Five years ago, Rebecca Noble joined Neighborhood Roots as the market manager of Kingfield, Fulton and Nokomis farmers markets. Since then, she has coordinated hundreds of market days, managed dozens of volunteers and supported more than a hundred local businesses. Her knowledge and dedication helped transform empty parking lots into vibrant community spaces across South Minneapolis. After five seasons with the markets, she is moving on to new adventures. All of us at Neighborhood Roots want to thank her for everything she has done to make the markets happen.
News like this is bittersweet. We will all miss working with Rebecca, but we are excited to see what the future holds for her and for Neighborhood Roots. Now we have some pretty big shoes to fill! We are currently accepting applications for our next market manager.
If you enjoy working with people, spending time outside and supporting our local food system, please send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Emily Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the job description below for more details.
Farmers Market Manager
$16/hr, year-round, hours vary seasonally
Neighborhood Roots is a 501c4 nonprofit that operates Kingfield, Fulton and Nokomis Farmers Markets in South Minneapolis. Our mission is to bring neighbors together to buy, eat and learn about local food. We support local farmers and small businesses, promote vibrant community and effect important changes in food and agriculture policy.
Our Market Manager is primarily responsible for vendor and volunteer communications, as well as general market operations. The Manager will work closely with our Executive Director to support our vendors and build strong relationships with neighbors and community partners.
The Market Manager must be available Saturdays & Sundays (6:45am – 2:30pm) from mid-May through October, as well as Wednesdays (2:15pm – 9pm) from June through September. The Manager can schedule one weekend off per month in coordination with staff and volunteers. Administrative work can be done remotely or at our office in the Center for Performing Arts building located at 38th Street and Pleasant Avenue. Strong candidates will have a passion for local food, excellent communications skills and the ability to work well with teams, as well as independently.
– Oversees vendor application process
– Sets vendor schedules
– Sends vendor invoices and reminders
– Acts as primary vendor contact
– Collects and organizes vendor licensing and paperwork
– Organizes volunteers and assigns committee tasks
– Leads Fulton, Nokomis, and Kingfield operations committee meetings
– Supervises volunteers in set up, tear down, and market activities
– Acts as primary volunteer contact
– Plans end-of-year volunteer appreciation event
– Acts as liaison between volunteers and Board of Directors
– Attends monthly board meetings and annual strategic planning meeting
– Recruits volunteers through social media, happy hours, and volunteer resource websites
Market Day operations:
– Guides vendor load in process, directs vendors to stalls and connects vendors with electricity
– Collects vendor dues
– Creates stall maps
– Provides on-site support to vendors, patrons, musicians, artists, master gardeners, volunteers and other community providers as needed
– Supervises events with volunteers or sponsors
– Ensures market area is set up by 8:30 and clean at the end of a market day
– Supervises assistant manager
– Creates day-of social media posts
– Troubleshoots challenges with equipment, customers, vendors, etc.
– Responds to general market inquiries via phone and email
– Acts as primary contact for vendors, volunteers, and customers
– Adjusts market schedules to accommodate cancellations
– Writes market newsletters
– Inventories merchandise and places orders as needed
– Schedules musicians
– Assists with preparations and day-of implementation for meetings & special events
– Updates website