West Broad Farmers Market Manager
Athens Land Trust’s West Broad Farmers Market (WBFM) is looking to fill an important role! We are hiring a Market Manager. We are looking for a self-starter, who is excited to take ownership of the WBFM and work toward building market sustainability. People with a passion for local food and community and market experience are encouraged to apply. We envision the market manager position as one that supports our vendors beyond the hours of the market by finding new market opportunities, building collaboration among vendors through collective or cooperative models, engaging with vendors to identify their needs towards expanded sales and finding solutions for those needs including educational offerings, mentorships, and coaching sessions. We are also looking for someone who sees possibilities where others may not and is excited about growing the neighborhood economy through food-based businesses and partnerships.
The Market Manager’s general responsibilities include: Working to build a sustainable farmers market, overseeing market operations, fostering community support for the market, promoting the market, managing the market’s educational activities and events, supporting vendor development, collecting market data and keeping accurate records. Successful managers understand both the vendors’ and the market goers’ needs and, in collaboration with other ALT staff, design and implement strategies to meet these needs. The manager is required to be on-site at every market and available to vendors and market goers for the entirety of the market’s hours.
The Market Manager is expected to support and grow the WBFM, while also building sustainable systems for collecting and tracking market data. The Manager is responsible for supporting vendors – through educational workshops and one-on-one coaching – throughout the market season. Additionally, the Manager is tasked with the responsibility of communicating the values of community building, food justice and education.
The Market Manager is the “go-to” person for vendors and market goers during market hours and serves as the liaison among all market participants. As such, the Market Manager must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of people. The Market Manager must be able to work independently as well as cooperatively with a team of ALT staff and volunteers.
The Market Manager is also responsible for convening monthly WBFM Advisory Council meetings for the purpose of discussing market direction, setting market guidelines and policies, reviewing vendor applications and discussing local food issues.
MARKET START UP
- Recruit new vendors with a special focus on cultivating and supporting neighborhood vendors.
- Monitor compliance with relevant regulations and codes.
- Review the market budget and maintain records of market expenses and income.
- Ensure that all vendor forms are completed properly and retained.
- Facilitate market orientations for market staff, volunteers and vendors.
- Engage with the neighborhood where the market is located to ensure that the market is serving their needs.
- Oversee all market operations.
- Enforce the WBFM Operating Policies.
- Coordinate and manage the opening and closing of each market.
- Manage the collection of market data and ensure that all necessary information is tracked and recorded.
- Manage the EBT/Debit/Token table.
- Manage the vendor fee collection process.
- Maintain an information booth.
- Assist with booths when necessary.
- Serve as the quality control person for produce and craft items, as well as for the market’s general appearance and cleanliness.
- Ensure safety and cleanliness of the site before, during and at the conclusion of each
- Handle emergencies and complaints.
COMMUNICATION AND NETWORKING
- Represent the market in meetings with community members and growers.
- Develop and maintain good working relationships with ALT staff, volunteers, vendors, market goers, sponsors and community organizations.
- Coordinate and encourage volunteerism from sponsors and community groups.
- Build positive customer relations.
- Distribute a weekly WBFM newsletter.
- Educate and assist vendors with merchandising, pricing and other marketing and business skills.
- Support vendor development through one-on-one coaching.
- Facilitate vendor development workshops on various business topics.
- Create new market opportunities for vendors.
- Support the Farmer Network CSA program.
- Look for inefficiencies in the system and work to eradicate through creative problem solving.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
- Work with ALT staff and interns to promote the market and develop new promotional ideas.
- Review marketing tools with the outreach and development team as necessary.
- Create and plan an annual calendar of events.
- Educate market goers about locally grown produce.
- Lead and manage the market’s community education component, including cooking demonstrations, sustainable agriculture and environmental education and health education.
- Regularly research best practices to inform market activities and programming.
- Coordinate market volunteers.
EVALUATION AND REPORTING
- Conduct surveys to measure market’s impact on shoppers and vendors.
- Invite, listen to and use input from vendors and others to improve the market.
- Lead in monitoring and, when necessary, revision of the market’s mission, goals and strategies.
- Submit monthly, quarterly and/or annual reports, as required by grants.
- A passion for sustainable agriculture, local food systems, community development and/or local economies.
- Understanding of and experience with farmers market management.
- Strong computer, organizational and time management skills.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Experience working with diverse audiences.
- Must be able to make a full season commitment.
- Willing/able to work outside in all kinds of weather.
- Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
COMPENSATION: This is a full-time position with benefits. Pay will be commensurate with experience.
To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to:
Subject header: Market Manager Application
Williams Farm Manager
Located just one mile from downtown Athens at 235 Northside Drive, The Williams Farm is an oasis in the city where ALT staff, community members, and volunteers work together to grow produce, flowers, and herbs for our weekly farmers markets, CSA program and flower-share, and for donations to local food banks and soup kitchens.
The Williams Farm has a three-part mission:
- Grow and market affordable produce to community residents and businesses, utilizing organic and sustainable production methods to generate a self-sustaining income
- Serve as a model whereby the community will be able to learn about the importance of sustainable farming, healthy diets, and the value of smart and equitable land use
- Provide employment and skill-building opportunities to underserved youth and the low-income community, while contributing to the local economy
- Develop and manage all aspects of production, including soil care, pest management and irrigation management
- Manage the greenhouse/high tunnel
- Develop crop plans and budget plans
- Develop and implement daily, weekly and seasonal activity plans
- Manage farm staff, interns and volunteers
- Manage CSA operations
- Deliver to farmers markets and satellite markets
- Manage the farm business and work to increase the production, sales volume and income of the business
- Keep detailed records of production and sales and collect data for grant reports
- Maintain equipment and do basic carpentry and construction projects
- Collaborate with Young Urban Farmers program coordinator to deliver sustainable ag education to underserved high school youth
- Coordinate educational opportunities for students, community members and small farmers
- Strong, practical knowledge of sustainable agriculture and farm management, as well as a passionate commitment to education
- Minimum 2 years’ experience of full-season, preferably organic farm management (equivalent educational experience will be considered)
- Demonstrated farm planning experience, including farm plan development, infrastructure creation and maintenance and planning and implementation of both short- and long-term planting and harvesting schedules
- Proven success in cultivation and harvesting of organic food products
- Working knowledge of farm infrastructure and machinery
- Experience in educational or youth-related programs is a plus
- Excellent communication skills, solid organizational and record-keeping skills
- Ability to work both independently and on a team
- Commitment to helping engage and educate youth and community members
This is a full-time position with benefits. Pay will be commensurate with experience.
To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to:
Subject header: Williams Farm Manager Application
Young Urban Farmers Program Lead Facilitator
Athens Land Trust has an opening for an exciting and important position – the Lead Facilitator for our Young Urban Farmers Program. To that end, we are looking for an environmental educator who is interested in being a positive role model for high school students and engaging them in sustainable urban agriculture, entrepreneurship and the culinary arts. The ideal candidate will be flexible, self-directed and creative, and have experience working with teenagers in an after-school setting.
- A passion for sustainable agriculture, local food systems and community development
- A strong desire to work with and inspire high school students
- Strong computer, organizational and time management skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Experience working with diverse audiences
- Willing/able to work outside in all kinds of weather
- Able to lift up to 50 lbs
- The ability to facilitate discussion about sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, nutrition and food/social justice
- The ability to lead students in a variety of occupational & educational activities
The main component of the Young Urban Farmers (YUF) program is education in the areas of sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, cooking/nutrition and food justice. During each 14-week semester, two 2-hour sessions per week will be spent either tending to the West Broad Market Garden or practicing culinary skills in a community skills. Each Saturday, a 3-hour session is devoted to tending to the Williams Farm. Through these work sessions, students will learn about and put into use the basic practices of sustainable agriculture, nutrition and food justice. Furthermore, these work sessions will also help to instill in the students the value of teamwork and effective communication, and help them to develop leadership skills and self-confidence.
The YUF Lead Facilitator will a play key role in achieving all of the above goals. Specific duties will include:
- Leading work sessions on Tuesdays & Thursdays at either the West Broad Market Garden or the Athens Community Career Academy
- Leading work sessions on Saturdays at the Williams Farm
- Assisting Entrepreneurship classes Wednesdays at the Athens Community Career Academy
- Coordinating with ALT farmers to determine weekly farm tasks
- Leading high school students with farm basic tasks: weeding, watering, planting, etc.
- Planning and leading high school students in team-building activities
- Attending YUF program meetings
- Modeling & engaging students in positive conversation
- Leading discussions about sustainable agriculture, nutrition and food justice
- Assisting with Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
This is a part-time position. Pay will be commensurate with experience. You will also receive extensive educational opportunities, real world experience and the satisfaction of greatly contributing to your local community!
To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to:
Subject header: YUF Facilitator Application