Iowa: Seed Savers Exchange seeks Education/Interpretation Intern

12 Jul

Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) 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, publicly accessible seed bank in the United States.  Heritage Farm, our farm and headquarters, is an 890 acre farm with certified organic gardens, located in Decorah, Iowa.  Please visit our website at for more information. Your browser may not support display of this image.

In support of our mission, SSE is currently seeking an Education and Interpretation Intern to work with curatorial, horticultural, and public programs staff on projects designed to engage and educate the public about seed-saving and preserving genetic diversity.  The internship will offer experience in all aspects of education and outreach but will focus on creating new educational materials to use in our display gardens, at SSE events and workshops, and as online resources.

Specific responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

-Planting and maintaining display gardens; assisting in display garden design

-Creating and updating online resources for education and preservation web pages

-Assisting with and developing curriculums for new SSE educational offerings

-Assisting with the planning of off-site displays and workshops

-Creating interpretive signage and assisting with the implementation of new audio tours

-Interacting with visitors at the Lillian Goldman Visitor’s Center

-Helping to create new tour and docent programs

-A Bachelor’s degree in Environmental science, Education, Horticulture, Botany or related field

-Experience with ornamental or vegetable garden planning and maintenance

-Experience working independently; research experience or project management experience is preferred

-Excellent communication skills, including writing, presenting workshops, and interacting with garden visitors


This is a 40 hour/week position, scheduled to run for 6 months, starting in late July or as soon as position is filled. Pay rate is $10/hr.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume (no more than 2 pages in length) and contact information for three references to  Please include ‘Education Intern’ in the subject line of your email.    For more information about Seed Savers Exchange visit our website at

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