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Hiring: Farmer's Market Manager
Organization: Novalea Market Cooperative
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia


Working for the Novalea Farmers’ Market Co-operative, the Novalea Market Manager will be the principal contact and manager of one weekly outdoor farmers’ markets.


Working under the direction the volunteer Board of Directors, the candidate will:

  • Market management
    • Arrive early and stay late on market days, ensuring smooth execution of the markets including, when necessary, the physical labour of setup and teardown
    • Coordinate with landlords at market site
  • Vendor management
    • Liaise with established vendors, ensuring their needs are met
    • Recruit and support new market vendors
    • Collect and deposit market vendor dues
  • Volunteer management:
    • Execute a recruitment campaign with a smooth intake process for volunteers
    • Maintain an organized database of volunteers for each location
    • Train and schedule volunteers, including backups, weeks in advance of market days
    • Train and manage volunteers with specific offsite tasks including marketing & promotion, maintenance, storage and transport of market resources (tents, tables, signage)
  • Work with the Treasurer and Bookkeeper to maintain financial transaction records
  • Work with public health inspectors to ensure public safety related to food safety.
  • Oversee marketing efforts, including social media, print, and media contacts
  • Coordinate with local community groups with a focus of accessibility on local foods
  • Propose and establish new initiatives for growing the customer base
  • Work with Farmer’s Markets of Nova Scotia for marketing, grant, and technical support

Skills & Qualifications

  • Familiar with and excited about local food systems and, ideally, farmers’ markets
  • Organized and punctual
  • Excellent communication skills both in-person and electronically
  • Able to engage cheerfully with volunteers, vendors and the public
  • Able to delegate tasks to volunteers
  • Able to lift and move pop-up tents and tables

Working Conditions

  • Outdoors during markets, in all weather conditions
  • Extended periods standing

Hours and remuneration

  • 30hrs/week @ $15/hr
  • 7am-1pm Saturdays
  • 24hrs flexible for administrative tasks

The position begins mid-May, and runs for 16 weeks. However markets run June 4th until October 31st, 2022 and so there may be an option to extend the contract at reduced hours in September/October.


Please e-mail your resume and a brief covering letter to:
subject: Farmer's Market Manager

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: May 11 2022    ID: 64396