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Field Crew and Order Fulfillment (Part-time)

Part-time Field Crew and Order Fulfillment

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Position Status: Regular part-time  (24 hrs/wk)
Reports To: Field Coordinator / Seed Inventory Manager
Supervisory Role: No 

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. 

Primary Role

This position will support Seed Savers Exchange with field preparation, seed production, field maintenance, and seed  harvesting and processing. This candidate will also assist in the Seed House with seed packing and order fulfillment.  Must be flexible to change tasks as priorities change and flexible through direct supervisor changes. This role is a 24  hours per week position.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Field Operations: 

  • Involved in field activities during growing season, including but not limited to: direct seeding, transplanting,  mulching, hand weeding, mechanical tilling, trellising, fencing, and harvesting  
  • Support seed processing activities: Gain proficiency in all seed processing equipment and techniques including  wet and dry processing, using both mechanical and manual methods  
  • Follow all organic certification protocols and keep planting, harvesting, and processing records 

Seed House, Seed Packing and Order Fulfillment: 

  • Fill retail seed packets by hand and by automated machine 
  • Attention to detail in seed count, lot accuracy and legibility, adequacy of seals, etc., without sacrificing efficiency
  • Packing automation includes barcode lot validation, and operation of seed packing/printing software.
  • Keep work area clean to minimize possibility of cross contamination 
  • Prepare orders for shipment. This includes picking orders, validating items, and packing into appropriate  containers. 
  • Process shipments using integrated shipping software  


  • Able to perform basic computer functions with training 
  • Ability to learn to operate a wide range of field and seed processing equipment 
  • Accurate record-keeping and attention to detail 
  • Able to work well as part of a team  

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to work in varying weather conditions 
  • Ability to stand, kneel, and walk for long periods of time 
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds  


  • Farming/agriculture interest and experience preferred 
  • Efficient, self-motivated person 
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license 


  • Paid Holidays 
  • Employee merchandise discount
  • Wellness stipend

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.