Farmers Market Related Job Opportunities

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May 20, 2022

FARMERS MARKETS SENIOR MANAGER – Northern Virginia/DC
Annual salary of $70,000 – $78,000.

WHO WE ARE: FRESHFARM is a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food access, education, and equity in the Mid-Atlantic region. FRESHFARM programs address a wide range of topics, including sustainable agriculture, farmers’ and producers’ economic development, and food access. Through our Farmer’s Markets and Pop-Up Food Hub programs, we are finding innovative ways to solve critical problems across our regional food system for a more equitable, resilient, and safe food future.

WHO YOU ARE:

●  Passionate about food access and sustainable agriculture as vehicles for social change

●  Excellent communicator; skilled at engaging with diverse stakeholders and personalities

●  Strong people and project manager; adept at solving problems

●  Committed to making local food spaces more diverse and inclusive

WHAT YOU’LL DO: The FARMERS MARKETS SENIOR MANAGER is responsible for overseeing the successful implementation of FRESHFARM’s markets and market programs. They will lead the Senior Markets team and oversee front-line market operations staff.

●  Provide programmatic leadership, supervising the Farmers Market program units and guide the Senior Markets team in taking ownership of program implementation.

●  Collaborate with the Director of Agricultural Programs and the Pop-Up Food Hub Senior Manager to develop strategy across the Pop-Up Food Hub and Farmers Markets programs.

●  Manage administrative and financial processes, leading annual programmatic reporting and overseeing weekly programmatic and financial reporting.

●  Track and analyze all program spending and analyze revenue from market sales.

●  Oversee staff development, providing high-level mentorship and supervision of the Senior Markets team and guiding their roles as supervisors for front-line markets operations staff.

● Collaborate with Farmers Market Personnel Manager and/or HR Manager to draft job descriptions and manage hiring as needed.

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March 24, 2022

Farmers Market Assistants, Arlington, VA
$20-25 per hour

Celebrating our 10th year, Field to Table is a local non-profit that operates four open-air farmers markets in Arlington, VA. Our mission is to provide fresh, high-quality, locally grown produce and value-added food items and encourage commerce, entertainment, and trade in local communities served by the markets.

Come join us and help build vibrant farmers markets in the communities we serve. Field to Table staff and volunteers are dedicated to driving access to locally produced food and reducing food miles all while creating markets that grow and enrich their local communities.

We need Market Assistants on a contract basis to help achieve our goals in the 2022 Summer market season starting in April and May. Join us this Spring, as we build a healthy community and support for local and regional farmers and food preparers.

Base hours are Saturdays and/or Sundays 6:30-1:00. Market locations are Cherrydale or Lubber Run on Saturdays; Fairlington and Westover on Sundays.

Additional hours may be available for special projects during the week, depending on skill sets and interests.

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to Rob Swennes at robswennesftt@outlook.com, preferably before April 1.

To find out more, click here to full job description

February 22, 2022

Assistant Market Manager

Independence Farmers Market, Independence, VA

This is a part time position requiring approximately 10 hours per week for a total of up to 520 hours per year with a potential for growth. He/She will primarily responsible for the operations of the Online Market with additional social media responsibilities and occasionally assist with the Outdoor Market. He/she must have a flexible schedule to be able to work irregular hours and be available via phone and email. The Assistant Market Manager is the person that facilitates the farmer’s product postings and customer orders on the year-round online market, arranges delivery and pick-up schedules, advertises the market on social media, and collects and disburses payments. The candidate must be trustworthy, personable and courteous, have knowledge of agriculture and food production and should be passionate about the community and local agriculture. The successful candidate must be computer literate, own a computer and have access to broadband internet from their home; have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation; adept communication, creative conflict and problem solving, and strong administrative and interpersonal skills. He/she must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.

This is a contract position paying $15/hr. The Assistant Market Manager reports to the Independence Farmers Market Manager and Steering Committee.

Details

February 16, 2022

Market and Merchant Manager 

Hopewell Farmers Market, Hopewell, VA

The Hopewell Downtown Partnership (HDP) is recruiting a Farmers Market and Merchant Manager to coordinate its weekly, seasonal farmers market and support small-scale producers and agri-businesses year-round as part of a broader revitalization movement taking place in the Downtown area.

This is a salaried position with an annual salary of $40,000/Gross of $36,448 with tax withholdings approximately 30-40 hours/week.

Details

January 10, 2022

MARKET MANAGER 

RVAgriculture, Goochland

The Market Manager will manage day-to-day operations of the Market; assist with community outreach, promotions, and fundraising; and generally implement the organization’s vision for the market, working with staff, customers, farmers, volunteers, and other stakeholders who play a key role in maintaining and expanding market activity.

The ideal candidate will possess a keen interest and/or experience in sustainable/local agriculture; excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated leadership skills; community connections; computer, electronic media and other related skills; strong organizational skills; creativity; commitment to the value of fresh, local food and community; and either the knowledge of farmers market management OR the ability to learn quickly.

The Market Manager will be responsible for oversight of routine farmers market operations, including, but not limited to:

Market Start-up Duties

  • Recruiting new vendors
  • Monitoring compliance with relevant regulations and codes
  • Securing necessary permits and licenses
  • Assigning stalls
  • Reviewing budget and maintaining records of market expenses and income
  • Making sure all vendor records are completed properly and maintained
  • Training, scheduling, and supervision of volunteer staff (most of this will be done by our Volunteer Coordinator if we retain one).

Daily Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Coordinating opening and closing of the market
  • Assisting at stalls when necessary
  • Putting up and taking down signs
  • Enforcing rules and regulations
  • Handling emergencies and complaints
  • Serving as quality control person for produce and craft items, as well as for the market’s general appearance and cleanliness
  • Handling food stamp transaction, email sign-up list, announcements, etc.
  • Keeping a daily market log
  • Holding vendor meetings as necessary
  • Ensuring proper submission of daily and monthly sales reports and deposits
  • Coordinating special promotions and special events with RVAg
  • Delivering top-notch service to customers and vendors and encouraging staff and volunteers to do the same

Communication and Networking Tasks

  • Representing the market in meetings with community members and producers
  • Developing a positive relationship with vendors
  • Educating and assisting vendors with merchandising, pricing and other marketing and business skills
  • Coordinating and encouraging volunteerism from sponsors and community groups
  • Building positive customer relations
  • Maintaining communications with city and county officials, the health department and others connected with the market
  • Following instructions from and maintain communications with senior staff
  • Working with RVAg and vendors to develop strategic plans

Promotion and Advertising Duties

  • Creating an annual calendar of events
  • Developing new promotional ideas
  • Arranging for media coverage and representing the market to the media
  • Assisting with the development of and working within an advertising budget
  • Reviewing logos and other marketing tools with a committee as necessary

Evaluation Duties

  • Conducting periodic surveys to assess customer opinions and satisfaction
  • Inviting, listening to, and using input from vendors and others to improve the market.
  • Leading in monitoring and, when necessary, revision of the market’s mission, goals, and strategies
  • Evaluating and improving the effectiveness of meetings and other team activities
  • Debriefing participants after meetings, workshops, and retreats

The Market Manager will attend meetings, conferences, and training opportunities relevant to market activities and cultivate relationships with market constituents and benefactors as approved by RVAg. The Market Manager will be trained in and familiar with GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and Best Practices for growing, handling, and distribution of all products sold at Market.

Contact Lisa Dearden of RVAgriculture to apply

January 10, 2022

Executive Director

Real Local RVA, Richmond City

Real Local RVA is an organization rooted in the local food movement. We eat, breathe, and live local food and work hard every day to support our members within the local food system. We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated, part-time Executive Director who is passionate about eating locally, sustainable farming, and policy initiatives that support small food businesses and healthy communities in Richmond and the surrounding areas.

Read the full job announcement here 

January 10, 2022

Farmer Education Associate

Farm Commons

Farm Commons is eager to welcome a Farmer Education Associate to our team! Farm Commons is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers farmers and ranchers to create solutions to their business law needs, within a community of support. Our team members wake up each day ready to redefine how sustainable farm businesses manage their legal risks and opportunities. We are proud of our sought-after expertise, excellent resources, strong reputation, and authentic success in reducing legal risk for sustainable farmers nationwide. We are ready to add a Farmer Education Associate to help us expand our library of useful new materials for producers nationwide.

You are a person who can translate complex material into straightforward action steps. You follow that up with the vital ability to identify key resources folks needs to implement those action steps. You can use your technical skills to create multi-media material that brings your \ material to life. You have honed skills in using education to empower, not just transferring information to, busy business owners.

Read the full job announcement here

January 10, 2022

Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is seeking a Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator to support and grow our Coalition’s grassroots organizing efforts. The Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator will help plan and implement winning campaigns to build grassroots power, achieve NSAC’s policy goals, and advance racial equity in agriculture and food systems. In this role, you will build critical relationships, support hundreds of organizations nationwide in building grassroots campaigns, and help ensure grassroots leaders are heard in Washington, DC. If you are excited to collaborate and build power with farmers and advocates toward a more sustainable, equitable farm and food system, this is your opportunity.

Read the full job announcement here

January 10, 2022

Multiple Positions Open

National Young Farmers Coalition

The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) shifts power and changes policy to equitably resource a new generation of working farmers. We envision a just future where farming is free of racial violence, accessible to communities, oriented towards environmental well-being, and concerned with health over profit. Since our founding in 2010, we have grown our grassroots network to over 200,000 farmers and supporters and have won historic investments in beginning farmer training, outreach to farmers of color, farmland conservation, and accessible COVID relief.

We are actively expanding our team to help us achieve our bold vision for transformation in our agricultural system.

Read the full job announcement here

January 10, 2022

Multiple Positions Open

National Farm to School Network

National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into schools and early care and education settings. National Farm to School Network is a project of Tides Center, the nation’s largest fiscal sponsor.

Read the job announcements here

December 10, 2021

Farmer’s Market Manager

Project GROWS, Augusta County

We are seeking a Farmer’s Market Manager who has a passion for community collaboration, sustainable agriculture, public health, accessible food systems, and health equity to join our collaborative and innovative food access team! The Farmer’s Market Manager oversees the daily operations of our traditional farmers markets and mobile market operations and is essential to Project GROWS’ Mission to improve the health of our community through increased food access. This is a full time, salaried position with benefits.

Application Deadline: January 1st, 2022

Read the full job announcement here 

December 10, 2021

Executive Director

Shalom Farms, Richmond

The next Executive Director of Shalom Farms will have the opportunity to guide Shalom Farms through continued growth and investment in the Richmond community by increasing access to healthy food. Shalom Farms is more than an organization that grows and distributes healthy food. Shalom Farms is an interconnected community of farmers, educators, program partners, and volunteers – all working toward a healthier community where everyone has equitable access to nourishing food and meaningful opportunities to grow, choose, cook, and enjoy fresh produce. The leadership and staff of Shalom Farms are a talented and passionate group of individuals committed to creating a more just and equitable food system and improving racial equity within Richmond as well as within the organization itself.

Read the full job announcement here 

November 2021

Farmers Market Manager

Falls Church Farmers Market

The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department is recruiting for a Farmers Market Manager to manage its year-round, award-winning farmers market. The Farmers Market is held Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. April through December and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. January through March. The “Regular Season Market” runs from the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in December, with approximately 50 vendors, and the “Winter Market” runs from the first Saturday in January through last Saturday in April with approximately 35 vendors.

The City of Falls Church is an independent city six miles from the nation’s capital. It is small in area (2.2 square miles) and population (~14,000). The City is known for its urban village community, quality customer service, nationally ranked school system, environmental activism, and endless community activities.

Responsibilities

o   Manage all aspects of the Falls Church Farmers Market, including being on-site weekly.

o   Be visible and accessible to vendors and customers during Farmers Market hours.

o   Recruit and select vendors, process applications, assess and collect registration fees.

o   Maintain administrative and financial records for the market.

o   Monitor the market for compliance with market rules and address complaints and/or disputes as necessary.

o   Conduct farm site inspections as needed to ensure products are locally grown or produced.

o   Coordinate with maintenance and event staff on setup and market supervision as needed.

o   Promote the market in cooperation with the City’s Office of Communications to include the Falls Church Farmers website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Respond to phone, email and Facebook Inquiries in a timely manner.

o   Work with City staff to establish and manage the implementation of SNAP.

o   Setup and staffing of the Farmers Market Manager’s table, providing information for customers, and SNAP/EBT transactions.

o   Coordinate special events such as cooking demonstrations, holiday market and more.

o   Actively engage and network via the Virginia Farmers Market Association.

Minimum Qualifications

o   Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.

o   Strong social media skills are important in order to build and maintain an active Market presence on Facebook and Instagram, while also ensuring the Market Website remains current.

o   An ability to learn new software applications such as Manage My Market.

o   Familiarity with local agriculture and food systems.

o   Ability to prepare administrative reports.

o   Ability to maintain effective working relationships with staff, community organizations, state and federal agencies and the public.

o   Ability to communicate effectively both verbally before a large audience and in writing for marketing and funding support.

o   Highly organized and able to work independently.

o   Must be able to lift 50 pounds and work in adverse weather conditions.

o   Willingness to work in the elements (heat, rain, snow, cold temperatures, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

o   An associate degree or higher in an accredited program with demonstrated skills and knowledge of organizing programs, community education and marketing.

o   Possess a genuine love for farmers markets and the products and experiences they offer.

o   Coordination of an Instagram account for an organization.

o   Grant writing experience a plus.

o   Examples of relevant degrees include: Recreation and Leisure Studies, Horticulture, Agriculture, Food Science, Food Marketing, Biology, Environmental Sustainability,

o   Business or related degree.

o   Three years of progressively responsible experience in related field.

o   Some experience with farmers market management or interest in promoting local, producer-only foods and agriculture.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

City employees must provide proof of either the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine within 30 days of hire. Employees who opt out of getting the vaccine will need to get tested regularly.

Hours

This is a part-time position of 20 to 24 hours per week: Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the weekday schedule is flexible (most hours are completed during normal business hours).

Salary & Benefits

The rate is $20.61 to $25.00 per hour, depending on qualifications. A benefits package — prorated based on a 24 hour week — includes health insurance, dental insurance, pension plan, deferred compensation plan, flexible spending account, college savings plan, life and long-term disability insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, credit union membership, free parking, and more. See more details on benefits here.

To Apply

Submit a completed job application (download PDF here) or resume via mail or email:

o   City of Falls Church, Human Resources Division, 300 Park Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046

o   hr@fallschurchva.gov

Reasonable Accommodation

During the selection process, applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation with the agreement of the Human Resources Division. Requests should be directed to the Human Resources Division. The City of Falls Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability.

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