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Seed Savers Exchange-Exchange and Outreach Coordinator -Wed, 08/03/2022 - 11:22am

Exchange and Outreach Coordinator


Seed Savers Exchange
Decorah , IA 52101
United States
Iowa US

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Job Description 

The Exchange and Outreach Coordinator facilitates the Exchange, the gardener-to-gardener seed-sharing program at the heart of Seed Savers Exchange. Are you a community builder or educator with a passion for seeds? This program distributes varieties from the seed bank collection and connects hundreds of gardeners sharing home-grown seeds through an online community and print publication. This position will organize and promote the Exchange, to grow and nurture this network of individuals who garden for seed saving or access to heritage varieties. They are also responsible for other events and projects that engage and educate on seed-saving practices and related topics. Additionally, they lead and coordinate the seed and nursery trade censuses, which are publications compiling the commercial availability of open-pollinated seeds and fruits, berries, and nuts.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Exchange
Organize and coordinate Seed Savers Exchange staff and volunteers in the production of the Yearbook (the annual print edition of the Exchange).
Lead the education and engagement effort for the Exchange, including email promotion, marketing, and outreach in collaboration with the Marketing & Communication department.
Serve as point of contact for Exchange inquiries and communicate regularly with Exchange participants, members, and customers of Seed Savers Exchange via email, mail, phone and the Exchange Facebook group. This communication includes, but is not limited to day-to-day usability questions, communicating deadlines, and building community to increase participation in the Exchange.
Coordinate all testing and improvements of the Exchange website.
Manage non web-based Exchange participant listings by uploading listings to Exchange.

Education & Outreach
Represent Seed Savers Exchange by giving educational presentations, tours, and workshops.
Other responsibilities as assigned by the Preservation Director.

Census Publications
Lead the research and compilation of the Seed Trade Census and the Nursery Trade Census in years they are produced. Collaborate with departments including Information Technology, Preservation, Membership and Development, and Marketing and Communications, to research, compile, and publish this directory. This includes the management and organization of large amounts of data.
Develop a long-term vision for ongoing promotion, partnerships, and accessibility of the Census publications.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervise interns and volunteers involved with the production of the census publications, Yearbook, and other projects, as needed.

Education and Experience 

Effective oral and written communication skills
Effective interpersonal and management skills
Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, while meeting deadlines
Attention to detail
Computer and web-based literacy
Public speaking skills

Physical Requirements:
Able to sit and stand for long periods
Ability to work at a computer for long periods of time
Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience in education, communications, outreach, horticulture, or related field
Demonstrated record of working independently and as part of a team
Strong project management skills including task delegation
Strong interpersonal relation skills
Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
Interest in gardening, botany, and seed saving
Experience in education

Job Share: Helps as needed in order fulfillment or customer service in the Seed House seasonally

Application Instructions 

Please email a cover letter, resumé, and the contact information for three references as a single PDF to - 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.

Full Name 
Peggy Miller