Organic Farm Manager– California Organic Center

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The Organic Farmer Manager-California fulfills the primary task of managing the Regional Resource Center field projects and acts as a spokesperson to translate the research agenda into practical farmer friendly outreach tools. This position reports to the Research Director stationed at the California Organic Center and the Farm Director located at the Rodale Institute main campus in Kutztown, PA.



1. Conduct day-to-day farm operations in relationship to crop and livestock production at the Regional Resource Center. Field responsibilities include but are not limited to; field preparation, planting, harvesting, cultivating, pest management, maintaining equipment, directing employees, etc.

2. Coordinate the management of farm operations at the Regional Resource Center in conjunction with technical staff.

3. Operate equipment in a safe and efficient manner and effectively teach equipment operation and maintenance to staff.

4. Document field operations on Institute forms to satisfy organic certification requirements, research data collection needs, reporting, and accounting needs.

5. Ensure all federal, state and local regulations are met.

6. Complete and follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) when and where appropriate.

7. Plan a growing schedule and meet with research partners frequently to ensure high quality research.

8. Educate and train temporary staff and interns to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation.

9. Assist Communications and Research team with the development of educational and outreach tools.

10. Work with any and all facilities staff to create a physical environment in which research and educational activities can thrive.

11. Assist the research team with data collection in the field. Note: Other duties may/will be assigned on a case by case and as-needed basis.


Must be able and willing to work in all types of weather, be able to lift 50 pounds or more, have good communications skills – (both written and verbal), and be flexible in hours as farm work can be unpredictable



Must have a bachelor’s degree and/or 5 years of experience in organic horticultural or agronomic crop production.

Travel Minimal travel required. Some regional travel expected as part of normal duties and national travel to conferences or the Rodale Institute main campus will occur on occasion.

Other Institutional Expectations:

Willingness to provide input, explore new tasks, try new or different approaches and openness to new ideas. Be honest, respectful and take ownership of our work and mission.


Please send cover letter and resume to Director of Finance/HR, Elaine Macbeth,

Louise DeVall
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