Farm Milk Quality Coordinator (Remote – Indiana/Michigan region) in Remote

Organic Valley
  • Remote
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If a company is going to make a difference in today’s world, it’s going to have to think differently. At Organic Valley, our philosophy and decisions are based on the health and welfare of people, animals and the earth. We’re a mission-driven cooperative, owned by family farmers, and we’ve been leaders in organic agriculture from the very beginning. Once pioneers of organic agriculture, we’re now an established leader. Organic is all we do. We are driven by our mission to promote regional farm diversity and economic stability by the means of organic agricultural methods and the sale of certified organic products.
Summary of Role This position is responsible for providing CROPP member farm milk quality support in the Mideast – Great Lakes region of the United States. Work includes day-to-day support in the area of responsibility as well as milking system troubleshooting at member farms with difficult or chronic issues. Primary area of responsibility includes Indiana and Michigan with occasional travel outside the region as directed. Location within established region is preferred.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Primary contact and on-farm service for CROPP-handled members relating to raw milk quality issues.
Work with producers on the WIP (Work Improvement Program).
Milking equipment & comprehensive system evaluation and troubleshooting.
Coordinate producer and load milk quality samples to lab.
Maintain conventional milk handler relationships and coordinate milk handler field staff support for member farms.
Assist producers in preparing for IMS Surveys & FDA Ratings.
Assist Pool Coordinators as needed.
Assist Production for plant contact.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Experience in a variety of milking equipment functions and design.
Knowledge of milk quality issues and experience with on-farm trouble shooting of high bacteria and somatic cell problems.
Post high school education or equivalent experience preferred.
Education or experience in microbiology or food science preferred.
Must be motivated and able to work independently.
Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, Outlook).
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
Ability to travel to other producer locations as necessary.