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

Bulk Seed Fulfillment Coordinator
Development & Membership Assistant
Field Crew and Order Fulfillment (Full Time)
Field Crew Member

Bulk Seed Fulfillment Coordinator

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Bulk Seed Fulfillment Coordinator to join our team. This position will coordinate all aspects of bulk seed packing, order fulfillment, and shipping of bulk orders. During the off-season, this is a floating position that will assist in other areas throughout the Seed House.

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

Applications accepted through May 31, 2019.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Package special work order items
  • Pick bulk items in cooler using item verification technology for corresponding sales orders
  • Coordinate with Shipping Room Manager to send out priority same-day orders
  • Fill packets and pre-pack for any items with low inventory (by hand and using automated seed packing machines)
  • Reporting and/or investigating inventory discrepancies and communicating to Seed Inventory Manager
  • Fill retail packets, either manually or with packing machine
  • Pre-pack bulk packets
  • Pack and process samples for germination testing
  • Assist Shipping Room Manager with daily tasks and cover during vacations/absences

Inter-Department Responsibilities

  • Help pick, pack, and ship transplants, potatoes, garlic, and apple trees
  • Assist with seed inventory cycle counts
  • Work with Catalog Field Coordinator to collect, record, and send germination samples from on-site production
Skills
  • Accurate record-keeping and attention to detail
  • Able to work well as part of a team
  • Flexible and able to change tasks as priorities change
  • Ability to learn computerized packing technology – scanning equipment, scales, inventory and shipping software
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds regularly
  • Standing or walking for extended periods
  • Prolonged exposure to cool temperatures +/-45˚ F
Qualifications
  • Efficient, self-motivated person
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Commitment to working efficiently both as part of a team or independently
Benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Health care, retirement, and lifestyle benefits

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Development & Membership Assistant

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Development & Membership Assistant to join our team. This position is a part-time 20-hour-per-week position with potential for flexible hours within the standard work week. The primary role of this position is to work closely with the Development and Membership Coordinators to ensure accurate and timely processing and acknowledgement of gifts and memberships. They will also assist with keeping data clean and accurate, and support the annual and longer-term initiatives of the Development & Membership team.

Applications accepted through May 24, 2019.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide accurate and timely processing of gifts and acknowledgment letters
  • Continually update and ensure accuracy of database contact information
  • Work closely with the Development Director, Development Coordinator and Membership Coordinator to develop, implement and annually review Standard Operating Procedures around data management, data entry and gift processing
  • Assist in coordinating Membership and Development mailings
  • Assist with list management
  • Assist with monthly, quarterly and annual reconciliation with Finance
  • As needed, assist with preparation of grant proposals and reports
  • As needed, assist in preparation, execution and guest relations for fundraising and other events
Skills & Qualifications
  • Associate’s degree or minimum of one year of relevant work or internship experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Commitment to accuracy, excellence and high standards
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of teams and committees
  • Commitment to donor privacy and the Donor Bill of Rights. (Provided upon request.)
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office (particularly Excel), NetSuite, and record keeping a plus
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to sit at computer screen for extended periods
Benefits
  • Paid holidays
  • Employee discount, 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 accepted through May 31, 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

Status: Part-time/Full-time
Duration: 1-6 months

We prefer applicants who can commit to full-time seasonal positions (40 hours/week for 6 months). However, to accommodate life events, we encourage anyone who would like to assist us throughout the season in a part-time or limited duration (less than 6 months) capacity.

Priority given to those who apply by May 16th. Open until filled.

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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