Field Coordinator, $19/hr

  • Full Time
  • Decorah

Website Seed Savers Exchange

Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization based in Decorah, Iowa focused on conserving and promoting America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations. Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Field Coordinator to join our team. The ideal candidate should be a dynamic individual with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, agronomy, or related field, and has experience leading a team in a professional workplace.


Position Title: Field Coordinator

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Position Status:  Regular, Full-time

Reports to:  Farm Director

Supervisory Role:  Yes


Primary Role:

Working under the guidance of the Farm Director, the Field Coordinator will be directly responsible for coordinating and completing all aspects of seed crop production including propagation, maintenance and processing as it relates to seed production and garlic regeneration.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

●       Assist Farm Director with yearly field planning for catalog varieties and varieties for our seed bank collection.

●       Ensure adequate isolation per variety to minimize the likelihood of cross-contamination among varieties grown onsite, as well as consideration of surrounding landowners planting intentions.

●       Work with the Farm Director and Field Operations Technician to determine cover-cropping needs, taking into consideration the effect on weed pressure, soil nutrient needs, erosion, and eventual rotation back into production.

●       Work with Farm Director and Field Operations Technician to efficiently utilize tractor resources and needs throughout the growing season.

●       Purchase supplies for the Field Operations Department, enter in PO and track in budget.

●       Coordinate initial field cultivation and other garden preparation such as planting, thinning, mulching/weed barriers, fencing, trellising, tilling, and weeding.

●       Monitor for pest activity and disease pressure, recommend corrective actions

●       Coordinate over-wintering of biennials as necessary

●       Ensure proper maintenance and use of equipment/vehicles; ensure all safety rules are followed by employees while they are under your direction.

●       Collect and maintain accurate field records – including planting/harvest dates, observation log and corrective actions taken as well as proper labeling of all varieties.

●       Assist with end of season field cleanup

●       Provide status updates and reports on all field activities

●       Harvest and process seeds for all catalog seed production and final conditioning of all collection seed crop and ensure smooth transition of raw material to inventoried finished goods

●       Assist Farm Director with Producer Organic Certification documentation as needed.

●       Coordinate all activities for Collection garlic stewardship including weeding, harvesting, curing, planting and mulching.

●       Assist with maintenance and management of perennial crops when necessary


Supervisory Responsibilities:

●       Direct supervisory responsibility of the field crew team. This involves assisting with the hiring, training, and coordinating efforts of both full-time and seasonal staff.

●       Supervise volunteers as needed.


External-Department Responsibilities:

●       Assist with Seed Saver Exchange contract seed production program

●       Assist Seed Bank Manager with scheduling collection increase grow outs

●       Communicate with Facilities Manager about equipment repair

●       Assist as needed preparing for SSE events, and participating in related activities including workshops, tours, and conferences.

●       Active engagement in the Collection to Catalog Committee, an interdepartmental program that seeks to bring lesser-known varieties from the collection to the catalog


Job Sharing:

●       Approximately November through February, this position will support Seed Savers Exchange with all aspects of seed packing and order fulfillment in our Seed House. Responsibilities may vary widely during this time period.


●       Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and time-management skills

●       Ability to manage and motivate a team and maintain an efficient, productive, non-threatening, and supportive work environment

●       Positive attitude and excellent teamwork skills

●       Flexibility to work well in a fast paced environment with changing day to day needs

●       Proven experience working with limited supervision and in a collaborative team

●       Ability to safely operate and teach the use and safety of large trucks carrying trailers, wagons, and small farm equipment

●       Excellent computer skills, including ability to work in complex databases

Physical Requirements:

●       Ability to lift 30 pounds routinely, 50 pounds occasionally.

●       Ability to work in all environmental conditions, from hot/dry to cold/wet for extended periods.

●       Standing, walking, or sitting for extended periods



●       Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience in horticulture.

●       Applicants must have previous farm experience

●       Experience with organic vegetable crop seed production preferred

●       Self-motivated, energetic, goals-drive, problem solver.

●       Experience leading a team of people

●       Valid driver’s license.



●       Paid PTO

●       Paid Holidays

●       Paid Long Term Disability

●       Paid Life Insurance

●       Employee Merchandise Discounts

●       Health care, retirement and lifestyle benefits


Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to apply. Seed Savers Exchange does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law.





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