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.

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.
Revision Date: April 7, 2017


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.

High School diploma or equivalent preferred.

Application review will start in February and continue until positions are filled. Seeking to fill 3-4 internships.

Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.