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Employee Coordinator and Operations Manager

~ 16 hrs/wk

Work as an integral part of our bioregional seedshed

Ideal start date: March 6, 2023


Why You Should Apply: 

  • Because you see saving seeds and growing robust regional food systems as a powerful way to address the interlocking challenges of climate change, social justice, COVID-19, and globalization.
  • Because you want to work with a group of passionate and curious individuals who are finding meaningful, practical ways to affect change in the world. 


About Us: Snake River Seed Cooperative is a grassroots employee and producer-owned cooperative located in Boise, Idaho. We bring together small farmers and home gardeners around the Intermountain West to grow a robust regional seedshed by saving and sharing seeds. We offer our employees a caring, interesting, and inclusive work environment, with opportunities for education and creative freedom in their jobs. We are a very small business where everyone’s ideas and contributions are valued as integral to the work we do in service to the seeds and our community. 


Our Values: 

  • Sacred Relationship to the Earth - We work together to assist the seeds and their ecological collaborators by growing, saving, and sharing them.
  • Seed Sovereignty - We believe that each region should have the ability to grow a local seedshed that provides for their community.
  • Producer Driven Economic Models - We want farmers to be in control of what they grow, and we look to them for guidance on how to operate our co-op.
  • Anti-Racism - We actively seek out ways to be anti-racist and pursue anti-racist policies in our business and communities.
  • Local Economy - We support and sustain our regional economy through a network of independent businesses.

    About the Position: We’re looking for a person based in the Treasure Valley who can step in as our Employee Coordinator and Operations Manager.

    Your responsibilities will include:

    • Conduct individual meetings with employees to ensure their needs are being met and to align their work with the needs of the business
    • Collaboratively writes grant applications with the Finance Manager and Cooperative members
    • Assists employees with goal setting
    • Stays aware of our long-term vision to ensure daily operations are in line with our business goals
    • Packs seeds and fulfills orders as needed
    • Hires and trains new employees
    • Collaborates with all colleagues on Marketing monthly
    • Manages our primary email account for online inquiries and forwards messages to coworkers, depending on the scope of the email
    • Proofreads blog posts and social media posts
    • Regularly reviews and updates employee manual
    • Answers the company phone and assists customers with questions
    • Prepares Operations Report for quarterly Board Meetings
    • Attends quarterly Board Meetings when possible to answer questions from the Board, or answers questions via email if presence is not possible during the meeting
    • Prepares and presents Operations Report at Annual Member Meeting and Annual Grower Meeting
    • Hosts a Q&A session on Operations at the Annual Member Meeting and Annual Grower Meeting
    • Creates an inventory of seed packets annually in June
    • Receives and confirms accuracy of packet order twice per year
    • Organizes packet shelves to add new packets twice per year
    • Helps staff our booth at the Boise Farmers Market in winter and spring
    • Completes ad hoc tasks throughout the year to support the Cooperative
    • Attends other events to represent the Cooperative

    Desired qualifications: Our ideal colleague...

    • Cares about seed sovereignty
    • Has gardening or farming experience
    • Is detail-oriented and thoughtful
    • Demonstrates excellent customer service
    • Is interested in the intersections between small-scale farming, seed saving, food sovereignty, and social & environmental justice
    • Appreciates clear and kind communication
    • Is comfortable working with technology such as: Excel, Shopify, the Google Business Suite, printer dialogs for packaging (Xerox and Rollo), Facebook, and Instagram
    • Has a flexible work style and is comfortable adapting to the changing environment of a seasonally-dependent business
    • Has the ability to work independently with minimal oversight
    • Appreciates working in a scrappy, grassroots type of business
    • Respects seeds as living beings
    • Is excited by the opportunity to work at an employee and producer-owned cooperative
    • Celebrates their personal strengths and acknowledges personal challenges with a compassionate team of coworkers
    • Wants to learn more about seed saving

    Details of the Position:

    • Location: Our seedy headquarters is located in Boise, Idaho near Orchard and Franklin. 
    • Status: Part time, year round. 12-16 hours per week.
    • Compensation: Starts at $17/hour
      • Benefits: 16 hours per year paid sick leave, 32 hours per year paid time off (starts 6 months after hire date), on-the-job training and educational opportunities.
    • Opportunity to become a co-owner of the business 6 months after hire date.

    To Apply:

    • Please email your cover letter and resume to Reiley Carney at communications@snakeriverseeds.com.

    Thank you for your interest in joining us!
    Snake River Seed Cooperative is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We welcome individuals of any race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, religion, citizenship status, and national origin.