The Organic Farmer Manager fulfills the primary task of managing the Southeast Organic Center field projects and acts as a spokesperson to translate the research agenda into practical farmer friendly outreach tools.  The Organic Farmer Manager will plan, direct, and coordinate the management and operations of the farm at the Southeast Organic Center and be expected to play a major role in educational activities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct day-to-day farm operations in relationship to crop and livestock production at the Regional Resource Center.  Field responsibilities include but are not limited to; planting, harvesting, cultivating, pest management, maintaining equipment, directing employees, etc.
  • Document field operations on Institute forms to satisfy organic certification requirements, research data collection needs, and Institute financial accounting.
  • Coordinate the management of farm operations at the Regional Resource Center in conjunction with technical staff.
  • Operate equipment in a safe and efficient manner and effectively teach equipment operation and maintenance to staff.
  • Ensure all federal, state and local regulations are met.
  • Complete and follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) when and where appropriate.
  • Plan a growing schedule and meet with research partners frequently to ensure high quality research.
  • Educate and train temporary staff and interns to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation.
  • Assist Communications and Research team with the development of educational and outreach tools.
  • Work with any and all facilities staff to create a physical environment in which research and educational activities can thrive.
  • Aid in the use of GIS mapping and data collection.

Other duties may/will be assigned on a case by case and as-needed basis.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree and/or 5 years of experience in organic horticultural or agronomic crop production.
  • Must be able and willing to work in all types of weather.
  • Able to lift in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Have good communications skills (both written and verbal).
  • Flexible in hours as farm work can be unpredictable.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Location: Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia

Travel: Minimal travel required.

Other Institutional Expectations: Work in research is challenging and requires a willingness to provide input, explore new tasks, try new or different approaches and openness to new ideas. Be honest, respectful and take ownership of our work and mission.

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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