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.
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Mike & Simone Chilton Horticultural Internship
Job Title: Summer Intern
Department: Preservation, Facilities, or Marketing, Membership, & Development
Reports to: Department Manager
FLSA Status: This is a non-exempt seasonal position, working 40 hours per week for up to 17 weeks.
Seed Savers Exchange works with prospective interns to develop custom internships that meet their learning objectives. An apprenticeship model is used to provide meaningful real-world professional experiences and to allow interns to learn and apply theoretical and practical knowledge. As interns accumulate skills, they are given ownership of projects that have meaningful and lasting impacts for the organization.
- Timing - Flexible start and end dates, approx. May through August
- Duration - 17 weeks/internship
- Compensation - 40 hrs/wk @ $7.25/hr
- Housing - On-site housing available
Potential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Greenhouse production and organic pest management
- Field production of seed crops
- Plant science, botany, and biology
- Collection management and curation
- Historical research and documentation
- Education and outreach
- Nonprofit writing and communication
A recent graduate or currently enrolled at an institution of higher education. All majors are welcome to apply. Knowledge of horticulture, gardening/farming, biology/botany, history, anthropology, and/or communications will be helpful but are not essential. Applicants must be able to maintain a high degree of focus when working on detailed tasks, have good verbal and written communication skills, and demonstrate a high degree of self-awareness. Must be able to work in a team setting.
Application review will start in February and continue until positions are filled. Seeking to fill 3-4 internships.
Education Outreach Coordinator
Job Title: Education Outreach Coordinator
Reports to: Seed Bank Manager
FLSA Status: Regular full-time
Pay range: $13-$16/hour
Revision date: October 4, 2016
The Education Outreach Coordinator fulfills the important job of helping gardeners participate in the heritage gardening movement by inspiring them to begin saving seeds and by giving gardeners the technical skills to successfully save seeds. Utilizing the organization’s key resources – an extensive collection of well documented heritage seeds and plants, knowledgeable and skilled staff, and dedicated supporters – the Education Outreach Coordinator will develop, improve, and implement innovative learning experiences.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manage the Community Seed Resource Program (2016) by promoting the program, shipping toolkits, reviewing applications, supporting participants, and evaluating program initiative.
- Coordinate workshop programing (Seed School, Conference and Campout, Apple Grafting, and others) by identifying opportunities, defining workshop goals, recruiting speakers, managing logistics, and evaluating program efficacy.
- Develop educational tools that help members fully engage with the Yearbook and Online Seed Exchange.
- Plan educational programing and materials that address the seed saving needs of gardeners and farmers across the country.
- Develop and deliver educational programing that utilizes effective teaching strategies to meet the learning needs of diverse learning styles through multiple modes including signage, print media, web-based platforms, video, social media, and workshops.
- Coordinate SSE’s tradeshow, conference, and fair presence by identifying the best opportunities for SSE to share its story, creating appropriate event programing, managing logistics, and evaluating impact.
- Develop and lead new educational initiatives in line with organization needs and long-range plan objectives.
- Create and implement the organization’s interpretive plan.
- Build strategic educational partnerships that amplify SSE’s impact and further SSE’s reach.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Seed Bank Manger.
Associates degree in Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, Ag Education or similar field and two years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with organic gardening.
Experience evaluating educational programing.
Experience with web-content design and delivery.
2017 Preservation Winterns Announcement
Job Title:Preservation Wintern
Do you have an adventurous and curious spirit? Are you interested in seeing the past come to life? Seed Savers Exchange, a nonprofit organization that preserves, shares, and promotes heirloom seeds and plants, is seeking four students to fill 4-5 week long paid internship experiences in our Preservation Department. Interns will be paid $7.50/hour. Onsite housing is also available.
We are offering intensive and immersive interdisciplinary experiences in seed bank management, public programs, cultural/historical research, and library sciences. Interns will be trained by skilled staff and then given ownership of projects and tasks that will have a real and lasting impact on the management of our collection of over 20,000 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Interns will have an opportunity to:
- Gain experience in collection management and historical research
- Hone their professional decision-making and communication skills
- Gain professional insight from invested mentors
- Get a glimpse into the nonprofit sector
- Engage in a meaningful work experience.
Areas of Work:
Seed Bank Management – Work with our curators and biologists to secure our 2016 seed harvests. Assist with germination and seed moisture content testing, packaging seeds, managing inventory, and working in our sub-zero seed vault.
Public Programs – Work with our educators and graphic designers to layout a new 30 page digital guide to collecting heirloom seed stories. Experience in graphic design preferred.
Cultural/Historical Research – Work with our seed historians and curators to research the histories of apple varieties using seed catalogs, agricultural publications, and internal documents.
Library/Archive – Work with our librarian and curators to catalog and digitize a private collection of letters, publications, and other documents. Then annotate our living plant collection records with relevant information from this collection.
All majors are welcome to apply. Knowledge of horticulture, gardening/farming, biology/botany, history, anthropology, education, and/or communications will be helpful but are not essential. Applicants must be able to maintain a high degree of focus when working with digital records, have good verbal and written communication skills, and demonstrate a high degree of self-awareness.
To apply send a letter of interest including your desired internship focus and availability (start dates are flexible), a resume, and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “Winterns” by October 17.
Farm Operations Crew Member (Landscape and Janitorial)
Job Title: Farm Operations Crew Member (Landscape and Janitorial)
Reports to: Facilities Manager
FLSA Status: Permanent Limited Part-Time (3 day work week)
Facilities Crew Members maintain facilities, grounds, and equipment.
I. Essential Functions:
- Perform Building Maintenance.
Perform Construction Projects.
- Perform janitorial services according to current schedule.
- Perform routine preventive maintenance checks.
- Perform building repairs as needed.
Perform equipment maintenance.
- Assist with building construction.
- Build special tools for garden use.
- Restore or modify antique tools for garden use.
Assist contracted crews as needed.Perform trail and roadway maintenance.Assist with care cattle livestock and poultry.Other duties as assigned.
- Perform routine preventive maintenance.
- Repair tools needed.
- Rebuild tools when economically practical.
II. Additional Responsibilities
- Management: Responsible for supply accountability.
- Inventory and restock cleaning supplies.
- Maintain minimum stock of supplies in each building.
A valid driver’s license is preferred. Must be an enthusiastic team player, have good attention to detail and be flexible to work between various teams as labor needs fluctuate. Some aspects of the position will involve considerable physical activity including lifting, and other motion related to general facilities and grounds maintenance. Applicant should have sufficient mechanical aptitude to be able to run and trouble-shoot garden equipment. Individual will be required to work special event weekends.
Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.