Wild Seed Project is looking for a new E-Commerce Manager to oversee all aspects of our online shop, including inventory management, sourcing, order fulfillment, and customer support. The E-Commerce Manager also manages our annual fall plant sale (operations/logistics/sales); pop-up shops; and sales-focused events.
Our e-commerce program accounts for roughly 30% of our organization’s revenue and is a largely untapped resource. We’re looking for someone with experience working in retail and e-commerce who can introduce best practices and holistic strategies to increase our sales revenue and diversify our customer base while remaining mission-driven, taking this thing we’ve built and lovingly pushing it to the next level.
We’re looking for someone who understands the inherent tensions in developing healthy and robust revenue streams from the sale of a natural resource as a non-profit environmental organization centering issues of equity and decolonization. We’re trying, as best we can, to run a sustainable and ethical, mission-driven organization under capitalism and are looking for someone who is excited to bring new ideas to the table and join us in tough conversations as we navigate these contradictions and scale our operations.
- Managing all aspects of our Shopify e-commerce site (wholesale and retail), including inventory management, sourcing, pricing, order processing & fulfillment
- Maintain appropriate licensing for sale of seeds and nursery stock; maintain compliance with Federal Seed Act regulations in partnership with Seed Program Manager
- Develop strategies to meet or exceed annual revenue goals; oversee retail financial reporting and trend analysis; create revenue projections and models
- Continually improve user-experience of WSP Shop
- Work in collaboration with Director of Community Engagement to conceptualize, develop, plan, and execute the production and/or sourcing of new merchandise in alignment with WSP’s mission and values
- Implement e-commerce best practices and holistic sales strategies, keeping WSP’s mission at the center
- Work in collaboration with Director of Community Engagement to develop and implement marketing strategies
- Manage all retail aspects of organization’s fall plant sale, including inventory, online sales, in-person pick up, on-site sales, and coordination of volunteers
- Manage and coordinate all aspects of pop-up shops and retail-focused events; keep staff and volunteers trained and up-to-date on POS operations
- Serve as primary contact for customer support
We’re looking for someone with:
- 3+ years experience working with Shopify, preferably in a values-oriented setting. Non-profit experience and experience working with perishable/living products in an e-commerce setting a big plus.
- Familiarity with e-commerce best practices and a willingness to bring new ideas to the table.
- An understanding that Wild Seed Project is a mission-driven non-profit – we’re grassroots and DIY. This is not a traditional corporate or tech/e-comm environment, and candidates should be comfortable with a working environment that is rapidly evolving as we grow.
- Skill and comfort with prioritizing and managing a large workload, including setting realistic expectations about what can be accomplished when.
- Lots of creativity and an excitement for trying new things.
- A commitment to understanding equity and decolonization as central to the work of Wild Seed Project, and excitement and comfort with engaging in conversations around how our work intersects with the interests and priorities of marginalized communities, especially Wabanaki communities, with a focus on Indigenous perspectives on and knowledge about native plants.
- A love of being in nature, and a passion for environmental justice and climate action.
The E-Commerce Manager position requires ~75% of time in the WSP office in North Yarmouth, as well as occasional nights and weekends. Wild Seed Project’s office is located in North Yarmouth, Maine, approximately 25 minutes north of Portland and our new Native Seed Center is located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, approximately 15 minutes south of Portland. We are currently working via a flexible, hybrid model, with staff splitting time between home and the office/in the field as their role demands.
The E-Commerce Manager salary is $57,500, with a generous benefits package including 20 vacation days, 6 sick/personal days, 10 annual paid holidays, a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan, and 75% employer coverage of medical insurance premiums. Dental and vision insurance are available and paid 100% by employees.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the subject line: E-Commerce Manager. Attached cover letter and resume should be formatted as: Last Name – Cover Letter / Last Name – Resume. We will begin reviewing applications on June 20 and will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Manager of Applied Ecology
Please note: the application deadline for the Manager of Applied Ecology position has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications.
We are hiring a Manager of Applied Ecology to lead our landscape design and installation projects, the publication of our annual Wild Seed Project guide, and our partnerships with municipalities and community-based conservation efforts. We’re looking for someone with deep knowledge of northeast native plants and the wildlife they support, coupled with a capacity to synthesize that expertise into programs and content that is educational, inspiring, and actionable.
Wild Seed Project Publications & Content Creation
- Serve as project manager of annual Wild Seed Project guide, working in partnership with publication editor, graphic designer, WSP staff, guide contributors, and artists. Responsible for keeping publication on schedule and on budget; coordinating contributing writers, editor, photographer, artists, and other contributors. Work closely with graphic designer on publication design and deadlines.
- Serve as lead content creator for annual print publication: write native plant profiles including descriptions of growth habits/rates, soil conditions, ecological benefits, etc; contextual essays; guild designs and planting templates; and other content as assigned.
- Produce content and develop educational resources for WSP website/blog, partner publications, and social media channels.
- Serve as organization’s lead on ecological landscape designs, creating garden templates and designs for a wide range of settings and use by the general public
- Serve as lead partnership liaison and project manager for educational landscape designs and installations: support Executive Director in developing contracts and identifying deliverables; create ecological landscape designs/planting plans; coordinate plant sourcing and installation; coordinate volunteer support as needed, including managing volunteer landscape designers
- Create educational signage for finalized projects
- Coordinate with WSP’s Native Seed Center staff to grow project-specific plants from seed
- Build connections and support established relationships with municipalities and community-based conservation efforts
Teaching: Walks, Talks, and Workshops
- Lead a minimum of two educational programs per month for adult audiences (in person and on Zoom), including topics such as: Backyard Climate Action; Diversify Your Lawn; Native Plant Guilds; and others
- Develop new programs for adult audiences that weave together ecological gardening practices, native plant ecology, and climate action
- Co-host monthly members Q&A with WSP’s Seed Program Manager and special guests
- Propose new programs and curriculum to expand WSP’s program offerings and engage diverse audiences
We’re looking for an experienced ecologist who is excited about mobilizing community members on issues related to environmental and climate justice through work with native plants. The ideal candidate will have experience in ecological garden design, deep knowledge of native plant ecology, be a skilled project manager, and an engaging and dynamic public speaker.
We’re looking for:
- Extensive knowledge of northeast native plants and ecology, and the role native plants play in supportive, balanced, climate-resilient ecosystems. Ability to communicate to audiences of all skill levels, providing clear, action-oriented educational resources, tools, and advice.
- An experienced educator and skilled public speaker able to translate scientific expertise into accessible programs and content for beginners and experts alike
- Experience and interest in writing for broad audiences
- Experience in ecological design and organic & ecological gardening practices. Formal landscape design experience is a plus, but not a requirement. This role is responsible for providing consultation and design services for WSP’s Applied Ecology program, and the development of native plant garden templates for the general public.
- An intersectional understanding of environmentalism and the climate crisis
- Experience developing strong, mutually supportive community partnerships
- Strong project management and organizational skills
- Skill and comfort with prioritizing and managing a large workload, including setting realistic expectations about what can be accomplished when
- Lots of creativity and an excitement about bringing ideas to the table and trying new things
- A commitment to understanding equity and decolonization as central to the work of Wild Seed Project
- Understanding of how our work intersects with the interests and priorities of marginalized communities, including Wabanaki communities, with a special focus on Indigenous perspectives on and knowledge about native plants.
- A love of being in nature, and a passion for environmental justice and climate action
Wild Seed Project’s office is located in North Yarmouth, Maine, approximately 25 minutes north of Portland and our new Native Seed Center is located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, approximately 15 minutes south of Portland. We are currently working via a flexible, hybrid model, with staff splitting time between home and the office/in the field as their role demands. We take COVID precautions seriously and will revert to fully remote work if circumstances require. This role requires occasional nights and weekends.
The Manager of Applied Ecology salary is $57,500, with a generous benefits package including 20 vacation days, 6 sick/personal days, 10 annual paid holidays, and 75% employer coverage of medical insurance premiums. Dental and vision insurance are available and paid 100% by employees.