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.
The SSE Seed Regeneration Internships (including the Corn Hand Pollination Internship) offer exceptional experience and training for college students and others seeking careers or experience in the fields of horticulture, plant genetic resource management, sustainable agriculture, or anthropology. The intern(s) will have the opportunity to work on diverse tasks related to the management of our seed bank as well as the regeneration of at-risk varieties.
Internships run for 12 weeks starting in late May/early June and running through mid to late August, but dates are flexible. The interns will assist preservation and field staff through all stages of seed regeneration, evaluation, and other garden duties with an emphasis through all of the internships on learning how to grow, harvest, and save seeds. This is a non-exempt seasonal position, working 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks. Compensation: 40hr/wk position at $8.00/hr. Onsite housing is available as a tax fringe benefit.
Applications accepted through March 30, 2019.
Assist field staff with corn planting, weeding, and other garden maintenance
Construct deer and raccoon exclusion fencing
Assist field staff with all aspects corn hand pollination including but not limited to
Hand pollinating tassels
Bagging shoots and tassels
Assist Seed Savers Exchange staff as needed or as assigned
Occasional weekend or holiday work will be required
Graduate or currently enrolled at an institution of higher education, preferably with a major in biology, botany, horticulture, agriculture, or general plant science areas OR equivalent (at least 2-3 years) work experience
Interest in seed saving/production and organic/sustainable agriculture preferred
Must be able to perform considerable physical activity including standing for extended periods of time, climbing ladders, lifting, carrying (up to 50 lbs.), bending, kneeling, and other motions related to garden maintenance
Must be able to work outside during inclement conditions as needed
Ability to keep accurate, detailed records in a fast-paced work environment
Past hands-on experience with plants and crop production is preferred
Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from work
Applicants must have a valid driver’s license
Please email a cover letter, resumé, and the contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org—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.