Groundskeeper & Landscape Assistant

Rodale Institute - Allentown location

Kutztown , Pennsylvania

OVERVIEW: Rodale is offering four seasonal positions for individuals to assist in maintaining the landscape/grounds, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and ornamental gardens at the Founder’s Farm Campus located in Allentown, PA. Individuals should be driven, hardworking, and committed to organic landscape practices. All Candidates must be prepared to work in a professional environment, complete tasks carefully and in a timely manner, and be willing to work in all weather conditions.

Seasonal positions available:

June 3 – August 17, 40 hours per week for 10 weeks (week of July 1 Assistant Staff is off) – 2 positions available

and

April 29 – September 21, 40 hours per week for 20 weeks (week of July 1 Assistant Staff is off) – 2 positions available

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for ongoing landscaping and grounds maintenance by mowing, trimming, pruning, irrigation, removal of leaves, trash and other debris
  • Responsible for maintenance of plants/gardens indoors and outside including but not limited to watering, mulching, weeding and irrigation of gardens and beds
  • Package and distribute vegetable, herbs, and flowers for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) customers.
  • Maintain accurate lawn, garden and landscaping/grounds records including Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
  • Implement organic weed and pest control measures
  • Harvest herbs and flowers by applying compost teas and fertilizers
  • Establishment of garden beds and planting of transplants
  • Maintain, organize, and clean equipment and storage areas
  • Other duties and tasks as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Previous landscaping/grounds keeping experience is preferred
  • Interest in agriculture, landscaping, and farming, with a commitment to an organic planet
  • Incredibly organized, attentive to detail, ability to work independently, multi-task and be a team player
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Willingness to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Knowledge and experience using landscaping and grounds keeping equipment
  • Ability to follow directions, problem solving skills and common sense preferred
  • Must be prompt, responsible and focused
  • Must be able to move freely around the farm, have the ability and willingness to operate machinery

HOW TO APPLY

Please send cover letter and resume to elaine.macbeth@rodaleinstitute.org