The Research Technician position works on assigned research projects as designated by the Chief Scientist.  Typically, funded research will be the primary focus of work.  Research projects at Rodale Institute include applied and practical projects in regenerative organic agriculture, soil health, water quality, climate change mitigation, and the linkages between healthy soil and healthy people.


  • Perform lab and field management within the context of research grants, including the following:
    • Process soil and plant samples.
    • Conduct lab experiments and procedures.
    • Maintain field experiments and collect soil and plant samples.
    • Tend and maintain experiments.
    • Process all samples in a timely manner.
    • Organize samples and send out for analysis.
    • Contact external laboratories to verify analyses.
    • Enter, file, and summarize lab results
  • Assist with data preparation for papers and outreach materials.
  • Assist collaborators with sample collection and processing.
  • Maintain lab supplies, equipment and facilities.
  • Work with other research staff to assume field, lab, and data-entry coordination.
  • Support educational programming.
  • Must be willing and able to work in all environmental conditions.
  • Must be able to lift in excess of 50 lbs.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in biology, environmental science, agronomy or a related field
  • Experience with data collection.
  • Proficiency and experience in entering and summarizing data in Excel.
  • Experience with and understanding of ArcGIS preferred.
  • Hands-on sustainable agriculture experience (research or production) preferred.
  • Detail-oriented.


  • To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.


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

Education: Bachelor’s degree preferably in biology, environmental science, agronomy or a related field

Travel: Travel for this position involves local and regional travel to farms that are part of on-farm trials, and occasional regional or national workshops and conferences.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Elaine Macbeth at

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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