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.
The Programs Assistant will support the Partnerships & Programs Manager in operating food access and community programming at the farmers market including Produce Pals, Market Fresh Tours, Online Market & Curbside Pickup and Market Box. See program descriptions below. This work will take place at the downtown Vancouver Farmers Market on Saturdays and Sundays as well as the Thursday Market in East Vancouver during the summer.
Produce Pals provides an opportunity for children to engage in the local food system through conversations with farmers, educational games, demonstrations and exposure to new fruits and vegetables. After completing an activity, kids ages 3-11 receive a $2 token to spend on fruits and veggies at the market.
Market Fresh Tours are a 1-hour shopping tour for Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) recipients led by Nutrition Educators. SNAP customers learn how to use benefits at the market, how to receive the "SNAP Match", meet farmers and share recipes and storage tips.
Online Market & Curbside Pickup started in response to COVID19 in order to open an additional, accessible sales channels for vendors and serve customers seeking a safer way to shop. Customers can shop weekly from 60 vendors online. Boxes are packed by staff and volunteers and available for contactless curbside pickup on Sundays.
Market Box is a new subscription program where customers can sign up to receive 10 or 20 weeks of fresh fruits and veggies sourced from multiple farmer vendors. Each box includes recipes, storage tips and easy preparation ideas.
Compensation & Schedule
$16 per hour. This is a temporary, part time position.
- March 21st - June 13th
- June 17th - August 29th
- Saturdays, 8am - 4pm
- Sundays, 7am - 4pm
- Thursdays, 9:30am - 2:30pm
- September 5th - October 31st
- November 6th - December 18th
Additional paid training hours will be scheduled, timing flexible.
- Produce Pals
- Oversee and execute the Produce Pals program
- Serve as point person for community partners, volunteers and program sponsors at the market
- Prepare and prep materials for Produce Pals activities each week and track data
- Market Fresh Tours
- Prepare and prep materials for Market Fresh Tours each month
- Serve as point person for community partners on tour days and assist with set up
- Assist with administrative tasks as assigned
- Online Market/Curbside Pickup/Market Box
- Pack subscription boxes and weekly online orders
- Deliver orders to vehicles for curbside pickup
- Train and oversee volunteers
- Additional duties as assigned
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- At least 1-2 years of experience in direct education to children and adults, providing direct customer service and coordinating volunteers
- Ability to work independently and efficiently and in variable weather conditions
- Intermediate level experience with Microsoft Office and Excel
- Ability to pack supplies into boxes, carry and move up to 30 pounds, carry supplies up and down stairs and to and from vehicles multiple times per day
- Well organized; ability to set priorities, manage time appropriately and meet weekly deadlines
- Ability to pass a background check
- Ability to speak a second language is not required, but is a plus
- Knowledge of community food systems and passion for food access work is a plus
Please send a cover letter and resume sent to Stephanie Haynes at [hidden email] and put Programs Assistant and your last name in the subject line. This position is 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.