Rodale Institute is offering a Farm Manager position at the Cornwall Manor retirement community in Cornwall, PA. Cornwall Manor is expanding its current capacity to introduce on-site organic crop production methods that would provide nutritious produce for their residents, staff, and community. This position will report to the Rodale Institute Farm Director. Applicants should be driven, hardworking, and committed to organic and regenerative agriculture practices. All candidates must be prepared to work in a professional environment, complete tasks carefully and in a timely manner, and work in all weather conditions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee and conduct all aspects of day-to-day farm operations in relation to organic crop production. Field responsibilities include, but are not limited to, soil preparation, planting, harvesting, weed, pest and disease management, equipment maintenance and repair, etc.
  • Develop field plans for growing fruits and vegetables on two acres.
  • Manage and coordinate labor efforts among seasonal staff and interns when available.
  • Document field operations on Rodale Institute forms to satisfy organic certification requirements, production records, and financial accounting.
  • Maintain all equipment in good order and coordinate maintenance schedules for tractor(s), truck(s) and other equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with the Cornwall Manor Food Services Department, Facilities Department, Communications Department, and Senior Leadership.
  • Coordinate landscaping and facility maintenance and repairs with Cornwall Manor staff.
  • Operate equipment (tractors, tractor implements, small engine equipment, and hand tools) in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Educate and train temporary staff and interns to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation.
  • Provide field tours and presentations for outreach and education when necessary.
  • Coordinate with Rodale Institute staff for travel needs and purchasing supplies.
  • Assist the Communications and Development Departments by providing updates and necessary information needed to prepare media and outreach materials.
  • Assist the Research team and carry out field plans for research projects when necessary.
  • Prepare a yearly budget and report.
  • Other duties may/will be assigned on a case-by-case and as-needed basis.

Qualifications:

  • Must be able and willing to work in all types of weather, lift 50 pounds or more, communicate effectively (both written and verbal), and accommodate flexible hours, as farm work can be unpredictable.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Education and experience: Must have a bachelor’s degree and/or five years of experience in organic horticultural or agronomic crop production.

Additional information:

  • Expectations: Individuals must be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.
  • Position type: Full time, salaried with benefits.
  • Travel and housing: Travel will be required for farm visits, conferences, grower meetings and workshops. Housing is available onsite for this position.
  • To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Elaine Macbeth, Director of Finance/HR, 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 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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