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Position: Farmer's Market Manager
Organization: Privateer Farmers' Market
Location: Liverpool, Nova Scotia

Role of the Privateer Farmers’ Market Manager:

Responsible to the Board of Directors, the market manager plays an integral role in the operation of the farmers’ market. The position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the market, working with market vendors and other stakeholders, both internal and external to the market.

Overall Responsibilities:

The Market Manager is present at each Saturday market and is expected to provide a high level of customer service to vendors, shoppers, and volunteers, in a professional manner.

Furthermore, the manager is responsible for the following:

Market day

  • Creating a market layout for each market
  • Handling opening and closing on market days
  • Staying onsite during market hours
  • Ensuring a clean and safe market environment
  • Ensuring the market has all needed equipment and supplies
  • Organizing and logging customer counts
  • Arranging an information table at market
  • Coordinating musicians for live music at market
  • Coordinating community space at market


  • Facilitating new vendor approval process
  • Ensuring all vendors, both new and returning, fill out a vendor application
  • Recruiting vendors as needed
  • Establishing and maintaining lines of communication with market vendors
  • Responding to vendor needs
  • Communicating to vendors about training and networking opportunities
  • Troubleshooting and mediating with vendors as needed
  • Interpreting the market rules for vendors and others in a consistent and fair manner with support of board members
  • Maintaining up-to-date contact list including cooperative membership

Interaction with the board

  • Communicating with board to gain approval for new vendors
  • Attending regular meetings (at least four times a year) with Board and volunteers
  • Working with the Board to ensure market rules are reviewed and updated annually and communicated to vendors

Regulatory Compliance

  • Working with vendors to make sure they are meeting food safety guidelines
  • Ensuring Schedule A list is kept updated as needed
  • Ensuring public market license is renewed annually with province and municipality
  • Ensuring any vendors selling alcohol have a liquor license
  • Renewing liability insurance annually

Financial Management and Record Keeping

  • Collecting stall fees from vendors and providing payment receipts
  • Preparing accurate cash reconciliation at end of market day for weekly deposit
  • Updating bookkeeping weekly
  • Communicating with Privateer Farmers’ Market Treasurer and reporting any unusual financial activity on a weekly basis
  • Spending money as per approved budget

Marketing & Promotion

  • Preparing weekly e-newsletter updating subscribers regarding market products and events
  • Maintaining the market’s social media accounts and email account, promoting market on a weekly basis


  • Be on site in Centennial Park for the duration of the market 9am-1pm on Saturdays throughout the market season (from end of May until Thanksgiving)
  • Interest in local food, artisan and market community
  • Reliable, friendly, self-motivated, organized, good self and time management
  • Physical capabilities to set up and move signs as needed, carrying up to 25lbs
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the various rules and regulations affecting farmers’ markets and sale of food
  • Have access to a computer and phone with internet access
  • Be available for email communication throughout the week
  • Familiar with or willing to learn Gmail, Google Drive, Facebook, Instagram, Mail Chimp, Wave Accounting
  • Ability to maintain clear records including financial records
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Have an understanding or willing to learn payroll reporting
  • Located in the Liverpool area with access to reliable transportation

Contract position which starts March 1, 2020. $15/hour. Minimum 250 hours/season *Please note that there is opportunity to increase compensation based on the growth of the Market.*

How to Apply: Send your resume, cover letter and two references to . Deadline to apply is February 8 but interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Jan 14 2020    ID: 55640