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Communications Assistant

Grain Farmers of Ontario is seeking a communications assistant who is an energetic self-starter. They will have knowledge of and be enthusiastic about the agricultural industry. This role is very much that of an ambassador – representing Grain Farmers of Ontario at various farm shows, fairs and events throughout the summer and fall of 2020 as part of our Grain Discovery Zone program (GDZ). The GDZ is a grain outreach trailer that travels across the province to engage children and adults with grain farming. It includes interactive games, educational displays, outreach material and a corn box.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

Organization and Logistics

  • Coordinating Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Grain Discovery Zone presence at fairs/events across the province
  • Organize work schedule
  • Planning logistics and scheduling of the Grain Discovery Zone
  • Coordinating with the venues
  • Attending large, busy fairs across the province as a representative for Grain Farmers of Ontario
  • Set-up, tear-down, maintain, and driving the Grain Discovery Zone trailer to fairs/events across the province
  • Educating, interacting and answering questions from visitors to the GDZ about the benefits of grain farming in Ontario

Social Media and Communications

  • Provide Social media communications, including blog posts, Instagram, Twitter, snapchat and Facebook updates as the successful candidate travels throughout the province promoting grain farming.
  • Coordinating with communications staff to include updates on the GDZ for farmer-members in Grain Farmers of Ontario newsletters and social media
  • Generating story content for the blog and other social media sites.
  • Assisting at other Grain Farmers of Ontario events as needed

Other

  • Generate innovative ideas to engage public in grain education
  • Assist communication staff in other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Familiar and comfortable discussing agriculture hot topics
  • A motivated self-starter with creative energy and proven initiative
  • An enthusiastic, outgoing communicator equipped to promote the importance of Ontario’s grain industry
  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience using social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, Instagram, snapchat)
  • Ability to work independently for long periods
  • Work effectively as part of a team
  • Basic knowledge of the agricultural industry
  • Has a class G class driver’s license
  • Experience driving a large truck with a trailer
  • Note: Successful candidate must provide a driver abstract

Hours of work:

Full Time 40 hours per week – Days worked in a week vary based on event schedule; a typical work week could be Thursday-Monday.

Duration: 8 Months (April – November)

Compensation:Hourly compensation

You must submit a Cover letter with your resume to be considered for this role

Application:

Email resume and cover letter to hr@gfo.ca

Posting closes Wednesday March 11th, 2020 at 11:59pm

Grain Farmers of Ontario is committed to a fair and inclusive work environment. We will endeavor to accommodate the needs of qualified applicants in all parts of the hiring process. All resume information is received in confidence. While we appreciate and thank all applicants, we will only directly contact those candidates selected for an interview.

Disclaimer

This is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties may differ from those outlined above and other duties may be included as part of the job.

About Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farmland across the province, generate over $4.1 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $18 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 75,000 jobs in the province. Grain Farmers of Ontario works to represent the work of grain farmers, the benefit of grain, and the interest of our farmer-members provincially, nationally and globally. Our programs cover research funding and guidance, new market research and development, communications, wheat marketing, and more.

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