Local Food Operations Assistant

By February 27, 2021Job Opportunities

The Center for Rural Culture is seeking a part time Local Food Operations Assistant for our non-profit online farmers market, Fall Line Farms and Local Roots.

Please email resume and cover letter detailing related experience and why you’d be a good fit.
Contact info: https://www.centerforruralculture.org/hiring

Interviews start the week of February 22, 2021
Anticipated start, week of March 15, 2021

The successful candidate will be exceptionally reliable and very detail-oriented. They will also have
• A mind for logistics
• Strong interpersonal communication skills
• The ability to work independently from home
• Experience managing staff or volunteers
• A desire to assist the development of small businesses​
• Knowledge of food safety practices
• The ability to multitask
• The ability to work with technology platforms to assist in customer service and producer issues

Candidates ideally also share our passion for locally grown food and sustainability.

Responsibilities of the Operations Assistant Include:
Read about how the market works (below) to better understand these responsibilities.
Coordinating the delivery of food to customers
Creating the monthly cooperative delivery schedule
Managing volunteers to ensure all driving and sorting needs are filled
Delivering and sorting orders for specific pickup locations
Assisting in correction of delivery issues when able and appropriate
Assisting Market Manager with customer service
Assist with ensuring policies are followed by producers and staff
Filling in for Market Manager if the need arises due to illness or vacation
Work directly with the Market Manager on resolving problems & improving operation
Contributing to the operational decisions and growth as a member of the Market Committee

Other Requirements
Must be available on Thursdays between 9am and 6pm
Must have a valid driver’s license and must provide own vehicle, phone, and computer.
Must be able to stand and move about for several hours at a time, including outdoors throughout the year.
Must be able to move coolers filled with food from vehicle into pickup locations.
Must be willing to adhere to and assist in enforcing any state requirements.

About the Market
Fall Line Farms and Local Roots (FLF&LR) is a non-profit online farmers market based on a cooperative model of producer work-sharing for driving and delivery of orders. We provide opportunities for producers of all sizes to reach our members all around the Richmond and surrounding area.

Our members order as much or as little as they like while our buying pages are open, then pick up on Thursdays (Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving) from a pickup location of their choosing. Producers bring their orders to the designated drop-off point Thursday morning, where we sort the orders according to pickup location. Many of our producers then help us with driving those orders out to our sites where they are prepared for pickup by our members that afternoon. We are constantly buzzing each week!

$12-$15 per hour, 20 – 25 hours per week

To Apply
We’re an equal opportunity employer. To apply, email your resume and cover letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the needs of this role. Use the subject line: Operations Assistant. The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please. Thank you for your interest!

About the Center for Rural Culture
This non-profit, year-round market is a program of the Center for Rural Culture (CRC). The CRC, a 501c3 organization, seeks to support local economies and agriculture, to protect rural landscapes and traditions, and to conserve natural and historic resources. Learn more about the organization here.