Rodale is offering a Fruit Manager position for our organic community supported agriculture (CSA) and wholesale operations at the St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm. The farm is a partnership between the Rodale Institute and St. Luke’s Hospital to create an innovative farm-to-hospital model. Over the last seven years the farm has had a robust vegetable production operation and now we are looking to expand the farm to include a variety of fruits.
The Fruit Manager will lead St. Luke’s farmers to produce and deliver safe, healthy, organic fruit to all hospitals in the St. Luke’s Health Network. Additionally, the Fruit Manager will coordinate with St. Luke’s hospital staff and dining services to meet produce requests and deliveries. This position will report to the Rodale Institute Farm Director. Applicants 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 work in all weather conditions.
Essential duties & responsibilities:
- Conduct day-to-day farm operations in relationship to fruit production at the St. Luke’s Hospital Anderson Campus. Field responsibilities include, but are not limited to field preparation, planting, and maintenance; pruning, harvesting, washing, and packing of fruit; weed, pest and disease management; installing hoop houses; equipment maintenance and repair, etc.
- Manage and coordinate labor efforts among interns and seasonal workers.
- Document field operations on Rodale Institute forms to satisfy organic certification requirements, research data collection needs, financial accounting and maintain production records on a regular basis.
- Co-coordinate CSA and wholesale deliveries with the farm and hospital staff
- Co-coordinate maintenance schedules for tractor(s), truck(s) sprayers and other equipment
- Co-coordinate landscaping and facility maintenance and repairs among St. Luke’s hospital staff
- Operate irrigation and spray equipment.
- Operate equipment (tractors, tractor implements, small engine equipment, and hand tools) in a safe and efficient manner.
- Complete and follow the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- Plan a growing schedule and meet with supervisor frequently to ensure planting of crops are sufficient and meet all organic certifications.
- Educate and train temporary staff and interns to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation.
- Coordinate with any and all Rodale Institute staff for travel needs and purchasing supplies.
- Assist the Communication Department with preparing media and outreach materials
- Assist with the Research team when necessary.
- Prepare a yearly budget and report.
- Other duties may/will be assigned on a case by case and as needed basis.
- 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
- Must be able to lift in excess of 50 pounds
- Good communications skills – (both written and verbal)
- Flexible in hours as farm work can be unpredictable
- Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.
- Travel will be required between Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA, and the St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic Farm, and to conferences, grower meetings and workshops.
- Position Type: Full time, salaried with benefits
- Location: St. Luke’s Hospital Anderson Campus located in Easton, PA.
- To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter 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 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.