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 Representative

Job Title: Packing, Shipping, and Gardens Support Representative
Department: Seed House
Reports to: Seed House Manager, Seed House Field Manager
FLSA Status: Non-exempt Regular full-time
Revision Date: September 2014

Summary:
Assist with fast-paced packing/shipping department, and facilitate efficient production of seed house seed varieties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Packing/Shipping
1. Seed packing, both manually and by operation of automated packet filling equipment. Quality of workmanship is critical – seed count, lot accuracy and legibility, adequacy of seals, etc.
2. Prepare orders for shipment. This includes picking orders, validating items/lot numbers, and packing into appropriate containers.
3. Process shipments using integrated shipping software.
4. Assist with packing, picking, and shipping potato and transplant orders.
5. Other duties as directed by the supervisor, manager or Executive Director.
Gardens Support
1. Support garden activities as needed – field preparation, planting, maintaining, harvesting, processing. This will include use of gardening equipment – tillers, weed trimmers, sprayers, etc. Tractor experience would be a plus.
2. Support seasonal product activities as needed – garlic, transplants, potatoes.
3. Learn proficiency in all seed processing equipment and techniques – wet processing, dry processing, screening, winnowing, sanitizing, drying, labeling, etc.
4. Accurate record keeping at all times – lot identification, pest control applications, production/harvest records, seed packing, etc.
5. Other duties as directed by the supervisor, manager or Executive Director.

Qualifications:
Packing/Shipping: Applicant must possess excellent attention to detail, basic computer and mechanical aptitude, good work ethic, and ability to work well with others. Some amount of shift work should be expected during peak packing/shipping season.
Gardens Support: Applicant must be an 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.

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 Representative' in the subject line of your email. Review of applications will begin immediately. Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

Shipping Room Manager

Job Title: Shipping Room Manager
Department: Seed House
Reports to: Seed House Manager
FLSA Status: Non-exempt Regular full-time
Revision Date: August 2014

Summary:
Responsible for the efficient, timely, and accurate coordination of all incoming and outgoing shipments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Direct supervision of up to ten employees during peak shipping season. Assist with hiring seasonal staff as needed.
2. Complete familiarity with shipping software, and emphasis on utilizing available tools to ship products as economically feasible as possible. Ability to trouble-shoot and resolve problems on-the-go is a must.
3. Develop relationships with carriers and negotiate favorable shipping rates and services.
4. Use NetSuite computer program to keep track of inventory (filled packets, products, etc). Assist with cycle counts throughout year.
5. Forecast needed shipping supplies, monitor current inventory, and place orders to ensure seamless shipping through highly variable seasons.
6. Point person to oversee transfer of inventory between shipping area, and Lillian Goldman Visitors Center (LGVC). Ensure transactions in NetSuite are performed accurately between locations.
7. Assist with membership and other promotional mailings, and make recommendations to keep these going out on a timely basis.
8. Receive all incoming packages, checking accuracy of paperwork and condition of shipment, and updating status in NetSuite. Notify intended recipients or deliver packages accordingly.
9. Scrutinize picking tickets to determine shipping priorities and methods, and organize them to maximize efficiency and to meet schedules.
10. Safely and efficiently coordinate movement of products from shipping and receiving area to storage and work areas.
11. Could be expected to print orders and ensure timely fulfillment.
12. Will be expected to help wherever needed during slow shipping months, primarily in other roles within the Seed House.
13. Other duties as assigned by supervisor or Executive Director.

Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree and/or 3-5 years supervisory experience in logistics.
- Detailed person who thrives in a fast-paced environment, and is able to prioritize workloads.
- Excellent computer and record keeping skills.
- Ability to communicate effectively with many different personality-types.
- Considerable lifting of small packages and occasional lifting of packages up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to operate a forklift.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@seedsavers.org. Please include ‘Shipping Room Manager' in the subject line of your email. Review of applications will begin immediately. Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

Retail and Wholesale Support Member

Job Title: Retail and Wholesale Support Member
Department: +/- 6 months Seed House, +/- 6 months Lillian Goldman Visitor Center (LGVC)
Reports to: Wholesale Outreach Manager, LGVC Manager
FLSA Status: Regular full-time; +/- 6 months Seed House, +/- 6 months Lillian Goldman Visitor Center
Revision Date: August 2014

Summary:
Wholesale Position Summary (+/- October thru March): Responsible for administrative support for seed rack accounts.
LGVC Assistant Lead Position Summary (+/- April thru September): Provide assistance to LGVC Manager. Engage in day to day operations of the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center; including retail sales, inventory upkeep, inventory order lists, visitor education, tours, and excellent customer service.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Customer Service
1. Gain full knowledge of Seed Rack Program, and interact with customers as needed to ensure a positive purchasing experience.
2. Provide seamless support to wholesale accounts while supervisor is out of the office or otherwise not available.
3. Encourage wholesale customers to utilize on-line order system, and walk them through this process as needed to help alleviate their concerns.
4. Answer incoming calls and respond to customer requests/concerns in a positive manner. General phone coverage may be required on occasion.
5. Assist supervisor with Accounts Receivables as needed.
Data Entry
1. Become proficient with order processing system, and resolve to continuously improve accuracy of customer and order records.
2. Enter non-web orders in a timely, efficient, and accurate manner.
Order Fulfillment
1. Assist as needed to ensure timely shipment of seed rack and wholesale orders.
2. May involve some supervision and training of personnel involved with shipment of seed rack orders.
3. Keep database of customers up-to-date.
Marketing
1. Be alert to opportunities to improve sales. This may relate to new products, processes, promotional media, etc.
2. May require attending trade shows on occasion as SSE representative.
3. Provide research as requested by supervisor to identify opportunities to expand sales, position SSE more favorably with competitors, or otherwise improve customer experience.
4. Track leads to Customer Sequence.
5. Organize schedule to communicate with existing and/or potential customers, i.e. newsletters, etc.
6. Contribute as needed in development of promotional materials.
7. Monitor market competition – product innovations and competitors’ products, prices, and sales.
8. Other duties as directed by Supervisor.
Visitor Center
1. Assist with ordering of products and maintaining store, web, and catalog inventory.
2. Develop educational displays and educational materials that support the mission of SSE.
3. Assist with receiving, watering, restocking, and counting of transplants.
4. Help with ongoing training of seasonal staff.
5. Recruit and train volunteers.
6. Assist with planning and coordination of pop up workshops and events.
7. Conduct tours/tour training/ and booking tours.
8. Assist manager with scheduling.
9. Assist with maintenance of display gardens.
10. Supervise sales team – assign daily duties and general store upkeep and appearance.
11. Required to work one day/weekend and all SSE events are mandatory.
12. Other duties may be assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree and/or 3-5 years supervisory experience
- Microsoft Excel, Word, excellent typing skills
- Organizational skills and attention to detail required
- Pleasant telephone personality, able to communicate with various personalities at all levels
- Use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
- Ability to manage multiple priorities
- Ability to work towards common goal
- Ability to lift 30 pounds, not continuously

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@seedsavers.org. Please include ‘Retail and Wholesale Support Member' in the subject line of your email. Review of applications will begin immediately. Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

Horticultural Technician – Tissue Culture Manager

Job Title: Horticultural Technician – Tissue Culture Manager
Department: Preservation
Reports to: Seed Bank Manager
FLSA Status: Regular full-time
Revision Date: August 2014

Summary:
The Tissue Culture Manager will utilize their technical skill and knowledge to facilitate Seed Savers Exchange’s mission of conserving agricultural diversity by maintaining the historic potato and sweet potato tissue culture collections, managing potato growouts and developing long term micropropagation storage strategies. The Tissue Culture Manager will also assist with plant pathology diagnosis, pathological screening, hand pollination, seed conditioning, and experimentation in the lab and field.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Independently perform routine tissue-culture work in an organized and timely manner in order to maintain the health of the tissue culture collections.
2. Perform all tissue culture lab activities including, but not limited to, making media, performing transfers, inducting new material, cleaning test tubes, maintaining inventory records, entering data, organizing growth chambers, scouting for contamination, prioritizing transfer activities, inventorying supplies, and ordering supplies.
3. Evaluate short term and long term tissue culture methods, strategies, and protocols for efficiency and soundness.
4. Organize and carry out potato and sweet potato growouts including greenhouse acclimatization, field preparation, planting, watering, pest scouting, harvesting, and inventorying harvests.
5. Assist with disease detection and diagnosis in the lab and field.
6. Perform, analyze, and maintain supplies for ELISAs.
7. Assist with hand-pollination of corn varieties.
8. Utilize column blowers, vacuum separators, clippers, and screens to condition seed.
9. Assist with other seed lab, greenhouse, garden, evaluation, educational, and/or seed house activities as assigned by the Seed Bank Manager.
10. Work with the garden crew during times of heavy field needs.
11. Professionally represent SSE while interacting with members, visitors, board members and guests during informal interactions, tours, presentations, and workshops.

Qualifications:
A well-qualified application will have the following qualifications and skills:
-Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field, or equivalent years demonstrated work and educational experience in horticulture.
-Experience performing all aspects of plant tissue culture.
-Proven experience working with limited supervision to manage all aspects of a full-time project.
-Strong analytical and creative problem solving skills.
-Ability to work in a complex Access database.
-Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
-Ability to prioritize competing short-term and long-term projects and tasks.
-Ability to be flexible with people and projects.
-Experience with ELISAs a plus.
-Experience with organic cultivation a plus.
-Knowledge of potato cultivation a plus.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@seedsavers.org. Please include ‘Horticultural Technician – Tissue Culture Manager' in the subject line of your email. Review of applications will begin August 29, 2014 until the position is filled. Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

Horticultural Technician – Field Operations/Seed House Support

Job Title: Horticultural Technician – Field Operations/Seed House Support
Department: Preservation
Reports to: Field Manager/Seed Inventory Manager
FLSA Status: Regular full-time; 10 months Preservation/2 months Seed House
Revision Date: July 2014

Summary:
Preservation: Working under the guidance of the Field Manager, the Horticultural Technician will be involved in all stages of field operation and seed production activities.
Seed House: Working under the direction of the Seed Inventory Manager and/or the Customer Service Coordinator, the Horticultural Technician will assist with a variety of responsibilities encompassing all aspects of packaging, shipping, receiving, and customer service.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Preservation (April to January)
1. Executes all field operations including but not limited to soil preparation, cultivation, amendment applications, IPM and cover crop management activities.
2. Independently works to install, maintain, repair, and inventory pollination cages and pest exclusion fences.
3. Plans and implements cover cropping strategies
4. Maintain an orderly and function tool shed including organizing and inventorying supplies, and maintaining and repairing hand tools.
5. Scouts and identifies pests and diseases in fields, root cellars, and greenhouses.
6. Prepares, applies, and documents organic insecticides and fungicides in compliance with organic certification and applicator safety standards.
7. Train seasonal and permanent staff as needed.
8. Works with the garden crew to efficiently perform field tasks (hand sowing, hand planting, weeding, watering, fertilizing, and harvesting) in accordance with SSE standard operating practices.
9. Assist the Greenhouse Manager, Garden Crew Leader, and Field Manager in seed harvesting, processing, and conditioning.
10. Perform other duties as assigned by the Field Manager.
11. Conduct workshops and/or tours, as needed.
Seed House (February and March)
1. Basic Customer Service and support: Being knowledgeable about the Seed Savers Exchange mission, assisting members and customers with questions they may have and responding in a timely manner (via mail, email, phone, etc.).
2. Order Entry: Enter orders received via phone/mail/fax/email. Contact customers as needed regarding orders.
3. Seed Packing: December to March is the busiest time of year for seed shipments. Assist with bulk and/or retail packet filling as needed.
4. Order Fulfillment: Assemble orders and prepare for shipment. May also involve understanding of shipping software and operation of shipping computers/equipment.
5. Potato packing and shipment.
6. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications:
Associate’s degree in Horticulture or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Applicants must have previous farm experience. Experience with organic vegetable and/or seed production preferred. All applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.

Additional Qualifications:
Ability to communicate effectively with other staff
Ability to work well in a fast paced environment with changing day to day needs
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Ability to safely operate large pick-ups carrying trailers and wagons
Ability to operate farm equipment including tractors

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to jobs@seedsavers.org. Please include ‘Horticultural Technician – Field Operations/Seed House Support ' in the subject line of your email. Review of applications will begin immediately. Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

Or mail to:
Seed Savers Exchange
Attn: Karen Anderson, Human Resources Specialist
3094 North Winn Road
Decorah, Iowa 52101

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