Outreach, Training Specialist
 Program Analysts and Administrative Support