Grand Rapids Downtown Market hiring Outdoor Market Manager

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Outdoor Market Manager


Thank you for submitting your application for employment with the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. This part-time, seasonal position (20-30 hours per week, late March – early December) reports to the Special Events Manager and serves the Board of the Directors for Downtown Market.

The primary responsibility of this position is to oversee all aspects of the outdoor farmers market operations. An on-site presence during all outdoor market hours is required.

Saturdays 9:00am – 2:00pm

June – Sept:
Tuesdays 9:00am – 2:00pm
Thursdays 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturdays 9:00am – 2:00pm

Oct – Nov:
Saturdays 9:00am – 2:00pm

Submission Guidelines:

Applications, resumes and letters of recommendation will only be accepted online through completion of this application. We will not consider any candidates or review any materials that are submitted via walk-in, phone, fax or email.


• Develop, implement, and oversee the day-to-day operations of the outdoor farmers market.
• Stay informed of key farmers market initiatives.
• Represent the outdoor market to the community.
• Assist the Marketing Manager in strategies to increase customer base and business activity, including media campaigns, promotional materials, and miscellaneous events.
• Provide regular outdoor market updates for the market newsletter & promotional material.
• Serve as staff liaison to the Outdoor Market Advisory committee.
• Recruit, supervise, and manage volunteers to assist in day-to-day operations of the outdoor farmers market.
• Assist in the planning of outdoor market events.
• Oversee outdoor market merchandising program.
• Manage all food assistance programs including, but not limited to: SNAP, Double Up Food Bucks, Senior Fresh & WIC Project Fresh.


• Ability to work Saturdays and other outdoor market days (required).
• Knowledge of agriculture, local food systems, sustainable practices, food safety standards, food distribution, and an enthusiasm for sharing information.
• Experience in retail sales, produce preferred.
• Experience in assisting in project management, program coordination and/or community building activities.
• Knowledge of word processing, managing files and records, designing forms, and other office procedures.
• Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer service.
• High–energy, friendly attitude.
• Honest and ethical.
• Reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfills obligations.


• Ability to effectively manage time and priorities.
• Ability to think creatively.
• Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
• Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time (specifically vendors, street performers, event partners and general public attending the market & events).
• Ability to develop specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
• Ability to be detailed and thorough in completing work tasks.
• Willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
• Conversational level of Spanish language preferred.


• Minimum three years experience in field of local food systems, farming and/or agriculture.


• Bachelors Degree in food systems, agriculture, sustainability, or related field.

Work Environment:

Most hours will fall during regular work week of Monday through Friday. Saturdays are required for this position.

The Downtown Market is a professional office. While the atmosphere is to reflect the spirit of fun and excitement, professional conduct, communication and responsibility to job functions is maintained at all times. Attire is business casual while in the office, or appropriate for outdoor market on market days. Work schedules may vary as warranted by seasonality and as directed by the Special Events Manager. The scope of work and compensation can be updated as the market develops, programs are put into place and funding increases. Employees are paid every two weeks. All employees are subject to background check and drug screening.

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