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

Seasonal Order Fulfillment
Field Crew and Order Fulfillment (Part-time)
Assistant Seed Historian

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 and shipping. Must be flexible to change tasks as priorities change. These are full-time hourly seasonal positions working 40 hours per week from September 1 through October 23, 2020.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. 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

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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Field Crew and Order Fulfillment (Part-Time)

Seed Savers Exchange is now hiring for a part-time Field Crew and Order Fulfillment position. This position will support Seed Savers Exchange with all facets of field crew activities, seed packing, and product shipping support. 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 August 17, 2020.

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
  • Support seed processing activities: 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
  • Operate large quantity seed packing machine upon training

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
  • 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

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:

  • Garden/farm/outdoor work experience preferred
  • 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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Assistant Seed Historian

FLSA Status: Five-year grant funded position. Full time, hourly non-exempt.

Seed 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. Seed Savers Exchange is looking for dynamic, detail-oriented, cultural history and garden enthusiasts to fill two new five-year grant-funded Assistant Seed Historian positions. The Assistant Seed Historians will assist the Seed Historian with research and documentation of heritage crop varieties in our collection of over 20,000 accessions.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority deadline: August 19, 2020.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Seed Historian to research varieties within Seed Savers Exchange’s seed bank collection and assess the value and priority of accessions based on Accessions Policy priorities
  • Guide future seed bank acquisitions by corresponding with seed donors and evaluating prospective seed donations
  • Assist Preservation staff to identify opportunities to acquire new inventory for existing accessions and document materials
  • Special focus on donors of multiple accessions and engaged donors
  • Guide research of backlogged seed donations by corresponding with potential donors and evaluating prospective donations
  • Contact donors, family members of donors, experts, or other individuals to collect cultural and oral histories of varieties in the Seed Savers Exchange collection
  • Organize, document and digitize collection materials such as correspondence, news articles, images, or other reference materials
  • Assist with inventorying, seed packaging, and fulfilling collection seed request distributions during peak times January-April

Skills:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with Office Suite and the ability to work in a complex Access database
  • Ability to effectively complete projects with multiple competing deadlines in a timely manner
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and individually

Qualifications:

  • Degree in Anthropology, Horticulture, History, Library Science, Ethnobotany, Museum Sciences, a related field, or equivalent experience
  • Previous experience working with diverse communities (cultural competency)
  • Demonstrable record of successfully working independently and as part of a team through previous academic or professional experience
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Previous experience documenting oral histories or with creative storytelling

Benefits:

  • Employee/family health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • 401(k) with employer match
  • 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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