Agricultural Innovation Engineer
Rodale Institute
Kutztown, PA

About $65,000 - $94,000 a year


The Research Department of Rodale Institute is seeking an Agricultural Innovation Engineer as part of a three-year funded USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant. This project is demonstrating and developing organic no-till innovation at research stations and partner farms in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Iowa. This position would be stationed in Kutztown, PA and report directly to the Chief Scientist.


  • Work closely with Rodale scientists and staff in a collaborative manner.
  • Oversee day to day operations of the funded grants including but not limited to: field operations - tillage, planting, crop maintenance, harvesting, crop data collection, soil sampling, insect monitoring etc. Laboratory operations – sample preparation, sample analysis, and working knowledge of general laboratory protocols.
  • Work closely with farm operations staff to outfit planters and other farm equipment to improve efficiency and effectiveness of organic rotational no-till operations for grain crop production.
  • Work closely with all Rodale staff to develop equipment and mechanisms to reduce tillage in all cropping systems.
  • Clearly communicate to the general public and scientific community the benefits of reduced tillage on soil health and soil fertility.
  • Work with the SST and Communications team to create outreach and education publications and presentations.
  • Participate in outreach activities that include field days, on-farm workshops, and conference presentations.
  • Develop collaborative and productive relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Oversee the timely execution of grant funded projects, including budget management, timeline management, and instructions for field and lab technicians.
  • Analyze and interpret soil and agronomic data.
  • Conduct workshops, meetings, and presentations at the Rodale Institute and at other partner locations.
  • Work with Grants Manager to submit grant proposals for additional funding for research, education, and outreach activities related to agricultural innovation.


  • Minimum of four years agricultural experience.
  • Strong background in agriculture and related fields; crop science, soil science, animal science, crop fertility management, etc.
  • Good mechanical skills and ability and desire to work on agricultural equipment.
  • Attention to detail and ability to develop and maintain high quality records and other documentation.
  • Skills in working, collaborating, and communicating in a team environment with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple activities.
  • Excellent organization skills with demonstrated written and oral skills for communicating technical information to growers and extension personnel.
  • Strong working knowledge of standard computer programs.
  • Experience with soil erosion and soil modeling software beneficial but not required. RUSLE2, SNAP-Plus, SCI, etc.


  • Bachelor of Science required, Master’s preferred


Travel is required regionally and nationally. Regional travel 5-10% of time and national < 5% of time as part of outreach and education efforts.

EDUCATION: 10% of effort


OUTREACH: 20% of effort


To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.

Job Type: Full-time