The Research Department of Rodale Institute is seeking an Agricultural Innovation Engineer as part of a three-year funded United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant. This project is demonstrating and developing organic no-till innovation at research stations and partner farms in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Iowa. This position would be stationed in Kutztown, PA and report directly to the Chief Scientist.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work closely with Rodale scientists and staff in a collaborative manner.
  • Oversee day to day operations of the funded grants including but not limited to: field operations – tillage, planting, crop maintenance, harvesting, crop data collection, soil sampling, insect monitoring etc. Laboratory operations – sample preparation, sample analysis, and working knowledge of general laboratory protocols.
  • Work closely with farm operations staff to outfit planters and other farm equipment to improve efficiency and effectiveness of organic rotational no-till operations for grain crop production.
  • Work closely with all Rodale staff to develop equipment and mechanisms to reduce tillage in all cropping systems.
  • Clearly communicate to the general public and scientific community the benefits of reduced tillage on soil health and soil fertility.
  • Work with the Farm Operations, Research, and Communications teams to create outreach and education publications and presentations.
  • Participate in outreach activities that include field days, on-farm workshops, and conference presentations.
  • Develop collaborative and productive relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Oversee the timely execution of grant funded projects, including budget management, timeline management, and instructions for field and lab technicians.
  • Analyze and interpret soil and agronomic data.
  • Conduct workshops, meetings, and presentations at the Rodale Institute and at other partner locations.
  • Work with Grants Manager to submit grant proposals for additional funding for research, education, and outreach activities related to agricultural innovation.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of four years agricultural experience.
  • Strong background in agriculture and related fields; crop science, soil science, animal science, crop fertility management, etc.
  • Good mechanical skills and ability and desire to work on agricultural equipment.
  • Attention to detail and ability to develop and maintain high quality records and other documentation.
  • Skills in working, collaborating, and communicating in a team environment with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple activities.
  • Excellent organization skills with demonstrated written and oral skills for communicating technical information to growers and extension personnel.
  • Strong working knowledge of standard computer programs.
  • Experience with soil erosion and soil modeling software beneficial but not required (RUSLE2, SNAP-Plus, SCI, etc.).
  • Trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

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

Education: Bachelor of Science required, Master’s preferred

Travel: Travel is required regionally and nationally. Regional travel 5-10% of time and national <5% of time as part of outreach and education efforts.

Education: 10% of effort

Project management, report writing, and publication: 70% of effort

Outreach: 20% of effort

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to Elaine Macbeth at Elaine.Macbeth@RodaleInstitute.org.

About Rodale Institute: Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For over 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.

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