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If you believe the quality, taste, and nutrition of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are unmatched and should be accessible to all Bay Area residents, then PCFMA is the place for you! The oldest and largest organization of our kind, we connect San Francisco Bay Area residents with the people who grow their food.

Join us in supporting a healthy local food system, and apply to one of our open positions in our Concord, CA office below:

Cookin' the Market - Market Chef / Creative Specialist

Market Manager

Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers’ Market Sales Coordinator and PCFMA Assistant Market Manager


 

Cookin' the Market - Market Chef / Creative Specialist

Essential Functions:

  • Plans and creates recipes to be used at the Markets, on the PCFMA website, social media, and newsletters, which focus on farmers’ market produce.
  • Creates, plates, and photographs visual food presentations of developed market recipes and produce of our PCFMA farmers.
  • Creates articles and blogs centered around farmers’ market produce and farmers.
  • Develops promotional items such as signs, banners, recipes, displays, brochures, etc. for the program by contributing ideas, developing artwork, and writing, copying, and completing computerized layout.
  • Conducts cooking demonstrations at the PCFMA Farmers’ Market that promote the education and utilization of the produce being sold at those individual markets. When necessary, be prepared to fill any of the roles in the program including driver, speaker, or demonstration chef.
  • Leads chef tours of the market, hands-on cooking classes, catering events, dinners, etc.
  • Assists in community outreach by representing the organization at community events, identifying community groups, and distributing promotional materials.
  • Assists in planning, record-keeping, correspondence, and other office activities to support the Cookin’ the Market program and the organization.
  • All other duties assigned.

Requirements:

  • Familiarity with environmental health laws and safe food-handling procedures.
  • Valid California Food Handlers Safety Certification or obtain certificate within 60 days of employment.
  • Familiar with computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Must be able to work in an office environment and outside in all elements.
  • Knowledge in photography and in Adobe Photoshop.

Physical Requirements

  • Employee must be able to frequently push and/or pull a cart weighing up to 100 lbs.
  • This position requires the employee to be a licensed driver with a safe driving record.
  • Must be available to work weekends and may require early morning work or late evening work.

To be considered, please fill out the online application.


 

Market Manager

A Market Manager with the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association, working under the direction of a Regional Manager, serves as the on-site manager for assigned Certified Farmers’ Markets to ensure the markets operate in compliance with state law, health codes and organizational rules. The Market Manager also completes office duties related to planning, record-keeping and correspondence for the market.

The role of the market manager is to take ownership of the functions and relationships that constitute the markets they operate. This is accomplished through the creation and management of business plan for their market, of supportive communication with the producers in their markets, and of outreach to the communities surrounding their markets.

The market manager provides exceptional customer service to shoppers, farmers, producers, and market stakeholders by embodying the values and mission of PCFMA.

Duties:

  • Act as an on-site manager for one or more weekly Certified Farmers’ Markets .
  • Ensure markets operate in compliance with state law, health regulations and association rules and regulations.
  • Ensure the set-up, operation and shut-down of farmers’ markets is completed to PCFMA’s standards.
  • Ensure the market site is clean at the end of each market day.
  • Collect payment from farmers and other participating producers at the end of each market day, complete logs and reports and make bank deposits.
  • Provide customer service to consumers at the market by establishing and staffing a market information booth.
  • Communicate with farmers’ market sponsors to understand, and when possible to address, their operational concerns, and inform regional manager of all sponsor communications.
  • Work with farmers and other vendors to respond to questions and concerns.
  • Assist in recruiting farmers and other producers to participate in the market
  • Assist in hosting market events as directed.
  • Enact marketing promotions as directed.
  • Perform planning, record-keeping, correspondence and other office activities to support the market and the organization.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Experience with computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
  • Experience with Certified Farmers’ Markets or California agriculture desired.
  • Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work in a team-environment.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Willingness to show initiative and creativity.
  • First-aid certification

Requirements:

  • This position requires the employee to work outside in all weather conditions and may require work in an office environment.
  • This position requires the employee to interact with farmers and other vendors as well as the general public.
  • This position requires the employee to be able to lift equipment in and out of a vehicle, to lift equipment off the ground, and to be able to lift items over his/her head.
  • This position requires the employee to be a licensed driver with a safe driving record.
  • This position requires weekend work and may require early morning work or late evening work.
  • This position requires reliable transportation. (Due the location and timing of some markets, public transportation is not appropriate).

To be considered, please fill out the online application.


 

Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers’ Market Sales Coordinator and PCFMA Assistant Market Manager

Job Description

This job is a joint position between Fresh Approach and PCFMA encompassing two unique responsibilities. The majority of the work will occur with the Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers’ Market, a farmers’ market on wheels that addresses issues related to lack of access to fresh, locally-grown produce in the Bay Area. It sources produce directly from local farmers to sell at sites across the Bay Area. The goal is to serve food desert communities, where fresh, quality produce is not accessible.

Under the direction of a Food Access Program Manager and Mobile Farmers’ Market Route Manager, the Mobile Farmers’ Market Sales Coordinator serves as the on-site operator for the Freshest Cargo mobile farmers’ market at sales sites, and supports Fresh Approach’s program administration and outreach. The role is primarily responsible for customer-facing interactions at sales sites and behind-the-scenes administrative, planning, and correspondence.

This position will operate the Freshest Cargo mobile farmers’ market in two high-need East Bay communities: East Oakland, and San Pablo.

In addition, an Assistant Market Manager with the Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association works under the direction of a Market Manager at a farmers’ market to help ensure the market operates in compliance with state law, health codes and organizational rules. The Assistant Market Manager also assists in maintaining the appearance of the market area, in facilitating the arrival and departure of producers, in responding to customer service requests and in executing market-based events and promotions.

The role of the Assistant Market Manager is to support the positive experience of their markets through effective communication with customers, producers, and community stakeholders; helping to maintain their markets as showplaces, and teamwork between themselves and market managers.

The Assistant Market Manager acts in tandem with the Market Manager to support their mission of growing their market and developing producers.

This position will work at either the Saturday Brentwood Farmers’ Market or the Saturday Vallejo Farmers’ Market.

Primary Duties Mobile Farmers’ Market Sales Coordinator:

  • Act as an on-site sales coordinator for weekly Freshest Cargo market days.
    • Provide above-and-beyond customer service at market sites: engage current and potential customers to encourage them to try new products, budget their produce money, identify the farmers who grew the products, and provide health and food preparation messaging and resources.
    • Accurately administer cash, credit, and EBT sales transactions to customers using a custom POS application and compete end-of-day financial report and enter report into database.
    • Cull produce throughout day, take precise inventory of products, donate unsellable product, and track this data in database.
    • Monitor, merchandise, and maintain quality produce mix that is responsive to seasonal changes and customer interest.
    • Complete daily cleaning procedure including wipe down of shelves, sweeping floor, organizing stock for next manager, and properly storing remaining produce.
    • Ensure program’s operation in compliance with state law, health regulations and organization rules and regulations.
    • Manage volunteers at mobile farmers’ market as required.
  • Perform basic record-keeping, correspondence and other office activities to support mobile farmers’ market route.
    • Work with Mobile Farmers’ Market Route Manager to identify new farmers and/or products to incorporate into order throughout season.
    • Place produce order fulfillment using database system, and communicate with team members in this process.
    • Advise Freshest Cargo team members on order adjustments as needed to ensure sales exceed produce purchases.
    • Maintain consistent communication with site communities and partners through email, phone, and social media channels, and keep Freshest Cargo team members informed of interactions.
    • Update mobile social media platforms, as needed, on route days (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram)
  • Perform other duties as described.

Primary Duties Assistant Market Manager:

  • Assist an on-site manager at one weekly Certified Farmers’ Market.
  • Under the direction of the market manager, complete tasks related to:

o Ensure market operates in compliance with state law, health regulations and association rules and regulations.

o Assisting in the set-up, operation and shut-down of the farmers’ market. Ensuring the market site is clean at the end of each market day.

o Work with farmers and other producers to respond to questions and concerns.

o Assist with market promotions as directed by the organization’s marketing director.

o Provide customer service to consumers at the market by staffing the market information booth when needed or directed by the Market Manager.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • High level of comfort with technology required, especially for learning mobile-based applications such as point of sale and database platforms.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Experience with basic accounting, sales transactions and product merchandising desired.
  • Experience merchandising produce highly desired.
  • Demonstrated interest in community-based health, local food systems, Certified Farmers’ Markets or California agriculture highly preferred.
  • Proficiency with computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and social media platforms.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented with ability to complete tasks in a timely manner and the ability to work independently.
  • Willingness to show initiative and creativity.
  • Spanish language skills desirable.

Requirements:

  • This position requires the employee to work in an office environment and outside in all weather conditions.
  • This position requires the employee to interact with persons of various socio-economic backgrounds, farmers and other farmers’ market vendors, and the general public.
  • This position requires the employee to be a California licensed driver with a safe driving record.
  • This position requires the employee to drive a food truck. 
  • This position requires the employee to be able to lift equipment (up to 40lbs) in and out of a vehicle.
  • This position will require weekend work and early morning or late evening work.
  • This position requires reliable transportation, due to the location of the storage of the mobile market vehicle and the timing of the route schedules.

Conditions of Employment:

  • This is a full-time, non-exempt position through approximately October 2017, and may continue, as funding allows.
  • This position is a 30 hour a week position comprised of two days on route, and may involve additional hours, as needed. Route for this position will occur in East Oakland and San Pablo and another as of yet determined East Bay city.

Applicants living in and around those communities are highly encouraged to apply. Starting wages  for this position are $15.75 to $16.75 per hour, depending on experience.

  • Benefits for full-time positions, defined as 30 hours or more, include medical, dental and vision coverage paid by the employer; vacation and sick time accruals; and a 401k retirement plan with employer match subject to vesting.

To Apply:

To apply, complete the web form no later than April 21st, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position filled as quickly as possible. The form will collect standard application information and will require two distinct attachments:

  1. A cover letter that highlights the experiences (both work-related and personal) which qualify you for this position.
  2. A resume detailing previous work, volunteer, academic, and other experiences which qualify you for this position.