Job Opportunities

Join the team at Heritage Farm!

We are often looking for passionate people to help us in our work. If you care about preserving agricultural biodiversity, promoting the family and cultural traditions of seed saving, contact us about a job at our headquarters at Heritage Farm just north of Decorah, Iowa.

Please email a cover letter, resumé, and the contact information for three references to - include the name of the position in the subject line of your email.

Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

Assistant Seed Historian

Deadline for applications: Extended to August 25, 2017 with a flexible anticipated start date of September 1, 2017.

Seed Savers Exchange is looking for a dynamic, detail-oriented, cultural history, and garden enthusiast to fill a grant-funded, fixed-term position as Assistant Seed Historian for up to 1 year. The Assistant Seed Historian will aid the Seed Historian with the research and documentation of heritage crop varieties in our collection of over 20,000 accessions. The assistant historian will research varieties sourced from seed companies with strong ties to Seed Savers Exchange. (Read more about the historical research efforts at SSE.)

This is a 1-year grant-funded position and is a full time (40 hours per week) non-exempt position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilites:

1. Use diverse resources (seed catalogs, reference books, media, internet databases, internal documents, and personal communications) to research historic and commercial varieties within the Collection.

2. Navigate database records to find relevant details about accession origins.

3. Organize, copy, file, and document artifacts/resources such as personal letters, news articles, images, or other forms of reference materials in a Microsoft Access database.

4. Consolidate existing information with newly acquired information about accessions.

5. Write history summaries based on collected information.

6. Contact donors, family members of donors, experts, or other individuals to collect and document (memos, audio recordings, and video) oral histories relevant to SSE accessions.

7. Record (video and audio) formal interviews for the web exhibit.

8. Report on progress to Seed Historian.

9. Work with Seed Historian, Web Designer, and curators to develop a web-based exhibit about the project.

10. Some travel may be required in support of the project which is anticipated to be less than 2 weeks total over the course of the year.


-- Associate degree in Anthropology, Horticulture, History, Library Science, Ethnobotany, Museum Sciences, a related field, or equivalent experience.

-- Demonstrable record of successfully working independently and as part of a team through previous academic or professional experience.

-- Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

-- Strong communication, interpersonal (will be talking with many people), and time-management skills.

-- Experience with web design and/or video production beneficial, but not essential.

-- Horticultural background and familiarity with Microsoft Access is preferred, but not required.