FARM JOB: Comox Valley, BC – Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, Assistant Manager

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 18, 2022

The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market in Comox Valley, BC is seeking a Assistant Manager!

ABOUT Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market Association (CVFMA) has been bringing fresh, local, and nutritionally dense food to the Comox Valley and beyond since 1992. We are committed to promoting the economic health of our local farm and food community; to providing quality locally grown farm products; to educating the community in agricultural issues, as well as promoting and supporting local agriculture. Our farmers’ market is a food only (outside of a couple of value added agriculture products (ex: beeswax) and soap and body care products) market. We have a market mix that determines the number of vendors in each category. Although there is some seasonal variation, we aim to have 60% Farmers with Bakers (10%), Processors (15%), Alcohol (5%), Herbalist (Soap and Body Care Products; 5%) and Concession (5%) vendors making up the other 40%. All our products are made, baked, raised, grown or wild-harvested in the Comox Valley and Strathcona Regional Districts.

We are committed to promoting the economic health of our local farm and food community; to providing quality locally grown farm products; to educating the community in agricultural issues, as well as promoting and supporting local agriculture. We have several certified organic vendors as well as some that are transitioning. We also have some vendors that use other methods such as no till.

DESIRED QUALITIES

Our ideal candidate:

  • is service-oriented
  • is passionate about local food, food security and local agriculture
  • is community oriented
  • is organized and detail oriented
  • has excellent customer service skills
  • is able to communicate effectively in a timely manner
  • is comfortable taking direction
  • works well in a team environment
  • is comfortable with technology including computers, texting, email, social media and software such as MS Excel and Word
  • has a valid First Aid (Level 1) certificate (or is willing to complete/re-certify in the first 30 days of employment)
  • has a valid Market Safe or Food Safe certificate or equivalent (or is willing to complete/re-certify in the first 30 days)
  • has a valid Class 5 Drivers License, with a clean driving abstract
  • is capable of walking on uneven ground for up to 10 km over a 6-hour period
  • is capable of lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs frequently
  • is skilled and confident with handling cash, balancing cash, processing payments and using POS systems, independently
  • has an available vehicle that has the capacity to fit a 6-foot collapsible tent, a table, signage and all other necessary items.
  • Must be willing to work within anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks and actively engage in ongoing learning about these frameworks

JOB TASKS

1. Coordinate operations on market day:

  • Greet customers as they arrive.
  • Use the talley-counter to track customers as they enter the market.
  • Set up and tear down of the Information Table and displays, stage and sound equipment, signs, special events, etc. This includes the pickup and return of gear to storage.
  • Set Up and tear down of Community Table (tent table and chair) (when required).
  • Ensure Information Table is staffed throughout the day.
  • Take photos of vendor products and post to social media each market day.
  • Distribute information to vendors, ensure vendors know and comply with the CVFMA Rules of Membership. When rules have been breached, remind vendors of the rules and inform the General Manager.
  • Support visitors with questions and help them navigate the market.
  • Secure cash, coupons and tokens – all to be reconciled.

2. Administrative support:

  • Attendance and mapping of weekly markets, when required.
  • Attendance and collection of table fees at the market.
  • Reconcile table fees to spreadsheet.
  • Collect Membership Dues, Cancellation Fee or any other fees as required.
  • Market statistic collection, recording, calculating and reporting.
  • Vendor support.
  • Volunteer and seasonal staff supervision.
  • Special Event administration and logistics

3. Nutrition Coupon Program:

  • Collect coupons at market.
  • Reconcile coupons with spreadsheet.
  • Report redemption numbers to funders.
  • Setup/tear down/storage of tent/table/chairs related to coupon booth

4. Marketing/Promotions/Advertising:

  • Work with the General Manager to prepare, place, and verify all aspects of advertising including social media, email, newsletters, print, sponsorships, website etc.
  • Organize and implement special events and educational opportunities.

5. Any additional related tasks as requested by the General Manager

JOB DETAILS

Term: This regular part-time position will work collaboratively with the core staff team and will support in-person and office administration and logistics at our markets. The start date is mid-March with flexible for the right candidate.

Hours per week: The Assistant Manager position is a permanent part time position with approximately 15- 30 hours per week varying seasonally. Our markets run year-round and operate in 3 locations in the Comox Valley. This position requires weekend availability.

Wage:

  • $20 per hour (opportunity for an increase based on merit)
  • Opportunity for annual bonus
  • Phone and travel allowance
  • Medical and dental benefits (after 90-day probation period).
  • Opportunity for paid education (upgrade or add skills that
    allows the market to grow)

A detailed timesheet, allocating time according to market, shall be submitted bi-monthly. Funds will be directly deposited at each pay period.

TO APPLY

CVFM values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, and Indigenous Peoples to apply.

If you have similar experiences, but do not meet the above listed requirements or qualities exactly, we encourage you to apply and elaborate in a cover letter, an email to us (info@cvfm.ca) or by phone (250-650-8544). CVFM is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals from all communities, backgrounds, and experiences. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to racialization, ancestry, place of origin, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, same-sex partnership status, age, marital status, family status, disability, and record of offences and any other basis protected under Canadian and BC Human Rights legislation.

Apply here: https://bit.ly/3gP0Ptz *

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If you are having issues accessing the link to the Application Form or prefer a paper copy of the application, please contact Twila at info@cvfm.ca or 250-650-8544 (call/text).

Deadline to apply: 12:00 Noon of Friday February 25, 2022

When applying, please mention you saw this posting at youngagrarians.org

LEARN MORE ABOUT Comox Valley Farmers’ Market

Website: cvfm.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/cvfarmersmarket
Instagram: @comox_valley_farmers_market

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