The Organic Farmer Manager-California fulfills the primary task of managing the Regional Resource Center field projects and acts as a spokesperson to translate the research agenda into practical farmer friendly outreach tools.  This position reports to the Research Director stationed at the California Organic Center and the Farm Director located at the Rodale Institute main campus in Kutztown, PA.


  1. Conduct day-to-day farm operations in relationship to crop and livestock production at the Regional Resource Center.  Field responsibilities include but are not limited to; field preparation, planting, harvesting, cultivating, pest management, maintaining equipment, directing employees, etc.
  2. Coordinate the management of farm operations at the Regional Resource Center in conjunction with technical staff.
  3. Operate equipment in a safe and efficient manner and effectively teach equipment operation and maintenance to staff.
  4. Document field operations on Institute forms to satisfy organic certification requirements, research data collection needs, reporting, and accounting needs.
  5. Ensure all federal, state and local regulations are met.
  6. Complete and follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) when and where appropriate.
  7. Plan a growing schedule and meet with research partners frequently to ensure high quality research.
  8. Educate and train temporary staff and interns to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation.
  9. Assist Communications and Research team with the development of educational and outreach tools.
  10. Work with any and all facilities staff to create a physical environment in which research and educational activities can thrive.
  11. Assist the research team with data collection in the field.
  12. Ensuring seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, and other supplies are regularly restocked.
  13. Handling the marketing and sale of products produced on the farm.
  14. Collaborating with senior staff to prepare budgets and financial reports.
  15. Building professional networks and keeping abreast of developments in agricultural science.
  16. A passion for agriculture and research.
  17. Familiarity with California cash crops growing practices and irrigation systems.
  18. Must be detail-oriented, well organized, and able to work independently and in a safe manner.
  19. Must love weeding.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 50 pounds or more, have good communications skills – (both written and verbal), and be flexible in hours as farm work can be unpredictable
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree and/or 5 years of experience in organic horticultural or agronomic crop production.
  • Minimal travel required. Some regional travel expected as part of normal duties and national travel to conferences or the Rodale Institute main campus will occur on occasion.
  • Willingness to provide input, explore new tasks, try new or different approaches and openness to new ideas.
  • Be honest, respectful and take ownership of our work and mission.

Additional information:

  • Expectations: Individuals must be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.
  • Position type: Full time, salaried with benefits
  • To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Elaine Macbeth, Director of Finance/HR, at
  • 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.

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