Birdhouse Farmers Market Internship

Birdhouse Farmers Market

Internship ­ Summer 2016 Market Assistant

This internship is designed to teach the ins and outs of farmers market operations. A farmers market is a direct marketing small business venture and this internship provides a hands­on opportunity to understand the economics of agriculture in the urban market setting.

For Birdhouse Farmers Market, you will learn market management: from behind the scenes administration to making the market day happen! Along with selecting one or two ongoing responsibilities, on any given market day you will assist the Market Manager with market setup and breakdown; guiding volunteers, musicians, special guests and nonprofits; staffing the market information tent, processing SNAP and credit/debit cards, fundraising, cooking demonstrations, counting market shoppers, conducting vendor and customer surveys, and other outreach projects. Some assistance with data entry, marketing research, social media, photography and special events.

A week as an intern June through August typically looks something like this…

  • Mondays ­ Farmers Market preparation and promotion
  • Tuesdays ­ Farmers Market (1:00 pm to 7:00 pm) ­ REQUIRED
  • Wednesdays ­ Post market admin / activities coordination for next market day

Preferred applicants will enjoy interacting with lots of people, working with children, have an interest in gardening and other outdoor chores, a tolerance for summer temperature extremes and the ability to lift 50 lbs. It will be considered a big PLUS if you have “handy” skills in carpentry, electrical or mechanical repairs, or a general tendency toward Do­It­Yourself­ism!

Must be able to work on market day, Tuesday, from 11 am to 7:30 pm, with availability on Mondays and Wednesday (or Thursday or Friday).

A car is not necessary to the work itself, but can be very helpful. Reliable transportation to and from the job is necessary.

The Market Assistant reports to the Market Manager.

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