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Job Title: Market Information Booth Staff

 

Position reports to: Portland Farmers’ Market Association SNAP Committee (Hanne Tierney, Beth Schiller, Cailtin Jordan, 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.  The Info Booth Staff processes SNAP/EBT cards, wooden tokens, and promotes the fundraising streams that support the Program. Through grant funding, the Info Booth also disperses Maine Harvest Bucks- a nutrition incentive program that gives SNAP customers bonus tokens to be spent on extra fruits and vegetables from the market. Additionally, the Info Booth serves as an information portal for customers with general inquiries about the market. The goal of this position is to provide food access to the community and to strengthen and support our farmers successes. 

 

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 card processing equipment and 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.

 

Duties:

  • When in effect, comply with PFMA Employee COVID-19 Protocols.

  • 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, 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 program fundraising (on-site donations, sales of market goods, Friends of the Market memberships, etc)

  • Assist, as needed, with volunteer management for the Market.

 

Communication:

  • Position is managed by the 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.

 

Hours:

- April 27, 2022 through November 23, 2022: 8 hrs/wk (Wednesdays, 5:45am - 1:45pm) in Deering Oaks Park, Portland.

 

Compensation:

Hourly pay: $18.18

 

Start Date:

As soon as a qualified candidate is hired.

 

Deadline:

Applicants accepted immediately and until position is filled. 


 

TO APPLY: please email us a resume, cover letter, and 3 references, and please also fill out this questionnaire that will help us get to know you a little better:

 

PortlandMaineFarmersMarket@gmail.com