Iowa: Seed Savers Exchange seeks Horticulturist-Field Manager

11 Apr

Deadline: April 22 however this will be Open until filled

Position: Horticulturist-Field Manager

Seed Savers Exchange is currently seeking a Horticulturist-Field Manager to work directly with the Collection Curator on all field projects involving the thousands of heirloom and open-pollinated varieties in the SSE Collection.  The Horticulturist-Field Manager will manage and perform all aspects of seed production and vegetative crops propagation.  This position is located at Heritage Farm in Decorah, IA.

The Horticulturist-Field Manager will be directly involved with and responsible for all stages of germplasm regeneration and collection maintenance in the field.  This includes, but is not limited to:
•       Garden management, including field cultivation, weed management, crop rotations, cover-cropping, and soil management
•       Garden planning and layout; fence and isolation tent set-up
•       All aspects of organic seed production, including planting, weeding, watering, etc.
•       Ensuring varietal purity of all seed regenerations and increases
•       Seed collection, drying, and processing; over-wintering biennial seed crops
•       Maintenance, harvesting and propagation of vegetative crops
•       Supervision of garden crew and other SSE staff, training new and seasonal staff as needed; working with crews as needed to ensure efficiency and accuracy
•       Managing pests and diseases in keeping with certified organic practices; implement IPM programs when necessary
•       Ensure proper maintenance and use of equipment and vehicles; ensure all safety rules are followed
•       Coordinate with horticultural and curatorial staff on other field activities/projects
•       Collect and enter field data; management of all field and regeneration records
•       Provide status updates and reports on all field activities
•       Assist with educational and research projects as required
•       Organization and ordering of supplies

There is a minimum educational requirement of a Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture or related field.  At least 2 years of experience working with plants in a professional capacity is expected; previous project management experience and supervision of field crews is required.  Previous farm or extensive gardening experience with vegetables is preferred.  All applicants must possess a valid driver’s license.

Additional qualifications
•       Excellent computer skills, including ability to work in complex databases
•       Ability to communicate effectively with other staff
•       Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment with changing day to day needs
•       Ability to work independently and as part of a team
•       Ability to work in all types of outdoor conditions

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position with paid holidays and vacation, excellent medical/dental coverage, and retirement plan. Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to  Please include ‘Horticulturist-Field Mgr’ in the subject line of your email.

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