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Seed Savers Exchange-Seed Bank Inventory Technician-Wed, 11/11/2020 - 5:27pm

Seed Bank Inventory Technician


Seed Savers Exchange
3094 N Winn Rd
Decorah , IA 52101
United States
Iowa US

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Job Description 

Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization based in Decorah, Iowa focused on conserving and promoting America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations.

Do you love to organize, garden, and share? Help Seed Savers Exchange and the Preservation Department fulfill our mission to share and preserve open-pollinated and heirloom seeds!

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Seed Bank Inventory Technician to join our team. This position will be responsible for packaging, distributing, and preparing seed samples from our collection for yearly grow outs. The ideal candidate should have a background in horticulture, biology, or museum studies and experience working in a professional environment such as museums, botanic gardens, or seed industry.

Applications accepted through December 2, 2020.

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

Duties & Responsibilities 


Package, inventory, and store regenerated and recently acquired plant material in a timely manner
Implement seed storage protocols and maintain accurate inventory records
Prepare seed samples for yearly grow outs and other distributions
Prepare all necessary tags and reports for yearly grow outs
Coordinate, prepare, and package annual deposits to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and the USDA back-up sites
Perform data management tasks as assigned, including data scrubbing, copying/filing old documents, and updating records
Complete additional inventory-related tasks as assigned such as creating inventory records, inventory reorganization projects, and repackaging older inventory

Yearbook/Seed Exchange

Fulfill Exchange (Yearbook) requests including but not limited to:

Entering orders received into NetSuite and Microsoft access database
Preparing samples including seeds and non-seed material such as scion wood and potato tubers
Shipping packages

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervise and train inventory-area assistants including interns, seasonal employees, work study students, and volunteers

Inter-Department Responsibilities:

Assist with field work regularly during peak times from May through September
Assist corn hand pollination team from June through August
Assist with germination lab testing when possible
Perform additional duties as assigned by the Seed Bank Manager

External-Department Responsibilities:

Participate in relevant educational and outreach programs including developing and presenting workshops, lectures, tours, and demonstrations
Communicate with members and the general public about the seed and plant collection

Education and Experience 


Exceptional organizational skills
Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities, while meeting deadlines
Excellent attention to detail
Exceptional oral and written communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills
Creative approach to problem solving

Physical Requirements:

Able to sit and stand for long periods
Able to perform repetitive tactical tasks for long periods such as counting seeds
Work in temperature extremes including cold storage rooms and high heat and humidity during the fieldwork season
Ability to lift up to 40 pounds while working in seed storage areas


Interest in fulfilling SSE’s mission to share and preserve heirloom garden varieties
Demonstrated record of working independently and as part of a team
Seed storage background preferred but not required
Knowledge of seed biology preferred but not required
1 year experience in horticulture, biology, museum studies, or seed industry preferred but not required

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: Alex Brandt | 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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Alex Brandt