Strong Kids - Donate Now

Job Board

Date Posted:
Mar 6, 2018

Closing Date:
Apr 1, 2018

Job Status:
Part-Time Seasonal/Contract May to October

Art, culture, recreation & sport

Wage Comments:
Salary begins at $4,000/market season

How to Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to

13 Nelson St. W , Meaford Ontario N4L 1N1
(226) 256-9317

Market Manager, Meaford Farmers' Market

Meaford Farmers' Market

Job Description:


The Market Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Meaford Farmers’ Market, working with market vendors, customers and other stakeholders. This requires an on-site presence at the market during all market hours, as well as off-site work during market non-hours. The Manager is expected to have a thorough understanding of market policies, mission and goals and be able to apply them to the work environment. The Market Manager is a part-time position that reports directly to the Board of Directors of the Meaford Farmers' Market. The Market Manager is responsible for the following:

1. Board-Management Relations

  • Participate as a team member to promote market goals. Work closely with the Board of Directors to communicate ideas, provide feedback and identify potential problems as well as offer creative solutions.
  • Prepare and present a manager’s report at a minimum of once per month.

2. Market Operations

A. Market Day

  • The Market Manager is present at each market and is expected to provide the highest level of customer service to vendors, shoppers and volunteers in an enthusiastic manner.
  • Oversee and assure that the market is set up by 1:30 pm and closed properly each market day.
  • Place market signs just prior to 3:00 pm and barricades when appropriate.
  • Open and close on time to adhere to market hours.
  • Collect stall fees from vendors and provide payment receipt and turn all monies over to the treasurer each week.
  • Ensure a clean and safe environment.
  • Sweep pavilion spaces “Before and After” market.
  • Assist vendors with market set-up where needed.
  • Ensure market signage, literature, merchandise and handouts are properly and attractively displayed at all times during market day displayed at a Market Managers table. Stock first aid kit and have safety plan.

2. Market Operations

A. Market Day (Continued)

  • Design market map for each market in conjunction with the market president and vice-president.
  • Interpret the market rules for vendors and others in a consistent and fair manner.
  • Make sure each market has all needed equipment and supplies and any equipment maintenance is completed during the season in a timely fashion.
  • Conduct annual inventory of equipment and supplies.
  • Organize storage facilities; maintain tool box and first aid supplies.
  • Implement periodic on-site shopper surveys.

B. Vendor Relations

  • Actively recruit and support vendors.
  • Ensure all new and returning vendors complete an application form; track, record and save all applications.
  • Maintain timely communications, outreach and assistance to all vendors to assure market success.
  • Ensure all vendors are given the MFM web site address to enable access to the Meaford Farmers’ Market Constitution and By-Laws and the Handbook.
  • Assist vendors on pricing, merchandising and other business or marketing related issues.
  • Ensure vendors are trained on market policies, rules, food assistance programs and on-site procedures.
  • Assist vendors in market policy compliance, including but not limited to licensing requirements and food safety issues, vendor signage, clean up, tardiness etc. When policy questions, interpretations or customer concerns arise on site, these will be referred to the market steering committee to determine proper handling.

C. Regulatory Compliance

  • Maintain relationships with the farmer’s market network to follow associated regulations and pending legislation that may impact markets.
  • Monitor vendor compliance with health department requirements regarding food safety including but not limited to food displays, hand washing stations, safe sampling etc.
  • Work closely with local public health inspectors and other agency inspectors to ensure regulatory issues are addressed within the market and by the vendors.

D. Volunteer Recruitment

  • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers for efficient running of each market. These tasks could include staffing of the information booth, token sales and crowd counts, market set-up and closing etc.
  • Ensure adequate staffing and volunteer levels for each market day and all special events throughout the season.
  • Provide volunteer recognition and appreciation during the market season as appropriate.

E. Financial Management and Record Keeping

  • Maintain accurate and complete records on the market and vendors.
  • Complete required paperwork
  • Communicate with bookkeeper.
  • Look for grant opportunities and write grant proposals.
  • Track all funding

3. Community Outreach and Market Promotion

  • “Be the face of the market.” Connect with neighbourhood associations, business associations, identify community partners, attend meetings, establish relationships and maintain communications on behalf of the Meaford Farmers’ Market.
  • Work with the board to identify and develop other key community partners.

4. Skills and Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and age groups.
  • Self-motivated; able to work alone.
  • Highly organized, excellent time management skills.
  • Desire to meet challenging situations with enthusiasm and to utilize creative solutions in meeting those challenges. Able to respond to problems quickly, efficiently and appropriately.
  • Ability to perform all tasks related to setting up and taking down each market, which includes heavy lifting and setting up tents, picnic tables and chairs, pulling out signs and standing for long periods in all weather conditions.
  • Demonstrate ability to work with volunteers and vendors in a way that promotes teamwork and a positive work environment.




Work Site Location:


Minimum Requirements / Work Experience:

Enthusiastic advocate of local farming, local farm products, arts & crafts. Comfortable working with basic technology; use MS Word, Excel and blog format, Basic math skills for handling cash and counting accurately, Basic first aid and CPR skills including current CPR certification, Current food handlers permit and / or experience in food service management would be an asset, Access to a vehicle and hold a current valid drivers license.

Education Required:


Share this posting: