Job Opportunities

Join the team at Heritage Farm!

Since 1975, 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

Marketing and Communications Director
Seasonal Order Fulfillment
Seasonal Landscaping Crew Member
Seasonal Seed Steward

Marketing and Communications Director

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is seeking a Marketing and Communications Director to join our team. The ideal candidate would bring 5+ years of marketing, advertising, and communications experience on both print and digital platforms, a background in nonprofit settings, and leadership/management experience.

Applications accepted through August 29, 2021

Primary Role

The Marketing and Communications Director will provide overall leadership for SSE’s marketing, media, outreach, public relations, communication, and advertising strategies as they relate to sales (retail, wholesale/seed rack, online), donations, membership, events/outreach/education, and promotion of SSE’s mission. This position serves on SSE’s organizational Leadership Team and works in close collaboration with the Executive Director as well as the Membership & Development and Seed House teams to develop and direct strategy for all marketing, communication, and outreach activities that promote the organization’s mission and generate revenue to support it.

This position will require on-site work but flexible work arrangements including a hybrid remote work arrangement will be considered for the right candidate.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements an organization-wide, fully integrated marketing and communication plan across all channels, including print publications, direct mail, website/digital, email, social media, and advertising
  • With Executive Director, oversees external communication, outreach, and partnerships organization-wide, including decision-making process for committing to external relationships
  • Research, develop, and implement SEO strategies that take into consideration current trends and expected search engine algorithm changes that keep Seed Savers Exchange ranked highly in web searches
  • Maintains SSE brand voice, position, and mission across communication platforms
  • Positions SSE’s marketing and communication efforts to to fulfill its mission and awareness goals, as well as grow the organization’s audience and revenue streams
  • In partnership with Executive Director, Sales & Business Director, and Visitor’s Center Manager, develops strategies and implements a marketing plan for catalog, website, wholesale (Seed Rack), and visitors center sales
  • In partnership with Executive Director and Development Director, develops strategies and implements a marketing plan for donations/fundraising and membership programs
  • In partnership with Executive Director and Education & Engagement team, develops strategies and implements a marketing plan and goals for education initiatives (including the Exchange and Citizen Science Programs) and events, both on-site and off-site
  • Manages, creates, and posts all social media related content. Including targeted advertising and educational video content
  • Develops, schedules, and monitors email marketing open and click rates which are reported back to respective departments

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises and evaluates Marketing and Communications staff and contractors
  • Responsible for departmental staff development

External-Department Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with other departments to establish programming and initiatives that will fulfill the organization's audience-dependent goals (revenue, members/supporters, engagement, awareness, etc.)

Skills and Experience

  • Experience conceptualizing and managing both digital and print communication projects
  • Proficiency in database management, Google Analytics, social media, Adobe Creative Suite, Google Docs/Drive, and Bronto, preferred
  • Ability to guide and lead teams and projects
  • Understanding of marketing strategy and tactics
  • Ability to multitask and organize multiple concurrent projects
  • Experience in shopper marketing or sales preferred

Physical Requirements

  • Sit for extended periods at a desk

Qualifications

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in marketing or related field and a minimum of five years of marketing or related experience; or an equivalent combination of education/experience
  • The ideal candidate will possess relevant experience in the areas of nonprofit development and fundraising, marketing, public relations and/or membership management, ideally in a horticultural, agricultural, or environmental organization

Benefits

  • Paid PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Long Term Disability
  • Paid Life Insurance
  • Employee Merchandise Discounts
  • Health care, retirement and lifestyle benefits

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Seasonal Order Fulfillment

Seed Savers Exchange is now hiring for multiple order fulfillment positions. These positions will support Seed Savers Exchange with all aspects of garlic packing, seed packing, and order fulfillment. Must be flexible to change tasks as priorities change. These are full-time hourly seasonal positions working 40 hours per week from September 7 through October 14, 2021.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority application deadline August 15, 2021. Positions open until filled.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Seasonal Garlic Shipping Support

  • Support Perishable Inventory Coordinator - transporting, sorting, weighing, bagging, packing, and shipping of garlic

Order Fulfilment

  • Prepare orders for shipment. This includes picking orders, validating items, and packing into appropriate containers
  • Process shipments using integrated shipping software

Skills

  • Accurate record-keeping and attention to detail
  • Able to work well as part of a team

Physical Requirements

  • Working during hot, cold or wet conditions as needed
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds regularly
  • Ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time

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 discount
  • Participation in Employee Wellness Program

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Seasonal Landscaping Crew Member

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Seasonal Landscaping Crew Member to join our Facilities team. This position will support Seed Savers cofounder Diane Ott Whealy in maintaining her garden, and assist SSE staff with maintaining display and trial gardens, as well as carrying out other landscaping, trail, and grounds-related maintenance activities around Heritage Farm.

This is a seasonal full-time position (40 hrs/week) working through October 29, 2021. Start date may be flexible. Occasional weekend or holiday work may be required. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Position open until filled.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Preparing raised beds for direct seeding and transplanting
  • Maintaining Diane’s garden, trial/display gardens, and decorative gardens around the visitor center, farmhouse landscaping, and landscaping around other buildings on our upper campus
  • Implementing garden infrastructure: trellis lines, pest barriers, pathways and mulching, some fencing
  • Tending gardens and landscaped areas, including planting, thinning, watering, weeding, and mulching
  • Cleaning up gardens at the end of the growing season by removing plant residue, fencing, trellises, and other infrastructure
  • Timely communication with supervisor about the gardens’ integrated pest management needs
  • Clearing and maintaining trails on SSE property
  • Occasional interaction with visitors who have questions about SSE mission and gardens
  • Upholding SSE’s organic system plan and organic certification with garden practices used
  • Occasional help with other Facilities or Field Operations activities may be required
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

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, and pulling

Qualifications

  • Applicant must be detail-oriented and able to work alone and as part of a team
  • Applicant must be able to tend to the level of detail required in public demonstrations gardens
  • Customer service experience preferred
  • 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 weed-whips and other small-scale garden implements 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 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.

The ideal candidate will fulfill a seasonal full-time position (40 hrs/week for a 6 month period), working through October 31st, 2021. However, start date, end date, and position duration may be flexible. Occasional weekend or holiday work may be required.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities

  • 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, and 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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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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