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 - 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

Assistant Seed Historian
Seasonal Seed Steward

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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Seasonal Seed Steward

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Seasonal Seed Steward to join our team. This position will support Seed Savers Exchange field staff with all field work and seed production activities. This work includes collection regeneration, catalog seed production, and evaluation grow outs.

This is a seasonal part-time position (24 hrs/week for 3 month period) working from early August through October 31st, 2020. Occasional weekend or holiday work may be required.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority deadline: August 17, 2020.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:

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

  • Preparing fields for direct seeding and transplanting
  • Setting up and maintaining fences, trellises, and pollination cages and laying landscape fabric
  • Tending fields, including watering, weeding, and mulching
  • Harvesting fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds
  • Seed House order fulfillment tasks like apple tree grafting, garlic seed packaging, and apple tree packaging
  • Threshing, extracting, winnowing, and conditioning 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, and other infrastructure
  • Maintaining an orderly equipment shed
  • Other duties as assigned by the seed production department

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


  • Applicant 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 operate roto-tillers, weed-whips, and other small-scale farm and garden implements preferred
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from work
  • Applicants must have a valid driver’s license


  • 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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