The Research Technician position works on assigned research projects as designated by the Research Director of the Southeast Organic Center. 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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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.
  • Support educational programming.
  • Must be willing and able to work in all environmental conditions.
  • Must be able to lift in excess of 50 lbs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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.

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in biology, environmental science, agronomy, or a related field.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Location: Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia

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.

Other Institutional Expectations: To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements 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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