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Published on February 9, 2015 under Uncategorized

Gorge Grown Food Network

Farmers’ Market Positions

2015 Market Season


Submit a resume, cover letter and 3 references to Woodley Smith at by February 27th, 2015.


The Gorge Grown Food Network’s mission is to build a resilient and inclusive regional food system that improves the health and well-being of our community. Gorge Grown Food Network is hiring 4 positions for 3 farmers markets. For the right candidate, it is possible to combine positions, each of which are distinctly different. We will work with candidates during interviews to find the right match for them and the markets.

Hood River Farmers’ Market Manager Position:

The Hood River Farmers’ Market is a well-established farmers’ market, founded in 2006. As the largest farmers’ market in the Columbia River Gorge, this manager position is demanding and requires a highly organized and detail-oriented manager. The 2015 season will include new educational programs for youth, extensive collaboration with Oregon State University to facilitate cooking demonstrations and an expanded low-income food access program. There are about 40 vendors at the peak of the season. The Hood River Farmers’ Market will be held every Thursday from 4 – 7 pm from May 7th until November 19th, 2015. * Hours: 20 per week from April 1 – December 4. $14/hour. Location TBD.


Hood River Farmers’ Market Assistant Manager Position:

The assistant manager position will be in charge of managing market volunteers and the Gorge Grown Food Network booth including token sales, Debit & SNAP transactions, merchandise sales, customer counts and surveys. Hours 3pm – 8pm, Thursdays from May – November 19, 2015.


Hood River Saturday Market Manger Position

The Hood River Saturday Market has been part of the community for 25 years. Previously managed by an internal steering committee, this is the 2nd year it will be managed by Gorge Grown Food Network. Last year’s market attendance and sales were very low, and the market location will likely change this year. It needs a lot of energy, enthusiasm, creative marketing and vendor support to grow and engage both a tourist and local shopper base. Likely 2015 dates will be every Saturday from June 6 until September 19, 2015 with a time yet to be determined. * Hours: 15 per week from mid-May through October 1st. $13/hour.


Mosier Farmers’ Market Manager Position

The Mosier Farmers’ Market is a newer market and now serves as one of the main gathering places for the Mosier community. This market requires a creative and innovative manager to expand activities offered to adults and children and establish the market’s unique identity. Mosier Farmers’ Market will take place every Sunday from June 21 until September 27, 2015 from 4 – 7 pm. * Hours: 10 hours/week from June 8 – October 2nd. $13/hour. Market location: Parking lot of Rack & Cloth, 1st Avenue, Mosier, OR 97040.


*More hours are available for all positions depending on managers securing business sponsorships and donations.


Position Description

All market positions report directly to the Food Access Program Manager with oversight by the Gorge Grown Executive Director. This includes an on-site presence at the market during all hours, as well as off-site work during non-market hours.


General Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Food Access Program Manger, the Executive Director and other staff as needed to identify potential problems, creative solutions and innovative ideas to further the goals of the market.
  • Participate in weekly Thursday morning staff meetings by preparing and presenting a Manager’s report that summarizes the market data, challenges and opportunities.
  • Be informed of Oregon Department of Agriculture and Hood River County Health Department rules and market guidelines, and enforce compliance.
  • Keep lines of communication open between all staff, vendors and volunteers.
  • Treat vendors with courtesy, respect, and diplomacy.
  • Work with the staff to define market policy and to plan for further development of the Market. This includes a year-end narrative report, ½ day year-end review and planning session, occasional surveys of market vendors and compilation and analysis of surveys.
  • Build community relationships with farmers, inspectors, businesses, city government, nonprofits, OSU Extension agents, food banks, charity groups, etc.
  • Work closely with bookkeeper and Executive Director Associate Manager to meet market budgets and track finances accurately
  • Be informed of SNAP, WIC, and other supplemental nutrition programs.
  • Be informed of all market tokens and record keeping forms for management.
  • Write a weekly e-news market update including seasonal recipes, details about upcoming market events, and other promotional information to solicit more shoppers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.


Market Operations

  • Coordinate with all community partners for market site needs, scheduling, permits, etc.
  • Work with Assistant Manager/staff/volunteers to establish systems for the collection of booth fees.
  • Train new volunteers, JVC, or staff with Food Access Manager.
  • Manage the market site: including oversight of sandwich board distribution, INFO booth set-up, market educational and support infrastructure.
  • Drive the farmers’ market truck to the market site in a safe and timely manner.
  • Coordinate set-up and take-down of vendor canopies (including weights on every leg on all canopies), tables, signs, traffic control and other market items.
  • Allocate market space to vendors for optimum usage and communicate space assignments to vendors. Resolve any disputes over market space which may arise.
  • Enforce market rules, food safety guidelines and other pertinent laws and regulations to ensure all state and county regulations are adhered to.
  • Answer questions from all vendors and consumers, and ask for clarification/support when needed.
  • Handle emergencies, complaints, and requests with patience and diplomacy.
  • Maintain market grounds in a safe, clean and inviting manner.
  • Coordinate with Assistant Manager/staff/volunteers (depending on which market) to operate market’s EBT program and any cash transactions that occur in the Information booth.
  • Enroll market and train market farmers in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).
  • Coordinate and supervise market volunteers throughout market season.
  • Coordinate volunteer scheduling and activities; ensure that each market has volunteers in advance.
  • Communicate market policies, activities and rules to vendors, keeping them informed throughout the season. Document suggestions from vendors.
  • Oversee customer counts each market day and periodic dot surveys to assess the level of growth in market usage and collect market data.
  • Oversee and coordinate the scheduling, set-up and operations of musicians, children’s activities, cooking demos, and educational presentations.
  • Collect market sales data from all vendors with precision and confidentiality.
  • Assure the market site is clean once the market is closed and the vendors have left for the day.
  • Ensure that all facilities, equipment and utilities are in working order, and that all doors are locked as appropriate prior to departure.
  • Maintain database of farmers, vendors, their contact information, and any licenses or permits each vendor possesses based on the products they sell.
  • Ensure that the market boxes are very organized upon return to the Gorge Grown office including finances and informational materials.


Vendor Relations

  • Communicate regularly with vendors throughout the season with verbal and written updates of market events, needs, scheduling, changes, surveys and important updates.
  • Work with the staff to determine the optimal vendor mix; recruit vendors and accept vendors for the market as appropriate.
  • Work with staff to annually update application process and market policy processes and related website information.
  • Actively recruit and support vendors, handle all communications and inquiries.
  • Ensure all new and returning vendors complete an application form; track and record all applications, certifications and copies of insurance.
  • Ensure all vendors are given a copy of the market rules.
  • Assist vendors on pricing, merchandising and other business related issues.
  • Ensure vendors are trained on market policies, rules, food assistance programs, and on-site procedures. Assist vendors in market policy compliance, including but not limited to licensing requirements and food safety issues, vendor signage, clean up, tardiness, parking, etc. When policy questions, or customer concerns arise on site, the Market Manager will resolve these to the best of their ability and refer them to the Food Access Manager or Executive Director, if needed.