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ACORN is Hiring! 2017 Conference Assistant

Date(s) Deadline to submit application is June 21st, 2017 at 4:00 PM
ACORN is Hiring! 2017 Conference Assistant

Type: Full-time contract (Aug 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018)

Location: Sackville, near Moncton, New Brunswick

ACORN hosts many events, but the largest is our annual organic Conference and Trade Show, this year taking place from November 27-29 at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro, NS.

The ACORN Conference aims to gather representatives from the entire Atlantic Canadian organic agricultural community (and beyond) for a three day event of knowledge sharing, learning and networking, and boasts over 400 attendees, 40+ exhibitors, and 40+ workshops in four concurrent sessions each day.

Conference Assistant Job Description

The Conference Assistant will work closely with and report to ACORN’s Conference Coordinator. This position will support coordination and logistics for all aspects of the conference. Specific tasks will include:

  • Overseeing event registration logistics, from preregistration to onsite registration desk*
  • Supporting ACORN’s Conference Coordinator with ACORN’s organic trade show and sponsorship recruitment and followup
  • Assisting ACORN’s Conference Coordinator with speaker bookings and logistics
  • Managing ACORN’s volunteer coordination including recruiting and hiring a childcare coordinator
  • Providing logistics support for communications such as ACORN’s conference website and program development and distribution
  • Assisting with future planning and coordination of the 2018 ACORN conference in Prince Edward Island
  • Supporting outreach and promotional efforts for the ACORN Conference & more related to conference planning and execution

*Please note that this will require the candidate to be available for additional hours the week prior to the conference and the week of the conference.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Self Starter and effective team player who also works well independently
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to communicate in both official languages considered a strong asset.
  • Friendly, approachable with experience in customer/member service
  • Event coordination experience


Job Details

37.5 hours/week with a biweekly salary of $1000-$1125, commensurate with experience.

Start date is Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 with contract ending February 28th, 2018. The successful candidate will work from ACORN’s office in Sackville, NB.

This position is funded through the Agriculture and AgriFood Canada’s (AAFC) Youth Green Jobs Initiative. To qualify, you must:

  • Be a Canadian post-secondary graduate;
  • Be 30 years or younger at the start of the internship
  • Not have participated in any other Youth Employment Strategy programs (ie. Career Focus);
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

To Apply

Required application: A cover letter and a detailed résumé with the names of three easily reachable references (all in one PDF file, please!) to:

Tara Scott


Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, 4:00 PM

We appreciate everyone’s interest in this position; however, only those selected for an in person interview will be contacted.