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Temporary Farmers’ Market Operations Manager at Ecology Center - 5038

Job Title: 
Temporary Farmers’ Market Operations Manager
Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Ave, Suite H
Berkeley, CA 94702
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Job Description: 

Full Time-Hourly, Temporary, Non-benefitted
Needed up to four months, immediately

The Ecology Center:
The Ecology Center is a 47-year-old nonprofit located in West Berkeley. Our mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. The Ecology Center transforms the ideas of sustainability into everyday practice. We offer information you can act on, infrastructure you can count on, and leadership for lasting change. We are working toward a world of resilient communities, zero waste and toxics, equal access to healthy food, sustainable resource use, and a safe and stable climate.

Summary of Responsibilities:
The Farmers’ Market Operations Manager (FMOM) provides on-site farmers’ market management and staff supervision; leads farmers’ market operational duties including inventory tracking, equipment maintenance, staff scheduling, preparing deposits, and general logistics support between markets.

This position is temporary, up to four months, 100% time, or approximately 40 hours per week. Variable days with flexibility to work evenings and weekends.

This position is temporary, non-benefited and hourly. Starting pay range is $22.00 to $25.24/hr, depending on qualifications. (Please note that only internal candidates are eligible for the highest starting pay rate.)

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Oversee and perform all duties related to operating Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets in compliance with all applicable local, state and federal regulations, and in accordance with the goals and strategies of the Ecology Center mission and strategic plan.
Hire, train, supervise, evaluate performance of the Farmers’ Market Assistant Manager(s), and supervise staff, youth, and volunteers working on-site at the Farmers’ Markets; work with Program Manager to develop a collaborative farmers’ market team; Ensure direct reports’ timely and accurate submission of time cards and time-off requests.
Manage 2 - 3 weekly farmers’ markets including staffing markets, market set-up and breakdown, vendor parking-in, stall fee collections, signage, load list distribution and collection, info booth staffing, volunteer coordination, token distribution, and all other market activities. Manage Saturday market as needed.
Oversee and perform all post-market duties including deposit preparation and financial tracking, sorting recycling/compost, cleaning soiled receptacles and/or tables, replacing and/or repair any damaged equipment, restocking merchandise/supplies.
Ensure that all market monies received are handled safely following established cash-handling procedures; oversee and assist in the preparation of market deposits within 24 hours of receipt of funds, and prepare change and tokens to be used in the following market.
In collaboration with Operations Manager, oversee farmers’ market operations efforts including annual city and county permitting process and quarterly CDFA fee payments; farmers’ markets merchandise inventory tracking, including working with outside vendors to re-order and restock items as needed; vehicle and equipment maintenance and replacement; and staff scheduling.
Work with Program Manager to respond in a timely manner to customers and vendors through phone and email communications while in the office.
Maintain computerized vendor database; prepare and distribute quarterly electronic market newsletter.
Work with Program Director and Operations Manager to create agenda, execute, and attend quarterly Community Advisory Committee meetings.
Work with the Operations Manager and Program Director to determine vendor mix and market layout as seasons change.
Build and maintain good relationships with vendors, customers, restaurants/chefs, and community members.
Assist the Program Director and Operations Manager in developing and implementing promotional efforts for the Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets.
Work with Operations Manager and Events Coordinator to plan, execute, and promote farmers’ market events which help meet the organization and program’s goals and mission. This includes requesting any necessary permits from the City of Berkeley for special events; liaising with farmers’ market staff, farmers and vendors to ensure successful event execution; participating in activities to promote special events; and assisting with event set-up and logistics on event days.
Ensure that market and event staff and volunteers observe safe operating practices and comply with organizational safety polices.
Maintain familiarity with, follow, and ensure staff compliance with all Ecology Center policies and procedures in the performance of daily duties.
Perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience: 

Minimum Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The proven ability to work independently and exercise good judgment in a variety of environments and situations.
Proven ability to manage on-site and office operations for the farmers' market or similar small business enterprise.
Proven ability to manage and supervise at least 1 staff person.
Regularly lift, carry, and/or move up to twenty five (25) pounds and occasionally lift, and/or move up to 50 pounds
Competency with word processing, spreadsheet, database in a Mac computer environment and ability and willingness to learn new applications as needed.
Proven ability and enthusiasm for developing and maintaining relationships with participants including farmers, vendors, customers, neighbors and other members of the public.
Demonstrable ability to effectively resolve conflicts.
The ability and willingness to monitor and enforce policies with staff, vendors, and the public.
Flexibility and creativity, ability to “think on your feet” and find appropriate solutions to unique challenges
Strong verbal and written communications skills.
Strong organizational and time-management skills.
Must possess a current CA driver’s license.
First Aid and CPR Certification (or willingness to become certified)

Preferred Qualifications:
Multilingual a plus

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree, or three years of related work experience.
Two year of farmers' market, or closely related, small business management experience.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to:

Regularly talk or hear up to 8 hours a day;
Regularly sit, type, and use the mouse up to 7 hours a day;
Regularly sit and stand from chair up to 20 times a day;
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Regularly stand, kneel, climb, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms;
Regularly lift, carry, and/or move up to twenty five (25) pounds and occasionally lift, and/or move up to 50 pounds;
Regularly drive a vehicle of approximately 20 ft, usually during daylight hours in dry conditions, but occasionally in the evening hours or in wet conditions;
Regularly stand and walk for up to 7 hours at a time;
Occasionally climb stairs and/or take elevator;
Occasionally get in and out of car up to 6 times a day.

Application Instructions: 

1. Complete application found at
2. Send completed application, resume, and cover letter in pdf format to Please use “TEMP Farmers’ Market Operations Manager” as Subject Line. You must submit all required application materials to be considered for an interview.

Application Deadline
Open until filled. Please apply early as this position posting may close at any time.

We value diversity. People of color, people LGBTQIA-identified, women, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/AA.

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