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Tissue Culture Lab Technician


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

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Job Description 

Join the team at Heritage Farm!

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.

Tissue Culture Lab Technician
Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Tissue Culture Laboratory Technician to join our team. The Tissue Culture Lab Technician will utilize their technical skills and knowledge to maintain the potato and sweet potato tissue culture collections in vitro. The Tissue Culture Lab Technician will also assist with potato evaluation, potato histories, and field support. The ideal candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in biology, horticulture, or a related field and experience with performing plant tissue culture in a laboratory setting.

Paid time off
Paid holidays
Employee merchandise discounts
Health care, retirement and lifestyle benefits.

Applications accepted through September 16, 2019.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Independently perform tissue culture work in an organized and timely manner
Perform all tissue culture lab activities including making media, performing transfers, inducting new material, cleaning test tubes, maintaining inventory records, entering data, organizing growth chambers, scouting for contamination, and ordering supplies
Work to eradicate potato collection of viruses by using shoot-tip meristem culture and thermo/chemotherapy or other best practices
Evaluate short term and long term tissue culture methods, strategies, and protocols for efficiency and soundness

Other Departmental Responsibilities:
Assist field crew up to 16 hours a week during peak field season (May-Sept)
Work with Evaluation team to evaluate potato varieties
Work with Seed Historians to document potato histories
Assist Director of Preservation with analyzing results from potato DNA analysis

Education and Experience 

Experience with plant tissue culture
Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Strong analytical and creative problem solving skills
Exceptional time-management skills
Flexibility and ability to balance workload

Physical Requirements:
Ability to sit for long periods of time during tissue culture procedures
Ability to work in temperature extremes during field work
Ability to lift at least 25 pounds

Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, botany, or plant science, or equivalent years demonstrated work
Experience performing all aspects of plant tissue culture
Experience with virus eradication of plant material in tissue culture
Proven experience working with limited supervision

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

Applications accepted through September 16, 2019.

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Seed Savers Exchange