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Project GROWS, Staunton VA, Hiring Mobile Market Coordinator

About Project GROWS
Project GROWS is a nonprofit educational farm in Augusta County, Virginia with the mission to grow a healthy community by connecting all people to nutritious foods. Our farm stewards a healthy ecosystem that yields nutrient-dense food as well as providing beautiful, engaging natural spaces that promote self-discovery and joy. We provide experiential, hands-on education through summer camps, in-school activities and mentorship programs. Our team also manages multiple farmers markets that improve food security and contribute to our local food economy. We envision a world with an equitable food system where everyone has the access and knowledge to choose, grow, and enjoy foods that support a healthy life. To learn more, please visit www.projectgrows.org.

Objectives
The Mobile Market Coordinator (MMC) will work with the Director of Food Access to coordinate all aspects of our Mobile Market Program – from farm to fork – in order to support the organization’s mission to provide equitable access to affordable and nutritious foods for all. The MMC will foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for our market customers while maintaining safe and efficient market operations. The MMC will function as a core member of the Project GROWS team, exemplifying an ethic of community, teamwork, personal responsibility, and creative problem-solving in pursuit of the organization’s mission.

Through this position, the Mobile Market Coordinator will:
Gain the skills and knowledge involved in operating a community-based mobile farmers market
Develop an understanding of existing federal, state, and local nutrition incentive and benefit programs and how they can be leveraged to support equitable food access
Develop confidence and leadership skills
Gain experience working with, facilitating, and teaching others in a community setting
Support the development of partnership-based programs and initiatives to contribute to a more equitable and just food system

Essential Functions
The Mobile Market Coordinator (MMC) will work in partnership with the Director of Food Access to coordinate the mobile farmers market program. Job activities will include setting up and driving the GROW Mobile to multiple sites across the week, engaging with market customers and conducting sales, preparing weekly recipes and food samples, maintaining financial records, and coordinating various community-based outreach. Additionally, the MMC will work closely with the PG farm team by participating in weekly harvest days, tracking and communicating inventory needs, and maintaining safe and proper food storage. With such an outward facing role, It is essential that the MMC is comfortable socializing for long periods of time and eager to engage with diverse groups of people.

While the focus of this position is the mobile market, other job activities may include:
Hands-on youth education (field trips, summer camps, in-school lessons, youth leadership program)
Community outreach and special events
Staffing our Saturday farmers market and weekly farm stand
Volunteer coordination
Local retail deliveries and pickups
Administrative tasks as needed (record keeping, reporting, planning)

Core Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively with customers, staff, volunteers, and youth
Strong organizational skills and ability to balance complex schedules and tasks within a dynamic environment
Strong work ethic and self-motivated when working independently as well as in a group setting
Willingness to learn, ask questions, and follow directions
Comfortable accepting and receiving feedback
Commitment to creating and improving systems
Comfortable working outside during hot, cold, and inclement weather
Ability to work evenings, weekdays, and occasional Saturdays
Ability to lift 50+ regularly

Preferred Qualifications
Experience working or volunteering in community-based settings with diverse groups of people across racial, ethnic, generational, socioeconomic, rural/urban, and religious lines
Customer service experience
Experience working with, coordinating, or managing volunteers
Experience working with youth
Fluency in Spanish or conversational Spanish

*While experience working for a farmers market or mobile market is helpful, a willingness to work hard, try new things, and improvise is most important! We encourage candidates with limited experience to still apply.

Other Requirements
Following sufficient training, this position will require driving large vehicles, including a box truck
Because our farm is located in an area without access to reliable public transportation, we recommend that applicants with access to a vehicle apply. In addition, a valid driver’s license is required to fulfill job duties as is a clean driving record, for insurance purposes.
Because we routinely work with children, background checks are required for final applicants
Cell phone communication
Along with all other members of the PG team, the Mobile Market Coordinator will occasionally be required to work weekend and evening hours

Compensation
This is a part-time, 30-35 hour per week, non-exempt position. We are looking for a candidate who can make a seasonal commitment from March-November, with the potential to become year-round depending on employee and organizational fit. Pay is $17-$18 per hour, depending on experience. Benefits include paid time off, paid holidays, a share of farm produce, professional development, and the opportunity to work with an engaged and supportive team.

How to Apply
Please send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to hiring@projectgrows.org. This position will remain open until filled.

Category:
Jobs
Region:
Northern Virginia
Address:
608 Berry Farm Road

Staunton, Virginia 24401
Contact Name:
Megan Marshall
Contact Email:
megan@projectgrows.org
Date Posted:
02/02/2024