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.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Common Ground Farm’s director, Sarah Simon, email@example.com. 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:
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
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
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
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.
$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.