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Market Lead, Davis Square and Union Square Farmers Markets

Apply by April 9, 2019.

Mass Farmers Markets and Union Square Main Streets (USMS) are delighted to pilot an exciting collaboration seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated candidate to act as Market Lead for both the 2019 Davis Square and Union Square Farmers Markets in Somerville, MA.

In this position, the Market Lead will have the opportunity to enhance his/her skills in event planning, market management, marketing, communication, and knowledge of programs aimed at increasing access to local foods. Market Lead will be the onsite staff member handling all vendor relationships, EBT transactions, and interactions with market customers. The ideal candidate will have an interest in local agriculture, food and nutrition, and promoting farmers markets. S/he should be reliable, friendly, self-motivated, and comfortable communicating with a diverse customer base.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee market operations including market setup and breakdown. Required to be on-site and available to vendors, customers, volunteers from setup through breakdown  

  • Enforce market rules and policies to ensure vendor punctuality, proper parking, public safety and cleanliness of site

  • Set up, break down, and staff the Market Manager’s Tent to display and distribute educational materials, collect consumer contact information, administer SNAP, and sell promotional merchandise

  • Maintain positive vendor relationships

  • Assist vendors, volunteers, and consumers by providing market-related information, conflict resolution, and general aid as appropriate

  • Recruit and supervise volunteers

  • Administer local token currency and process transactions for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/EBT benefits including the maintenance of daily records and market reports

  • Communicate effectively with customers to explain food access policies like SNAP & HIP

  • Promote the market during market hours using social media networks, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

  • Create an inclusive atmosphere for farmers and customers alike

Additional Davis Square FM Responsibilities include:

  • Build relationships with community members to engage with farmers market i.e. children’s library, musicians, etc.

Additional Union Square FM Responsibilities include:

  • Supervise and work with LIPS translators to ensure a positive SNAP customer experience

  • Additional administrative, logistical, and sales tasks as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of experience with food retail and/or food-related organization work

  • Previous experience working directly with farmers and/or small business owners

  • Friendly, dynamic and positive energy

  • Dependable, punctual and responsible

  • Resourceful and creative, with strong problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and through hands-on experience

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, including tending to market needs with care while handling competing priorities

  • Organized management of time and effort and ability to document work

  • Demonstrated ability and desire to meet new people, foster connections, build community relationships, and ability to talk with a wide range of individuals, including those occasionally disgruntled

  • Patience

  • Ability to lift 50lbs

  • Four year degree preferred

Davis Square FM Commitment

  • 10hrs/week every Wednesday from May 15–November 27 from 10am-7pm, and extra data entry hours + potential to participate in several farm visits throughout season

  • The Farmers Market is open rain or shine from 12-6pm

  • Availability for training end of April – mid-May, 3-5 hours/week

Union Square FM Commitment

  • 7hrs/week every Saturday from May 18–November 23 from 7am–2pm

  • The Farmers Market is open rain or shine from 9am-1pm

  • Post-season supply organization and post-season debrief within 2 weeks of Market close

  • Availability for training one day between May 8-15

Salary

Compensation will be paid bi-weekly. This is an hourly position paying $15/hr. Davis Square supervisor is the Program Manager for Mass Farmers Markets. Union Square supervisor is the Market Manager and is approved by the Executive Director.

About the Organizations:

Mass Farmers Markets
The Federation of Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets (FMFM) was founded in 1978 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable, educational organization. Our mission is to support family farms by: promoting farmers markets, providing technical assistance to farmers and communities, and educating the non-farming public about the many benefits of buying and eating locally. In addition to establishing and promoting farmers’ markets throughout the state, FMFM coordinates the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Programs with the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture.

Union Square Main Streets
Union Square Main Streets works collaboratively to actively support a vibrant neighborhood by preserving the character and advancing the economic strength of the Union Square business district and community.

How to Apply

Email your cover letter or video of interest, resume and 3 references to Kait Stinchcomb at  farmersmarket@unionsquaremain.org and Laura Barley at laura@massfarmersmarkets.org  with subject line “Market Lead Position” by April 3rd.

We can’t wait to meet you!