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PFM is Hiring for Two Positions!

Prescott Farmers Market
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Assistant Market Manager & Assistant Compost Manager

As a vital part of the local economy, the mission of Prescott Farmers Market is to support and expand local agriculture, cultivate a healthy community and increase access to affordable local foods.

Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, operating a year-round market on Saturdays. Only farmers that grow their own produce within Arizona, with preference given to Yavapai County growers, and local artisans that include locally grown ingredients in their goods, are eligible to sell at the market. By maintaining these standards, PFM provides a market through which small-scale producers can sell their goods and community members can access fresh, local foods. 

Positions are based in Prescott, Arizona. PFM employees accrue up to 80 hours of paid time off (PTO) annually and receive three paid holidays. After six months, PFM matches up to 3% of employees’ contributions to their SIMPLE IRA account.

Prescott Farmers Market is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. PFM is committed to equity and inclusiveness and values diversity in experience, ability, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identities. People of Color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ+ candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Prescott Farmers Market is a fragrance-free, drug-free & tobacco-free work environment.

Assistant Market Manager

PFM seeks an Assistant Market Manager to support PFM’s mission and assist the Market Manager with the operations of the Saturday market. PFM employs two Assistant Market Managers, whose main responsibilities are two-fold: (1) market preparation and operation and (2) providing a welcoming, supportive experience for vendors, volunteers and customers. This is a 20-25 hour/week position. Market staff must be available on Saturdays: approximately 5:00am – 2:00pm (April-October) and 7:30am – 2:30pm (November-March). Market days in the summer can be 10-hour work days. Outside of on-site market tasks, the remaining tasks occur over one or two week days, and these include “the count” (where staff count currency from the market and reconcile receipts), team meetings, tent repairs, purchasing market materials, and conducting periodic farm/ranch inspections. This position is physically demanding and requires a willingness to engage with all types of people.

GENERAL TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Market Setup and Breakdown: Assist other Market Managers with market setup on Saturdays. Load and drive the box truck. This includes signs, tables, chairs, cones and up to 16 tents and 48 25-lb weights. Stay at market through closing and then break down the market. 
  • Market Operations: Uphold market policies and regulations. Assist customers at the information booth, providing information, selling merchandise and completing a variety of transactions. Be familiar with all market currencies (like cash, tokens and vouchers) in order to assist customers and reconcile vendor payments. Provide exceptional customer service with high energy, clear communication, a cool head and positive attitude.
  • Community-Building: Develop and maintain good working relationships with other market staff, volunteers, vendors, customers and community members.
  • Office work: Organize, fix and clean market supplies and equipment as necessary during the week. Inventory and restock merchandise. Reconcile market sales with Market Manager, and maintain detailed records. Attend weekly team meetings.
  • Field work: Perform on-site inspections at farms and ranches. Properly document findings through detailed notes and photos. 

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of one year customer service experience.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly.
  • Experience growing food whether on a farm or in a garden.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal: in person, over the phone, email, text.
  • Ability to count (add/subtract) efficiently and accurately between multiple types of market currency (cash, tokens, various coupons) in high volume amounts. This skill cannot be overstated as the accuracy of these tasks directly affects the organization’s income.
  • General technical skills with common workplace tools such as Google Suite, Microsoft Office.
  • Commitment to PFM’s mission with a strong equity and social justice lens.
  • Attention to details and strong aptitude for organization and record-keeping.
  • Ability to take initiative when something needs to be done and follow through on given tasks.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship

This position requires the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people, including customers, vendors, volunteers, community partners, etc. The Assistant Market Manager must be reliable, self-motivated and have excellent customer service skills. The ideal candidate is an extrovert and an enthusiastic advocate of the local food movement. The position requires the ability to work independently as well as collaborate and communicate with a team. PFM is a small non-profit organization where a “pitch-in” spirit is valued. Assistance on additional projects or tasks may be requested in addition to normal responsibilities.

TO APPLY
Please send a résumé and cover letter to kathleen@prescottfarmersmarket.org with the subject line “Assistant Market Manager Position.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the right candidate is selected.

Wage: $19.00/hour

Assistant Compost Manager

PFM seeks an Assistant Compost Manager to work 20-25 hours/week to support its Prescott Community Compost Project.

OVERVIEW

The Prescott Community Compost Project (PCCP) is one of Prescott Farmers Market’s vibrant community-focused projects. The goals of The PCCP include educating community members about the benefits of recycling kitchen scraps, creating high quality compost to distribute to Prescott gardeners, diverting kitchen scraps from landfills, and building community during the on-site work days where volunteers participate in the composting process.

The Assistant Manager will be trained by the Compost Manager on the best management practices associated with processing kitchen scraps into compost on an urban compost site. After a training period, the Assistant Compost Manager will be expected to periodically facilitate and supervise volunteer work sessions and will be responsible for collecting kitchen scraps and transporting them to the compost site. Occasionally, extra site visits will be hosted as educational events, field trips, and workshops. This position requires time spent on physical and hands-on tasks, however, the social interactions with the community are the foundation of this project. 

Compost staff must be available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays:

Fridays: approximately 7:00am – 1:00pm
Saturdays: approximately 5:00am – 2:00pm (April-October) and 7:30am – 2:30pm (November-March). Market days in the summer can be 10-hour work days.
Sundays: approximately 7:00am – 1:00pm

RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS

Volunteer Work Sessions: Facilitate on-site work sessions on Friday and Sunday mornings, where compost piles are built, turned, and sifted. This includes setting up the site for the work session before volunteers arrive and making sure first-time volunteers complete a liability waiver. 

Saturday booth at Prescott Farmers Market: Supervise food scrap collection at the Saturday farmers market. This includes transporting the required materials (buckets, sawdust, totes, tent, etc.) from the compost site to the market location, and setting up/breaking down the compost collection booth. Work with and manage volunteer(s).

Program Sustainability: Assist in grant research and writing to support the economic sustainability of the composting program and organization as a whole. Maintain detailed digital records of volunteer hours, tons of food scraps collected, etc. Conduct outreach about the program, including volunteer recruitment, social media, presentations, etc.

Project Maintenance: Assist the Compost Manager with maintaining the compost site so that common issues (odor, pests, etc.) do not become an issue for this neighborhood compost site. Pick up kitchen scraps from participating community partners once a week. This requires the use of a truck and possibly trailer. Pick up wood shavings from a local wood shop periodically. Monitor compost piles and record observations on a tracking sheet. Stay educated about best management practices for community compost sites.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Composting experience and/or education
  • Customer service experience
  • Handy with tools and able to perform basic repairs
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds 
  • Willing and able to wake up early (5am in the summer!)
  • Ability to coordinate and collaborate with team members, delegate tasks, and problem solve
  • Self-directed and motivated to complete tasks
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to effectively work with and effectively communicate with people of various backgrounds, beliefs, and experience levels
  • Commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Volunteer experience with the Prescott Community Compost Project
  • Spanish/English Bilingual
  • Gardening experience
  • Experience towing/backing up a trailer 

TO APPLY
Please send a résumé and cover letter to kathleen@prescottfarmersmarket.org with the subject line “Assistant Compost Manager Position.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the right candidate is selected.

Wage: $19.00/hour

CONTACT US

Phone: 928-713-1227
Email:  info@prescottfarmersmarket.org

Mailing address:
PO Box 1853
Prescott, AZ 86302