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OMRI is Hiring a Technical Research Analyst

About OMRI

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) is a leading nonprofit organization working to strengthen the organic industry. OMRI operates an internationally recognized evaluation program that reviews and lists input products for use in producing, processing, and handling organic foods and fiber. OMRI Listed® products may be allowed in operations that are certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program, the Canadian Organic Standards or Mexico’s Organic Product Law.

OMRI is actively engaged in diversifying its work force, creating an equitable workplace culture, and creating an inclusive workplace environment. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you do not meet every one of our qualifications listed.  Read our full DEI Policy and Vision here.

Location:  Though our office is in Eugene, Oregon (Learn more about the City of Eugene), this position is open to being completely remote from anywhere in the United States.

Overview of Position

We are looking to fill a key position on our team. Technical Research Analysts are responsible for providing expert support to OMRI's Technical Department, including standards development, research, and educational programs. The successful candidate will have a background in science, strong technical writing and oral presentation skills, familiarity with organic or other federal regulations, and an interest in working as part of a dynamic and collaborative team. The Technical Research Analyst reports to the Technical Operations Manager.

Starting salary $ 49,500 to $ 54,750 per year (dependent on education and experience); 40 hours per week; flexible work hours; generous PTO; telecommuting from anywhere in the United States

Major Responsibilities 

Research Activities 

  • Technical Reports 
    • Serve as lead author, co-author or technical reviewer to support technical report writing.
  • Other Research Activities 
    • In coordination with the Research and Education Manager, write and/or review technical bulletins. 
    • Work on other research initiatives that support OMRI programs and the broader organic sector. 

Technical Support 

  • Provide technical support for the OMRI Review Program.
    • Answer technical and policy questions from OMRI staff. 
    • Work within OMRI’s processes and provide analysis and recommendations on unresolved issues. 
    • Assist with the creation of and conduct trainings for ORP staff.
    • Prepare for and attend Review Panel (RP) meetings, when deemed necessary. 
  • Provide technical support to certifying bodies subscribing to OMRI.

Standards Revisions and Updates 

  • Assist with developing proposals and implementing approved revisions to the OMRI Standards Manuals, Generic Materials List and Permitted Substances Categories.
    • In coordination of the Standards Manager, prepare ballots and other supporting documentation for OMRI’s Technical Committee of the Board of Directors. 
  • Perform maintenance of technical information in OMRI’s Technical Information Editor. 
  • In coordination with Technical Director, prepare ballots and other supporting documentation for OMRI’s Advisory Council. 


  • Assist in the development of educational resources including presentations, review guides and other materials.   
  • Conduct educational trainings and presentations, as requested. 

Public Information 

  • Provide support and information to the public.
    • Write public comments, newsletter articles, website copy, and other public information. 
    • Represent OMRI at appropriate trade shows, conferences, and meetings, as requested.
    • Answer questions from the general public. 
  • Understand and adhere to all policies and procedures under OMRI's Quality System. 
  • Other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Chemistry, biology, physics, geology, or a related field preferred.  Master’s degree is preferred. 
  • Documented training in organic regulations, such as IOIA certification, NOP training, etc. preferred.
  • 2 years of experience in research, technical writing, or organic regulations required



  • Demonstrated technical writing and reading abilities.
  • Strong understanding and familiarity with organic food systems, food and agriculture regulations, and chemistry.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills with a focus on precision and nuance.
  • Willingness to participate in professional development activities, and ability to acquire new skills and adapt to change quickly.
  • Able to work constructively as part of a dynamic team.
  • Proficiency in standard office software.
  • High level of attention to detail and ability to process complex information and instructions.
  • Able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks, organize information, complete tasks in a timely fashion, and appropriately handle confidential business information.


  • Public speaking skills and experience.
  • Familiarity with standardized procedures such as ISO 17065.
  • Project coordination and planning skills

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to occasionally travel domestically, if required.


  • Full time position with competitive salary
  • 50% employer contribution to dependent medical, vision and dental plans
  • 100% employer-paid life insurance, long term disability and short term disability insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Opportunities for flexible scheduling
  • Opportunities for training and professional development
  • Bike-friendly business and support for alternative transportation options
  • Small nonprofit organization with established team and leading role in organic industry
  • Casual, fun work environment
  • For more detailed information, please visit our Description of Benefits


July 24, 2023

How to apply

Submit your resume and cover letter as a PDF or Word document to jobs@omri.org referencing Technical Research Analyst in the subject line. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

OMRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

OMRI is committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming work environment where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.  All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, performance and business needs. 

For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please see the government poster “Know Your Rights.”

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 541-343-7600 or hr@omri.org.