Employment



Are you passionate about the environment? Do you want to be a part of a cause that strives to maintain biodiversity, provides an alternative to ‘big ag’, and embraces family traditions and history? Based in the beautiful bluff country of Northeast Iowa at 890-acre Heritage Farm, Seed Savers Exchange offers a one-of-a-kind place to work. The city of Decorah is close by and offers large-city amenities in a small-town setting.

Packing/Shipping, and Gardens Support


Seed Savers Exchange is currently hiring a Packing/Shipping, and Gardens Support team member to assist with fast-paced packing/shipping department, and to facilitate efficient production of seed house seed varieties.


Responsibilities:
Packing/Shipping: Seed packing, both manual & automated; order preparation for shipping; shipping processing; potato and transplant orders packing & shipping.
Gardens Support: Support garden activities as needed including use of gardening equipment. Tractor experience a plus; support seasonal product activities as needed; learn proficiency in all seed processing equipment and techniques; accurate record keeping at all times. Other duties as directed by the supervisor, manager or Executive Director.

Qualifications:
Packing/Shipping: Excellent attention to detail, basic computer and mechanical aptitude, good work ethic, and ability to work well with others.
Gardens Support: Enthusiastic team player, and flexible to work between the various seed house seed initiatives as needs fluctuate. Some aspects of the position will involve considerable physical activity including lifting, and other motion related to general garden maintenance. Willingness to work outside during hot, cold or wet conditions as needed. Absolutely no tobacco use permitted due to related plant diseases. Prior garden experience and/or education in related field preferred.

Status: Full-time (40 hours/week) with holiday, vacation, medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@seedsavers.org. Please include "Packing/Shipping, and Gardens Support” in the subject line of your email.

Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

Preservation Garden Crew – Squash Hand Pollination and Processing


Department: Preservation
Reports to: Greenhouse Manager/Field Manager
FLSA Status: Seasonal Full-time
Deadline: Review to begin July 18th
Position Duration: July 28th - November 26th, 2014

The Garden Crew – Hand Pollination and Processing position supports Seed Savers Exchange’s mission of conserving and promoting agricultural biodiversity by assisting primarily with hand pollination of squash as well as processing fleshy fruited crops from late-July until the end of November.


Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
Performing squash hand pollinations under the guidance of the Greenhouse Manager, assisting with corn hand pollination under the guidance of the Corn Hand-Pollination Lead, assisting the Greenhouse Manager with the processing of fleshy fruited crops, assisting with assigned greenhouse activities including sowing, watering, harvesting, and releasing beneficial insects, assisting with field activities as needed including planting, weeding, harvesting, threshing dry seeded crops, Hoop house maintenance, following organizational protocols to ensure the genetic purity of accessions, maintaining accurate records of processing dates and yields, sanitizing work environments and equipment.

Qualifications:
Hands-on experience with plants and experience with organic vegetable crop production is preferred. Ability to perform field work in wide ranging weather conditions. Ability to perform physically demanding activities including standing for extended periods of time, lifting, carrying, bending frequently, kneeling, and other motions related to garden maintenance. Ability to lift up to 100 lbs. (assisted) and carry up to 50 lbs. Ability to keep accurate, detailed records in a fast paced work environment. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

To apply: please email a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to jobs@seedsavers.org. Please include ‘Preservation Garden Crew—Pollination and Processing’ in the subject line of your email.

Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.


Preservation Garden Crew


Position 1 Status: 40 hour/week seasonal position ending between October 1st and November 1st 2014, based on departmental needs.
Job Posted: 7/10/2014
Department: Preservation
Reports to: Garden Crew Leader/Field Manager
FLSA Status: non-exempt seasonal full-time
Revision Date: July 2014

The Garden Crew supports the needs of Field staff with all growout and seed regeneration projects in the field. This is a 40 hour/week seasonal position.


Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
Harvesting fruits, vegetables, grains and seeds; Threshing, winnowing, and conditioning seeds; Transplanting and direct seeding crops by hand; Maintaining plants, including watering, mulching, weeding, and staking; Preparing gardens and beds for seeding and transplanting by hand; Setting up and maintaining fences, trellises, and pollination cages; Collecting, reporting, and entering field data in a timely manner; Cleaning up fields at the end of the growing season by removing plant residue, fencing, trellises, and other equipment; Maintaining an orderly equipment shed; Completing other duties as assigned by the Garden Crew Leader or Field Manager.

Qualifications:
Applicant must be an enthusiastic, detail-oriented, flexible team player. Hands-on experiences with vegetable crop production, and organic agricultural practices are preferred. Ability to perform field work in wide ranging weather conditions. Ability to perform physical activity: lifting (up to 100 lbs. assisted); carrying (50 lbs.), bending frequently, climbing, pushing, and pulling. Ability to operate roto-tillers, weed-whackers, and other small farm equipment. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license.

To apply: please email a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to jobs@seedsavers.org. Please include ‘Preservation Garden Crew’ in the subject line of your email. Review of applications will begin July 10, 2014.

Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.


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