Hiring: Mobile Market Manager

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 60,000 acres, including 25,000+ acres on 116 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 50,000 members.

The Trustees has extensive expertise in farmland preservation and is one of the largest private farmland owners in the Commonwealth. Our current network of agricultural properties includes four community farms featuring vegetable production; Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Powisset Farm in Dover, Weir River Farm in Hingham, and Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough. The vegetables produced on these farms reach people through our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, retail sites, and food access efforts.

Project Description:
The Trustees Mobile Market is a new food access venture of The Trustees, and is designed to help make fresh, local produce from our farms and other Massachusetts farms to Boston neighborhoods with limited food access. In collaboration with partners at Fresh Truck and the Boston Public Market Association, we will be launching the mobile market in June of 2017. The market will operate three days a week through the end of the growing season in October 2017, making stops at six community sites, including health centers, schools, public housing, and community centers.

Position Summary:
The Mobile Market Manager will coordinate market logistics, operate the mobile market vehicle, and conduct mobile market sales and outreach. This will be a high-energy position, with retail and community engagement components. We seek someone who is passionate about food access, is outgoing and has excellent people skills, has some retail experience, and is comfortable multi-tasking and juggling multiple responsibilities.
This is a full-time (40 hrs/week), hourly, seasonal position, beginning in May 2017 and continuing through November 2017. The position will be require picking up and dropping off the mobile market vehicle from Powisset Farm in Dover, MA, as well as operating the vehicle and conducting marketing and outreach in neighborhoods throughout Boston. Saturday hours are required as are some additional weekend and evening hours.

Essential Functions:
-Operate the mobile market vehicle three days a week, including stocking it with produce and other local food stored at Powisset Farm in Dover, MA, driving it into Boston, and returning it to Powisset Farm at the end of the day.
Working closely with the Farm Manager at Powisset Farm and with other farm partners to manage market inventory.
-Conduct mobile market sales at six community locations per week, engaging with customers, processing transactions, and sharing educational materials and resources.
-Reconcile and track market sales and conduct basic evaluation with customers.
-Serve as the liaison to community partners, helping to coordinate market logistics, outreach, and marketing at each site.
-Supervise an Assistant Manager and volunteers.
-Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation

-Retail and/or customer service experience, including experience with inventory management and a POS system.
-Knowledge of local food and farming in New England.
-Excellent communication and organizational skills.
-Other Requirements:
-Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and comfort driving larger vans/trucks.
-Satisfactory CORI (criminal background check).
-Ability to safely lift 50 pounds repeatedly.
-Language skills a plus (particularly Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Cape Verdean Creole).
-Knowledge of Boston neighborhoods and communities a plus.

The Trustees offers competitive compensation and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team across the Commonwealth who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting our special places, for everyone, forever.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Trustees of Reservations aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.

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