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Category: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Type: Internship

Location: In-Person in Vancouver

Application Deadline: Jun. 8, 2024

Starts: Jun. 22, 2024

Available Positions: 1

Hours Per Week: 6 - 6

$ Paid
 Full Time
 Part Time

Available Days of the Week

  • Saturday - Preferred

Description

***PREFERENCE GIVEN TO VANCOUVER PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

About Us

The Vancouver Farmers Market (VFM)  is a nonprofit organization managing a large vibrant farmers market of over 270 small businesses in Downtown Vancouver,  Washington.  Our flagship year-round market is open on Saturdays and Sundays April -  October and on Saturdays November –  March and our satellite market is open on Thursdays in East Vancouver June –  September.  Operating since 1990,  the VFM is a hallmark of Vancouver and is well known and respected in the community,  welcoming over 500,000 shoppers a year.  The Vancouver Farmers Market has a wide range of programming focused on food access,  small business development,  and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and healthy eaters.

About Vancouver Market Box

The Market Box Program increases equitable food access and culturally relevant nutrition education for lower income communities while investing in local farms.  We source the best selection of fruits and vegetables from our farmers and prepare a weekly produce box that includes recipes,  storage tips,  and easy preparation ideas.  Produce boxes are delivered free of charge to food insecure families,  eliminating barriers to accessing fresh foods.

About this Position

The Food Access Intern will assist with the logistics of the Market Box program including pickin up produce orders from farmers,  tracking inventory,  sorting,  and organizing produce,  and packing boxes for home delivery.  The ideal candidate has an interest in farmers markets,  local food,  farmers,  and passion for working towards building an equitable food system.

Status:  Part-time Internship,  10-week,  6 hours per week (60 hours total)
Compensation:  $16.28 per hour
Schedule:  June 22nd -  August 24th Saturdays 8:30-2:30
Reports to:  Program Manager 

Location
Downtown Vancouver Farmers Market
605 Esther Street
Vancouver,  WA 98660

Responsibilities

Duties &  Responsibilities

  • Assist with collecting,  tracking,  packaging,  and organizing produce.
  • Assist with packing subscription boxes.
  • Provide excellent customer service to farmers and program participants.
  • Clean and sanitize program equipment.
  • Additional duties as assigned. 

Qualifications

Physical Demands 

  • Repetitive lifting and/or carrying 50lb bins of produce safely including up and down stairs.
  • Frequent standing and walking.
  • Frequent bending,  twisting,  and reaching.
  • Ability to work on Saturdays.
  • Ability to work in variable weather conditions.

Required Interests &  Abilities

  • Interest in local food and farms
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.