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.

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.

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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