Job Description: Research interns work directly with Rodale Institute’s Research Department to investigate a number of regenerative organic 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. The Department also oversees the Farming Systems Trial (FST), the oldest continuous trial in the US that compares organic and conventional farming systems, and the new Vegetable Systems Trial (VST), comparing the impacts organic and conventional farming practices on nutrient density in vegetables and linkages to soil health.
Location: Rodale Institute Experimental Farm, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530
Responsibilities Could Include:
• Lay out experimental field plots
• Assist with greenhouse plantings
• Conduct lab experiments
• Tend and maintain experiments
• Collect and process samples from the field
• Enter data for statistical analysis and interpretation
• Physical activities in the field
• Lab work, and computer use
• Operating both in teams and individually
• Many long days in the field collecting soil and plant samples
• Assessing weed populations
• Harvesting crops
• Undergraduate or graduate degree or good academic standing from an accredited university
• A strong work ethic, initiative and motivation. Attention to detail is a must
• The ability to work well individually and in a team environment
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Interest in alternative agriculture issues and practices
Schedule: Interns that can work for two or more months between May and December are desired.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Kristine Nichols, Chief Scientist at Kris.Nichols@rodaleinstitute.org.
About Rodale Institute: Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For seventy years, the Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing 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.
To learn more about additional internship opportunities at Rodale Institute, please visit rodaleinstitute.org/dig-deeper/work-with-us/.