The Center for Rural Culture is seeking a part time Local Food Operations Assistant for our non-profit online farmers market, Fall Line Farms and Local Roots.
Please send resume and cover letter detailing related experience and why you’d be a good fit to Market Manager Alex Badeker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Interviews starting the week of February 22
Anticipated start, week of March 15, 2021
The successful candidate will be exceptionally reliable and very detail-oriented. They will also have:
● A mind for logistics
● Strong interpersonal communication skills
● The ability to work independently from home
● Experience managing staff or volunteers
● A desire to assist the development of small businesses
● Knowledge of food safety practices
● The ability to multitask
● The ability to work with technology platforms to assist in customer service and producer issues
Candidates ideally also share our passion for locally grown food and sustainability.
Responsibilities of the Operations Assistant
Read about how the market works (below) to better understand these responsibilities:
● Coordinating the delivery of food to customers
● Creating the monthly cooperative delivery schedule
● Managing volunteers to ensure all driving and sorting needs are filled
● Delivering and sorting orders for specific pickup locations
● Assisting in correction of delivery issues when able and appropriate
● Assisting Market Manager with customer service
● Assist with ensuring policies are followed by producers and staff
● Filling in for Market Manager if the need arises due to illness or vacation
● Work directly with the Market Manager on resolving problems & improving operation
● Contributing to the operational decisions and growth as a member of the Market Committee
● Must be available on Thursdays between 9am and 6pm
● Must have a valid driver’s license and must provide own vehicle, phone, and computer.
● Must be able to stand and move about for several hours at a time, including outdoors throughout the year, and must be able to lift and move coolers and crates up to 50 pounds each.
● Must be able to move coolers filled with food from vehicle into pickup locations.
● Must be willing to adhere to and assist in enforcing any state requirements
We are a non-profit online Farmer’s Market, based on a cooperative model of producer work-sharing for driving and delivery of orders. We provide opportunities for producers of all sizes to reach our members all around the Richmond and surrounding area. Our members order as much or as little as they like while our buying pages are open, then pick up on Thursdays (or on Wednesday during the week of Thanksgiving) from a pickup location of their choosing. Producers bring their orders to the designated drop-off point Thursday morning, where we sort the orders according to pickup location. Many of our producers then help us with driving those orders out to our sites where they are prepared for pickup by our members that afternoon. We are constantly buzzing each week!
Photo Credit: Nicole Zema, Virginia Farm Bureau