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Volunteer Coordinator


Volunteer Coordinator

Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For more than sixty years, we’ve been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing our findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.

Location: Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530

Type of position: Non-Exempt, Unpaid Volunteer Position

Employment Type: Part-Time, 8-16 hours/week

Department: Communications

Rodale Institute is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to organize, coordinate and manage the operations of the organization’s volunteer program. The organization utilizes volunteers for tours/educational programs, event assistance (day of and preparation), garden and public spaces maintenance, office assistance, and special projects.

This position is part-time, 1-2 days per week with flexibility on evenings and weekends a few of times a year (e.g., annual Organic Apple Festival and Plant Sales) and will remain open until filled.

Duties: This position is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the volunteer programs.

Essential Functions:

1. Organizes, coordinates and manages the recruitment of volunteers.

2. Works with social, civic and local organizations to develop partnerships and recruit volunteers.

3. Develops and implements training programs for all volunteers.

4. Maintains updated records on all volunteers.

5. Sets up and attends volunteer meetings. Reports to staff on volunteer activities as needed.

6. Recommends and develops ongoing volunteer utilization.

7. Develops and implements a volunteer recognition program.

Qualifications: Education: 2 years of post-secondary education required, Bachelor's degree preferred.

Experience: Two years of experience as a volunteer with a nonprofit or for-profit organization or comparable work experience. Preferred candidate will have excellent customer service skills, experience with volunteer coordination, able to work in a fast paced environment, support multidisciplinary departments and working knowledge of MS Excel.

Application Process: Please submit a resume (no phone calls) and cover letter detailing your interest in the position and the organization, as well as why you believe you make the ideal candidate for the position to: Diana Martin, at diana.martin@rodaleinstitute.org

Online Farmer Tools Assistant – Data Entry


Online Farmer Tools Assistant – Data Entry

Rodale Institute is a world leader in organic agricultural research.  The Online Tool Assistant is responsible for ensuring weekly updates are made to the Organic Price Report tool on www.rodaleinstitute.org.  This position is a primary data entry.  This staff member may work remotely.

Time commitment:  8 hours/week


  • Use tables and charts given by independent vendors and the USDA to locate and record pricing.
  • Record accurate data entry pricing online at Rodale Institute’s website.
  • Be willing to call vendors for more information or pricing.
  • Gather information from farmer partners.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must be able and willing to work eight to ten hours per week on Monday afternoon or Tuesday.
  • Highly motivated and energetic.
  • Must have excellent data entry skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Must have reliable access to the internet.
  • Ability to work in a diverse team environment.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • At least one year of experience in data entry.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Elaine Macbeth at elaine.macbeth@RodaleInstitute.org

Development Associate


Development Associate

The Development Associate provides administrative and fundraising assistance to the Director of Development.  Responsibilities include managing all administrative tasks in the development office.  The Development Associate reports directly to the Director of Development.  Tasks include processing of gifts and donations, filing and management of office administrative systems, and assisting in fundraising operation, including direct mail solicitations, letters to donors, grant proposals, and generation of reports from the database.  The Development Associate will perform other duties, as assigned.


  • Oversee the daily operation of Raiser’s Edge fundraising software including data entry, tracking gift information, generating queries to produce analytical reports, gift processing, prospect research, and relationship management.
  • Perform all administrative tasks related to development operations and fundraising, including mail processing, filing, ordering supplies, setting up meetings and appointments.
  • Perform all administrative tasks related to fundraising mailings, including managing technical aspects of mail merges, coordinating with the mail house vendors, etc.
  • Provide administrative assistance to Director of Development in all fundraising letters and solicitations to donors.
  • Prepare and mail acknowledgment letters and receipts.
  • Manage all aspects of annual direct mail campaign, under supervision of Director of Development.
  • Manage online monthly giving transactions.
  • Maintain and update donor contact lists.
  • Manage gift acknowledgement process and other special donor correspondence.
  • Work closely with Development Director and other staff to develop fundraising strategies.
  • Assist with identifying major gift prospects as well as the planning and implementation of the capital campaign.
  • Perform regular income reconciliations between development and finance team.
  • Manage methods for ensuring accuracy and integrity of constituent and gift data.
  • Assist Grants Manager in grant proposal preparation and submissions.
  • Assist with the development and management of additional fundraising, communications and marketing, and development activities, as assigned by supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree/or 5 years experience in business, communications, or other related field.
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge fundraising software a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to work as a team.
  • Must possess knowledge of fundraising principles and practices and maintain a professional, polished demeanor.
  • Highly detail-oriented.
  • Knowledge of organic and/or environmental issues preferred.


This position will require very little travel.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Elaine Macbeth at elaine.macbeth@RodaleInstitute.org

Communications Specialist


Communications Specialist

SUMMARY The Rodale Institute is looking for a dynamic storyteller to help shape and share our message of sustainable, organic agriculture to a local, national and international audience. The Communications Specialist reports directly to the Director of Communications.   The Communications Specialist position has a variety of responsibilities pertaining to communications, marketing and events- with an emphasis on creating fresh, relevant content for web and print.

Willing to consider local university students who graduate in May, 2016.


  • Website- Develop and edit content for website. Responsible for keeping information updated and managing back-end posting. Experience with search engine optimization, Google analytics, blogging and/or basic HTML preferred.
  • Email Marketing- Create monthly email campaigns about news & events for segmented audiences. Experience with Constant Contact or other email marketing platform a plus.
  • Social Media- Create daily content for social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that helps to educate and inspire about Rodale Institute’s mission. Responsible for maintaining brand voice and interaction. Experience with understanding analytics and advertising on social media a plus.
  • Publications- Develop story ideas, write and edit content, and assist with printing and delivery of key publications such as New Farm, donor newsletter, annual report and other marketing materials.
  • Events- Help plan, coordinate and staff outreach events such as Apple Festival, Organic Pioneer Awards, farm to table dinners, and Garden Store events.
  • Interest or ability in photography or video a plus.
  • Interest or ability in graphic design a plus.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism or other related field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to produce accurate work under tight deadlines.
  • Interest or ability in graphic design and of Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator) a plus.
  • Very good organizational skills and analytical abilities; highly detail-oriented.
  • Love of all things digital.
  • Knowledge of and interest in science, environmental issues, and organic food and farming helpful.

Position Type:  Full Time: 40 hours/week.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Elaine Macbeth at elaine.macbeth@RodaleInstitute.org.

Rodale Institute Seeks Field/Equipment Specialist





Rodale Institute is seeking Field/Equipment Specialist to join our team!

Job description and qualifications are listed below. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to elaine.macbeth@rodaleinstitute.org

SUMMARY: The Rodale Institute, a world leader in organic agricultural research, is looking for an equipment mechanic to manage a diverse shop for equipment maintenance and fabrication.


● Work in a team environment to conduct day-to-day activities, to perform routine maintenance on equipment necessary to support all farm functions.
● Oder parts and shop supplies to facilitate smooth operations and minimize equipment “down time.”
● Conduct routine inspection s as needed to ensure safe working conditions.
● Use computerized record keeping system to track all shop records.
● Work with all other teams; compost, landscaping, livestock, ASC, orchard, greenhouse, and research as time allows supporting their goals and objectives.

Note: Other duties may/will be assigned on a case by case and as-needed basis.


Must be able and willing to work in all types of weather, be able to lift in excess of 50 pounds, have good communications skills – (both written and verbal), and be flexible in hours as farm work can be unpredictable. Must be able to weld with MIG and ARC, use standard cutting torch equipment and be familiar with the safe operations of all hand tools for mechanical purposes. Must be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.


Should have several years’ experience in all types’ agricultural equipment repair and maintenance. Vocational Technical experience, welding certificate or other course work will be valued.


Minimal travel required, most work conducted on-site.


Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) internships available!

Agriculture Supported Communications (ASC) internship 2016

Rodale Institute is now accepting applications for Internship Positions in the Agriculture Supported Communities (ASC) Program for the 2016 growing season.  The ASC Program is a modified farm share program based on 5 acres and offering affordable payment plans to make fresh, local, organic produce accessible to 180 families the community.

Internship participants will be trained with responsibilities in every aspect of operating a small local organic grower’s business; it is an educational internship with real life responsibilities.

Individuals who are serious about taking the next steps towards starting their own sustainable, organic growers business should apply.  Applicants should have some farming experience, have a self-motivated positive attitude, be able to lift up to 40 lbs, and expect to be working in seasonal environmental elements.

Hands-on training and responsibilities will include: seed starting, greenhouse production & seasonal extensions, transplanting, pest & weed management, soil health, introduction to large equipment, harvesting, processing, marketing, customer relations, and working with community partners.  In addition the internship program will follow a comprehensive curriculum exposing participants to training in business planning & marketing, nutrition education, and designing a crop plan.

Interns will graduate from the full-time 8-month program (April – November) considered an Ambassador of the Rodale Institute and can expect a continued developing relationship with our organization.

Individuals from urban areas are encouraged to apply (i.e. Allentown, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York, etc)

Please send completed application, resume and cover letter to Cynthia James, ASC Program Manager at the Rodale Institute.  cynthia.james@rodaleinstitute.org

Compensation will include an intensive educational experience, housing, food from the farm and a modest stipend.

Additional internships are also available with focus in areas of livestock, garden, St. Luke’s Hospital farm, research and communications.  See our website for details: http://rodaleinstitute.org/dig-deeper/work-with-us/.

Rodale Institute (www.rodaleinstitute.org), in Kutztown, PA, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1947 by organic pioneer J.I. Rodale to study the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people.  Since then, the Rodale Institute has been dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research, education and outreach. For over sixty years, we’ve been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing our findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.

Rodale Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Communications and Outreach Internships

Rodale-logoCommunications and Outreach Internship 2016

Rodale Institute is seeking an intern to assist the communications department with all aspects of department operations. The applicant should have a strong interest in writing, journalism, media relations and be web and computer savvy. Interest or knowledge in organic agriculture, healthy living, environmental and/or agricultural policy, or science a plus, but not required. (more…)

Research Interns needed at Rodale Institute


Research Internship 2016

Rodale Institute’s Research Department investigates a number of scientific and regenerative farming issues, including cover crop practices, organic weed management, organic no-till systems, compost use, influences of agricultural practices on water quality, and effects of mycorrhizae and other soil biota on crop and soil health, and yields. The Department also oversees the Farming Systems Trial (FST), the oldest continuous trial in the US that compares organic and conventional farming systems.

To support this research, our interns work with staff researchers to lay out experimental field plots, assist with greenhouse plantings, conduct lab experiments, tend and maintain experiments, collect and process samples from the field, and enter data for statistical analysis and interpretation. This work involves physical activities in the field, lab work, and computer use, operating both in teams and individually. Many long days in the field collecting soil samples, assessing weed populations, and picking crops to determine yield should be expected. Interns that can work for two or more months duration, between May and December are desired. Preference will be given to applicants who can be present for longer periods of time. (more…)

Garden Internships


Garden Internship 2016

Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1947 by organic pioneer J.I. Rodale to study the link between healthy soil, healthy food and healthy people.  Since then, the Rodale Institute has been dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research, education and outreach. For over sixty years, we’ve been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing our findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.


Rodale Institute offers an educational and hands-on opportunity for interns to learn and practice the fundamental principles of organic plant cultivation and garden maintenance. Garden areas will include Medicinal Plant Garden, Homestead Demonstration Vegetable Garden and Cut Flower & Pollinator Garden. These areas of the farm are the primary focus on site for the Institute with the visiting public and events. As such, they must be maintained to high standards. Interns will have the opportunity to work with a diverse selection of plant material including vegetables, flowers, medicinal herbs, shrubs and trees.


The garden intern will be involved in all aspects of garden work including:

  • Seeding in the greenhouse, watering and maintenance of greenhouse plants and cold frames.
  • Establishment of garden beds, assisting in garden layout and planting of transplants.
  • On-going plant care including: pruning, dead-heading, watering, mulching, and weeding.  Harvest of vegetables, herbs and flowers.
  • Implementation of organic pest control measures when needed.
  • Preparation and application of compost teas and fertilizers when needed.
  • Work hours include a rotating schedule with weekend shifts.  Work days may commonly exceed 8 hours in the summer season.
  • On site housing is provided, farm produce, as well as a small weekly stipend.


Must be able to routinely lift 50 pounds, move freely around the farm, have the ability and willingness to operate machinery, and be able and willing to work under adverse weather conditions.  Must have attention to detail, ability to follow directions, and maintain accurate garden records.

Please send resume and cover letter to Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist at Rodale Institute: maggie.saska@rodaleinstitute.org

St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm Internship


Rodale-logoSt. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm Internship 2016

stLukesSliderRodale Institute is seeking enthusiastic individuals with a positive spirit to apply for an internship at the St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm. The farm is a partnership between the Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s Hospital to create an innovative farm-to-institute model. The farm provides produce to all six hospitals in the St. Luke’s health network. In 2015 the farm will also pilot a small CSA program for patients undergoing cancer treatment.

The St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm is embarking into its second growing season and requires strong and confident individuals to join the team. Interns will be trained in greenhouse production, field work, pest & weed management, farm equipment, record keeping, irrigation, CSA distribution, bee keeping, Wholesale distribution, and various other skills associated with the day to day operations necessary to run an organic farm. Interns will also have access to educational opportunities and training at the Rodale Institute.

SLUHN.Intern Interns must be committed to the farm’s success, and in turn, the farm will be committed to the intern’s success. The program strives to help launch interns into a farming career by proving a solid foundation in agriculture and helping interns make connections in the field of agriculture both literally and figuratively.

Interns will be provided with on-site housing, access to vegetable, and a small stipend. The internship will begin in April and end in November.

Rodale Institute believes healthy soil, produces healthy food which produces healthy people. The St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm Internship is an amazing opportunity for interns to begin an agricultural career, uphold the Rodale Institute’s mission and change our current food system for the better.

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to Lynn Trizna, Project Manager at lynn.trizna@rodaleinstitute.org