The Marketplace@Sprout! Operations Intern(s) are vital to the planning and operations of Marketplace@Sprout!, a year round farmers’ market located in downtown Springfield. Intern(s) work closely with the Market and Events Coordinator to support the provision of a weekly farmers’ market that serves over forty vendors and thousands of local consumers. The Marketplace@Sprout! Operations Intern(s) will learn the many facets of farmers’ markets operations including vendor recruitment and relations; coordination of weekly market entertainment and educational opportunities; volunteerrecruitment and management; customer support services and administrative duties relating to financial reporting and economic impact studies.
Essential Duties:Marketplace Operations- Process vendor applications for management review, including tracking contact info, fee status, and designation.- Enter collected Marketplace evaluation data on a weekly basis.- Populate market day reporting on a weekly basis.- Document volunteer hours on a weekly basis.- Work with Market Coordinator to develop and/or prepare market day materials for distribution.
Workshop & Event Planning- Brainstorm, organize and coordinate the implementation of market events.- Identify and contact potential collaborative partners for tabling activities and/or demos.- Organize and schedule workshops on subjects that relate to local food promotion; to be conducted at Market.- Recruit, schedule and maintain contact info for Market musicians and other entertainers.
Info Table and Marketplace Operations- Set up and tear down Marketplace info table on each market day.- Assist with set up and tear down of weekly Marketplace activities.- Process electronic transactions, including EBT, debit and credit cards.- Accurately record and track information related to market day transactions.- Provide customer information about the Marketplace, local growing seasons, vendors, and NEDCO.- Solicit customer participation in email list, surveys and other Market day activities.- Conduct hourly crowd counts, support other data collection efforts as requested.
Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):- Proficiency with general office technology (PC, copier, phone, fax).- Comfort in communicating clearly with a diverse group of people.- Ability to engage potential shoppers and/or vendors in discussions about Sprout! programs.- Ability to facilitate initial contacts with local businesses, organizations, and individuals.- Understanding of the value of events and workshops within the market.- Proven ability to conduct oneself with professionalism and communicate clearly.- Ability to document and report progress toward measurable goals to Marketplace and Events Coordinator.- Ability to clearly and accurately report logistical details of events.- Experience maintaining composure and tracking details, while working with the public.- Confidence and proficiency in handling money and managing electronic transactions.- Ability to handle the physical demands of the position including standing or sitting for hours at a time and lifting up to 50 lbs.
Qualities and Experiences Desired, but not required- Experience in outreach, publicity, or event planning- Knowledge of local growing seasons and agriculture.- Interest in local agriculture, community and economic development, local food systems, and revitalization of public spaces helpful.
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