Iowa: Seed Savers Exchange seeks Horticultural Assistant

20 Apr
Deadline: Open Until Filled

Seed Savers Exchange is currently seeking a Horticultural Assistant to work with curatorial and horticultural staff on plant evaluation and characterization projects involving the thousands of heirloom and open-pollinated varieties in our seed collection. Work will involve data collection on plants in the field, management of data in the lab, and general support of curatorial staff on all collection maintenance and regeneration projects in the greenhouse, laboratory, and field. This position is located at Heritage Farm in Decorah, IA.   This is a 40 hour/week position, scheduled to run from early May through the end of October. 

Job responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
-Phenotypic characterization of plants in the field and lab
-Data collection and record keeping
-Digital scanning of specimens and field photography
-Germination test set-up
-Field/greenhouse work and seed processing/inventorying when needed

Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit, member supported organization dedicated to the genetic preservation of heirloom and open-pollinated food crops. As part of this mission, SSE permanently maintains a collection of thousands of endangered vegetable varieties, making us the largest non-governmental seed bank in the United States. Please visit our website at for more information. Your browser may not support display of this image. 

-A Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field or equivalent years demonstrated practical work experience in horticulture.
-Hands-on experience with plants; experience with vegetable crops is preferred
-Experience with data collection and record keeping
-Working knowledge of plant anatomy, physiology, and taxonomy
-Ability to perform field work in wide ranging weather conditions
-Applicants must have a valid driver’s license Your browser may not support display of this image.

Based on education and experience, pay rates start at $10.50/hr.

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume (no more than 2 pages in length) and contact information for three references to  Please include ‘Horticultural Assistant’ in the subject line of your email.    An early May start date is preferred.

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