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MIDDLEBURY FARMERS' MARKET

Celebrating our 46th season!

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two positions:

 

Middlebury Farmer’s Market 2020 Market Manager

Job Description and Responsibilities:

The following tasks are to be completed by the Market Manager at every Saturday market from May until the end of October:

Start date: The position will commence on May 1, 2020. The manager will assist the Site Committee with readiness for the first outdoor market on May 9.

Attend all Saturday markets: Arrive by 7:30 a.m. and be present at the beginning and the end of the market. It is the manager’s responsibility to arrange for and compensate a capable substitute when they cannot attend. The site chair or the President shall be notified a week in advance of any planned absences.

Correspond with vendors: The Manager will receive email and phone contacts previous to the market day (per market rules) and will coordinate with temporary, substitute and fair weather vendors to ensure maximum occupancy at each market.

Place vendors: Ensure proper positioning of vendors according to the beginning season map supplied by the Site Committee. Place new and temporary vendors based on products sold, available space and seniority.

Maintain the site: Inspect the site before and after the market for cleanliness, damage, or abnormalities. Report any and all issues to the Site Committee chair or Board President. At the beginning of each market set out tables and/or benches and trash containers owned by the market. Maintain and store after the market.

Collect daily fees and sales information: At every market collect, report and prepare fees and sales data. Prepare a deposit for the Board Treasurer using the proper paperwork and procedure. Accuracy and confidentiality are essential.

Communication and professionalism: Become familiar with the VT Agency of Agriculture and Farm Markets rules for sales at the market. Direct comments and questions to the appropriate people. Maintain a market journal with weekly reports of sales, weather and other observations. During the market circulate and communicate with vendors and customers. Ensure all market rules are being followed. Be aware of the market’s social media presence and inform the Promotions chair and/or Board of any needed notices, corrections or additions.

Sign placement: Ensure the proper placement, removal and safe storage of all MFM signs around the town and in front of the market. All signs are to be up by 8:00 a.m. and removed by 1:30 p.m. Encourage and organize volunteer placements by members.

Flags and traffic cones: set up and remove all directional signs and cones to ensure traffic, vendor and site safety. Store equipment in the space provided.

Special events: Assist with the market owned equipment setup for musicians and other special events as needed.

Inventory: maintain an accurate inventory of all signs and equipment owned by the market. Maintain organization and cleanliness of the storage space provided.

Compensation: Total compensation for the season (26 Saturday summer markets) is $2500 to be paid bi-weekly.

 

If you are interested in being considered for the Middlebury Farmers’ Market Manager position, send your letter of interest and resume to: Middlebury Farmers’ Market, P.O. Box 385, Middlebury, VT 05753, or - middleburyfarmersmkt@yahoo.com

 

 

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The Middlebury Farmers' Market seeks a high energy person to run our PoP Club activities and assist with our

Teen Enterprise Zone program Saturday mornings 8:00am-1pm at the Middlebury VFW.  

 

The Power of Produce (PoP) Club is an educational program allowing youth 4-12 years old to engage in their local food system through interactions directly with farmers, educational games and demonstrations, and exposure to new fruits and vegetables. In addition to participating in educational activities, PoP club kids receive tokens to spend at the market, allowing them to make their own shopping decisions. The Teen Enterprise Zone provides a free vendor space for area teens to sell items they produce.

 

  • The ideal candidate enjoys working with and teaching youth ages 4-12 years old about local fruits and veggies.

  • The PoP Club/TEZ facilitator will be responsible for developing and delivering weekly educational experiences, including developing projects for children to participate in while at the Market.

  • Candidates will need to engage youth at various development stages.

  • Knowledge of food and farming a plus.

  • Must be physically fit able to be on your feet for 3-4 hours at a time and be able to lift and move 50 pounds.

  • The candidate is expected to set up and take down and store PoP/TEZ canopies and tables in the storage area provided.

  • Should have good communication skills with children and adults

  • Should understand the contours of social media, and be able to share and promote PoP Club and TEZ on social media at least twice a week on the Farmers' Market social media pages.

  • Will be required to register PoP Club participants and supervise PoP Club volunteers.

  • Taking calls and scheduling teens on a rotating basis for limited vendor space during the rest of the week required.  (an additional 1 hour is calculated into the compensation over and above the Saturday market hours in order to account for time spent scheduling teen vendors and/or planning PoP Club events)

  • This part-time position is expected to start in mid-July and last through August with the possibility of going longer.  

 

A successful candidate will be hired as an independent contractor at a compensation rate of $90 per week ($15/hr).

 

For more information or to apply for this position please send a resume to

Middleburyfarmersmkt@yahoo.com