Montavilla Farmers Market is hiring a Market Assistant (MA) for part-time, seasonal employment. The Market Assistant is responsible for the onsite infrastructure of the market. This position involves working outside in varying weather conditions on market days and requires the ability to perform some heavy lifting, squatting, reaching, and other physical tasks. The MA works with the public and should be professional, pleasant, and prepared for market day – rain or shine!
The position entails a 7-month market season from May through November, 2016. The first market day of the season is Sunday, May 15th and continues weekly through Sunday, October 30th, plus the Thanksgiving market on Sunday, November 20th. Approximately 6 hours of onsite work is required on market days, plus approximately 8 hours for pre-season training and post-season wrap up. The MA receives one paid day off, but is otherwise required to attend every Sunday market from 9:00 am until 2:45 pm.
The MA will be paid $12.00 per hour as an employee of the market, plus a weekly wellness benefit of $10 that can be used for any goods at the market. Montavilla Farmers Market is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Attend each market day, onsite one hour prior to market opening and one hour after (or until usual market duties are complete).
Set-up/tear-down of market site:
customer seating area
food demo station
A-board placement & removal
Take customer counts using OSU people count protocol, hourly at market.
Direct market volunteers assisting with set-up and tear-down of market site, and customer counts.
Assist with season opening/closing onsite cleanup and organization.
Keep market clean by regularly checking for and picking up waste not disposed of properly during the market day.
Monitor market site for safety and report issues, such as upkeep of gravel/walking surface, tent or other equipment failures, and customer and/or vendor interactions and issues.
Manage inventory of food demo, info tent, and general market supplies and coordinate purchase of needed supplies.
Understand market layout and the rules contained within the Vendor Handbook.
Visit all vendor market booths to build and maintain positive vendor relationships. Accurately answer customer questions by being knowledgeable about vendor attendance, current weekly offerings, products, growing practices, and locations.
Welcome community members, customers, volunteers, vendors, potential vendors, etc., and respond to their inquiries by providing information, or direct to other staff if needed.
Assist with merchandise sales.
Coordinate with volunteer gleaners arriving at end of market to collect donations of leftover produce, as needed.
Ability to perform Financial Coordinator role at info tent and provide short breaks during market day.
Ability to perform Financial Coordinator role for token reconciliation & reimbursement as back-up substitute, if needed.
Communicate ideas and concerns weekly with the Staff Team, and participate in staff meetings as needed.
Provide a year-end report to the Staff Team and MFM Board summarizing work completed during the season, assesses the market infrastructure, and overall market functioning, and provide projections and recommendations for the following season.
Familiarity with MFM’s Vendor Handbook.
Familiarity with OSU’s attendance count protocol.
Experience working in a collaborative environment and with volunteers.
Interest in farmers markets, farming or food businesses, local food systems, seasonal eating, etc.
Available to work on Sundays.
Happy to be outside for extended periods in all weather conditions.
The ability to do some heavy lifting, squatting, reaching, and other physical tasks.
Cover letter telling us about yourself, and answering the following questions:
Why are you interested in doing this job?
What experience do you have with farmers markets, including working, volunteering, or shopping?
What is something you learned from MFM’s vendor handbook or the attendance count protocol?
What is your experience as a volunteer and/or directing volunteers?