Rodale is offering an educational and hands-on opportunity for individuals to assist in all aspects of our treatment-free beekeeping program at the Founders Farm campus. Individuals should be driven, hardworking, and committed to organic agriculture practices. All candidates must be prepared to work in a professional environment, complete tasks carefully and in a timely manner, and be willing to work in all weather conditions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Constructing and assembling beekeeping equipment
  • Assisting beekeeper in all capacities of maintaining apiaries
  • Queen rearing
  • Splitting hives
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Documentation of beekeeping activities
  • Preparing reports and summaries about beekeeping activities
  • Corresponding with other departments and campuses
  • Honey extraction and jarring honey
  • Driving to multiple apiaries in a given day
  • Photographing hives and apiaries
  • Hands on experience handling bees (including getting stung, hot and sweaty wearing protective equipment)

Candidate qualifications:

  • Serious interest in beekeeping; previous beekeeping experience is preferred
  • Interest in agriculture, landscaping and farming, with a commitment to an organic planet
  • Organized and attentive to detail, with the ability to work independently, multi-task and be a team player
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite
  • Background in data collection and analysis
  • Proficient writing and communication skills
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Knowledge and experience using string trimmer and hand tools preferred
  • Ability to follow directions, problem solving skills and common sense preferred
  • Must be prompt, responsible and focused
  • Must be physically able to move freely around the farm

Additional information:

Location: Rodale Institute Founders Farm Campus, Emmaus, PA

Schedule: May-September, 40 hours per week

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Elaine Macbeth, Director of Finance/HR, 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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