Iowa COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps Member

  • Part Time
  • Temporary
  • Decorah

Website Seed Savers Exchange

For more than 46 years, Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit, nationally-focused organization based in the Driftless Region on the outskirts of Decorah, Iowa (near where Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota converge on the Mississippi), has focused on conserving and promoting America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations. Seed Savers Exchange was a pioneer in the advocacy for preserving these heirloom varieties for generations to come, and is committed to keeping these varieties where they belong—in our gardens and on our tables.

Iowa COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps members will enhance accessibility to safe recreation, outdoor education, and local food production at the Heritage Farm by supporting the maintenance of display gardens and hiking trails and the development of interpretive signage to engage visitors in Seed Savers Exchange’s nonprofit mission and to enhance self-guided and educational tours and programming.

Primary responsibilities may include maintenance of display gardens and hiking trails, development of wayfinding and interpretive signage for display gardens and hiking trails, development and delivery of COVID-safe tours (in-person or virtual), and assisting with SSE’s 2021 events (in-person or virtual).

AmeriCorps Members may also support SSE’s Education and Engagement team with the creation and development of our continued “how-to” video series and related publications.

At the end of the summer, AmeriCorps members may also support gleaning from display and trial gardens to share produce with local food pantries. Some weekend hours are required.

Seed Savers Exchange is committed to providing a safe working environment and details of this position may change accordingly.

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Start date and hours can be flexible but applicants must be able to start in at least limited part-time capacity by 5/10/21. Please email [email protected] for more information. Positions open until filled.

SERVICE DATES: 5/10/2021- 9/10/2021


COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps members are expected to provide 450 hours of service over 24 weeks and will receive a living allowance of $3,900 over that term, which equals about $325 every two week period.

For those currently receiving unemployment benefits, AmeriCorps is considered a training opportunity and thus does not interfere with your ability to collect unemployment.


Members will have opportunity to attend and partake in professional development opportunities such as the Seed Savers Exchange Conference and Seed School, as well as work with and learn from with SSE cofounder, Diane Ott Whealy in her garden at Heritage Farm.

At the end of a successful term of service, Emergency Response Corps members will receive a SegalEducation award of $1,638.89. Student loan support and child care assistance are also available.

Depending on other household resources, AmeriCorps members may also be eligible to receive SNAP Benefits.


AmeriCorps members must be at least 17 years of age; U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or legal permanent residents. They must also have a high school diploma, GED, or be in progress of completion. AmeriCorps also requires National Service Criminal History Checks.


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to [email protected] Please include “Iowa COVID-19 Recovery AmeriCorps Member” in the subject line of the email. Seed Savers Exchange is an equal opportunity employer.

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