Careers at Johnny's Selected Seeds

Working at Johnny's

Ours is an agricentric culture — as might be expected of a seed company! Many of our employees are avid gardeners or commercial farmers or growers.

Working at Johnny's Selected Seeds

Johnny's Selected Seeds is a rapidly growing, mail-order and web-based, employee-owned seed company located in rural Central Maine. We operate from a certified-organic research farm in Albion, Maine, as well as from offices in nearby Winslow and Fairfield. We're just across the Kennebec River from the town of Waterville, home of Colby and Thomas Colleges and the Maine International Film Festival. If you're an outdoor enthusiast — fishing, hiking, skiing, boating, biking, and more — you'll love this region: Johnny's is situated about halfway between the coast and the western mountains, and we're just 90 minutes from Moosehead Lake and Maine's unspoiled north woods.


Johnny's offers a great benefit package: Health Insurance (HMO, PPO, & HSA); Dental Insurance; Life Insurance; Short- and Long-term Disability; Medical and Dependent Care Reimbursement; Tuition Reimbursement; and 401K — and we are 100% employee owned!

Johnny's Selected Seeds provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Current Job Openings

Plant Breeder • Tomato & Pepper

The primary function of this position is to develop proprietary commercial varieties of tomato and pepper for Johnny's Selected Seeds (JSS). The position is based at the JSS research farm in Albion, Maine and reports to the Vice President of Research and Development. The JSS farming operation is part of a larger integrated Plant Breeding and Product Development team that breeds and trials many other vegetable crops. The Tomato Breeding Technician and the Pepper Breeding Technician report to this position.
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Product Technician I

The Product Technician I is the primary technical contact for a defined group of crops and responsible for evaluating the field performance of variety candidates for Johnny's Selected Seeds' product assortment. The Product Technician I accomplishes this by working closely with product management to acquire and trial variety samples, prepare reports from trials for internal and external use, and answer technical questions about assigned crops as they arise. This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Product Selection and Trialing.
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The accountant is responsible for general ledger processes, inventory reconciliation, and costing verifications within our systems. This role also handles sales tax-related compliance and reconciliations. In addition, this role provides support during the monthly close process, year-end tasks, and annual audits. The accountant also provides ad hoc financial analysis to support better financial performance metrics. This is a full-time position, working closely with all members of the Finance department.
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Application Administrator/Software Tester

The Application Administrator role is focused on managing the day-to-day operations of business-critical applications in use throughout Johnny's Selected Seeds. This role involves working closely with both the infrastructure and software development teams to ensure the applications are achieving the required service levels. The Software Tester role is focused on manual testing of newly developed and refactored software solutions to ensure that they meet design goals and do not introduce any breaking changes. This role involves working closely with the software developers to augment their testing strategies.
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Materials Controller

The Materials Controller is an administrative position responsible for helping ensure the accuracy in units and value of company seeds, tools, and supplies, working with members of Johnny's Operations, Finance, and Product Development teams. This position will monitor the flow and transactions of all inventory items, from receipt into our facilities through shipment to our customers. This position will research and watch for inventory discrepancies to ensure the accurate accounting and reporting with inventory assets.
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Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant (EA) provides personalized administrative support in a well-organized and timely manner. The EA works with senior leaders to manage and organize administrative work and facilitate effective communications accordingly. This is a full-time position working closely with all members of the senior leadership team, with special focus on the CEO and Director of Finance.
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Farm Equipment Mechanic

The Farm Equipment Mechanic is responsible for assisting in the maintenance and timely upkeep of all buildings, facilities, and equipment at Johnny's Selected Seeds' owned and leased properties, in concert with the Farm Equipment Chief. This position is also focused on working with the Farm Management team to prioritize needed equipment repairs, keep an accurate record and schedule of repairs, and ensure that open communication is maintained. The Farm Equipment Mechanic is also a valuable member of the Albion Safety Team, and will assist with recommendations and improvements toward maintaining a safe work environment. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Farm Manager.
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Contact Center Specialist

The Contact Center Specialist provides professional quality, "best-in-class" service to existing and prospective customers using a consultative approach that reflects the culture and mission of Johnny's Selected Seeds. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated team player with an aptitude for finding the right solutions to customers' needs and wants. This is a full-time position at our Fairfield, Maine location.
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Seasonal Research Assistant

As a Seasonal Research Assistant, during the growing season you will be responsible for overseeing Johnny's excess produce distribution program. During periods when there are no distribution tasks to complete, you will split your time between the trialing and breeding teams, supporting their work as needed/assigned (responsibilities may include assisting with seeding, transplanting, harvesting, data collection, crop care/maintenance, hand pollination work, data entry, preparation for Field Forums and Crop Walks). This is a seasonal position, May–October, at our Albion location.
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Our mission is helping families, friends, and communities to feed one another by providing superior seeds, tools, information, and service.