Job Opportunity: Agriculture Recycling/Stewardship Program Coordinator for Cleanfarms in Alberta

Cleanfarms is a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste. Our programs manage agricultural plastic and other inorganic waste from farms across Canada and have earned a reputation of excellence around the world.

Farmers are among the most environmentally conscious people. Their livelihood depends on the health of the land and the natural environment. Cleanfarms offers programs to help farmers responsibly manage the waste products they generate on the farm. We work together with farmers to create a safe, healthy and sustainable environment.

The success of our programs over the last two decades highlights the commitment of farmers, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, municipalities and provinces to agricultural environmental responsibility.

Cleanfarms has experienced significant growth over the last five years and continues to grow in Western Canada. In Alberta, two separate pilot programs are underway – one program to collect and recycle grain bags and twine, and another program to collect and recycle empty seed and pesticide bags. These programs will continue to expand and develop in the coming years. Cleanfarms also operates several permanent programs on an annual basis, including collection and recycling programs for empty pesticide and fertilizer jugs, empty pesticide and fertilizer drums and totes, and a collection program for old and unwanted pesticide and livestock medication products.

Cleanfarms is currently looking for a self-motivated individual to fill a role as an Agriculture Recycling/Stewardship Program Coordinator for Alberta. Reporting directly to the Western Business Manager and working closely with the other Western Region Program Coordinator, this position will be integral in the operation of the developed and developing stewardship programs in Alberta. It will be primarily a logistics focused position but will also include organizing and operating meetings of stakeholders and other vested parties.

Primary Responsibilities:

Alberta Grain Bag and Twine Program (45% of time)

  • Reporting to the oversight committee (APRG) regularly;
  • Recruiting and establishing collection sites;
  • Liaising with collection sites during collection periods;
  • Liaising with local authorities, municipalities, and farmers;
  • Organizing, tracking and reporting material recycling shipments.
  • Managing the quality assurance/quality control for the program.

Container (jug and bulk) program duties (15% of time):

  • Supporting collection sites in Alberta (retailers and municipalities) on matters related to the collection program;
  • Meeting with relevant stakeholders to promote and improve the program;
  • Working and communicating with collection contractors;
  • Sampling and inspection of shredded plastic (as necessary);
  • Conducting studies on container rinse rate and non-program materials.

Obsolete collection program duties (15% of time):

  • Assisting the [Obsolete Collection Program Coordinator] in the development and operation of the Alberta obsolete collection program including:
    • Selection and set up of sites;
    • Communications and distribution of P&E tools;
    • Assisting with on-site logistics during collection weeks (as necessary).

Seed and Pesticide Bag collection program (25% of time):

  • Expanding pilot collection to all areas of the province;
  • Transitioning the pilot program to a permanent program by 2021;
  • Liaising with collection sites to ensure needs are met (communications, logistics);
  • Coordinating collections with contractor;
  • Attending meetings and events related to the pilot program.

Other duties (as assigned):

  • Presentations at industry conferences and stakeholder meetings across the province;
  • Assist Manager of Member and Stakeholder Relations with Alberta-specific member recruitment;
  • Representation and active participation in meetings, at functions and on working groups as needs arise;
  • Provide assistance and support in other western provinces as necessary.

Education, Experience and Key Competencies:

  • Successful completion of post-secondary education in a field of study related to agricultural, waste management and recycling, or logistics industries.
  • A minimum of 5 years combined experience working in agriculture, waste management and recycling, or logistics coupled with a strong understanding of agriculture processes and technologies.
  • Enjoys being a key part of a team, but able to work independently and solve problems when needed.
  • Demonstrated strong self-motivation, and initiative, combined with the assertiveness required to meet goals on time, on budget and to the required standard.
  • Experience working in a highly regulated industry requiring compliance with regulations (TDG, provincial waste regulation, federal environmental regulation).
  • Exceptional customer service skills, interpersonal and written/oral communication skills.
  • Competent, comfortable and experienced in public speaking.
  • Possesses a personal vehicle available to be used for work, a driver’s license in good standing and can be fully insured to drive a vehicle for work purposes.
  • Able to travel regularly throughout Alberta as needed for work and occasional travel out of province.

Depending on the successful candidate’s location in Alberta, they may be required to work from a home office with office equipment supplied by Cleanfarms.

Cleanfarms provides a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience. This position is offered as a full-time, permanent position with a 3-month probationary period.

Interested applicants should apply by forwarding their resumes and cover letter to The cover letter should outline why you are a good fit for this role along with your salary expectations. We appreciate all expressed interest in this position, however, only the candidates selected for interview will be contacted.


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