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: Lynne Rilling | 3094 North Winn Rd. | Decorah, IA 52101.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Current Opportunities

Facilities Crew Member
Greenhouse Assistant

Facilities Crew Member

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Facilities Crew Member to join our team. The ideal candidate should have good attention to detail and the ability to multitask. Mechanical and/or carpentry experience preferred.

Applications accepted through October 25, 2019.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide building maintenance including cleaning restrooms and maintaining janitorial supplies in assigned buildings
  • Responsible for monitoring temperature in coolers and freezers
  • Responsible for chlorine testing of water system
  • Assist with construction projects
  • Provide assistance for event set up and tear down
  • Provide support to contractors as required
  • Assist with driveway maintenance as required
  • Assist with herd health checks biannually
  • Assist with livestock fence maintenance as required
  • Perform preventative upkeep and repairs of trucks, tractors, and equipment as required
  • Assist with trail mowing and upkeep as required
  • Other duties as assigned by the Facilities Manager
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Detail Oriented
  • Ability to multitask
  • Enthusiastic team player
  • Flexibility to work between various teams
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to perform physical activity: lifting up to 100 lbs. assisted; carrying 50 lbs, bending frequently, climbing, pushing, pulling
  • Ability to perform responsibilities in wide ranging weather conditions

Must have a valid driver’s license. Must be an enthusiastic team player, have good attention to detail and be flexible to work between various teams as labor needs fluctuate. Some aspects of the position will involve considerable physical activity including lifting, and other motion related to general facilities and grounds maintenance. Applicant should have sufficient mechanical aptitude to be able to run and troubleshoot garden equipment. Individual will be required to work special event weekends.

  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Employee merchandise discounts
  • Health care, retirement and lifestyle benefits

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Greenhouse Assistant

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Greenhouse Assistant to join our team. This year-round position will support Seed Savers Exchange’s mission-driven work regenerating seeds and distributing heirloom seeds and plants. Responsibilities shift with the seasons and include propagating and regenerating seeds in the greenhouse and assisting with garden preparation (spring); ongoing seed regeneration, field maintenance, and seed harvesting and processing (summer and fall); and helping with seed and perishable-inventory testing and distribution (winter).

Applications accepting through November 8, 2019.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

Greenhouse: March to mid-June

  • Sowing, watering, fertilizing, transplant maintenance in a greenhouse
  • Scouting for insects and diseases and releasing beneficial insects
  • Following organizational protocols to ensure genetic purity of accessions
  • Maintaining accurate records and data entry in a timely manner

Field Work: Mid-June to November

  • Maintaining garden plots by transplanting, weeding (manual and mechanical), weed whipping, and harvesting crops
  • Mulching with hay, landscape fabric, etc.
  • Performing wet and dry seed harvesting and processing; this includes seed extraction, seed cleaning, threshing, winnowing, and conditioning
  • May be required to lead field crew on specific tasks and be a point person for field crew throughout the season
  • Other duties as assigned by the Field Manager

Seed House: December to February

  • Support the needs of the Seed House by preparing and processing orders for shipment
  • Pick orders, validate items/lot numbers, and pack into appropriate containers
  • Process shipments and accept seed into inventory using integrated shipping software
  • Assist Inventory Manager with germination tests
  • Assist with packing, picking, and shipping potato, apple tree scions, garlic, and transplant orders
  • Perform additional duties as directed by the Shipping or Seed House managers
Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to work in varying weather conditions
  • Ability to stand, kneel, bend, and walk for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs alone or 100 lbs assisted
  • One year greenhouse experience or work experience with organic vegetable, flower, and/or herb production preferred
  • Applicant must be an enthusiastic, detail-oriented, flexible team player
  • Ability to keep accurate, detailed records in a fast paced work environment
  • Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from work
  • Applicants must have a valid driver’s license
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Employee merchandise discounts
  • Health care, retirement and lifestyle benefits

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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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