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

Shipping Room Manager
Field Crew and Order Fulfillment (Part-time)
Seed Census Intern

Shipping Room Manager

Primary Role: This position is responsible for the efficient, timely, and accurate coordination of all incoming and outgoing shipments. The ideal candidate should be a detail-oriented individual with 3-5 years experience leading a team in a professional workplace and proficiency in shipping and business software. This is a regular full-time, non exempt position.

Applications accepted through November 9, 2020.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Experience with shipping software and utilizing available tools to ship products as economically feasible as possible. Ability to troubleshoot and resolve problems on-the-go is a must
  • Track inventory (filled packets, products, etc) using NetSuite software. Assist with cycle counts throughout the year. Monitor online product inventory and replenish as needed
  • Create builds in Netsuite to replenish inventory
  • Develop relationships with carriers and negotiate favorable shipping rates and services
  • Forecast needed shipping supplies, monitor current inventory, and place orders to ensure seamless shipping through highly variable seasons
  • Print orders and determine shipping priorities to maximize efficiency and ensure timely fulfillment
  • Receive all incoming packages, checking accuracy of paperwork and condition of shipment
  • Sort and deliver incoming mail to respective departments
  • Direct supervision of up to ten employees during peak shipping season. Assist with hiring seasonal staff as needed
  • Point person overseeing inventory transfer between shipping area and visitors center
  • Assist wherever help is needed in the Seed House during slow shipping months


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 3-5 years supervisory experience
  • Detail-oriented person who thrives in a fast-paced environment, and is able to prioritize workloads to maximize efficiency
  • Excellent computer and record keeping skills
  • Ability to operate a forklift preferred
  • Valid driver's license

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds regularly, and 50 pounds occasionally
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods


  • Paid time off
  • Employee/family health insurance
  • 401(k) with employer match
  • Paid holidays
  • Employee wellness program and merchandise discounts

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Field Crew and Order Fulfillment (Part-time)

This position will support Seed Savers Exchange with all facets of field crew activities, seed packing, product shipping, and perishable 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 October 30, 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Paid holidays
  • Employee merchandise discount
  • Participation in Employee Wellness Program

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Seed Census Intern

Summary: Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Seed Census Intern to assist with compiling the Seed Trade Census: A Directory of Commercial Open-Pollinated Garden Seeds in the United States. Seed Savers Exchange has published this census since 1984 with the 2020 version being the 8th edition. As Seed Savers Exchange’s mission is to preserve biodiversity, this publication has been crucial for determining loss and gain of biodiversity for the last 40 years.

This is a non-exempt hourly internship position working no more than 10 hours per week. Applications accepted through October 16, 2020.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research seed company profiles and histories for Seed Trade Census
  • Assist with compiling and editing seed variety profiles for Seed Trade Census


  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication abilities
  • Excellent attention to detail

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to sit at a computer screen for extended periods


  • Keen eye for detail
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Interns must have own computer as this is a remote off-site position
  • Comfortable working in Google Sheets

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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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