Research Farm Manager

Rodale Institute

Kutztown , Pennsylvania

Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA is seeking a Research Farm Manager. The position is responsible for all farm operations: including short- and long-term planning and daily operations. The Research Farm Manager also supports activities with the education, communications and development teams forming a strong link between the farm activities and the mission of the institute to have impact.


  • Responsible for day to day activities of the farm operations department. (this includes all greenhouse, field, crop and livestock areas for research and production)
  • Work with the research team to bring a “farmer” component to all research field plot designs.
  • Create and manage several farm operation annual budgets for each affiliated farm location, including our main campus.
  • Manage existing farm operations staff (at all affiliated farm locations), hire new staff as needed and budgeted
  • Respond to any and all farm emergency situations on an on-call basis.
  • Responsible for the procurement, safe operation and maintenance of all equipment and machinery tools and inventory.
  • Assist in creating models for other small farm operations.
  • Assist all SST staff members in carrying out their responsibilities.
  • Promote sales of farm products: grains, grazing rights, vegetables and animal products through product development and customer relationships.
  • Ability to participate in research projects; testing, gathering and compiling data.
  • Work with external contractors for equipment and facility services.
  • Assist in preparing and giving oral presentations to scientific communities, governmental decision-makers, private environmental groups, farmers and any other individuals or groups as necessary both on and off site.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.


  • 5 or more years’ experience in organic production and/or managing a (research) farm.
  • Working knowledge of soil science, agronomy, horticulture and/or animal husbandry
  • Experience in the safe operating farm equipment.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather.
  • Capable of lifting in excess of 50 pounds.
  • Possess good communications skills across many audience levels– both written and verbal.
  • Flexible in work hours as farm work can be unpredictable.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Several years of staff management
  • Bachelor of Science or greater degree in an agriculture major


  • Local travel to pick up supplies and parts to facilitate operational activities
  • National travel as needed for presentations
  • International travel as needed

Other Institutional Expectations:

To be professional, trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors, and a willingness to take ownership of work product.


Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Elaine Macbeth at