Job Opportunities

Join the team at Heritage Farm!

Since 1975, 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 as a single PDF 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: Peggy Miller | 3094 North Winn Rd. | Decorah, IA 52101.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Current Opportunities

Seed Packing Machine Operator
Seed Preservation Farm Assistant

Seed Packing Machine Operator

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (hourly)
Position Status: Regular, Full-time
Reports to: Seed Inventory Coordinator
Supervisory Role: No
Compensation: $18.00/hour

Primary Role

Working under the Seed Inventory Coordinator, the Seed Packing Machine Operator will be directly responsible for coordinating day to day operations of the seed packing machine and assisting in the Seed House as directed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Primary person responsible for operating large-scale seed packing machines working with the Seed Inventory Coordinator to schedule, and complete seed packet builds of 500-3,000+ packets per variety.
  • Master, and train other employees to use seed packing equipment including: Packet Printer and Large Scale Seed Packing Machines.
  • Assist Bulk seed packing and fulfillment as directed.
  • Work in conjunction with the Bulk Inventory Coordinator to pack bulk seed as required throughout the year, but especially in winter months when sales are high.
  • Pre-pack bulk to prepare for the season by hand packing and using a Data-Count machine.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Business and Sales and/or Seed Inventory Coordinator.

Skills

  • Mechanical and technical aptitude sufficient to operate, train, and troubleshoot seed packing and printing equipment.
  • Leadership and ability to foster a healthy, productive work environment.
  • Competency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to navigate backend point of sales system, Netsuite experience preferred.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to sit at a computer screen for extended periods.
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds routinely, and up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Ability to work in cool (45˚F) for extended periods

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma and/or equivalent experience.
  • Self-motivation, attention to detail, and ability to organize tasks.

Benefits

  • Paid PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Long Term Disability
  • Paid Life Insurance
  • Employee Merchandise Discounts
  • Health care, retirement, and lifestyle benefits

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Seed Preservation Farm Assistant

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (hourly)
Position Status: Regular, Full-time
Reports to: Field Coordinator
Supervisory Role: No
Compensation: $17.00/hour

Primary Role

This position supports Seed Savers Exchange through the work of onsite seed productions of open-pollinated, heirloom varieties. With a focus on assisting with field preparations, transplanting, field maintenance, seed harvesting, and seed processing, this year-round position also includes propagation in the greenhouse, as well as seed packaging and supporting with order fulfillment duties in the winter months.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Sowing, watering, fertilizing, and transplant maintenance in a greenhouse setting
  • Transplanting and direct sowing of catalog production crops
  • Mulching with hay, landscape fabric, and black plastic to maintain soil health and decrease weed pressure
  • Maintaining field plots by weeding (manual and mechanical), weed whipping, and intercropping with cover crops
  • Hand watering with a water tank as needed
  • Monitoring crops for disease and insect pressure
  • Following organizational protocols to ensure genetic purity and varietal maintenance of production crops
  • Performing wet and dry seed harvesting and processing; this includes seed extraction, seed cleaning, threshing, winnowing, and conditioning
  • Will be required to lead field crew on specific tasks and be a point person for field crew throughout the season
  • Maintaining accurate field planting and harvest records
  • Weekend care of nursery crops
  • Tearing down fields at the end of the season, including trellises, fencing, landscape fabric, isolation cages, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Field Coordinator

Seed House Duties & Responsibilities: November through April
  • Fill retail seed packets by hand, as well as assist with machine packing
  • Picking and packing seed packet orders for shipment

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work in varying weather conditions
  • Ability to stand, kneel, walk, climb, push, and pull for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 100 lbs. (assisted) and lift/carry at least 50 lbs. (unassisted)

Qualifications

  • Experience with organic vegetable, flower, and/or herb production preferred
  • pplicant 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
  • Demonstrated self-direction and ability to work alone
  • Demonstrated teamwork and ability to do group tasks
  • Ability to follow specific protocols and safety procedures

Benefits

  • Paid PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Long Term Disability
  • Paid Life Insurance
  • 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.