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Seed Steward Crew Member at Seed Savers Exchange - 5789

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Seed Steward Crew Member
Seed Savers Exchange
3094 N Winn Rd
Decorah, IA 52101
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Job Description: 

Join our seed stewardship team in the prairie heart of Decorah, Iowa this season! Our crew members save seed for future generations while learning, laughing, and working with abundantly diverse crops and sublime summer and fall weather. Let seeds become your prairie home companion with us!

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 now hiring for 2019 Seed Steward Crew positions. This is a 40 hour/week full time, 6 month seasonal position from approximately May through November. Occasional weekend or holiday work will be required. This position will support Seed Savers Exchange field staff with all garden work and seed production activities. This work includes collection regeneration, catalog seed production, and evaluation growouts.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Job responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Preparing gardens for direct seeding and transplanting
Setting up and maintaining fences, trellises, and pollination cages
Maintaining gardens, including watering, weeding, and mulching
Harvesting fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds
Threshing, extracting, winnowing, and conditioning seeds
Following organizational protocols to ensure the genetic purity and organic certification of productions
Cleaning up gardens at the end of the growing season by removing plant residue, fencing, trellises, and other infrastructure
Maintaining an orderly equipment shed
Other duties as assigned by the field production leadership team

Education & Experience: 

Applicants must be an enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and a flexible team player
Interest in seed saving/production and organic/sustainable agriculture preferred
Demonstrated practical work experience with plants; experience with organic vegetable crops is preferred
Ability to perform field work in wide ranging weather conditions
Ability to perform physical activity: lifting (up to 100 lbs. assisted); carrying (50 lbs.), bending frequently, climbing, pushing, and pulling
Ability to operate roto-tillers, weed-whips, and other small farm and garden implements
Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from work
Applicants must have 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.

Applications due by April 15, 2019.

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