About Us

The Vancouver Farmers Market is a large vibrant farmers market located in downtown Vancouver, Washington. Our flagship market operates on Saturdays and Sundays March through October, attracting over 400,000 customers and 170 vendors each season. We also run two weekday markets during the summer on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons to serve working communities in Vancouver. Our mission is to create community by providing local farm products, original artisan creations and quality prepared foods. We value community, education, sustainability and growth.

Operations Assistant

Operations Assistant
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The Vancouver Farmers Market is looking for an Operations Assistant to join our team for the upcoming market season. The ideal candidate will love farmers markets, local foods, farms and businesses, and love working with a diverse population, outdoors in all types of weather. This work will take place at the Downtown Vancouver Farmers Market on Saturdays and Sundays, with potential hours added June - August on Thursdays in East Vancouver. The Operations Assistant is responsible for the set-up, tear down, and smooth operation of the Vancouver Farmers Market and its related programs during the market season.

Compensation & Schedule

$16 per hour. This is a temporary, part time position.

Typical Schedule

  • March 20th - June 13th
    • Saturdays, 6am - 4pm
    • Sundays, 7am - 4pm
  • June 17th - August 26th
    • Thursdays, 8am - 3pm
    • Saturdays, 6am - 4pm
    • Sundays, 7am - 4pm
  • August 28th - October 31st
    • Saturdays, 6am - 4pm
    • Sundays, 7am - 4pm
  • November 6th - December 18th
    • Saturdays 6am - 4pm


Primary direction and supervision is received from the Vancouver Farmers Market Managers, and most work is done in collaboration with them.

Job Responsibilities

  • Set-up and tear down market equipment, including but not limited to, 10' x 10' pop up tents, tent weights, tables, chairs, barricades, signs, trash and receptacles.
  • Provide assistance to vendors as needed during set up, helping to find spaces, and trouble shoot issues as needed.
  • Assist in overseeing the Information Booth and Market during hours of operation.
  • Assist in managing volunteers related to the Information Booth, Customer Counting, COVID-19 Education, and Food Access programs.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with market staff, market vendors, customers, community members and partner organizations.
  • Provide excellent and friendly customer service to market shoppers and vendors, answering general questions, educate customers about the market, local food and market programs, and assist with various needs that arise.
  • Assist in conflict resolution for issues that arise in the market with customers or vendors.
  • Operate credit card machine and distribute market tokens to customers.
  • Manage SNAP, SNAP Market Match, and Credit/Debit Tokens.
  • Sell Market merchandise.
  • Assist market management with seasonal staff as needed.

Position Requirements:

The requirements below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with the public.
  • Enjoy working in a high paced customer service focused environment.
  • Enthusiastic advocate for local food, nutrition, health and the community of Clark County.
  • Knowledge of farmers markets preferred.
  • Management skills, experience working with volunteers/staff.
  • Valid driver's license, clean driving record, and ability to drive a pickup truck.
  • Education: minimum High School Degree, college experience preferred.

Physical Demands

  • Lifting and/or carrying of 20-40lb objects repetitively, especially during set up and tear down.
  • Frequent standing and walking.
  • Frequent bending, twisting and reaching.

This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of the job. This position may be asked to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated on this job description.

To Apply

Send cover letter and resume, to [hidden email] and put Operations and your last name in the Subject line. Position open until filled.

The Vancouver Farmers Market is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all qualified individuals in accordance with the law without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, sex, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, gender identity, source of income, disability or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in all personnel actions including recruitment, evaluation, selection, promotion, compensation, training, and termination. We will provide reasonable accommodation unless it creates an undue hardship on the operation of our organization. Any applicant needing reasonable accommodation should notify us as soon as possible.

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Contact Us

Office: 360-737-8298
Email: info
605 Esther St
Vancouver, WA 98660