Lander Valley Farmers Market
Serving the Lander community since 2008
We are a volunteer-run, weekly farmers market that serves the Lander community year round (Summer Season: June to October; Winter Season: October to June). We feature produce, meat, eggs, dairy, flowers, baked goods, cottage foods, and crafts locally produced in Fremont County.
—VISION & MISSION—
Our Vision is that the Lander Valley has a robust and diverse local foods economy.
Our Mission is to provide and promote locally produced food in a welcoming community gathering space.
2020 Summer Market Manager Position - Open until filled.
The Lander Valley Farmers Market (LVFM) operates on Saturdays from June through early October. The Market Manager is responsible for the successful planning and managing of the weekly summer farmers market. The Manager reports to the LVFM Board of Directors. The position begins with training in April or May, and averages about 12 hours/week during the Market Season. Pay is $15/hr during training; Weekly stipend June-October dependent on experience; potential incentives/seasonal bonuses available. Must be 18 years or older to apply.
The Key Skills, Experiences and Attributes required of the Market Manager include:
Commitment: The Manager is committed to the vision and mission of the Lander Valley Farmers Market: Our vision is that Lander Valley has a robust and diverse local foods economy, and our mission is to provide and promote locally produced food in a welcoming community gathering space.
Self – Starter: The Mangers is comfortable taking the initiative, operating autonomously within Market Guidelines and Policies. The Manager readily makes quick, sound decisions that best implement the Market’s mission.
Communication Skills: The Manager works with many different interests: vendors, customers, LVFM Board members, Lander business people, and community groups. The Manager communicates with these different interests effectively, with enthusiasm and a positive spirit. The Manager resolves conflicts and disagreements effectively, while creating a welcoming, inclusive environment at the Market. The Manager is the ‘face’ of the Farmers Market and develops and maintains positive relationship with the broader Fremont County Farmers Market communities.
Confidentiality: The Manager holds Market business information in strict confidence, including market and individual vendor sales numbers. The Manager maintains a respectful, fair, and confidential atmosphere when managing conflict between vendors and/ or customers.
Leadership: The Manager provides leadership and direction to the Board and vendor community to ensure the success of the Market. S/he solicits feedback from other vendors and customers to improve Market operations and her/his own performance. Potential incentives available for successful grant-writing performance and fundraising.
Teamwork: The Manager works with various teams - the LVFM Board, the Market vendors, none of which report to him/her. The Manager has to be able to work with these groups to achieve the goals of the Market.
Planning/Organization/Record Keeping: The Manager plans the physical layout of the Market (within approved Market Guidelines) and communicates placement assignments weekly via a map. MM plans special events at the Market with the assistance of the LVFM Board. The MM keeps detailed records, including vendor and market sales, using a working knowledge of Word and Excel. The MM maintains records of all vendors, daily Market log, customer attendance, etc.
Knowledge of Relevant Regulations: The Manager keeps up with all relevant state, county and local regulations and is responsible for ensuring that all vendors comply with regulations. The Manager has some experience or working knowledge of the rules and requirements of the Farmers Market.
Knowledge of Retail and/or Farmers Market Management: The Manager is committed to the Farmers Market and believes in the value of fresh, locally grown goods, locally produced crafts, and direct sales. The Manager can articulate strategies and methods to keep the Market attractive, fresh and interesting to customers.
Community: The Manager relates positively to the Lander community.
Duties and Responsibilities of the Market Manager
Prior to the Saturday Market
Respond to calls and emails from vendors (someone else will respond to customers and community about Farmers Market business via email)
Manage and send out weekly reminders and market maps using Mail Chimp.
Keep a list of vendors coming to each Market, send out the Placement Map of vendors each week
Prepare and submit Market calendar info to Board of Directors each week
Support Market promotional campaigns and communicate key information to Board or appropriate committee
Prepare the market cash bag: Count cash box before and after market (put total on note attached to receipt envelope for the following week); keep $100 change for vendors in box (prior to market); keep count of Market Bucks or other programs.
At the Market:
Be a visible, welcoming presence throughout the market day
Be at Lander City Park by 7:30 AM every Saturday to direct the setup of the Market
Direct vendors; assign volunteers to set up signs, flags, Market and Music tent and equipment
Bring cash bag, receipt book, Market supplies, etc. to Market
Ensure Market appears attractive and welcoming
Ensure all vendors have completed required forms, including permits and applications, prior to selling at market, and retain such records on site
Ensure compliance with Market and Wyoming Food Safety rules – vendors and public
Be prepared to notify emergency personnel or police in case of emergency.
Conduct customer counts and food temp checks as required
Hand out and collect vendor envelopes at end of market
Remain on site until area is clean.
Keep market supplies clean and organized
After the Market
After Market day, assist with the accounting process: 1. Check vendor sales envelopes to be sure vendor checks and cash are enclosed; 2. coordinate with Treasurer; 3. Enter sales info into Excel spread sheet (historical record)
Fiscal Management of Market
Maintain Market business records as required
Vendor and Customer Relations
Help new vendors prepare for Market - be sure they know about all the requirements and are in compliance
Maintain positive, helpful relationships with all vendors
Invite, and incorporate as appropriate, input from vendors and customers to improve the market
Communicate with vendors and customers regarding market rules, upcoming events, and changes
LVFM Meeting Responsibilities
Attend monthly LVFM Board of Director Meetings; bring Market stats for Board review
Attend Annual Vendor Meeting and training in April or May
Please send a resume, three references, and a letter of interest to:
—BOARD OF DIRECTORS—
Chair - Teresa Tibbets
Co-Chair - Lisa McCauley
Secretary - Bailey Schreiber
Treasurer - Nick Hunkerstorm
Advisory Member - Lindsey Washkoviak
Advisory Member - Janet Smithson