NYC: GrowNYC seeks Youthmarket Manager

20 Apr
Program Information: Youthmarket is a program of GrowNYC (formerly the Council on the Environment of New York City), a
hands-on non-profit that has been improving New York City’s environment since 1970. GrowNYC oversees the largest farmers
market program in the country, Greenmarket, which operates 50 farmers markets throughout NYC. Youthmarket’s purpose is to fight
the epidemic of diet-related disease while aiding Greenmarket by bringing additional revenue to small- and medium-sized farms.
Youthmarket carries out this mission through a network of youth-run urban farm stands. By training and employing young people and
working in collaboration with the communities we serve, Youthmarket expands the reach of local fresh fruits and vegetables while
limiting the cost to farmers. At the same time, participating youth gain hands-on experience running a small business and become
ambassadors of good eating and healthy food to their families, friends, and schools.
Youthmarket Manager Position: GrowNYC seeks a highly organized, self-motivated, outgoing early-riser to assist during the months
of July and August in supervising nine weekly, youth-run farm stands. The Youthmarket Manager will help carry out daily market
operations, including collecting and delivering product, setting up and taking down the farm stand, merchandising, and sales. At the
close of each day, Youthmarket Manager will fill out an inventory report to be given to the Program Coordinator. Youthmarket
Manager will also be responsible for maintaining strict oversight of market revenue and will be required to deliver revenue to Program
Coordinator on a daily basis. Additionally, Youthmarket Manager will supervise youth staff and be responsible for educating them
about healthy eating, informing them about the product, and providing on-the-job training in areas of merchandising and customer
service. The Youthmarket Manager will function as Youthmarket’s field representative to partner organizations. Applicants should
have an interest in food, knowledge about food systems, and a desire to increase food-access in NYC’s low-income communities. The
position requires excellent communications skills, a professional demeanor, high physical energy, and experience working with young
people. Applicants should be capable of working independently, with minimal supervision, to set up and oversee the operations of an
urban farm stand operated by neighborhood youth. The Youthmarket Manager will be required to work early mornings and weekends.
This position would be ideal for a college or graduate student seeking summer employment. The Youthmarket Manager/Driver will be
required to attend a day of Greenmarket manager training on May 17 and 19 (subject to change).
Physical Requirements: The Youthmarket Youth Leader position requires working outdoors in all weather, standing and walking for
extended periods, carrying heavy and bulky items on a daily basis, and working early morning hours.
Youthmarket Manager Responsibilities:
Below is a list of some, but not all, of the Youthmarket Manager’s duties:
• Maintain equipment and materials necessary to daily market operations, including price signs, tents, tables, and scales;
• Supervise daily market operations—including set up, merchandising, sales, and breakdown—according to schedule;
• Fill out daily inventory reports to be delivered to the Program Coordinator;
• Maintain strict oversight of market revenue, delivering it each day, organized and bundled, to the Program Coordinator;
• Help facilitate a training session for youth staff at the outset of the market season;
• Supervise youth at market, guiding them as they receive on-the-job training in customer service and merchandising and educating them about market product and the program’s mission;
• Oversee and guide volunteers at market;
• Function as GrowNYC and Youthmarket’s representative to partner organizations and their staff;
• Be knowledgeable about origins and uses of products at market; be able to communicate that knowledge to youth and customers.
Agriculture is seasonal in New York, and so is the job of the Youthmarket Manager. The position will start with training days in mid-
May, with full-time/seasonal work beginning in late June and ending October 31. The Youthmarket Manager will work between 15
and 20 hours per week. The Youthmarket Manager position pays $15/hour and does not include benefits. For additional information
about Youthmarket, please see our website at Submit cover letter, resume, and three references to
Olivia Blanchflower, Youthmarket Program Coordinator, at GrowNYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer,
committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to their race,
color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical
condition, pregnancy, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, height and weight, or other personal characteristics as may be
protected by applicable law.
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