Rodale is offering an educational and hands-on opportunity for interns to learn and practice the fundamental principles of organic plant cultivation in the greenhouse and garden. Greenhouse work will begin in the early March and continue through mid-May. Greenhouse duties will include assisting with growing for retail plant sales, demonstration gardens, vegetable production and research support. Garden work will begin in early May and end by late September. Garden areas will include Medicinal Plant Garden, Homestead Demonstration Vegetable Garden and Cut Flower & Pollinator Garden. These areas of the farm are the primary focus on site for the Institute with the visiting public and events. Interns will have the opportunity to work with a diverse selection of plant material.

Responsibilities Could Include:

  • Seeding in the greenhouse, watering and maintenance of greenhouse plants and cold frames.
  • Establishment of garden beds and planting of transplants.
  • On-going plant care including: pruning, dead-heading, watering, mulching, and weeding, weeding, weeding. Harvest of vegetables, herbs and flowers.
  • Implementation of organic pest control measures when needed.
  • Preparation and application of compost teas and fertilizers when needed.
  • Assisting other departments as needed.
  • Rotating weekend shifts for watering in addition to regular work schedule are required.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Must be curious and willing to learn.
  • Previous outdoor work experience in a greenhouse, farm or garden is preferred.
  • Must be able to routinely lift 50 pounds, move freely around the farm, have the ability and willingness to operate machinery, and be able and willing to work under adverse weather conditions.
  • Must have attention to detail, ability to follow directions, and maintain accurate garden records.
  • Must be able to work on their own at time or with groups.
  • Interns must be prepared to work in a professional environment, complete tasks carefully and in a timely manner. Interns must be prompt, responsible and focused.
  • Must have a valid US driver’s license.

Additional Information:

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

Compensation: Interns are eligible for a $200/week stipend. On-site housing is available on a first-come-first-serve basis, as well as organic produce from the farm.

Schedule: An ideal candidate for an internship can commit to at least 40-45 hours/week for a minimum of 8 weeks. Schedules are rotating and weekend duties will be required. Work on most summer days begins early at 6:30 a.m.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist at Maggie.Saska@RodaleInsitute.org.

Deadlines and Contact Information: If you miss a deadline, or you are interested in internship that does not meet the minimum duration, please contact Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist at Maggie.Saska@RodaleInsitute.org.

  • Spring-Summer Internship: February 1
  • Summer-Fall Internship: April 1

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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