Apply By: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 11:59 pm EST


Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Agriculture Development Branch
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
12124 – Industrial Development Officer 3
$1,396.11 – $1,781.96 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.

Posting Status:

Job ID:

Would you enjoy working outdoors, solving problems and building partnerships with the academic community and agricultural stakeholders?

If so, please consider this opportunity to help us create and transform new research and ideas into practical programs, products and services that will ensure Ontario’s vegetable production industry remains competitive and environmentally responsible.

What can I expect to do in this role?

• act as the lead provincial specialist on an assigned portfolio of vegetable crops including tomatoes, peppers, sugarbeet, beets, eggplant & chicory
• research leading-edge production practices from around the world and adapt the findings to Ontario industry needs
• facilitate industry change through educational and awareness building tools such as publications, media releases, social media, speaking engagements, and one-on-one meetings with vegetable producers and industry stakeholders

How do I qualify?

Mandatory requirement:

• In order to conduct site visits at rural and remote locations, you must have the ability to travel to locations not serviced by public transportation.

Industry knowledge:

• You have expert knowledge of vegetable crop production theories, principles and best practices.
• You have strong knowledge of Ontario’s agricultural industry (production systems, economics, agri-businesses).
• You have an understanding of related disciplines in the agricultural industry to enable you to review new and existing methods, techniques, programs and policies in order to investigate and identify their suitability for Ontario conditions.

Communication, consultation and consensus-building skills:

• You have written communication skills to develop professional documents, reports and educational materials using clear, concise language.
• You have consultation skills to conduct needs assessments and set priorities in the development of training and educational materials.
• You have oral communication and facilitation skills to deliver training materials.
• You have tact, diplomacy and consensus-building skills to establish and enhance partnerships, coalitions and networks with producers and industry stakeholders.

Research, analytical and problem-solving skills:

• You have research and analytical skills to assess the educational and training needs of agricultural clients.
• You have analytical and problem-solving skills to investigate industry issues and develop evidence-based options and recommendations.
• You can develop innovative strategies and solutions in response to client requirements.
• You have an understanding of program evaluation methods.

Other important items:

• You have an understanding of adult education principles and techniques to design, deliver and evaluate training materials.
• You have planning and coordination skills to effectively manage project activities and resources.
• You are proficient with a variety of computer applications (e.g. e-mail, internet, word processing, spreadsheet, statistical analysis, database, etc.).

Additional Information:

  • 1 Permanent, 120 Main St, Ridgetown, West Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Posted on:
Tuesday, November 21, 2017


  • W-AF-113890/17

How to apply:

  1. You must apply online.
  2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume: Tips, Tools and Resources.
  3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We rely on the information you provide to us.
  4. Read the job description to make sure you understand this job.
  5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
  6. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please Contact Us to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours.
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered prior to an offer of employment.

Remember: The deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 5, 2017 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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