Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator, Western Region, for CleanFARMS

CleanFARMS is a not-for-profit industry stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through the proper management of agricultural waste. Their 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. They work together with farmers to create a safe, healthy and sustainable environment.

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

CleanFARMS is currently developing a program for the collection and recycling of grain bags in Saskatchewan in response to a new government regulation. CleanFARMS is also looking to expand this program to include Manitoba and Alberta. Additionally, CleanFARMS currently operates programs for the management of used pesticide and fertilizer containers and obsolete pesticides and animal health products.

CleanFARMS is currently looking for a self-motivated individual to fill a one year contract as a Program Manager for Western Region. Reporting directly to the Western Business Manager, this position will be integral in the operation of the Saskatchewan grain bag stewardship program. It will be primarily a logistics focused position, but will also include organizing and operating meetings of stakeholders and other vested parties.

This role will coordinate and run the Saskatchewan grain bag program and assist in the operation of other CleanFARMS stewardship programs as mentioned below.

Primary Responsibilities:
Saskatchewan Grain Bag Recycling (45% of time)

  • Recruiting and establishing collection sites.
  • Liaising with collection sites during collection periods.
  • Liaising with local authorities, municipalities, and farmers.
  • Tracking and reporting of grain bag recycling shipments.
  • Organizing the collection and shipping of grain bag plastic.
  • Managing the quality assurance/quality control for the program.

Container (jug and bulk) program duties (25% of time):

  • Supporting collection sites in Saskatchewan (retailers), Manitoba
  • (retailers/municipalities), Alberta (retailers/municipalities).
  • Sampling and inspection of shredded plastic.
  • Conducting studies on container rinse rate and non-program material studies.

Obsolete collection program duties (15% of time):

  • Assisting in the development and operation for Western Canada’s obsolete collection program including:
    • Selection of sites;
    • Executing the RFP;
    • Coordinating with Cleanfarms’s Communications Officer; and,
    • Managing on-site logistics during collection weeks.

Alberta and Manitoba Pilot program duties (15% of time):

  • Liaising with collection sites to ensure needs are met (communications, logistics).
  • Coordinating collections with contractor.
  • Communicating with and visiting collection sites regularly.
  • Attending meetings and events related to the pilot program.

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 (i.e., crop protection products).
  • 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.
  • Possesses a personal vehicle available to be used for work, a driver’s licence in good standing and is able to be fully insured to drive a vehicle for work purposes.
  • Able to travel regularly throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba as needed for work.

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

CleanFARMS provides a competitive salary commensurate with experience. This position is offered as a 1 year contact. Success of the program over the first year will be required to convert this role to a permanent position.

Interested applicants should apply on LinkedIn, forwarding their resumes and cover letter. The cover letter should outline why they are a good fit for this role along with their salary expectations. CleanFARMS appreciates all expressed interest in this position, however, only the candidates selected for interview will be contacted.