The Farm Operations Technician position facilitates and assists with implementing Farm Operation activities to enable any and all research, education, communication, development, and production projects to function as designed. The Farm Operations Technician will participate in project design through completion, carrying out all daily activities while maintaining activity logs. This position reports to the Farm Manager.

Education/Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • At least 2 years of experience in manual labor, agriculture, or landscaping
  • Ability to maintain and organize activity logs
  • Positive, motivated, professional attitude
  • Flexible schedule as farm work can be unpredictable
  • Works well in both a teamwork-oriented environment and alone
  • Able to lift and carry +50lbs
  • Able and willing to work in any weather

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Take part in the execution of day-to-day tasks
  • Lead and/or supervise volunteers when requested
  • Maintain a clean and organized work area and office space
  • Field:
    • Operate between research plots, production fields, and educational fields
    • Maintain field operations logs for organic certification
      • Tillage, planting, inputs, etc.
    • Tractor driving, using tractor-mounted implements, using irrigation, transplanting, seeding, cultivating, hand weeding, spraying, harvesting, collecting data, and any other field tasks requested
  • Landscaping:
    • Assist in planning and execution of pollinator habitats and riparian zones
    • Maintain all input and planting records
    • Maintain an aesthetically pleasing appearance across entire frontend of campus
    • Prepare sites on main campus for weddings, meetings, tours, events, etc.
    • Transplanting, hand weeding, watering, seeding, dead-heading, harvesting, spraying, pruning, trellising, mowing, trimming fence lines, and any other landscaping tasks requested
    • Assist in planning of beneficial insect habitats and beneficial for gardens
  • Livestock:
    • Provide support where needed
    • Maintain animal/chore logs
    • Feeding, watering, moving fences, moving animals, collecting data, and any other livestock tasks requested
  • Greenhouse/High Tunnels:
    • Assist specialist in execution of production plans for all CEG structures
  • Sales/Distribution:
    • Assist Food Production Specialist in preparing and delivering Farm Ops products
    • Driving mobile market
  • Events/Facilities:
    • Assist in preparing wedding and events sites
    • Assist Greenhouse/Landscaping Specialist in maintaining an aesthetically pleasing area before every wedding and event regardless of location
    • Assist Facilities Manager in setting up equipment and seating for all events
    • Participate in webinars and interviews when requested

Additional Information:

  • To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements 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 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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