Apply By: Thursday, March 12, 2020 11:59 pm EDT
CROPPING SYSTEM SPECIALIST Organization: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Division: Economic Development Division, Agriculture Development Branch, Field Crops Unit
Job Term: 1 Permanent
Job Code: 12124 – Industrial Development Officer 3
Salary: $1,438.41 – $1,835.96 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status: Open Targeted Job ID: 147722
Do you want to play a key role supporting the competitiveness of Ontario’s field crop sector?
If so, this is your opportunity to join the dynamic Field Crop team to develop, coordinate and implement field crop Cropping Systems programs. Help us transform new agronomy research and cropping system ideas into practical programs, products and services which will ensure Ontario’s agricultural sector remains competitive and environmentally responsible both now and into the future.
This role develops and maintains effective partnerships with the agriculture sector and farm/commodity organization members by providing critical knowledge and understanding of field crop economic and agronomic scientific principles to improve to field crop cropping systems.
The Cropping Systems Specialists role requires excellent oral and written communication skills to discuss and present information effectively in presenting and writing through reports, articles and electronic media and knowledge of techniques and methods of adult education and training.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs helps to build a stronger agri-food sector by investing in the development and transfer of innovative technologies, retaining and attracting investment, developing markets, providing regulatory oversight, and providing effective risk management tools. The ministry also helps enable rural Ontario to build strong, vital communities with diversified economies and healthy social and environmental climates • Follow us on Twitter
Agriculture Development Branch is responsible for dealing with issues relating to agricultural production (crops and livestock), to assess the applicability of new crop production technologies for Ontario conditions and the application of best management practices to ensure a competitive and environmentally responsible agri-food sector.
Why work for the Ontario Public Service?
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• Competitive compensation and benefits
• Flexible work arrangements
• Collegial and professional work culture
• Career growth and development opportunities across multiple business areas
• We provide on-the-job training to support your success in the role.
What can I expect to do in this role?
In this job, you will:
• act as the lead provincial specialist on cropping systems management in field crops
• lead Ontario’s technology transfer activities through the development, coordination and implementation of strategies, policies and programs
• coordinate projects designed to assess the applicability and sustainability of new and existing practices, products, technologies and programs
• prepare and deliver educational information and awareness building tools to facilitate change
• act as a liaison between the research community and industry
• manage contentious and high priority issues
• provide technical advice and expertise in support of policy and program development
How do I qualify?
• You have a valid G driver’s license or equivalent to drive on Ontario highways to conduct site visits at rural and remote locations
• You have expert knowledge of scientific theories, principles and practices of soil management as it relates to cropping systems
• You have expert knowledge of the Ontario agricultural industry (e.g. economics, social importance, roles and mandates of farm and commodity organizations).
• You have knowledge of relevant acts and regulations that impact cropping systems practices.
Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills
• You have knowledge of research methods and practices to investigate viability and applicability of new methods, techniques and technologies, analyze validity of findings and make recommendations on their suitability for Ontario conditions.
• You have the ability to identify and investigate issues, trends and developments related to crop production practices and environmental sustainability.
Consultation and Facilitation Skills
• You are able to assess industry educational needs and develop appropriate training and educational materials.
• You can encourage and motivate agricultural and rural organizations to develop and support policies and programs that encourage the adoption and maintenance of sustainable practices in their agricultural and rural communities.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
• You use clear and concise language when creating a variety of written communication documents (ex. reports, educational materials).
• You can discuss and present technical information and ensure it is understood. Project Management
• You have planning and coordination skills to manage project activities and resource requirements.
• 1 Permanent, 830 Prescott St, Kemptville, East Region
Compensation Group: Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Posted on: Tuesday, February 26, 2020
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Position Title: Cropping System Specialist
Job Code: 12124 – Industrial Development Officer 3
Job ID: 147722
Purpose of Position:
As a Provincial Specialist, to lead Ontario’s technology transfer in the assessment of new or existing practices, products, technology, and research related to field crops. To be the Ontario lead technology transfer expert in the development, coordination and implementation of strategies, policies and programs related to the field crop sector. To coordinate projects designed to assess the applicability of new or existing practices, products, technology, research, programs and policies to Ontario conditions, which will ensure a competitive and environmentally responsible agri-food sector.
Duties / Responsibilities:
Consulting with client organizations and agencies as a Provincial Specialist, to identify concerns, issues, trends and new developments which may relate to and impact on provincial programs and policies and on information services and education and training needs of clients. Coordinating and implementing programs and projects across commodities and disciplines with experts, industry and organization personnel to develop and prepare educational materials, management training tools and other programs, that meet the needs and training requirements on a range of issues. Monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the delivery and implementation of information and education and training services and other programs, using performance measures to ensure that client needs are addressed efficiently and effectively. Providing an effective liaison between the research community and industry to determine the applicability of new, emerging and innovative technologies and practices to Ontario conditions and assist in the establishment of research priorities or activities.
Providing expertise to senior management related to field crop production systems across Ontario. Developing responses and approaches to issues of a highly sensitive and contentious nature. Developing strategies and build consensus to expedite senior level decision making processes.
Providing leadership in the identification, development, assessment and application of current and new crop production practices and technologies related to cropping systems and in communication to clients.
Leading the development of initiatives to assess the overall impact of current or new crop production practices and technologies on the field crop sector.
Leading the evaluation of the interaction of current or new crop production practices and technologies when new crop practices and technologies are adopted; leading the evaluating of the interaction with crops in different areas, and in different rotations.
Linking provincial, national and international expertise to respond to needs of Ministry staff, consultants and the agricultural and rural community through developing policies and programs, leading edge information and educational materials, including developing seminars and courses, electronic and print information packages and designing and implementing demonstrations of new techniques and products.
Maintaining regular contact with clients and partners and developing coalitions and networks to facilitate delivery of program information services and education and training and encourage alternate service delivery. Providing expert analytical and technology transfer support and back-up consultative capability to support ministry staff, private sector practitioners and industry organization staff in finding solutions to problems, and opportunities facing specific business operations and the industry as a whole. Representing Provincial or Ministry interests on multidisciplinary working groups to develop provincial, national or international initiatives related to cropping systems. Conducts field sampling and related reporting activities during emergency response, as required by ministry emergency management leadership. Participates in regular emergency preparedness exercises and training.
Staffing and Licensing : Valid Ontario Driver’s License. Ability to travel in rural areas not serviced by public transportation.
Knowledge and understanding of scientific theories, principles and practices of production, business management and marketing related to Ontario cropping systems and understanding of related disciplines in the agricultural industry to review new and existing methods, techniques, programs and policies and investigate and identify their suitability for Ontario conditions. Knowledge of production practices and economics within the area of Ontario cropping systems to develop expert leading edge information and educational materials that will assist clients with improving their competitive position. Knowledge of Ontario agricultural industry, its economic significance, social importance and the roles and mandates of farm and commodity organizations in the rural community to assess the relevance and impact of new policies, program initiatives and practices. Knowledge of acts and regulations that impact on cropping systems in order to provide information on standards for production of commodities and to advise on compliance of production practices and techniques with legislation and regulations. Knowledge of techniques and methods of adult education and training to develop educational and training materials for clients and colleagues and conduct training on new products and techniques. Knowledge of consultation and group facilitation techniques, as well as needs assessment techniques, and program evaluation methods, in order to consult with clients on programs and information needs, and to evaluate if educational and training services and policies and programs are meeting client needs and program objectives. Knowledge of research methods and practices, in order to investigate viability and applicability of new methods, techniques and technology; analyze validity of research findings; and prepare reports and make recommendations on their suitability and applicability for Ontario conditions. Expert level of knowledge related to Ontario cropping systems regarding current economic development issues, research accomplishments, environmental impacts and issues, production practices, marketing trends and theories as well as programs and services provided provincially, nationally and internationally by governments, universities and private institutions, to ensure that our client base has access to state-of-the-art information.
Analytical and problem solving skills to assess information, education and training needs of agriculture and rural clients and to provide information, services and alternative innovative strategies and solutions in response to client requirements. Analytical and evaluative skills to investigate issues, new trends and developments related to production, management and marketing of cropping systems, community economic development, and environmental sustainability. Tact, diplomacy, and consensus-building skills to establish and enhance partnerships, coalitions and networks to facilitate program delivery, sharing of information, education and training. Ability and capacity to communicate concisely, professionally and effectively in writing through the compilation and preparation of technical reports, briefing notes, articles and electronic media, and orally through group presentations and one-on-one dialogue. Interpersonal skills in order to encourage and motivate agricultural and rural organizations to develop and support policies and programs that encourage the adoption and maintenance of sustainable practices in the agricultural and rural communities. Interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective provincial, national and international working relationships and demonstrated ability to develop partnerships with clients. Verbal communication skills to discuss and present information, outlining options and recommendations on how technologies, policies and programs can be applied to facilitate understanding and promote acceptance by others. Planning and coordination skills to manage own and other staff time on concurrent projects and activities to ensure that Ministry resources are effectively and efficiently used in meeting the Ministry objectives and addressing agricultural issues. Project management skills to plan and coordinate activities in consultation with clients and stakeholders to identify time and resource requirements and to develop policy and program options for ministry and clients to address agriculture and rural issues. Skill in administering contracts of service providers and forecasting and monitoring project budgets. Ability to use computer applications for statistical analysis, data base management and electronic communications including the use of the Internet and social media.
Freedom of Action:
Position requires working under the direction of the Manager, in a team environment. Position is responsible for independently planning, organizing and completing both assigned and self-initiated projects. Position requires working with limited on-site supervision, and working within the practices, policies, standards and objectives of programs, and within recognized methods, procedures and practices related to cropping systems. Position exercises latitude in making decisions in: determining effectiveness of information services, education and training, policy and programs and making recommendations on necessary changes, new areas and issues which should be covered; providing advice to clients individually or in groups. Position requires independent judgement and freedom of action in initiating and maintaining liaison with specific key contacts both within the Ministry, other ministries and with agriculture groups and organizations, and others as deemed appropriate. Position requires freedom of action and judgement in managing projects, deadlines, and managing stakeholder program relationships. Freedom of action and judgement are required in providing outreach, program information, and outreach materials for use by clients and organizations, and training to field operations. Position requires judgement and freedom of action when consulting with senior officials in client organizations and agencies as a Provincial Specialist in order to identify concerns, issues, trends and new and emerging developments which may relate to and impact on provincial programs and policies, and on information services and the education and training needs of clients. Position requires freedom of action in establishing and maintaining frequent contacts with Ministry colleagues, staff from other government departments, and other farm and agribusiness partners and/or service providers such as educational institutions. Position requires the submission of annual work plans and regular reports of results and activities to the Manager.