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: Lynne Rilling | 3094 North Winn Rd. | Decorah, IA 52101.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Current Opportunities

Shipping Room Manager
Inventory and Seed Technician
Field Crew and Order Fulfillment (Full Time)
Field Crew Member

Shipping Room Manager

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Shipping Room Manager to join our team. This position is responsible for the efficient, timely, and accurate coordination of all incoming and outgoing shipments. The ideal candidate should be a detail-oriented individual with 3-5 years experience leading a team in a professional workplace and proficiency in shipping and business software. This is a regular full-time, non exempt position.

Applications accepted through May 6, 2019.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Experience with shipping software and utilizing available tools to ship products as economically feasible as possible. Ability to troubleshoot and resolve problems on-the-go is a must
  • Develop relationships with carriers and negotiate favorable shipping rates and services
  • Track inventory (filled packets, products, etc) using NetSuite software. Assist with cycle counts throughout the year. Monitor online product inventory and replenish as needed
  • Create builds in Netsuite to replenish inventory
  • Forecast needed shipping supplies, monitor current inventory, and place orders to ensure seamless shipping through highly variable seasons
  • Print orders and determine shipping priorities to maximize efficiency and ensure timely fulfillment
  • Receive all incoming packages, checking accuracy of paperwork and condition of shipment
  • Direct supervision of up to ten employees during peak shipping season. Assist with hiring seasonal staff as needed
  • Point person overseeing inventory transfer between shipping area and visitors center
  • Work with marketing and sales teams to develop membership and promotional mailings
  • Assist wherever help is needed in the Seed House during slow shipping months
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 3-5 years supervisory experience
  • Detail-oriented person who thrives in a fast-paced environment, and is able to prioritize workloads to maximize efficiency
  • Excellent computer and record keeping skills
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds regularly, and 50 pounds occasionally
  • Ability to operate a forklift
  • Valid driver's license
Benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Employee merchandise discounts
  • Health care, retirement, and lifestyle benefits

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Inventory and Seed Technician

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Perishable Inventory Coordinator/ Seed Technician to join our team. The ideal candidate should be a dynamic individual with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, agronomy, or biology, have experience leading a team in a professional workplace, and proficiency in excel and business software.

Primary Role

Working under the Sales and Business Director, the Perishable Inventory Manager will be directly responsible for coordinating production, receiving, wholesale purchasing, forecasting sales, and shipping of garlic, potatoes, apple trees, and transplants. This is a leadership position encompassing all aspects of packing and order fulfillment as well as working with the Catalog Field Manager to facilitate and develop the Catalog Stock Seed program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Primary person responsible for catalog sales of perishable inventory:

Transplants

  • Generate realistic sales predictions
  • Prior to plant shipments, obtain the necessary plant health certificates and forward to state inspectors as required
  • Schedule plant order requirements by ship date, and communicate order requirements to grower
  • Order supplies with sufficient lead time and quantity to ensure seamless packing and shipping of product (pre-printed boxes, plant tags, pots, trays, instructions, and miscellaneous packing supplies)
  • Assist in determining seasonal staffing requirements, hiring as needed, and taking direct supervisory responsibility of those personnel
  • Lead a team of 10-20 people to most effectively pick, pack, and ship transplant orders weekly during transplant season
  • Maintain plant inventory to ensure healthy “hardened” plants, while attempting to control height so that plants remain shippable for as long a period as possible

Potatoes

  • Generate realistic sales predictions
  • Schedule potato order requirements, and communicate order requirements to grower
  • Assist in determining seasonal staffing requirements, hiring as needed, and taking direct supervisory responsibility of those personnel
  • Lead a team of 3-6 people to most effectively pick, pack, and ship potato items and orders, weekly, during potato season

Garlic

  • Determine stock seed requirements for subsequent year’s garlic production. This will help determine amount of garlic anticipated to be available for sale, and which varieties to offer
  • Communicate with Field Production leadership team on varieties and quantities of garlic planted for following season
  • Communicate with growers to ensure sufficient quantity and quality will be available for committed sales
  • Assist in determining seasonal staffing requirements, hiring as needed, and taking direct supervisory responsibility of those personnel
  • Lead a team of 1-6 people to most effectively pick, pack, and ship garlic items and orders, weekly, during garlic shipping season

Apple Trees

  • Work in conjunction with the Orchard Manager and the Sales and Business Director to determine rootstock requirements for subsequent year’s apple tree production
  • Coordinate with Orchard Manger and Field Production leadership team to allocate labor for planting, mulching, weeding, bud grafting, and harvesting trees/rootstock
  • Assist in determining seasonal staffing requirements, hiring as needed, and taking direct supervisory responsibility of those personnel
  • Lead a team of 1-5 people to most effectively pick, pack, and ship apple tree orders, weekly, during apple tree shipping season
Essential Duties and Responsibilities, continued
  • Comply with and oversee implementation of the Organic Systems Plan, per the Seed House Inventory Manager, as it applies to all responsibilities, including plant health certificates, organic certificates, and logs
  • November through February, packing bulk seed (by hand and using Data-Count machine), and filling bulk seed orders
  • Assemble orders and prepare for shipment
  • Direct supervisory and training responsibility of 1-6 employees, while they process, bag, pack, and ship potatoes, apple trees, transplants, and garlic
Skills
  • Excellent computer (Excel, NetSuite) and record keeping skills
  • Mechanical and technical aptitude sufficient to operate, train, and troubleshoot seed packing and printing equipment
  • Leadership and ability to foster healthy, productive work environment
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to sit at computer screen for extended periods
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds routinely, and up to 50 pounds occasionally
  • Ability to work in cool (45˚F) for extended periods
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in horticulture and/or equivalent experience
  • Self-motivation, attention to detail, and ability to organize tasks
Benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid long-term disability
  • Paid life insurance
  • Employee merchandise discounts
  • Health care, retirement, and lifestyle benefits

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Field Crew and Order Fulfillment (Full Time)

Seed Savers Exchange is now hiring for a Field Crew and Order Fulfillment position. The ideal candidate will assist with all facets of field crew activities, seed packing, product shipping, and perishable support. Must be flexible to change tasks as priorities change and flexible through direct-level supervisor changes.

This is a full time, benefits-eligible position working 40 hours per week year-round.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 8, 2019. Applications due by April 15, 2019.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Field and Seed Processing

  • Involved in field activities during growing season, including but not limited to direct seeding, transplanting, mulching, hand weeding, mechanical tilling, trellising, fencing, and harvesting
  • Gain proficiency in all seed processing equipment and techniques including wet and dry processing, using both mechanical and manual methods
  • Follow all organic certification protocols and keep planting, harvesting, and processing records

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

Seasonal Perishable Support

  • Support Perishable Inventory Coordinator as needed - transporting, sorting, weighing, bagging, packing, and shipping of garlic, transplants, potatoes, and apple trees

Order Shipping

  • Prepare orders for shipment. This includes picking orders, validating items, and packing into appropriate containers
  • Process shipments using integrated shipping software
Skills
  • Able to perform basic computer functions with training
  • Ability to learn to operate a wide range of field and seed processing equipment
  • Accurate record-keeping, and attention to detail
  • Able to work well as part of a team and increase efficiencies
Physical Requirements
  • Working outside during hot, cold or wet conditions as needed
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds regularly, and 50 pounds occasionally
Qualifications
  • Farming/agriculture interest and experience preferred
  • Efficient, self-motivated person
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver's license
Benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Employee merchandise discounts
  • Health care, retirement, and lifestyle benefits

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Field Crew Member

This is a 40 hour/week full time, 6 month seasonal position from approximately May through November. Occasional weekend or holiday work will be required.

This position will support Seed Savers Exchange field staff with all garden work and seed production activities. This work includes collection regeneration, catalog seed production, and evaluation growouts.

Applications will be reviewed starting April 8, 2019. Applications due by April 15, 2019.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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

  • Preparing gardens for direct seeding and transplanting
  • Setting up and maintaining fences, trellises, and pollination cages
  • Maintaining gardens, including watering, weeding, and mulching
  • Harvesting fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds
  • Threshing, extracting, winnowing, and conditioning seeds
  • Following organizational protocols to ensure the genetic purity and organic certification of productions
  • Cleaning up gardens at the end of the growing season by removing plant residue, fencing, trellises, and other infrastructure
  • Maintaining an orderly equipment shed
  • Other duties as assigned by the field production leadership team
Qualifications
  • Applicants must be an enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and a flexible team player
  • 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 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-whips, and other small farm and garden implements
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from work
  • Applicants must have a valid driver’s license

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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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