Markets can run on three types of power: volunteer, part-time employees, or full-time employees. Most markets start with a volunteer market manager, and that position grows and changes as the market evolves. Many markets have some combination of paid employees and volunteers that keep the show running smoothly. In this section you will find information on recruiting employees, manager job descriptions, and succession plans when your market experiences staff turnover.
- Employment and Labor Law Risks – The Farmers Market Legal Toolkit. This resources includes important considerations when hiring market staff, working with volunteers, or creating intern positions.
- Managing Market Staff – The Farmers Market Coalition.
Employees and volunteers aren’t the only people you’ll need to work with – working with your board of directors effectively is critical to a sustainable market (if you have a board!).
- Working with your board of directors – UC Davis
Examples of market manager job descriptions:
- Market Manager position announcement from Portland Farmers Market.
- Duties market managers have pre-season, in season, and post-season – Farmers Market Federation of New York.
- Market Manager Job Description – The Shoreline Farmers Market Association.
- Farmers Market Manager Duties and Job Description – The La Semilla Food Center.
Here are some fantastic sample interview questions you can use to form your own interview process for the market manager position.
Other types of job descriptions at the market:
These job descriptions come from the Homer Farmers Market and cover positions like:
- Market Greeter
- Kid’s Activities Coordinator
- Market Floater or Special Events Assistant
- EBT Coordinator and Assistant Manager
- Application for farmers market employment (Word Doc).
- Job announcement for farmers market manager position (Word Doc).
- Farmers market manager job description.
- Farmers Market Manager succession plan, to make the transition between managers smooth.