California Organic Center Research Technician

The California Organic Center Research Technician position works on assigned research projects as designated by the Research Director of the California Organic Center. Seeking a detail-oriented person willing to perform field and laboratory work, and assist farm and research staff to advance regenerative organic agriculture in California.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Perform lab and field management within the context of research grants, including the following:
    • Process soil and plant samples.
    • Conduct lab/greenhouse experiments and protocols.
    • Tend and maintain experimental sites and data.
    • Process samples and measurements in a timely manner.
    • Organize samples and send out for analysis.
    • Contact external laboratories to clarify analyses.
    • Enter, file, and summarize lab results.
  • Assist with data preparation for papers and other presentations.
  • Support GIS mapping of farm and research plots.
  • Assist collaborators with sample collection and processing.
  • Maintain lab/greenhouse/field supplies and facility.
  • Work with other research staff to assume field, lab, and data-entry coordination.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in biology, environmental science, agronomy or a related field.
  • Experience with data collection.
  • Proficiency and experience in entering and summarizing data in Excel.
  • Experience with and understanding of ArcGIS preferred.
  • Hands-on sustainable agriculture experience (research or production) preferred.
  • Must be honest, respectful and take ownership of our work and mission.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Location:Ventura, California

Travel: Travel for this position involves trips to farms that are part of on-farm trials, and trips to local, regional or national workshops and conferences.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to Elaine Macbeth at Elaine.Macbeth@RodaleInstitute.org.

About Rodale Institute: Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For over seventy years, the 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.