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Videography and Editing Engineer Organic Agronomy Training Service +3 more

  • Date Posted August 29, 2020
  • Location Anywhere
  • Category Agriculture / Media
  • Job type Part-Time
Company description The Organic Agronomy Training Service (OATS) is a collaboratively managed, programmatically independent consortium of universities, NGOs, and industry representatives who envision a future where families, farms, and ecosystems are viable, healthy, and resilient. Our mission is to train agricultural professionals in the practices and principles of organic crop production so that every farmer has access to science-based agronomic support.

Our training programs focus on agricultural professionals who serve farmers on the organic spectrum, from considering, through transition, and maintaining certification. These professionals include agronomists, Certified Crop Advisors, agri-business and retail service, independent consultants, and university extension educators. We educate this audience through regionally adapted trainings across five agricultural production areas: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest East, Midwest Central, Midwest West, and Rocky Mountain West.

OATS is fiscally sponsored by the Organic Trade Association who provides non-profit oversight, financial accounting and reporting, grant administration, and general guidance. The Organic Trade Association also serves as an anchor fundraiser for OATS programming activities through its industry-invested GRO Organic Voluntary Research, Promotion, and Education Program. Job description

Anticipated Start Date: Mid-October 2020 to advise project team during project development; filming and editing April-October 2021

Position Responsibilities

The Videography and Video Editing Engineer will support the development of a set of video education modules that will comprise the lessons for a hybrid distance-learning/in-person course on organic grain agronomy for agricultural professionals. In close collaboration with the National Program Director and the Organic Agronomy & Training Specialist, the Videography and Video Editing Engineer will film interviews, on-farm scenes and demonstrations, and explanatory presentations, and potentially create simple explanatory animations. The Videography and Video Editing Engineer will edit the video lessons in collaboration with the project team. The Engineer will also advise the OATS team during the script development phase of the project. The end product will be an engaging, high quality, and high production-value set of video-based lessons that will instruct the learner on all aspects of organic grain production.

Scope of Services
  • Attend regular project meetings, approximately 1 hour/week - October 2020 - November 2021
  • Advise project team on filming practicalities and production considerations during the script development phase - October 2020 - February 2021
  • Film video lessons - includes explanatory presentations, interviews, on-farm scenes and demonstrations - March - October 2021
  • Develop simple explanatory animations for inclusion in video lessons - February - October 2021
  • Edit content into high quality, high production value lessons (see The Market Gardener for an example of the format) - October - November 2021
  • Deliver finished video lessons on a scheduled rolling basis - October - December 2021

The hybrid distance-learning/in-person course will take an innovative approach to delivering content through a flipped classroom learning model. The course will consist of seven modules of engaging, high-production value video lessons on all aspects of organic grain production. Participants will be grouped into regional cohorts and meet by video conference to analyze and discuss each of the modules and build connections with each other. Participants will work through the content and lessons at their own pace and on their own schedule allowing them to take in the material when and how it will be most meaningful to them individually. Each module will include exercises that the participants will complete and submit to the course facilitator for review and feedback. The course will include an on-farm session where participants will see working examples of content from the online portion of the course, hear from farmers who are successfully managing organic acres, and engage in group learning activities.

Each lesson will run from 2-20 minutes with the number of lessons and total run time to be determined during script development. The video lessons will be organized around general topics  into the following modules:

  • National Organic Program regulations, structure, and history
  • Certification and record-keeping
  • Soil Health: crop rotation, cover crops, and reduced tillage
  • Pest and disease management
  • Weed management
  • Fertility management
  • Marketing, economics, and profitability

The production concept for this course is in an early stage of development. Filming, production, and run times will be substantially informed by the contractor serving in this position. We are seeking a contractor who is eager to develop the course concept alongside the other project team members. The successful applicant will demonstrate a vision and willingness to co-design this course in their application materials.



  • Expert skills in recording and editing high quality video
  • Ability to communicate complex information in an engaging way
  • Demonstrate vision for the project and a willingness to co-create the production concept
  • Proficiency with the following technical platforms: Zoom, Microsoft Word, Google Suite including Docs, Sheet, Gmail, and Calendar


  • Experience providing services to agriculture industry clients
  • Experience creating engaging educational videos
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing organic agriculture


  • Project-based contract with final product delivered on a rolling basis October - December  2021
  • Reports to the National Program Director
  • Contractor to provide own office space, computer, phone, internet, equipment, and supplies
  • Legal status to work in the U.S.
  • Travel required:
    • On-farm filming for several weeks duration spread out from April - October 2021
    • Filming locations include but are not limited to farms in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana

Special Submission Instructions

We recognize that this Request for Proposals does not contain the specifics needed to draft a comprehensive Fee Proposal for this opportunity. Please use the following to draft the Fee Proposal:

  • Weekly Project Meetings - 56 hours (approx.)
  • Hourly Consulting to advise on filming practicalities and production considerations - 22 hours (approx.)
  • Filming “Weed Management” Module (25 video lessons)
    • Core Content: Ten 5-10 minute videos
    • Regional Content: Five 5-10 minute videos tailored for each of three regions (total of fifteen 5-10 minute videos)
    • Recording voice-over content for each video, script provided, 25% of run time
  • Travel - 5 days on-site filming at farms near:
    • Kutztown, PA
    • Champaign, Illinois
    • Bozeman, MT
  • Post-production “Weed Management” Module
    • Logging and organizing cell phone video from project participants for inclusion in the videos
    • Source and incorporate needed stock video, sound effects, and music and licensing
    • Edit compiled content into twenty-five 5-10 minute videos

Proposal Review Criteria
  1. Qualifications and experience
  2. Quality and timeliness of the proposal
  3. Fee structure of the bid
Compensation this position is : contract Location job can be done remotely Application instructions
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DeadlineSeptember 27, 2020

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