Seasonal Research Technician


SUMMARY: The Seasonal Research Technician will be supervised by the Senior Research Technician and assist senior research staff on grant funded research projects. Research projects at Rodale Institute include applied and practical projects in regenerative organic agriculture, soil health, climate change mitigation, water quality, and the linkages between healthy soil and healthy people. This is a temporary seasonal position with the potential to become a full-time position depending on grant funding.

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 clarify 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.
• Work with other research staff to assume field, lab, and data-entry coordination.

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.
• Must be willing to work in diverse weather conditions and be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s degree preferably in biology, environmental science, agronomy or a related field

TRAVEL:
Travel for this position involves trips to farms that are part of on-farm trials, and trips to local, regional or national workshops and conferences.

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Elaine.Macbeth@RodaleInstitute.org.

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