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Seed Packing Machine Operator

Please email a cover letter, resumé, and the contact information for three references as a single PDF to [email protected] – include the name of the position in the subject line of your email. Applications may also be mailed to: Seed Savers Exchange | Attn: Peggy Miller | 3094 North Winn Rd. | Decorah, IA 52101.

Seed Packing Machine Operator

FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Position Status: Regular, Full-time
Reports to: Seed Inventory Coordinator
Supervisory Role: No
Compensation: $18.00/hour

Primary Role: 

Working under the seed inventory coordinator, the seed packing machine operator will be directly responsible for coordinating day to day  operations of the seed packing machine and assisting in the Seed House as directed. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Primary person responsible for operating large scale seed packing machines.
    • Work with seed inventory coordinator to schedule, and complete seed packet builds of 500-3,000+ packets per variety.
    • Master, and train other employees to use seed packing equipment including:
      • Packet Printer
      • Large Scale Seed Packing Machines
      • Perform routine maintenance and clean-up of the machines.
    • Perform routine maintenance and clean-up of the machines.
  • Assist Bulk seed packing and fulfillment as directed
    • Work in conjunction with the bulk inventory coordinator to pack bulk seed as required throughout the year, but  especially in winter months when sales are high.
    • Pre-pack bulk to prepare for the season by hand packing and using a Data-Count machine.
  • Other duties as assigned by the director of business and sales and/or seed inventory coordinator. 


  • Mechanical and technical aptitude sufficient to operate, train, and troubleshoot seed packing and printing equipment.
  • Leadership and ability to foster a healthy, productive work environment. 
  • Competency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint 
  • Ability to navigate backend point of sales system, NetSuite experience preferred. 

Physical Requirements:  

  • Ability to sit at a computer screen for extended periods. 
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds routinely, and up to 50 pounds occasionally. 
  • Ability to work in cool (45˚F) for extended periods 


  • High School Diploma and/or equivalent experience 
  • Self-motivation, attention to detail, and ability to organize tasks. 


  • Paid PTO & holidays 
  • Long Term Disability & Life Insurance (paid for by the company) 
  • Employee merchandise discounts 
  • Wellness program with annual stipend and paid day off 
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage available 

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