The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization created to benefit the organic community and the general
public. Its primary mission is to publish and disseminate generic and
specific (brand name) lists of materials allowed and prohibited for use in
the production, processing, and handling of organic food and fiber. OMRI
also conducts scientific research and education on the use of materials by
the organic industry.
The Program Associate's duties relate to developing and organizing data
about generic materials and specific products for use in organic food and
fiber production and handling. The Program Associate reports to the
Executive Director and provides support services to the Technical Director
and Policy Director. It is a permanent position for 30 to 40 hours a week
starting at $10/hr.
*Maintaining files on all topics relating to generic materials on OMRI's
list: organizing correspondence, research articles, and other paperwork by
*Library research relating to organic farming and processing materials as
directed by OMRI staff.
*Implementing mailings to members of Advisory Council of information
collected above as directed by Policy Director.
*Assisting with writing background papers.
*Special projects with the Technical Director. These may include maintaining
databases, data entry, research, writing, correspondence with brand name
product applicants, and other activities.
*Communications with OMRI's applicants and subscribers about content of
OMRI's program: answering questions about generic materials, preliminary
determination of whether applicants should apply, screening questions to go
forward to other staff.
*Logging all details from above communications that need to be directed
towards policy or technical work.
*Other projects as designated by the Executive Director.
*College-level education or equivalent with science or agriculture
*Basic knowledge of agriculture, especially soil fertility and pest management.
*Strong communications skills, both verbal and written.
*Familiarity with library research methods.
*Computer skills, including databases, email, and word processing.
*Experience with or knowledge of organic farming is not required but is
Please send a cover letter, resume, three references that we may contact,
and a sample of your writing to: Kathleen Downey, Executive Director,
Organic Materials Review Institute, Box 11558, Eugene, OR 97440 USA.
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