New Jersey – Marchese Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Princeton, New Jersey

As a small family farm located near Princeton, New Jersey, Marchese Farm is in the process of receiving their organic certification, growing over 100 varieties of veggies on 19 acres. This year the farm is branching out into the cold-pressed juice world, offering a variety of seasonal juices that change with available produce. They currently sell produce to nine weekly farmers markets, restaurants, brick-and-mortar retail locations, and local food distributors. Now seeking individuals who want to learn about sustainable farming, wholesale, retail, and farmers markets, with positions available immediately through early November.

About the positions:

JUICING AND PRODUCE HELPER (Hopewell NJ)
compensation: Pay is commensurate with experience.
employment type: full-time

This position is for a full time person to help with our cold-pressed juice production, and to help with the preparation of freshly picked produce for wholesale and retail outlets. We are looking for someone who can be on time in the mornings and work independently on a busy family farm. You will be working in a climate controlled purpose built barn so no need to worry about the Jersey summer heat. The facilities are well maintained and new with all the necessary tools and equipment at your disposal. Currently we are juicing twice a week, we may increase this to three depending on our demand. The days and times we are not juicing we are harvesting and need the produce washed, prepped and packed into our walk-in coolers in an organized and timely manner. You will need to be able to lift at least 40lbs to do this effectively. There is a break-room and bathroom close at hand and plenty of produce to take home at the end of the day.

We are willing to train for this position so don’t worry if you have no experience in these tasks. We only ask that you have good availability during the week and that you are punctual and reliable. We are not looking for weekend availability with the position.

 FARMERS MARKET LEAD (Up to 1 hour from 08525)
compensation: Pay is commensurate with experience.
employment type: full-timeWe are in immediate need of a farmers market lead person to help with some of our 9 weekly farmers markets. This is a full time position starting NOW. We need someone who will be able to come to our farm on time, pick up the supplies and produce, go to the markets with additional staff provided by us, and return back to the farm at the end of the day. Some markets are long, 12-6, some are short 8-12. Please contact me with your resume and availability. We are willing to take a part time person with the right availability although we would prefer someone full time to take most of the markets on. We are flexible with days off, but would prefer someone who could work on Saturdays. The market vehicle will be provided for your use to and from the markets, and there will be plenty of produce and cold pressed juice for you to take home. We are a very busy small family farm and are looking for a dependable person to help us out. If you have never worked a farmers market before, we may consider training for the right individual.

You can view our Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/marchesefarm/?hl=en

Massachusetts – Brookwood Community Farm hiring Farmer’s Market Assistant

Roslindale, Massachusetts

BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY FARM

Farmer’s Market Assistant 2017

About You

We are looking for someone to help staff our stand at the Roslindale Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. We are looking for a responsible individual with great customer service skills to help with all aspects of set up, sales, and takedown at market. Retail experience and an interest in cooking/gardening are preferred, though not required. You must be able to follow and give directions, work quickly and efficiently, and keep a smile on your face throughout a long and hectic day. You must be able to perform physically demanding tasks, stand up for 7.5 hours with only one break, and be able to safely lift 40 lbs in any kind of weather. You must be reliable and punctual and have a fantastic attitude. You also must be friendly and committed to great customer service. We see our market customers as members of the Brookwood community, and want to make sure they have a good experience shopping with us.

About the Position

You will work Saturdays June 3rd- Nov 18th 7:00 am-2:30 pm. You may also need to attend a three hour training and orientation session on Saturday May 27th. You will need to work a minimum of two Saturdays per month, though more is preferred. For the right candidate we may consider someone who can only work June-August.

You will meet at and leave from Adams Park in Roslindale; you do not need to come to the farm. You will assist with all aspects of unloading the truck, setting up the stand, creating displays, restocking products, selling to the public, breaking down the stand, and packing the truck at the end of the day. You may assist with any other tasks that may come up at market such as making signs and record keeping.

You will work under the direction of Brookwood staff, primarily the Assistant Manager. You will assist in supervising our volunteer workers that help out at the market.

Compensation

You will be paid $11/hour, produce from the stand, and discounts on produce we resell from other farms such as fruit and corn. You will also earn paid sick time in accordance with Massachusetts law.

About Us

Brookwood Community Farm grows diversified vegetables and flowers on 8 acres of land on 3 different sites in Milton and Canton, MA. Using organic methods (not certified) we provide produce for a 230-member CSA, a weekly farmer’s market, food access markets, and donations to local food pantries. As a non-profit community farm we are open to the public and offer educational and volunteer opportunities for our CSA members, youth and corporate groups. For more information about the farm and our mission, please visit our website. For pictures and other fun stuff check out our facebook page and instagram.

To Apply

Please send in a cover letter, resume, and two professional references to emma@brookwoodcommunityfarm.org. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until filled so please send in your application ASAP. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Washington DC – Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture hiring Mobile Market Driver/Operator

Washington, D.C.

JOIN ARCADIA’S MOBILE MARKET TEAM!

We are looking for an experienced driver to drive & operate our markets for the 2017 season!

Help bring local, affordable, fresh food to food insecure neighborhoods across DC!

Organizational Overview

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture is a non-profit organization serving the Washington, DC-area. We raise awareness about healthy food and its sources, and establish innovative connections between sustainable local farms and consumers.

Arcadia is committed to increasing access to healthy, local, affordable food. We do this by applying the Food Truck model to Food Access.

Arcadia’s Mobile Markets are a retrofitted school bus and box truck that double as farmers’ markets on wheels. We take our markets to communities that don’t have grocery stores or affordable, readily available farm-fresh food.

By growing much of the produce ourselves at Arcadia Farm, we can offer affordable prices. By accepting SNAP/EBT (formerly known as “Food Stamps”), WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers – and by doubling the value of these benefits through a “Bonus Bucks” program – we are increasing food assistance redemption for healthier, unprocessed foods. And by making Mobile Market stops in the communities where SNAP/EBT, WIC and Senior FMNP beneficiaries live and work, we are able to effectively reach DC and Virginia residents who are in need of affordable food.

Arcadia is a small but growing organization, and the right candidate will have the opportunity to grow with us and become an integral part of our Mobile Market program. You will be the right candidate if you are able to combine a passion for building a strong, local and sustainable food system with the practical skills and experience listed below.

Job Description

Arcadia is hiring a seasonal, full-time Mobile Market Driver/Operator.  The job will entail driving one of the Mobile Market vehicles to and from market stops throughout the DC-metro area, and working with other Arcadia staff to operate the market stops. The Mobile Market Headquarters is located at 1800 Perry Street NE, 20018, approximately 1 mile east of the Brookland Metro Station. Duties include:

  • Setting-up and breaking down the market (i.e. tables, tents, shelves, etc.)
  • Conducting transactions, handling payments, and recordkeeping
  • Restocking products and maintaining the market’s appearance
  • Building rapport and mutual respect with our customers
  • Assisting in cooking demonstrations and outreach
  • Coordinating operations and outreach with partner organizations
  • Managing staff and volunteers within the market
  • Work closely with Mobile Market Director and Mobile Market Manager

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and a passion for local and sustainable food, food access, and public health
  • Excellent geographic knowledge of and experience driving in Washington, DC preferred
  • Experience driving a large commercial vehicle preferred
  • A clean driving record
  • A Servsafe or Prometric Food Safety Manager Certificate preferred
  • DOT Medical Exam certificate preferred
  • Ability to cheerfully work long days, potentially beginning early or ending late
  • Ability to lift 50lbs
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Customer oriented with experience in a retail setting
  • Experience working in the food industry (farming, restaurant, grocery, etc.) preferred, but not required
  • Community and team oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professional in demeanor, highly organized, and accountable
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced environment with competing demands
  • Spanish fluency a plus but not required.

Hours

The Mobile Market Driver/Operator position will run from early May through the end of October 2017 (approximately 34 weeks)

The Driver/Operator will work up to 40 hours a week.

Mobile Market stops are Tuesday through Saturday. Once hired, the Driver/Operator will coordinate with the Mobile Market Director to establish a regular work schedule that optimizes everybody’s availability and the market’s staffing needs.

Compensation

The Mobile Market Driver/Operator will be paid $18/hour.

To Apply

Please e-mail your resume, cover letter, status of DOT Medical Card and Food Safety Manager Certification or any questions to Jeremy Mauck, Mobile Market Director, at Jeremy@Arcadiafood.org.  

Applications reviewed on rolling basis until position is filled. Position starts in early May.

Arcadia is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on account of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law.

New York – Down to Earth Markets hiring Farmers Market Site Manager

Manhattan + Queens, New York

Specifically: Morningside Park, DUMBO, Chelsea, Cunningham Park, Hudson Yards, Queens Botanical Gardens

Job Title: Farmers Market Site Manager / Market Host

Reports to: Territory Manager

Qualities, knowledge & skills: Ability to work with many different types of people. Good listener, communicator and motivator. Demonstrates good judgment. Informed about the local food movement, farm issues, and food issues.

Able to:

  • Communicate effectively with people from a wide variety of backgrounds; gather information from conversations or surveys; answer questions and provide information.
  • Support problem resolution and positive outcomes in all interactions that occur; vendor–to-vendor, vendor-to-shopper, or shopper-to-shopper.
  • Identify, analyze, mediate and resolve problems and disputes independently with a calm and professional manner.
  • Maintain accurate records and write concise and informative reports

Goals: Oversee and supervise daily operations of a farmers market to assure a smooth and safe running market according to Down to Earth Market policies and rules. Serve as the market host, welcoming and engaging shoppers. Promote good relations between the company and the vendors as well as within each specific market community. Be a liaison between shoppers and Down to Earth Market, helping to assure that the market meets the needs of the shoppers.

Duties: Represent & communicate Down to Earth Market’s mission and role in creating, managing and promoting farmers markets and local food systems. By agreement, some managers may work beyond the market day to assist promoting one or more markets.

Market host / Market promotion: Promote good relationships between shoppers, vendors, community groups and businesses and market management. Establish a positive, cooperative atmosphere at the market. Be the greeter and public face of Down to Earth Market. Working with the Marketing & Territory Manager staff, identify and pursue opportunities for promotion within the market’s community.

  • Meet and greet shoppers and engage shoppers with informative discussion that encourages them to gain the full benefit from shopping at the market.
  • Seek and record feedback from shoppers and vendors about the market operation, product quality and availability issues, and availability and other issues that may have either a positive or adverse effect on the success of the market.
  • Communicate with shoppers and vendors about steps being taken to enhance the market and meet their needs.
  • Oversee and implement promotional programs and social media activities as specified directly by office personnel. This may include cooking demos, tastings or other special events. Assist with executing special events.
  • Promote new sign-ups for the e-mail marketing list. Encourage shoppers to sign-up to receive notices about vendor specials, what’s new, market announcements and special events.
  • Identify opportunities with community members & businesses, e.g. local green committee, within market areas for cross promotion. Introduce yourself and get their contact information and provide them with Territory Manager contact  information for follow-up regarding cross-promotion.
  • Identify opportunities for special events at the market with community partners (such as cooking demo with a local chef or health screening with a local health organization). Coordinate with office personnel to plan and implement special events in advance of event date.
  • Post within 24 hours prior to each managed market on Facebook. Tweet and post on Instagram at least once during market hours in accordance with Down to Earth Market policies and guidelines. Identify community calendars and coordinate with Marketing Department to get regular listings posted.

Market management: Direct and coordinate the set-up, safe, smooth running and break-down of the market site while maintaining a pleasant and conversational demeanor.

  • Set out all portable signs and barricades and set up the site manager’s tent and all specified materials.
  • Coordinate with local authorities to remove improperly parked cars as applicable.
  • Make sure that the market is set-up in a safe, organized and timely manner, that trucks do not block traffic and are moved off the market site as needed by the start time. Direct vendors to designated parking areas.
  • Ensure that vendors comply with all market policies, enforce DTE rules and complete and distribute violations forms as needed.
  • Ensure that the vendors keep their areas clean and free of debris during the market day and leave their areas broom clean and take their refuse with them.
  • Oversee the safe and orderly break-down of the market, assuring that traffic is not blocked all moving vehicles are driving safely.
  • Respond to problems or disputes within the market by listening to all sides and analyzing the situation. Using good judgment, take the steps necessary for peaceful resolution. If the situation needs further clarification, contact on-call personnel or defer resolution until discussing the matter with office personnel.
  • Provide weekly written reports to office using on-line form about market operations, problems, resolutions, requests made, etc. within forty-eight (48) hours of the market end.
  • Conduct accurate shopper counts each market day at designated hourly time periods.
  • Be familiar with guidelines for safe handling and selling of food (contained within your binder). Monitor vendor selling practices and inform vendor staff and office personnel when practices appear questionable or out of compliance (e.g. cooler temperature, improper labeling or signage, improper sampling practice). Conduct periodic temperature checks and submit completed logs to the office. Oversee corrective actions per instructions.
  • Familiarize yourself with the crops and products for sale by each farmer and producer. A listing of items per vendor can be found on the DTE website. View the items for sale each week to make sure they are products that are in season and are part of the vendor’s product offering. Inform office of any new products that are not listed and ask vendors to remove them from sale until approved through the office.
  • Manage the recipe program – make sure you have season appropriate recipes on display. Contact your territory manager if you need new or more recipes.
  • Manage the EBT terminal (if applicable to your market) available for shoppers using the food stamps at the market. Track all the sales, hand out tokens to the shoppers and collect the tokens from the vendors at the end of the day. Distribute the Health Buck coupons to the food stamp shoppers and keep a log. Track all the sales and send all the paperwork to the office at the end of the market day.

Physical / logistical requirements:

  • Able to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Set up market tent and secure with 4, 25 pound weights.
  • Walking, standing for several hours at a time.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions, e.g. heat, cold, rain, sun, wind.
  • Transport and store (in a clean, dry place) site manager rig (tent, sand bags, table, signage, chair, recipe stand, bin, etc) as needed.
  • Pick up equipment and / or supplies from office as needed.

Communications:

  • Read weekly Site Manager Update, Shopper Email and Vendor Communications.
  • Attend Site Manager training at Down to Earth Market office as scheduled.
  • Receive last minute market updates relayed via e-mail or cell phone.
  • Respond in a timely manner to e-mail and voice communications from office.
  • Depending on market location, managers may require access to a car to move and store the market tent and gear.

Massachusetts – City of Somerville hiring Market Manager

Somerville, Massachusetts

The City of Somerville seeks a Market Manager for the Somerville Mobile Farmers’ Market. It is a program led by Shape Up Somerville (SUS), which supports SUS’s mission to improve equitable access to healthy and affordable food.  SUS is an initiative within the City of Somerville’s Health and Human Services Department.  We are looking to fill this position from late May through mid-November.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Weekly and season-end accounting
    • Reconcile sales weekly and keep orderly files on City drive downloaded from POS system
    • Create and present preliminary season-end totals and trends
    • Set produce prices as needed
  • Weekly ordering and aggregation logistics
    • Order produce weekly based on sales trends and budget
    • Manage aggregation logistics such as produce pickup and drop-off sites and times as well as orderly storage for easy loading on market days
  • Drive the market van
    • Meet farmers for produce pick-up at various sites throughout Somerville
    • Drive the van on market days
  • Help manage market operations and communication
    • Report weekly on market;  news, needs, sales trends and customer feedback
    • Cover cashier role during shifts when necessary
  • High-level volunteer management
    • Find and coordinate volunteers, delegate at-market management of volunteers to others when necessary

Employment details: 

Dates of Hire: late May – mid-November

Market Season: July 14th – October 21st

Market Schedule: – Friday 9-5:30p and Saturday 9-4:30p.  Must be available to work most weekends during the market season as well as 1-2 half days during the week.

Pay: $20/hour, 16-18 hrs pre & post market season with flexible hours.  30 hours during market season.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record and experience driving vans
  • Management, administration or business background

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Retail or customer service knowledge. Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity.  Produce knowledge (farming, health background).

Abilities: Flexible character and enjoys working with people. Ability to lift upwards of 50 lbs.

Skill: Bilingual or Multilingual skills preferred.

Application Procedure

Please send a brief cover letter and resume by Tuesday, April 18th 2017 to Lisa Robinson at lrobinson@somervillema.gov

 City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Massachusetts – Fresh Truck hiring Market Managers

Boston, Massachusetts

About Fresh Truck

We’re on a mission to radically impact community health in Boston by celebrating community food culture and getting fresh food to those who need it most. Fresh Truck operates two renovated school buses as mobile food markets, stocked with fresh fruit, vegetables, and healthy snacks. We partner with health centers and other community organizations to combine their services with access to affordable, healthy food. We love Boston, we’re obsessed with our mission and we’re committed to meaningful, long-term social impact.

Job description

Market Managers are the face of Fresh Truck in our communities, they make the shopping experience for our customers delightful and unique. This role requires a diverse skill set blending food purveyor, dockworker, truck driver, and customer service representative. We’re looking for someone with an unrelenting passion for community building and food.

What you’ll do

  • Drive a full-size, 39ft school bus
  • Manage daily mobile market operations from bus loading/un-loading, inventory management, restocking, to cleaning
  • Create an inviting customer shopping experience through consistent engaging customer service
  • Communicate with vendors, community partners, and co-workers
  • Support other Fresh Truck initiatives such as community outreach, customer surveys, and operations process improvement

Who you are

  • An excellent driver, accustomed to driving in an urban environment; strong preference for individuals with experience driving box trucks and large vehicles
  • Grit – you’re willing to get your hands dirty, comfortable with some heavy lifting and will stop at nothing to make things happen
  • You embrace working within diverse community settings and with a strong sense of social justice; being multilingual (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese) and/or a Boston native is huge a plus

Requirements

  • Driver’s license with clean driving record for the past 3 years
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Ability to lift ~50lb on a regular basis
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn

Benefits

  • Competitive salary and health benefits
  • $10/ shift in food; any additional purchases are 50% off
  • The opportunity to shape Fresh Truck’s growth
  • Work day in and day out to make Boston a healthier city

Contact

We’re excited to hear from you! To apply send a resume to resumes@thefreshtruck.org

New Jersey – City Green Farms hiring Mobile Market Operator

Various Locations, New Jersey

Background Information

The Mission of the City Green Farms and Markets Program is to increase access to fresh, locally grown produce in urban communities of Northern New Jersey and to foster an understanding of food systems, the benefits of locally grown organic produce and the importance of healthy food choices. The Veggie Mobile is City Green’s mobile farm stand that works to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods that need it the most. The Veggie Mobile has been in operation since 2016 and has had great success in increasing access and affordability for fresh, locally grown foods. In

2016, the Veggie Mobile visited 19 partner sites in 8 different municipalities, and its reach is expanding in 2017 with a growing number of partner sites. We are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking, and customer service oriented Mobile Market Operator to join our team.

Position Summary

The Mobile Market Operator is an important member of City Green’s Farms and Markets team. The Veggie Mobile is out on the road 4-5 days each week, making multiple stops each day in neighborhoods that lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Veggie Mobile farm stand stops include senior centers, city halls, WIC offices, and more. It is the Mobile Market Operator’s responsibility to drive the mobile farm stand to each site location, set up the farm stand, complete customer transactions while providing excellent customer service and information about the fruits and vegetables for sale, and break down the farm stand at the end of each market stop.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Driving City Green’s Veggie Mobile farm stand to a variety of locations 4-5 days per week, including senior centers, city halls, and more
  • Loading and unloading crates of fresh fruits and vegetables onto and off of the Veggie Mobile
  • Setting up and breaking down farm stands and displays according to City Green standards
  • Ensuring that produce and other food products are stored, displayed, and handled properly by market staff
  • Completing cash and federal benefit transactions (SNAP, WIC, FMNP) at all Veggie Mobile market sites
  • Implementing a Double Value Coupon Incentive program at all Veggie Mobile market sites for federal benefit customers
  • Collecting and recording transactional data for each market site
  • Providing friendly and respectful customer service to all Veggie Mobile shoppers
  • Attending outreach events such as health fairs and local festivals
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Must be comfortable driving and parking a box truck in urban areas. Valid driver’s license required.
  • Familiarity with food access, locally grown produce, organic agriculture, and food systems
  • Must have excellent customer service skills and be comfortable working with diverse customers
  • Comfortable completing and recording monetary and federal benefit transactions in fast-paced settings
  • Friendly and positive attitude required
  • Comfortable working outside in all weather conditions and capable of lifting 40-50 lbs
  • Must be available on select nights and weekends as needed
  • Familiarity with federal benefits (SNAP, WIC, FMNP) a plus
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred

Additional Information:

  • Market training will be provided.
  • 2 positions available, ~30 hrs/week each.
  • Driver must be available on select weekends and evenings.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: 

 Email: opportunities@city-green.org

 Mail: 

171 Grove Street

Clifton, NJ 07013

 Fax:  973-998-0682