Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020

Rodale Institute

Kutztown, PA 19530, USA
Full Time
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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Research Director/Extension Agronomist

Posted: Saturday, September 12, 2020
 Full Time
 All - Cropping
 Agronomy & services
 Farming Practices
 Large scale
 Soil Health

Position Description

The Research Director/Extension Agronomist for FST will manage field and laboratory activities related to the Institute’s 40-year old Farming Systems Trial that compares organic and conventional grain cropping systems. The Research Director/Extension Agronomist will also present data and information through outreach activities, peer-reviewed publications, and support the Rodale Institute education and consultancy programs.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for coordinating day-to-day operations of FST and related trials with research and farm operations staff.
  • Analyze and interpret scientific data.
  • Write and manage grants with internal and external partners to advance our understanding of regenerative organic agricultural systems.
  • Oversee the timely execution of grant-funded projects, including budget management, timeline management, data organization, and instructing field and lab technicians.
  • Develop collaborative and productive relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Clearly communicate to the general public and scientific community through written and oral communication (e.g. workshops, conference presentations, field days).
  • Write bulletins, fact sheets, articles, and other outreach and education communications.
  • Publish peer-reviewed articles in professional journals.
  • Support the Rodale Institute education and consultancy programs with expertise in field crop management.
  • Clearly communicate and work with the FST advisory committee.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Plant, Weed, and/or Soil Science with specialization in Agronomy Crop Science.
  • Minimum of four years in field and laboratory research experience and familiarity with field row crop production.
  • Proven interest/background in organic and/or regenerative production practices.
  • Strong background in statistical analysis of field trial results and demonstrated evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • History of grant solicitation.
  • Interest and ability in working, collaborating, and communicating in a team environment with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Evidence of attention to detail and ability to develop and maintain high quality records and other documentation is desirable.
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple activities.
  • Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated written and oral skills for communicating technical information to farmers and extension personnel.
  • Familiarity and experience with field scale equipment and field crop production.

Additional Information:

  • Travel: Some regional, national and international travel is required.

Education/consultancy: 10% of effort

Grant writing, project management, and publication: 70% of effort

Outreach: 20% of effort

Other institutional expectations: To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Elaine MacBeth at

About Rodale Institute:

Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. The mission of the Rodale Institute is to improve the health and well-being of people and the planet through organic leadership. For over seventy years, the Rodale 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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