Field Operations Technician

  • Full Time
  • Decorah

Website Seed Savers Exchange

Seed Savers Exchange is seeking a Field Operations Coordinator to join our team. The Field Operations Technician will assist with all stages of field and garden operations and seed production activities. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to tractor work, garden and field preparation, cover cropping, pollination cage management, IPM, spraying, managing pest exclusion. The ideal candidate should have prior practical farm work experience.

This position will also assist with seed packaging, shipping, receiving, and customer service over the winter months.

Starting wage range: $16.50-$18.00/hr

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Position open until filled.

A complete position description and application instructions can be found at Please email a cover letter, resumé, and the contact information for three references to [email protected] – include the name of the position in the subject line of your email. Applications may also be mailed to: Seed Savers Exchange | Attn: Lynne Rilling | 3094 North Winn Rd. | Decorah, IA 52101.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Field Operations (April to December)

  • Executes all field operations including but not limited to soil preparation, cultivation, amendment applications, IPM and cover crop management activities.
  • Works to install, maintain, repair, and inventory caterpillar tunnels, hoop houses, pollination cages and pest exclusion fences.
  • Plans and implements innovative cover cropping strategies with the goal to increase soil health and reduce weed and disease pressure
  • Maintain an orderly and functional tool shed including organizing and inventorying supplies, and maintaining and repairing hand tools
  • Scouts and identifies pests and diseases in fields, root cellars, and greenhouses
  • Prepares, applies, and documents organic insecticides and fungicides in compliance with organic certification and applicator safety standards
  • Assists the field crews to efficiently perform field tasks (hand sowing, hand planting, weeding, watering, fertilizing, and harvesting) in accordance with standard operating practices
  • Assist in seed harvesting, processing, and conditioning
  • Ensures organic production procedures are upheld throughout primary responsibilities by following SOPs and updating work logs

Seed House (January-February)

  • Assist with basic customer service and support
  • Enter orders received via phone/mail/fax/email
  • Contact customers as needed regarding orders
  • Assist with bulk and/or retail seed packet filling as needed
  • Assemble orders and prepare for shipment


  • Paid time off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Long Term Disability
  • Paid Life Insurance
  • Employee Merchandise Discounts
  • Employee/family health insurance
  • 401(k) with employer match after eligibility period

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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