Job Opportunities

Join our team of open pollinated seed advocates!

Adaptive Seeds is a certified organic seed company located in rural Linn County, Oregon, about 45 minutes from Eugene and Corvallis. We grow more than 75% of the varieties we sell, and believe that open pollination encourages diversity and resilience. We are passionate about Bringing Biodiversity Back to farms and gardens by stewarding diverse seed varieties that we distribute through our website and regional seed racks. We see locally adapted seed as a foundation of the resilient local food systems that we are helping to create.

We are a small, farm-based business, and our offices are located at the farm and home of founders Sarah Kleeger and Andrew Still. Sarah and Andrew operate Adaptive Seeds along with a team that consists of a Seed Inventory / Quality Assurance Manager, an Order Fulfillment Manager, and two full time, year round crew members who rotate seasonally from field work to order fulfillment. We strive to provide a supportive and inclusive environment that values communication, respect, and collaboration.

General Employment Considerations

We are hiring for the following positions:

Adaptive Seeds Crew Member

Posted May 16, 2022; position open until filled. View and/or download a pdf for this position here.
The Adaptive Seeds Crew Member will rotate seasonally from general farm field tasks, to processing/cleaning seed crops, to packet filling and order fulfillment support. At least one season of farm field experience, a love of physical labor, and an eagerness to learn about organic seed production is desired. Familiarity with plants, keen observational skills, and focused attention to detail are essential to this work.

• $16/hr to start, DOE • Full Time • Year Round  • Number of positions available: 1 • Start Date: As soon as possible •

Responsibilities:

  • Planting – hand transplanting, direct seeding with push-type seeders, and greenhouse sowing.

  • Cultivation – use of standing hoes, wheel hoes, and occasional hand weeding.

  • Other field work – construction of trellises and pollination cages, use of fabric for crop protection, etc.

  • Irrigation – set-up, operate, and maintain overhead and drip irrigation systems.

  • Seed work – harvest, processing, and cleaning many types of seeds, both wet and dry-seeded.

  • Order fulfillment support – assistance in our office manually filling seed packets and fulfilling orders with exceptional precision, care, and efficiency.

  • Cleaning and maintenance of facilities, grounds, and equipment.

Qualifications:

  • Exceptionally high attention to detail while maintaining proficiency and efficiency in a fast-paced,team oriented work environment.

  • 1+ year experience farming organic vegetables required.

  • Assembly, production, warehouse, or similar experience preferred.

  • Capable of doing full days of physical work, including bending over for long periods.

  • Self-motivated, disciplined, hard working, organized, responsible, independent and positive.

  • Competence in performing basic mental math including addition, subtraction, spatial relations, estimating distance, and familiarity with grams and ounces.

  • Good written and spoken communication skills.

  • Willing to take instructions and accept feedback.

  • Proficient in working independently and/or with others.

  • Visual acuity and manual dexterity for detailed seed cleaning and hand sorting.

  • Competency and safety in use of special equipment, including walk-behind tiller, weed whacker, flame weeder, threshing and seed cleaning equipment.

  • Ability to adapt and be flexible with a sense of humor and positive attitude.

  • Skilled in working outdoors in all weather, including very hot, cold, rainy, etc.

  • Able to lift, carry, and maneuver up to 50lbs.

  • Ability to drive a manual transmission vehicle preferred.

  • Must be able to legally work in the United States.

Considerations:

  • In addition to hourly compensation, Adaptive Seeds employees receive paid holidays; sick pay and paid time off; flexible scheduling; employee discounts; occasional plant starts and produce from the farm; educational opportunities.

  • Dust, mold, and other allergens are present in the work environment.

  • During seed packing season (winter months), position requires standing for long periods of time in our cool (55-60ºF) seed storage area with constant background noise (hum of dehumidifiers, climate control, printers, etc.).

  • Must be able to tolerate a cat-friendly environment.

  • We’re staying current regarding Covid-19 advisories. Protocols may change in relation to pandemic conditions and community needs.

  • For further details about Adaptive Seeds, and the qualities we’re looking for in a teammate, please see the Job Opportunities page of our website to find our ‘General Employment Considerations’ document.

Acknowledgements:
Adaptive Seeds’ stated mission is Bringing Biodiversity Back to agriculture through offering unique, open pollinated seed varieties. That said, we acknowledge that seed biodiversity is only one aspect of farm diversity in the US that has declined in recent history. Cultural diversity has also been systematically eroded from the agricultural landscape. Because of this, we are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization, in our work with seeds, and in our agricultural community.

Adaptive Seeds provides equal opportunity to all individuals and will consider candidates without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and identity, national origin, age, military or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status; and without discrimination based on personal appearance, socioeconomic, marital, parental or caregiving status, or any of the previously listed characteristics or statuses.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job.

To Apply:
Please send resume and/or relevant experience, cover letter saying why you want to work with us, and professional references to seed@adaptiveseeds.com. Please put the job title in the subject line. No phone calls or in person inquiries, please. Position is open until filled. We encourage anyone who wants to work with us and is interested in this position to apply regardless of whether they feel they meet the listed qualifications.

 

Seed Inventory / Quality Assurance Manager

Posted May 5, 2022; position open until filled. View and/or download a pdf for this position here.
This is a full-time, year round, onsite office/warehouse position and is a key leadership role. The Seed Inventory / Quality Assurance Manager will track and manage our inventory of over 625 varieties as well as generate and analyze sales reports in order to make informed inventory decisions. They will ensure optimal seed quality through record keeping, seed testing, and auditing. They will work collaboratively with leadership and order fulfillment to maintain seed integrity, continuity, and effective communication.

• $20.00 – $22.00/hr, DOE • Full-time • Number of positions available: 1 • Start Date: As soon as possible •

Responsibilities:

  • Manage product inventory including timely and accurate intake processing of all seeds, seed lot
    numbering, identification, and tracking over time.
  • Quality control, including sensory evaluation, seed testing, and maintaining records on the health and
    viability of seed inventory.
  • Ensure seed complies with all applicable government and industry standards, including germination and
    disease, and the National Organic Program. Integrate and maintain those standards throughout operational
    processes; assist with audits and inspections.
  • Maintain accurate records, including generating and analyzing sales reports, and utilizing reports and
    inventory data to make production decisions.
  • Designate sales channels and assign stock while balancing existing inventory with sales goals and in-house
    seed/field production capabilities; communicate with leadership regarding stock issues.
  • Manage website backend (WooCommerce) stock, reporting, and work with IT regarding issues.
  • Work with packet filling team; verify accurate weights, records, and standards are being met.
  • Improve warehousing strategies regarding the receipt, testing, storage, packaging, and distribution of seeds.
  • Collaborate with and support other departments to close operational gaps and establish protocols to
    improve efficiency and continued scaling for growth, including replacing legacy systems and processes.
  • Participate in the development of strategic and facilities plans.

The Ideal Candidate has/is:

  • A systems thinker with a passion for spreadsheets.
  • Working knowledge of and/or experience in warehouse operations, inventory management, production,
    packing, and assembly.
  • Capable of frequent bending and heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs).
  • High level of experience and proficiency with Mac computers and software including Google suite,
    LibreOffice (alternative to Office Suite), Adobe, WooCommerce; advanced use of spreadsheets; and ability to learn and adapt to new computer programs and software quickly and masterfully.
  • Strong math skills with an understanding of grams and ounces, and proficiency in data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Understanding of botany and familiarity with gardening or farming and seeds, and aptitude for quickly learning and understanding industry-specific terminology and procedures.

  • Strong planning, problem-solving, and investigation skills.

  • Able to maintain a high degree of accuracy in both hands-on tasks and record keeping.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including analysis, interpretation, and reasoning.

  • Able to think creatively and strategically to meet evolving challenges, and to maintain high levels of responsibility, initiative, and independence.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and exceptionally high attention to detail while maintaining professional, efficient outcomes in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment.

  • Combines leadership skills and initiative with collaboration to contribute to a thriving, enjoyable environment for team members. A good sense of humor doesn’t hurt either.

  • A passion for our stated mission of “Bringing Biodiversity Back” to farms and gardens.

Considerations:

  • Job review at 3 months with potential for advancement. As our business and responsibilities evolve, roles and job descriptions will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Position requires standing for long periods of time in our cool (55-60ºF) seed storage area with constant background noise (hum of dehumidifiers, climate control, printers, etc.).

  • Must be able to tolerate a cat-friendly environment.

  • We’re staying current regarding Covid-19 advisories. Protocols may change in relation to pandemic conditions and community needs.

  • In addition to hourly compensation, full time permanent employees receive paid holiday time; paid time off; sick pay; flexible scheduling; paid parental leave; employee discounts; occasional plant starts and produce; and educational opportunities.

  • For further details about Adaptive Seeds, and the qualities we’re looking for in a teammate, please see our ‘General Employment Considerations‘ document.

Acknowledgements:
Adaptive Seeds’ stated mission is “Bringing Biodiversity Back” to agriculture through offering unique, open pollinated seed varieties. That said, we acknowledge that seed biodiversity is only one aspect of farm diversity in the US that has declined in recent history. Cultural diversity has also been systematically eroded from the agricultural landscape. Because of this, we are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization, in our work with seeds, and in our agricultural community.

Adaptive Seeds provides equal opportunity to all individuals and will consider candidates without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and identity, national origin, age, military or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status; and without discrimination based on personal appearance, socioeconomic, marital, parental or caregiving status, or any of the previously listed characteristics or statuses.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job.

To Apply:
Email resume, cover letter, and professional references to seed(at)adaptiveseeds.com. Please put the job title in the subject line. No phone calls or in-person inquiries. Position is open until filled. We encourage anyone who wants to work with us and is interested in this position to apply regardless of whether they feel they meet the listed qualifications.