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Farmers Market Coordinator

St. Johns Center for Opportunity Portland, OR

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Job Description
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Reports to: Executive Director, St. Johns Center for Opportunity.
Status: Part-time, non-exempt, seasonal.
Compensation: $16.00 per hour.
Weekly Hours: 8-13 hours per week.

Work Dates: The selected candidate should expect to work Saturdays, 7:00 - 3:00 pm, May 15 through October 23;  additional hours may be available for market day preparations as needed.

To apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to
Or mail or drop mail slot at:
St. Johns Center for Opportunity, 8160 N Jersey St., Portland, OR, 97203

Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 9. No phone calls, please. 

St. Johns Farmers Market (SJFM) is in its thirteenth season operating as a mid-sized (35+ vendors), locally run farmers market. The mission of the market is to support a local, sustainable food supply while providing an opportunity for emerging farmers, contributing to the health of all local residents, encouraging cross-cultural connections and dialogue, and enhancing the community and business vitality of St. Johns. SJFM is a program of the St. Johns Center for Opportunity (SJCO). 

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Help prepare the market for the season by doing projects such as moving equipment, cleaning the site, etc.

Market Day Logistics:
  • Build and maintain positive vendor and customer relationships; accurately answer questions.
  • Be welcoming to community members, customers, volunteers, vendors, potential vendors, etc.,
  • Support the market’s accounting systems by collecting booth fees and managing payments to/from vendors and customers; notify ED of any past fees.
  • Teach vendors how to accept market tokens from customers and how to submit for reimbursement.
  • Coordinate set-up of market canopies, tables, signs, traffic control, and other market day items as well as clean-up of the market space before and after the market, including trash removal.
  • Communicate space assignments to vendors: mark the stall spaces with chalk before the vendors arrive and resolve any disputes over space that may arise.
  • Enforce market rules, state, county, and federal food safety guidelines, and other pertinent laws and regulations.
  • Handle emergencies, complaints, and customer requests with patience and diplomacy.
  • Maintain market grounds in a safe and inviting manner.
  • Conduct customer counts each market day and periodic customer surveys.
  • Ensure that all facilities, equipment, and utilities are in working order.
  • Supervise the Farmers Market intern(s) who work with us over the course of the summer.
  • Coordinate market day volunteers.
  • Oversee the operation of the market's EBT program and cash transactions that occur in the Farmers Market Information Booth.
  • Be informed about SNAP, WIC, and other supplemental nutrition programs.
  • Support the statewide SNAP match initiative (Double Up Food Bucks) and help with reporting requirements.
  • Regularly communicate Farmers Market happenings to other SJCO staff and ask for help when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications & Expectations:
  • Experience working at events or in busy environments.
  • Excellent verbal communications and customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively.
  • Excellent arithmetic skills; aptitude and proficiency for making change, petty cash reconciliation, and basic math functions.
  • Comfort and experience with technology, particularly POS systems and Google Forms.
  • Enjoy working with and serving people of diverse economic backgrounds, ages, cultures, races, genders, sexualities, and experiences.
  • Commitment to social justice, food security, and/or community development.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, squatting, reaching, walk up to one mile, and move market equipment; comfort and preparation for working outdoors in varying weather conditions.
  • Has a working phone.
  • Bilingual/multilingual is strongly preferred, particularly in Spanish, but not required.

St. Johns Center for Opportunity encourages applications from people of diverse economic backgrounds, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people.

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