Iowa: Seed Savers Exchange seeks Horticultural Technician – Education and Outreach

26 May
Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is currently seeking a Horticultural Technician to support curatorial staff by managing various horticultural projects in SSE’s preservation gardens and seed lab.  In support of SSE’s mission to preserve genetic diversity, the Horticultural Technician is also responsible for creating educational resources for the public.   

Primary Responsibilities

1.  Display gardens:  Execute themed displayed gardens at the Lillian Goldman Visitor’s Center each year.  Propagate plants, design appropriate signage and brochures, plant and maintain gardens throughout the season.

2.  SSE website:  Compile content about all of SSE’s preservation activities and projects, updating and adding content as necessary to keep the public engaged and informed about SSE’s preservation efforts.

3.  Educational resources:  Develop resources to educate SSE’s members and the general public about technical aspects of seed production, seed saving, and genetic preservation. Create educational materials for SSE workshops and events.

4.  Hand-pollination: Manage SSE’s corn hand-pollination project including performing hand-pollinations, training and overseeing seasonal staff, recording and entering data, ordering supplies, etc.

5.  Seed moisture testing:  Monitor seed moisture content and determine suitable levels for storage. Develop protocol for efficiently testing and adjusting seed moisture content in the laboratory.

6.  Other duties:  Assist, as needed, with other Seed Lab, Greenhouse, and Preservation garden activities.  Perform additional duties as assigned by the Collection Curator.

Qualifications:   Requires a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field or equivalent years demonstrated practical work experience in horticulture.  Preference will be given to applicants with professional experience in outreach/education and/or project management experience. 

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, with ‘Horticultural Technician-Education’ in the subject line of your email.  Writing samples (horticultural content only) may be submitted with other application materials. For additional information about SSE please visit our website at

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