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Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) offers certification to farmers and beekeepers who produce food for their local communities without the use of synthetic chemicals or GMOs. CNG's grassroots approach relies on peer-review inspections, direct relationships, and a high degree of transparency, all of which keep costs and paperwork to a minimum while fostering valuable knowledge exchange and networks among farmers. More than 800 farmers and beekeepers throughout North America participate. CNG's participatory approach to certification is recognized by IFOAM - Organics International as an effective way to include small-scale producers in the organic movement. CNG is a private non-profit organization that is not affiliated with the USDA Organic Program.

We seek one or two enthusiastic and detail-oriented individuals to support the administration of CNG's certification programs and serve as important liaisons to the farmers and beekeepers who participate in our grassroots initiatives. In particular, we seek to fill the following positions.

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Certification Specialist 8-15 hours/week [POSITION FILLED]* and Certification Coordinator 25-30 hours/week [POSITION FILLED]


Certification Manager 35-40 hours/week* [POSITION FILLED]

* Indicates this position requires some familiarity with organic farming practices and inputs

CNG will EITHER hire two part-time staff (the Certification Specialist and the Certification Coordinator) OR one full time Certification Manager who manages the work of both these roles.

How do these roles differ? 

The Certification Specialist is responsible for reviewing new applications for certification programs, and communicating with applicants and other prospective members about CNG's standards and requirements. There are typically occasional special projects, particularly during the slower summer months, such as researching ways to update and expand our certification standards and processes. Some familiarity with natural/organic farming practices and inputs is required.

The Certification Coordinator helps new members complete the certification process, fills orders for CNG goodies, fields questions from members and prospective applicants, and assists with coordinating on-farm inspections. Some familiarity with natural/organic farming practices is valuable, though not required.

The Certification Manager combines the responsibilities of both positions into one full-time position. 

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Work is to be done in our Brooklyn office, primarily during regular business hours, though there is flexibility with scheduling. For well-qualified candidates, the Certification Specialist may work remotely. Hourly pay is $15 or more, depending on experience.  Paid vacation is provided based on length of employment and number of hours worked per week.

Being a part of the CNG staff offers a unique opportunity to be a part of a growing grassroots organization that celebrates the farmers and beekeepers producing food for their local communities by working in harmony with nature. CNG offers a supportive and positive working environment, with a dedicated and passionate staff, located in a well-run and pleasant co-working space. We enjoy using our creativity in our work, learning from and supporting farmers across the country, and hearing almost daily how much they appreciate Certified Naturally Grown. 

How to Apply


Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least two references. Email these items as a single PDF file attachment to Alice Varon, Executive Director, with the applicant’s first and last name included in the file name. No phone calls please.

Candidates may apply for more than one of these positions. Please indicate clearly in your cover letter which position/s interest/s you. 

Certified Naturally Grown is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that seeks a more sustainable food system. Candidates who would contribute to this diversity are strongly encourage to apply.

Interviews will begin in late August. The position will start in September, or as soon as the right candidate is selected.

These positions have been filled.