Job Description: Rodale is offering an educational and hands-on opportunity for interns to learn and practice the fundamental principles of organic plant cultivation and garden maintenance. Garden areas will include Medicinal Plant Garden, Homestead Demonstration Vegetable Garden and Cut Flower & Pollinator Garden. These areas of the farm are the primary focus on site for the Institute with the visiting public and events. As such, they must be maintained to high standards. Interns will have the opportunity to work with a diverse selection of plant material including vegetables, flowers, medicinal herbs, shrubs and trees.
Location: Rodale Institute Experimental Farm, 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown, PA 19530
Responsibilities Could Include:
• Seeding in the greenhouse, watering and maintenance of greenhouse plants and cold frames.
• Establishment of garden beds, assisting in garden layout and planting of transplants.
• On-going plant care including: pruning, dead-heading, watering, mulching, and weeding, weeding, weeding. Harvest of vegetables, herbs and flowers.
• Implementation of organic pest control measures when needed.
• Preparation and application of compost teas and fertilizers when needed.
• Assisting other departments as needed.
• Weekend shifts for plant care in addition to regular work schedule.
• Must be curious and willing to learn.
• Previous outdoor work experience on a farm or in a garden is preferred.
• Must be able to routinely lift 50 pounds, move freely around the farm, have the ability and willingness to operate machinery, and be able and willing to work under adverse weather conditions.
• Must have attention to detail, ability to follow directions, and maintain accurate garden records.
• Interns must be prepared to work in a professional environment, complete tasks carefully and in a timely manner. Interns must be prompt, responsible and focused.
• Must have a valid driver’s license.
Compensation: Interns are eligible for a $200/week stipend. On-site housing is available on a first-come-first-serve, as well as some organic produce from the farm.
Schedule: An ideal candidate for an internship can commit to at least 45-50 hours/week for a minimum of 8 weeks. Schedules are rotating and weekend duties will be required. Work on most summer days begins early at 6:30 a.m.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist at Maggie.Saska@rodaleinstitute.org.
Deadlines: If you miss a deadline, or you are interested in internship that does not meet the minimum duration, please contact Maggie Saska, Plant Production Specialist at Maggie.Saska@rodaleinsitute.org. Off-season internships may be considered.
Spring-Summer Internship: March 1
Summer-Fall Internship: March 1
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.
To learn more about additional internship opportunities at Rodale Institute, please visit rodaleinstitute.org/dig-deeper/work-with-us/.