Farmers’ Market Associate
SFC is seeking four to five part-time Farmers’ Market Associates to ensure the successful setup and operations of SFC’s weekly Saturday markets.
Founded in 1993, with roots dating back to 1975 as Austin Community Gardens, Sustainable Food Center (SFC) is involved in every step of our local, Central Texas, food system. Our mission is to cultivate a just and regenerative food system so people and the environment can thrive.
Why work at SFC?
At SFC, we are passionate about our work and share a commitment to expanding access to locally grown food raised with integrity and care, for all members of our community. Join us if you are driven to build and create lasting change that supports people and the planet.
We’re on a journey
SFC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity on our staff and in our community. We strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels comfortable bringing their full, authentic selves to work. To that end, we have organized multiple all-staff trainings, created internal working groups that celebrate our diverse community, and integrated equity principles into every aspect of our work.
We uphold the following Core Values:
Connectedness: We are community-focused and believe that relationships are powerful tools for building community.
Equity: We support the right of all people to grow, access, sell, and consume healthy and culturally-appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and regenerative methods.
Sustainability: We know humans have a profound responsibility to treat our planet with care and respect, and we are committed to ensuring that diverse species may thrive on Earth for generations to come.
This is a part-time position at 7-10 hours per week. Saturdays Only. Start as early as 6:00am, end as late as 4:00pm. Rain or shine.
FM Associates will oversee the daily operations of our two weekly farmers’ markets. As a part of the market operations team, you will oversee setting up and running the market with minimal supervision – you will be asked to take responsibility for maintaining equipment, collecting fees, providing customer service, assisting vendors, preparing samples, and distributing benefits. Additional tasks include providing feedback from a market day to the FM Operations and Programming Managers, so you will need to know and advocate for what our vendors and customers want! Some positions require standing, walking, lifting up to 40 lbs, bending, and climbing – all outdoors in any kind of weather. Some positions require ability to operate a motor vehicle, including a box truck.
We are looking to hire 4-5 people and are able to create schedules and workflows tailored to our shared needs.
Training will be provided on safe equipment operation, trauma informed care, de-escalation tactics, and day-of market operations management.
- Safely lead set up and breakdown of all equipment at SFC Farmers’ Markets
- Resolve issues and troubleshoot problems for vendors, help with load-in and other tasks during market hours
- Conduct and record transactions for food access clientele at the Double Up Food Bucks booth
- Answer questions about SFC and the market to a wide variety of customers
- Prepare and distribute food samples while maintaining food safety protocols
- Provide consistent and robust feedback to Operations and Programming Managers
While the responsibilities and tasks displayed in this job posting cover many of the required tasks, please consider that our roles are dynamic and ever changing.
You love waking up and greeting the dawn – early mornings and heavy lifting energize you! You like working on tasks as a part of a team, and always notice when a coworker needs an extra hand. You realize that there is purpose even in the mundane, and that popping up a tent and hauling tables and chairs lead to profitable market days for our small, local, and sustainable producers. You believe maintaining a safe and accessible market site benefits our entire community; you value equity, diversity, and justice. You love working with the public, jumping in to problem solve, and listening with compassion. You have been waiting all your life to join our farmers’ market team!
Pay starts at $19.20 per hour.
- Regular and reliable availability on Saturdays
- Bilingual and biliterate (English/Spanish) required for some positions
- Current Driver’s License and a clean driving record required for some positions
- Able to safely lift 40+ pounds required for some positions
- Strong customer service skills and desire to work within diverse communities
- Reliable transportation to work sites
- 16+ years of age
- Current Food Handler Certificate (or ability to obtain certification in 14 days after hire)
- Able to interact with vendors and customers in a positive and professional manner
- Experience working on a diverse team
We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your skills, experience, and alignment with the role. If you do not have some of the listed qualifications, or you need accommodations to perform your job duties please reach out!
Note: With the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to note that this position is deemed essential and requires public interaction. Even with the safety precautions, there is still a degree of risk involved and so we strongly encourage you to take this into consideration before applying
Please email your resume and two references to FarmersMarket@sustainablefoodcenter.org with the subject title: Farmers’ Market Associate.
Applications accepted until filled. No phone calls accepted or returned.