Help Wanted

Job is open until filled. Part time; pay is $14/hour with potential to increase based on performance and/or available funding. Submit resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.

Market Assistant


The Anacortes Farmers Market (AFM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a community-oriented farmers market in Anacortes. The AFM operates a weekly Saturday Market from May through October, a Holiday Market in November, and monthly Winter markets on second Saturdays from January through April. The AM works alongside our Market Director throughout the year.

General Requirements:

The AM must be available during all market hours and scheduled office hours throughout the season, be willing and able to work outside in all weather conditions, and be able to safely lift and carry at least 50 pounds regularly.

A good general fitness level is highly recommended. The position requires the ability to work independently as well as inter-dependently with the team of volunteers, Board and Market Director.


The AM assists with general operations (helping cashier, staffing merchandise or educational booths, market planning, equipment set-up and breakdown, keeping the market clean, vendor and customer relations, etc.) during all markets. The AM also maintains a market cell phone [provided by AFM] and handles phone communication throughout the week. Other duties may include organizing volunteers, helping with special events (e.g. Pie Fest), helping Director with accounting, communications, and other administrative or operational activities, as well as attending meetings.

Markets include the weekly Saturday market from May to October and the monthly Saturday markets from January to April – as well as the Holiday Market, a special Saturday & Sunday market in November. All markets and events are at the Depot, except the Holiday Market, which is offsite.

Market days are long (up to 10 hours, usually approx. 6am to 4pm) and require strength, stamina, the ability to think on your feet, good organization, and keen situational awareness.
This position will involve is part time (up to 15 hours per week) from May through October and very part-time up during November (up to 25 hours per month for Holiday market and from January to April (up to 15 hours per month).

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

• Excellent verbal communication and problem solving skills
• Ability to work well independently and proactively as well as in a team environment.
• Ability to organize and coordinate volunteers.
• Ability to lift 50 pounds regularly and work in an outdoor environment in adverse weather conditions.
• Basic fix-it or “MacGyver” skills a plus (creativity with bungees, duct tape and zip ties)
• Proficiency in email and computer programs (e.g. Microsoft, Google, Dropbox)

Market Day Duties:

Set Up

• Make sure property is clear and in order
• Ensure all electronics (CC machines, tablet) have been charging overnight
• Remove all equipment from storage container, set up, and put out.
• Remove equipment as necessary (e.g. No Parking barricades) and put back into container.
Examples of set up equipment include:
– large street closure and handicap signs
– green info booth
– other booths as needed (mercantile, music stage, POP club, etc.)
– securing booths with sandbags
– trash stations with garbage, recycle and compost bins
– café (tables and chairs)
– musician stage
• Furnish Information and Mercantile booths with equipment(merchandise, tables, paperwork, etc.) from the office
• Hand out vendor envelopes
• Other duties, tasks, or activities as needed

During the Market
• Do and record periodic customer counts and dot surveys
• Monitor vendor compliance
• Be visible and accessible during the market day and address situations; bring conflicts, issues, emergencies, and other information to the attention of Director
• Regularly check on and empty trash and recycle stations
• Help ensure the Cashier and Volunteers have everything they need and answer customer questions
• Staff info, mercantile, and/or educational program booths
• Other duties, tasks, or activities as needed


• Monitor vehicle traffic
• Break down café area, take out trash and recycle, break down stage, and put equipment back into storage locations (office or container)
• Help make sure vendors have turned in their envelopes and help cashier and director collect them.
• Ensure all equipment is locked away in the correct location and plaza, street and other buildings are clean.
• Other duties, tasks, or activities as needed

If volunteers are used for market set up, break down, or to meet other responsibilities, AM is responsible for ensuring all tasks are completed correctly and completely.

Friday Office Hour Duties:

Assist Director with
• Maintaining and sorting vendor envelopes
• Doing complete token count.
• Creating and implementing vendor layout & map for Saturday.
• Charging credit card machines and tablet
• Collaborating with Director on Vendor or Customer newsletters by communicating any content or newsworthy information (if any) to director
• Other duties, tasks, or activities as needed

Other Weekly or Monthly Duties:

• Answer market phone (provided by market) and reply to voicemails in a timely manner.
• Put out and take down market A-boards around town (Thursday night and after market)
• Place “No Parking” signs out (48 hours prior to weekly markets)
• Attend monthly Board Meeting. Present any pertinent information to the Board and keep up on meeting discussions
• You may occasionally need to come up with, and implement creative solutions to problems or equipment needs.
• Keep storage container and office clean and orderly.
• Other duties, tasks, or activities as needed

Vacation & Time Off

The AM may take off two weekends during the summer season with advance notice. You must help to find additional volunteers to cover your absence on Saturday.

Performance Reviews

You will be evaluated at least once per a year and written feedback on performance provided.