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 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.

Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

Current Opportunities:

Lillian Goldman Visitor Center Manager
Seed Production Manager
Administrative Associate
Field Crew Member

Lillian Goldman Visitors Center Manager

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Retail Manager for the Lillian Goldman Visitors Center at Heritage Farm. Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization based in Decorah, Iowa focused on conserving and promoting America's culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations. The ideal candidate will have retail and merchandising experience, a basic knowledge of gardening and event planning, and possesses strong leadership and managerial skills.

The Lillian Goldman Visitor Center Manager’s primary responsibilities include developing a retail business strategy and selecting merchandise for the store that is in alignment with our mission, managing and training the retail staff, overseeing Visitor Center operations, and creating a positive experience to visitors to our headquarters on Heritage Farm. The manager will also ensure that the LGVC team offers excellent customer service to visitors and provides information about our mission and organizational history. Weekend work required.

For more details, contact Lynne Rilling at 563-387-5612. To apply, email a cover letter and resumé to jobs@seedsavers.org—include the name of the position in the subject line of your email.

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Seed Production Manager

Seed Savers Exchange is currently seeking a Seed Production Manager to join our team. The ideal candidate will build on the organization’s solid reputation as a producer, purveyor and conservator of quality seed of open-pollinated, heirloom varieties, and will lead and manage a team that is responsible for the organic production of over 50 acres that includes commercial seed production, collection regeneration, trials and cover crops. Working in conjunction with the leadership team of the organization, particularly with the Seed House Operations Director, Facilities Manager, and the Preservation Director, the Seed Production Manager will develop an annual crop production plan and help determine what crops will be grown on site and what can be acquired through contract production.

The Seed Production Manager is responsible for maintaining accurate field records, creating standard operating procedures for farm and seed production and processing operations, meeting organic compliance standards, and managing the production budget in conjunction with the organization’s chief financial officer. He or she will also manage a talented team that is responsible for greenhouse operations, field cultivation, IPM, crop care, harvest and processing of seed crops, and propagation and management of vegetative collections. The Seed Production Manager will also work with team leaders in the recruitment and retention of permanent and seasonal field staff and may also represent Seed Savers Exchange at public presentations or with professional organizations.

Currently offering more than 800 rare varieties of fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers, 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.

The ideal candidate will have a background in farm operations and/or seed production, with four to five years of seed production or breeding experience, and will be comfortable leading a team of supervisors and their staff of 10 to 20 employees, depending on the season. An ability to meet targets and goals in each season along with a clear vision of long-range planning for the continued refinement of the farming operation will be critical to the Seed Production Manager’s success.

To apply, email a cover letter and resumé to jobs@seedsavers.org—include the name of the position in the subject line of your email.

Skills
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills, including Excel and database management
  • Leadership and ability to foster a healthy, productive work environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • A valid driver's license
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with changing day-to-day needs
Physical Requirements
  • Sitting at a computer screen for extended periods
  • Ability to participate in meetings and other organizational activities
  • An ability to stand, sit, and kneel for extended periods
  • An ability to lift more than 50 pounds
Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field and five or more years of supervisory experience in seed production an/or agriculture; experience or training in seed production, trialing, and/or breeding is preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, familiarity with HR, and good communication and writing skills
Benefits
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Paid long-term disability, 401k contributions, life insurance, health insurance, and employee merchandise discounts

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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Administrative Associate

Seed Savers Exchange seeks a full-time, hourly Administrative Associate. This position provides administrative support to the Executive Director and Deputy Director to fulfill the organization’s administrative, accounting, and human resource needs.

The ideal candidate has excellent oral and written communication skills, an understanding of corporate protocol and discretion, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and a reasonable level of computer literacy—including a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Google Docs, and an ability to work with a CRM and electronic payroll software.

For more details, contact Lynne Rilling at 563-387-5612. To apply, email a cover letter and resumé 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.

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Field Crew Member

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

Position Title: Field Crew Member
FLSA Status: Non-exempt, Seasonal, Full-time
Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
To Apply: 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: Karen Anderson
3094 North Winn Rd
Decorah, IA 52101

Summary

This position will support Seed Savers Exchange field staff with all garden work and seed production activities. This work includes collection regeneration and increase growouts, maintenance of perennial collections, commercial seed productions, trial, display, lot check, and evaluation growouts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Preparing gardens and beds for seeding and transplanting by hand.
  • Setting up and maintaining fences, trellises, and pollination cages.
  • Transplanting and direct seeding crops by hand.
  • Maintaining gardens, including watering, weeding, mulching, trellising and staking.
  • Collecting, reporting, and entering data in a timely manner.
  • Harvesting fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds.
  • Threshing, extracting, winnowing, and conditioning seeds.
  • Following organizational protocols to ensure the genetic purity of accessions.
  • 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 Manager.
Qualifications
  • Applicants must be an enthusiastic, detail-oriented, 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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