Woodstock Farmers' Market Manager (Applications reveiw starts 4/7)

The Woodlawn Farmers Market is HIRING!

WFM seeks a passionate, efficient, and well-organized individual to manage the weekly farmers market and its programs on a part-time basis.  


Position: Woodlawn Farmers Market Manager

Start Date: May 1, 2017

Hours: Part time/seasonal (16-20 hours/week May 1st - October 31st)

Compensation: $14-$17 / hour DOE

Location: NE Dekum and Durham Ave Portland, OR 97211


Overview of the Woodlawn Farmers Market:

The Woodlawn Farmers Market (WFM) creates a community space for the people of North and Northeast Portland to connect with local farms and small businesses. We offer educational workshops, a kids booth, community tables and live music every market day. We pride ourselves on being one of the most diverse farmers markets in Portland and strive to keep it accessible to everyone.


Position Description:

The Market Manager reports to the WFM Board of Directors. The Market Manager is required to be at the market 8am to 4pm Saturdays, May 20th through October 28th. Most other work can be done remotely and on a flexible schedule. Absence from 1-2 markets throughout the season is negotiable.



Market Management:

  • Work closely with the Board to fulfill its vision.

  • Responsible for all daily operations of the market.

  • Maintain current street closure permits and market insurance.

  • Consider and determine the eligibility of vendor applicants based on the rules established by the Board. Actively recruit new vendors as necessary to expand the variety of products for sale at the market.

  • Design the market stall layout and assign selling spaces.  

  • Responsible for market setup, info booth, token sales (including SNAP match), and take down of the market.

  • Collect vendor fees and maintain accurate records of payment.

  • Ensure that all applicable licenses, permits, and insurance policies are filed with appropriate agencies. Be knowledgeable about where to refer a vendor for permits or registrations.

  • Ensure the market is operated in a safe, timely and efficient manner.

  • Compile and send the market day records and reports to the Financial Coordinator each week.

  • Train volunteers to assist with setup, take down, and running the info booth at the market.

  • Address all vendor and customer inquiries and problem solve as necessary.

  • Keep market supplies, infrastructure, and merchandise well organized. Replace components as necessary with approval from Financial Coordinator.  

  • Have clear emergency procedures in place and ensure access to first aid kit and fire extinguisher.

  • Monitor weather forecasts and announce market closure if high winds or other dangerous weather is predicted.

  • Continually evaluate the market’s strengths and weaknesses. Conduct customer surveys, track sales, and monitor for improvements in daily logistics, outreach efforts, and product selection.

  • Keep the Board advised of the market’s conditions, providing them with relevant data on gross vendor sales, market income, and feedback from customer and vendor surveys.

  • Work with committees to review, update, or create market rules, strategies for future growth, and partnerships with other organizations.


Education, Marketing, and Outreach:

  • Spearhead market promotion via social media, e-newsletters, fliers, yard signs, etc.

  • Raise consumer and community consciousness about WFM’s role in the greater Portland food system and economy.

  • Maintain relationships with current partners.

  • Identify and initiate communication with new partners and supporters.


Workshop, Events, and Program Management:

  • Organize, promote and facilitate cooking demonstrations, educational workshops, music and other special events at the market.

  • Facilitate the Introducing Farmers Program.

  • Assist with organization of annual Farm-to-Table fundraiser and Holiday Market.

  • Assist with organization of re-painting the street mural at the market site.



  • Able to effectively communicate with a variety of people including vendors, customers, funders, volunteers, musicians, workshop speakers, etc.

  • Familiar with Oregon farm bills, food handlers licensure, and food safety laws.

  • Able to work independently as well as part of a team.

  • Reliable, friendly, self-motivated, and able to take and give constructive feedback.

  • Willing and able to work outdoors in all weather and to safely carry up to 50 pounds.

  • Passionate about local agriculture, food, community, and local economies.


Preferred Skills and Qualities:

  • Spanish language capabilities.

  • Knowledge of first-aid and CPR.

  • Event planning experience.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

WFM is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for our employees, volunteers, vendors, and customers. We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Application Guidelines:

Please send the following to woodlawnfarmersmarket@gmail.com:

  1. Cover Letter

  2. Resume

  3. Three professional references

Position open until filled. Review of applications will begin on Friday, April 7th.