The Field Technician/Animal Husbandry Coordinator position works to ensure organic and animal welfare standards are met on all livestock projects and on field projects as designated by the Chief Operating Officer or Farm Management and oversees the care, feeding and breeding of the hogs.  Funded research will be the primary focus of the agronomic and livestock program areas.  Research projects at Rodale Institute include applied and basic projects in regenerative agriculture, soil health research with a focus on outreach.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Field Technician
    • Able to work independently and assist in making strategic decisions for the hog and poultry production.
    • Assist research team with data preparation for papers and other presentations.
    • Assist collaborators with sample collection and processing.
    • Operate farm equipment as needed.
    • Work with other research staff to assume field, lab, and data-entry coordination.
    • Assist in preparing and giving oral presentations to farm sector communities, governmental decision makers, private environmental groups, and guests of Rodale Institute.
  • Animal Husbandry Coordinator
    • Feed, water, and care for all livestock s at all Institute locations. .
    • Respond to emergency situations involving livestock.
    • Clean and maintain all barns, pens and other housing facilities housing.
    • Prepare livestock for breeding purposes.
    • Monitor and control resources by assisting in developing budgets for the livestock projects.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • 2 or more years’ experience in animal husbandry and agronomic crop production.
  • Hands-on regenerative or organic agriculture experience (research or production) preferred.
  • Caring and compassionate with animals.
  • Capable of lifting in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Experience in operating farm equipment
  • Ability to work in all types of weather.
  • Be active member of the team, yet work independently.
  • Good communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • Flexible in work hours as farm work can be unpredictable.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

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

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • 2 or more years’ experience in animal husbandry and agronomic crop production.

Travel: Travel for this position involves trips to farms that are part of on-farm trials, and trips to local, regional or national workshops, conferences, and running errands when needed.

Other Rodale Institute Expectations:  To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.

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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