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Spring 2018: RVAg & Carytown Famers Market - Assistant Market Management Intern (PAID -- Deadline Jan. 12)

Jan 8, 2018

Posted in: Advertising internships, Internships & scholarships, Public Relations internships

RVAg and Carytown Farmers Market are collaborating for the 2018 market season to offer an internship for an Assistant Market Manager for three area markets. The internship position includes a 14 week Market Manager Certification Course (valued at $500), and a $2000 stipend.

The intern will gain valuable, hands-on experience, plus a professional certification. In addition, the intern will benefit from mentorship with two professional, long-term market managers, and will obtain experience assisting in the management of three distinctly different farmers markets.

Position: Market Management Intern - Manakin Market, Goochland Farmers Market & Carytown Farmers Market

  •   Manakin Market is a large-sized farmers market located in Goochland County’s Eastern end, just five minutes west of Short Pump. The market was founded in 2011 and is held on Saturdays from 9am-1pm, May through October. MM averages approximately 30 vendors and 600 customers per market.

  •   Goochland Farmers Market is a small boutique market located in Goochland Courthouse, about 15 miles west of Short Pump. The market was founded in 2015 and is held on Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30pm, May through September. GFM averages 8-10 vendors and 150 customers per market.

  •   Carytown Farmers Market is located in Richmond’s upscale Carytown section. The market was founded in 2013, and is held on Sundays from 11am-3pm, May through October. CFM averages 25 vendors and 600 customers per market.

    Description of Position: RVAg & Carytown Farmers Market (CM) are seeking a qualified,
    highly motivated Intern for the 2018 season. The Intern will work closely with
    the Market Manager (same manager for all three markets), the Executive Director of RVAg, and the market’s additional paid and volunteer staff, and will be involved with all aspects of the markets’ operations.

    Hours and Duration: The Internship will require approximately 15 hours per week from May through October at markets, in addition to the 14-week Market Manager Certification Course that runs January 19th-April 20th.

    Farmers Market Manager Certification Course dates:
    Online sessions Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm January 19th-April 20, 2018, with two in person classes (the first and last) in Richmond (location TBA)

    Roles and responsibilities include:

 Attendance at most (but not all) weekly markets. o Intern is generally needed on site:

  •   Tuesdays from 2:30p-6:45 p.m from May 5th through September 25th

  •   Saturdays from 7am-1:30pm from May 5th through October 27th

  •   Sundays from 9:30am-3:30

 Oversight of token coordination program, including the Supplemental Nutrition

  •   Assistance Program (SNAP)

  •   Writing articles and posts, including for markets’ social media, website, and

  •   Newsletter

    These 15 hours at markets will include:

  •   Co-Management or Management of market Information Booth

  •   Assistance with general at-market needs, including set-up and break-down

  •   Additional projects, depending on the candidate’s interests and qualifications

  •   Assistance with volunteer recruitment and coordination

    Events planning and coordination including sampling, classes and children’s

  •   activities

  •   Involvement with Marketing Committee, including planning and execution of

  •   specific projects

  •   Attendance at and participation in monthly meetings

  •   At least one meeting or conference call per week to go over financial aspects of

    information booth, plan for future markets, special projects or events.

    Requirements: Qualified applicants will exhibit the following characteristics:

    •   Interest in food, agriculture, and small business

    •   Highly organized

    •   Strong communication skills

    •   Effective research and writing skills

    •   Good sense of humor

    •   Ability to operate within a changing, entrepreneurial environment

    •   Interest in and knowledge of nutrition and cooking

      Compensation: $2,000 stipend, plus Farmers Market Certification Course (value=$500)

      How to Apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, stating very clearly the reason(s) that they think they would excel in the role, and resume to Lisa Dearden at manager@rvagriculture.org
      Application Deadline: January 12th, 2018
      Farmers Market Manager Certification Course dates: Online sessions Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm January 19th-April 20, 2018, with two in person classes (the first and last) in Richmond (location TBA)

      RELATED OPPORTUNITIES

      Farmers Market Children's Booth Internship

      Help support local farming while teaching kids about making healthy choices. Manakin Market is looking to bring on an intern who has an investment in children’s health and nutrition to organize and run our Children’s Program. Our goal is to get kids excited about the fruits and vegetables that are grown here in Virginia in hopes of expanding palates, increasing awareness of food production, and informing a healthful diet.

      We are looking for a student who wants to be part of a positive change in our community!
      $500 stipend and possible college credit offered.
      Approximately 3 hours per week on Saturday mornings, May through October.

For more information please visit us online at www.RVAgriculture.org or shoot us an email: manager@rvagriculture.org

Farmers Market Volunteers

Are you planning on staying in town this summer break? Do you like fresh produce? Do you support local farmers? Wanna volunteer? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider becoming a volunteer at Manakin Market! We would love to have extra hands to set up and break down, help at the info booth, and run cooking demonstrations. The market season runs May through October 9:00am- 1:00pm every Saturday

Questions? Send us an email at: manager@rvagriculture.org ** RVAg (a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit) -

RVAg’s purpose is to create and grow venues for

local farmers and artisans to be able to offer their products directly to consumers; to

market those venues; and to cultivate community engagement using local food as a

common link.

The Carytown Farmers Market is a small scale farmers market. It was created to give

local farmers, producers of goods, and consumers the opportunity to deal directly with

each other, rather than through third parties. The market not only offers visitors a

chance to buy locally from area farmers but also to shop at the many unique stores on

Cary Street.