Hiring: Farmers’ Market Assistant – Atlas Farm
Atlas Farm, a 95-acre certified organic vegetable farm in Deerfield, Massachusetts, seeks a Farmers Market Assistant for the 2017 season. This Deerfield-based position is focused on supporting the Farmers Market Manager in managing our farm’s presence at The Copley Square Farmers Market in Boston. The Farmers Market Assistant works at the main farm in Deerfield on Mondays and Thursdays to prepare for the market, and at the Boston market stand on Tuesdays and Fridays. This is a full-time, seasonal position requiring 50-60 hours/week during the farmers market season (May through November). Compensation for this position is commensurate with experience.
The Farmers Market Assistant position is well-suited to applicants with some work experience in both farming and retail, and a strong interest in learning more about the production and marketing of organic produce. Applicants must possess excellent communication skills and be comfortable giving and taking direction in a fast-paced work environment. Excellent customer service skills are required for this position — applicants must be personable, patient, and passionate about organic agriculture and “eating local.”
Duties at the farm include assisting with the morning harvest, organizing farmers market supplies, and some marketing and administrative work such as making signs and keeping accurate records. On farmers market days, the Farmers Market Assistant works alongside other market staff to load and unload the farm truck, make the drive between Deerfield and Boston, set up and break down the market stand, manage produce displays, and assist customers.
Like other farm jobs, this position can be physically and mentally demanding. The farm crew generally begins work at 6am; for the Farmers Market Assistant, farm days are 10-12 hours long, and market days are around 16 hours. Applicants must be able to work efficiently with minimal breaks, maintain a good attitude in all weather conditions, stand for extended periods, and lift 50 pounds.
For more information about Atlas Farm, please visit our website.
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