Job Opportunities

Join the team at Heritage Farm!

For more than 43 years, Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit, nationally-focused organization based in the Driftless Region on the outskirts of Decorah, Iowa (near where Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota converge on the Mississippi), has focused on conserving and promoting America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations. Seed Savers Exchange was a pioneer in the advocacy for preserving these heirloom varieties for generations to come, and is committed to keeping these varieties where they belong—in our gardens and on our tables.

Please email a cover letter, resumé, and the contact information for three references to jobs@seedsavers.org - include the name of the position in the subject line of your email. Applications may also be mailed to: Seed Savers Exchange | Attn: Alex Brandt | 3094 North Winn Rd. | Decorah, IA 52101.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Current Opportunities

Facilities Crew and Order Fulfillment
Seasonal Seed Steward
Seasonal Order Fulfillment

Facilities Crew and Order Fulfillment (Part Time)

Seed Savers Exchange is now hiring for a part-time Facilities Crew and Order Fulfillment position. This position will support Seed Savers Exchange with all facets of facilities upkeep, building maintenance, and repairs. In the winter, assists in seed packing and order shipping. Must be flexible to change tasks as priorities change and flexible through direct-level supervisor changes. This is a regular part-time position working 24 hours per week year-round.

Applications accepted through January 31, 2021.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Job responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Facilities

  • Provide building maintenance including cleaning restrooms and maintaining janitorial supplies in assigned buildings
  • Assist with construction projects
  • Provide assistance for event set up and tear down
  • Assist with driveway maintenance as required
  • Assist with livestock care
  • Perform preventative upkeep and repairs on equipment
  • Assist with trail mowing and upkeep as required
  • Other duties as assigned by the Facilities Manager

Seed Packing

  • Fill retail seed packets by hand and by automated machine

Seasonal Perishable Support

  • Support Perishable Inventory Coordinator as needed—transporting, sorting, weighing, bagging, packing, and shipping of garlic

Order Shipping

  • Prepare orders for shipment; this includes picking orders, validating items, and packing into appropriate containers

Skills

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Detail Oriented
  • Ability to multitask
  • Able to perform basic computer functions with training
  • Able to work well as part of a team

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to perform physical activity: lifting up to 100 lbs. assisted; carrying 50 lbs, bending frequently, climbing, pushing, pulling
  • Working outside during hot, cold or wet conditions as needed

Qualifications

  • Garden/farm/agriculture interest and experience preferred
  • Efficient, self-motivated person
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Applicant must be detail-oriented and able to work alone and as part of a team
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from work
  • Applicants must have a valid driver’s license

Benefits

  • Paid holidays
  • Employee merchandise discounts
  • Participation in employee wellness program

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Seasonal Seed Steward

Seed Savers Exchange is now hiring for multiple seasonal Seed Steward positions. This position will support Seed Savers Exchange field staff with all field work and seed production activities. This work includes seed bank collection regeneration, catalog seed production, and evaluation grow outs.

This is a seasonal full-time position (40 hrs/week for a 6 month period) working from early May through October 31st, 2021. Occasional weekend or holiday work may be required.

Applications accepted through January 31, 2021.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Job responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparing fields for direct seeding and transplanting
  • Setting up and maintaining fences, trellises, and pollination cages
  • Mulching with hay and laying landscape fabric
  • Tending fields, including watering and hand weeding, weed whipping in-row and along perimeter fence lines
  • Harvesting fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds
  • Threshing, extracting, and hand-processing seeds following organizational protocols to ensure the genetic purity and organic certification of productions
  • Cleaning up fields at the end of the growing season by removing plant residue, fencing, trellises, landscape fabric, and other infrastructure
  • Maintaining order and cleanliness in equipment shed, trucks, trailers, and other workspaces
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work in varying weather conditions
  • Ability to stand, kneel, and walk for long periods of time
  • Ability to perform physical activity: lifting up to 100 lbs. assisted; carrying 50 lbs, bending frequently, climbing, pushing, pulling

Qualifications

  • Applicant must be an enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and a flexible team player
  • Must be able to work in groups or small teams
  • Interest in seed saving/production and organic/sustainable agriculture preferred
  • Demonstrated practical work experience with plants; experience with organic vegetable crops is preferred
  • Ability to operate roto-tillers, weed-whips, and other small-scale farm and garden implements is preferred
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from work
  • Applicants must have a valid driver’s license

Benefits

  • Paid holidays
  • Employee merchandise discounts
  • Participation in employee wellness program

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Seasonal Order Fulfillment

Seed Savers Exchange has immediate openings for full-time seasonal order fulfillment positions. These positions will support Seed Savers Exchange with all aspects of seed packing and order fulfillment. Must be flexible to change tasks as priorities change. This is a full-time hourly seasonal position working 40 hours per week through May 31, 2021.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Position open until filled.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Order Fulfillment

  • Prepare orders for shipment. This includes picking orders, validating items, and packing into appropriate containers

Seed Packing

  • Fill retail seed packets by hand and by automated machine
  • Attention to detail in seed count, lot accuracy and legibility, adequacy of seals, etc, without sacrificing efficiency, ability to troubleshoot
  • Packing automation includes barcode lot validation, and operation of seed packing/printing software
  • Keep work area clean to minimize possibility of cross contamination

Skills

  • Able to perform basic computer functions with training
  • Accurate record-keeping and attention to detail
  • Able to work well as part of a team

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work during hot, cold or wet conditions as needed
  • Ability to regularly lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to stand, sit, or walk for long periods

Qualifications

  • Farming/agriculture interest and experience preferred
  • Efficient, self-motivated person
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver's license

Benefits

  • Paid holidays
  • Employee merchandise discounts
  • Participation in employee wellness program

Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to apply. Seed Savers Exchange does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law.

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