WE'RE LOOKING FOR A NEW MARKET MANAGER!
After five successful years of managing the Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market, it's time for me to pass on the torch to someone equally enthusiastic and passionate about Montana agriculture. Please read the job description below and submit your cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
I look forward to training the next manager so that they can continue to help bring local food and farm products to Bozeman all year round.
Seasonal Farmers Market Manager
The Bozeman Winter Farmers’ Market (BWFM) is a not-for-profit organization under the umbrella of Gallatin Valley Botanical dedicated to the operation of a food and farm-based product only winter market taking place between the months of September and May. The BWFM takes place at the Emerson Center for Cultural Arts on select Saturdays from 9 am until noon.
We are seeking a Market Manager to oversee market operations throughout the market season.
The Farmers Market Manager will be responsible for all aspects of market operations during the season. This position requires the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people, including: customers, vendors, volunteers, Emerson Center staff, and health inspectors.
The Manager’s general responsibilities include: managing vendor relationships, coordinating market set-up and break-down each day, assisting with social media and general outreach to promote the market, operating the EBT (food stamps) program, answering customer questions, assisting with the market’s special events program, BWFM bookkeeping and banking, and promoting the Bozeman Winter Farmers’ Market.
The Market Manager must be available during all market hours throughout the season, be willing and able to work outside in all weather conditions, and be able to safely lift and carry at least 50 pounds. The position requires the ability to work independently as well as interdependently with volunteers and Matt and Jacy Rothschiller.
The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic advocate of the local food movement and Montana agriculture as well as building and nurturing relationships in the community. The Market Manager must be reliable, self-motivated, organized and have good communication and customer service skills.
Specific responsibilities will be determined by the needs of the customers, our partners, and the vendors at the market. Generally, the Market Manager is responsible for the following activities:
Arrives at market 2 hours before opening to coordinate market set-up and stays at market until all vendors have left (usually no more than 1 hour after market closing).
Sets up BWFM table and display.
Places directional signs promoting the market around the community at key locations prior to opening on each market day, and removes those signs at the close of market.
Coordinates vendor parking and set-up, ensuring vendors are in the correct space.
Staffs the BWFM table, providing information to customers, selling BWFM merchandise, helping run the EBT/Credit Card machine, and swiping credit cards for wooden market tokens.
Maintains a good relationship with the Emerson Cultural Center, ensures that all Emerson rules are followed and secures dates for following market season in November of each year.
Must be willing to spread salt or shovel if necessary.
GENERAL MARKET SUPPORT
Develops and maintains good working relationships with BWFM vendors, customers, and community members.
Assists vendors, community representatives, and customers by providing market-related information, conflict resolution, and general aid as appropriate.
Educates vendors and enforces market bylaws and rules.
Occasionally assist vendors by providing limited setup help and brief personal breaks.
OUTREACH AND MARKETING
Works with the BWFM partners to promote the market through social media, contributing to weekly email newsletters and promotion throughout the community.
Educates vendors and customers about the BWFM’s mission.
Assists with the development and coordination of special events – including educational programming, harvest festivals, fundraisers and musical performances.
Continually hangs BWFM posters throughout the community during market season.
Manages, updates and designs website, Facebook, and Instagram,
Attends annual Montana Farmers’ Market Manager Meeting every March.
This is a seasonal position that is part-time during the market season from September 9, 2019, through May 21st, 2020. The position averages 10 hours per week varying from week to week. Pay will be determined on experience level.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: