The Portland Farmers’ Market is Hiring!
Job Title: Market Information Booth Staff
Position reports to: Portland Farmers’ Market Association SNAP Committee (Hanne Tierney, Beth Schiller, Carolyn Snell, Ruby Nelson, Carl Johanson, Lauren Bruns, Jaime Berhanu, and Jimmy DeBiasi)
Job Description: PFMA is seeking a friendly, dependable candidate to staff the Portland Farmers’ Market Information Booth- the centralized location for the market’s Low-Income Food Access Program (LIAP). The Info Booth Staff processes credit, debit, and SNAP/EBT cards, wooden tokens, and promotes the fundraising streams that support the LIAP. Through grant funding the Info Booth disperses Maine Harvest Bucks- a nutrition incentive program that gives SNAP customers bonus tokens to be spent on extra fruits and vegetables. The Info Booth also serves as an information portal for customers general inquiries about the market.. The goal of this position is to increase community access and awareness of local Maine foods, and to strengthen and support our farmers successes. This position requires use of a personal vehicle.
Skills desired: The candidate should be able and willing to work independently in inclement weather, have reliable transportation*, and the ability to lift up to 50lbs. Timeliness and reliability are critical. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are required. Ability to manage a fast-paced, multi-tasking retail work environment, while maintaining accuracy and friendliness is paramount. Familiarity with Square Register is helpful. Knowledge of the Portland area, local foods, farming, farmers’ markets, and food accessibility is a bonus! *A personal vehicle capable of transporting supplies is required for this position. Preferred vehicles include a station wagon, suv, or small truck.
Comply with PFMA Employee COVID-19 Protocols including wearing a face covering, sanitizing hands and table, and practicing social distancing guidelines.
Transport Info Booth supplies to and from the market’s storage location to the Market, while maintaining organization and care of all supplies and materials.
Set up Info Booth display during each market day (canopy, table, plexiglass wall, market goods display, informational display, etc.)
Process customer SNAP payments, accurately exchanging wooden tokens for payments, and administering Maine Harvest Bucks program to SNAP customers by providing matching funds (additional wooden tokens).
Process sales of Market Goods (t-shirts, tote bags, etc.)
Collect farmer token redemption bags at the end of each market.
Provide respectful, friendly, and helpful assistance to customer inquiries and needs.
Communicate opportunities available to customers to support the Market’s LIAP (on-site donations, sales of market goods, Friends of the Market memberships, etc.)
Assist, as needed, with volunteer engagement for the Market.
Position is managed by the Low-Income Access Program Coordinator, with additional oversight and check-ins by the SNAP Committee.
Communication with Market Manager(s) as needed, regarding issues that arise on-site.
-Last week of April through last week of November: 16 hrs/wk (Wednesdays from 5:45 am-1:45 pm and Saturdays from 5:45 am-1:45 pm)
-December through third week of April: 6 hrs/wk (Saturdays from 7:45am-1:45pm)
Hourly pay at $14.00/hour ($18.18/hr during declared state of emergency)
As soon as a qualified candidate is hired.
Applicants accepted immediately and until position is filled.
Please email us a resume, cover letter, and 3 references, and please also fill out this questionnaire which will help us get to know you a little better!