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Seed Savers Exchange-Preservation Garden Coordinator-Thu, 02/07/2019 - 5:19pm

Preservation Garden Coordinator


Seed Savers Exchange
3094 N Winn Rd Decorah
Decorah , IA 52101

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Job Description 

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.

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Preservation Garden Coordinator to join our team. The ideal candidate should be a dynamic individual with a degree in horticulture, agriculture, or agronomy or 2-3 years work related experience and have experience leading a team in a professional workplace.

The focus of this position will be on leading field staff in regenerating varieties from the Seed Savers collection, which comprises more than 25,000 varieties. Working under the guidance of the Seed Production Manager, the Preservation Garden Coordinator will be directly involved in all aspects of seed production, planting and maintaining gardens, vegetative crop propagation, and take a lead role in harvesting and processing seeds.

During the winter, work under direction of the Seed House Manager depending on where assistance is needed most. Variety of responsibilities will encompass all aspects of speaking with customers, and receiving, packaging, and shipping orders.

Paid time off
Paid holidays
Paid long-term disability
Paid life insurance
Employee merchandise discounts
Health care, retirement, and lifestyle benefits

Duties & Responsibilities 

Crop Production

Cooperate closely with a team of peer field leaders to most effectively regenerate seeds crops and manage a crew of 5-10
Lead all collection garden activities including, but not limited to, garden preparation for both evaluation and regeneration crops, seeding, transplanting, watering, weeding, mulching, staking, fencing, harvesting, dry seed processing, and garden clean-up
Maintain accurate records of seed production activities and enter data into the Collection database
Monitor, schedule, coordinate, and perform dry seed processing activities including drying, cleaning, and conditioning

Seed House

Assist with basic customer service and support
Assist with bulk and/or retail seed packet filling as needed
Assemble orders and prepare for shipment

Education and Experience 

Physical Requirements
Able to work outside for long days
Able to work in temperature extremes
Able to sit, stand, and kneel for long periods of time
Able to lift at least 50 pounds

Degree in horticulture or related field, or equivalent years demonstrated practical work experience in horticulture and seed production
Applicants must have previous farm experience
Experience with organic vegetable crop seed production preferred
All applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.

Application Instructions 

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.

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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