Entering its 11th season, the Lakefield Market runs from Mid May till Thanksgiving steps away from Isabel Morris Park (in the Lakefield-Smith Arena parking lot). A producers-only market, it features locally grown produce, baking and prepared meals, a variety of arts and crafts, buskers and a great community vibe.
As manager of the Lakefield Farmer's Market, you will be responsible for various administrative and promotional tasks as well as being present at weekly markets.
Administrative tasks include recruiting new vendors, accepting vendor applications and bringing them to the Board for review, keeping records of attendance and sales, collecting vendor fees, organizing the market stall layout, responding to inquiries, keeping vendors informed, and working with the board.
You will also be required to attend board meetings throughout the year and to help organize the Annual General Meeting that generally happens in October or November.
Promotional tasks include working with the Board on promotion and advertising strategies, helping to maintain the website and social media presence and helping to co-ordinate special events, buskers etc.
On market days, you will be responsible for overseeing set-up and tear-down, putting up temporary signage around town, setting up and looking after the market booth, being available to assist vendors and customers, trouble shooting should any issues arise, and tracking vendor and customer attendance. The Market runs rain or shine, so the manager must be willing to work in all weather conditions. The manager must be physically able to lift and move items up to 25kg for set up and tear down of the signs and tents.
Previous work and or volunteer experience with a community organization or non-profit.
Self-direction and organizational skills
Co-operative nature: You will be working with many different folks: the board, the vendors, and the public
Ability to maintain clear records
Great communication and interpersonal skills
Computer skills (excel, word, social media) and access to a computer
Interest in and understanding of local agriculture and alternative food systems
Connections with the local community
Reliable and consistent access to a vehicle
Ability to set up tables, tents and signage (Physical ability to lift and move items up to 25kg)
Knowledge of/ Willingness to learn about the various rules and regulations affecting farmers markets and sales of food
Willingness to work in all weather conditions
Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: 2021-01-22