Rodale is offering an educational, hands-on opportunity for interns to learn and practice the fundamental principles of organic plant cultivation in the greenhouse and landscape. 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 ornamental plantings, Medicinal Garden, Herb 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 and transplanting in the greenhouse, watering and maintenance of greenhouse plants, cold frames, and high tunnels.
  • Establishment, planting, and maintenance of ornamental and production areas.
  • On-going plant care including: pruning, dead-heading, watering, mulching, weeding, and the harvesting of vegetables, herbs and flowers.
  • Implementation of organic pest control measures 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 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 adapt to new tasks.
  • Must be able to work on their own at time or with groups.
  • Interns must be prompt, responsible and focused. Interns must be prepared to work in a professional environment, complete tasks carefully and in a timely manner; they must be able to work successfully as a representative of the Rodale Institute at events on and off site, and in a public garden setting.
  • Must have a valid US driver’s license.

Additional Information:

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

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 John Long, Plant Production Specialist at John.Long@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 John Long, Plant Production Specialist at John.Long@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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