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JOB OPENINGS – NOW HIRING Newburgh Farmers’ Market Manager

Common Ground Farm is seeking a part-time, seasonal Market Manager for the Downing Park Farmers’ Market. The mission of the Downing Park Farmers’ Market is to support the residents and City of Newburgh by providing a high-quality market and programming accessible to everyone, regardless of age, race, or income. The project will be undertaken as a program of Common Ground Farm, with the help and cooperation of the City of Newburgh, the Downing Park Planning Committee, Newburgh Urban Farm & Food Initiative and the Downing Park Urban Farm.

The position will start in May with administrative tasks and outreach to plan and prepare for the market season, including a training period with CGF staff. From July 13th until October 19th, the market is outdoors at Downing Park with an estimated 5-10 vendors per week from 10am-2pm. The Market Manager will be responsible for market day set-up, break-down, SNAP / EBT processing, collecting market rent from vendors, and general day-of on-site management and market support. The Manager will also be selling Common Ground Farm produce during the market with potential volunteer and intern assistance.

The position requires excellent communication skills, the ability to think on one's feet, comfort in assuming a leadership role, and a willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Candidates must also have reliable transportation, be able to lift and carry 50 lbs, and have access to a computer for social networking, emailing and reports.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is passionate about the City of Newburgh, the local economy and food security, energetic and physically adept, and enjoys connecting with community members! This position is seasonal and will end when the market ends in late October. There is room for growth and expanded responsibilities in the future.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Common Ground Farm’s director, Sarah Simon, sarah@commongroundfarm.org. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. We will begin first round interviews on April 29th.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

General:

  • Recruiting and enrolling market vendors

  • Managing and tracking government food assistance programs

  • Outreach and networking in the larger Newburgh community

  • Tabling at pop-up events in the City of Newburgh

  • Attending and possibly coordinating Newburgh community meetings

  • Collaborating with local organizations to offer enrichment programming at the market

  • Planning and conducting outreach and marketing campaigns online and in print

  • Reporting on progress at bi-weekly CGF staff meetings and board meetings

Market Days:

  • picking up produce at Common Ground Farm in Wappingers Falls before the start of market and returning any remaining produce at the end of market day

  • setting up and breaking down market manager tent and table and market day-of signage

  • selling produce and staffing the market table with the assistance of volunteers and interns

  • Supervising volunteers and interns

  • ensuring compliance with State and City regulations

  • serving as vendor liaison and resource as needed, including troubleshooting on-site

  • staffing the market table to answer customer questions and distribute SNAP/EBT tokens

  • redeeming SNAP/EBT tokens and any additional nutrition incentive checks from vendors

  • collecting vendor rent and submitting market income to the CGF admin manager

  • ensuring market site is clean once the market has ended each week

  • tracking food benefit sales/redemptions and market income from vendor rent

Qualifications:

  • excellent communication skills, both in person and on social media

  • Great organizational skills, able to multitask and think on your feet

  • Competent and confident go-getter attitude

  • Enjoys working independently without direct supervision

  • ability to interact comfortably with public and with groups of all socioeconomic backgrounds

  • passion for local agriculture, good food and small businesses

  • ability to work in fast-paced environment, in all weather conditions

  • access to a computer and internet

  • Drivers’ license and reliable transportation

  • priority given to candidates with strong ties to the Newburgh community

  • Spanish language competency desired

Time:

  • This is a seasonal, part-time position running from May through October.

  • In May/June, the manager will work 10-12 hours per week to conduct outreach, recruit vendors, promote the market and other administrative tasks.

  • From July to October, the manager will also be on-site for the market day (Saturdays, approximately 8 hours, from 8 am to 4 pm) for a total of 20 hours per week.

Compensation:

  • $20 per hour

  • As a Common Ground Staff member, the Downing Park Manager will also receive a Summer U-Pick CSA share (pick-ups on Wednesday afternoons).


Common Ground Farm is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates, regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation, are encouraged to apply.