St. Johns Farmers Market-High School Paid Internship

Job Title: Farmers Market Intern

Reports to: Farmers Market Manager, St. Johns Center for Opportunity

Status: Paid Summer Internship, Seasonal

To apply:

Please submit a short essay (3-4 paragraphs maximum) about why you want to work at the Farmers Market to: OR Rose Williams, 8250 N Lombard Street, Portland, OR 97203. Applications will be accepted through 5pm on Wednesday, May 9th.

No phone calls please. Be sure to include your contact information on your essay.


About St. Johns Center for Opportunity

St. Johns Center for Opportunity (SJCO) is working to strengthen the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods in Portland, OR through people-centered economic development and community building. We envision a thriving, diverse, and just community where everyone has access to affordable housing, benefits from economic opportunity, and is civically engaged.

Our program, the St. Johns Farmers Market (SJFM), is in its tenth season operating as a mid-sized (35+ vendors), locally run farmers market. The mission of the market is to support a local, sustainable food supply while providing opportunity for emerging farmers, contributing to the health of all local residents, encouraging cross-cultural connections and dialogue, and enhancing the community and business vitality of St. Johns.

Qualifications for position:

●        Must be at least 15 years old to apply.

●        Responsibility and ability to show up every Saturday to intern at the Farmers Market.

●        Commitment to learn and try new things.

●        Commitment to social justice, food security and/or community development.

●        Ability to lift up to 50 lbs and move market equipment.

●        Bilingual/multi-lingual strongly preferred (Spanish or Swahili) but not required.


Knowledge and Skills Interns May Acquire

●        Farmers market operations

●        Communication skills

●        Interpersonal skills

●        Accounting and money handling skills

●        Organization skills

●        Sound system operation

●        Public speaking


Overview of Role:

Weekly Hours: 8-10 hours each Saturday from May 19 – October 27; Pay rate: $100 stipend every other week; Start date: May 19th, 2018

This high school internship will provide instruction and practical experiences in day-of market operations. Interns will work with the Market Manager and other SJFM volunteers in setting up, working at, and closing the market activities. It is expected that interns will be able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, handle physical labor, and be able to work effectively with a wide variety of people.

Structure of Internship:

•      On the job training

•      Internship duration is May 19th - October 27th

•      Intern position is 8 hours on Saturdays – 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Interns will have two, 15 min. breaks, plus a 30-minute lunch break each week. A break schedule will be developed with the market coordinator

•      Orientation meeting with Market Manager

•      A written summary of intern performance will be completed at midpoint and at the end of the season. This can be used for a work experience portfolio.


Job Responsibilities:

●        Set up assigned areas before the start of the market day

●        Participate in sales in the info booth

●        Assist vendors with set-up

●        Provide information to vendors and market shoppers

●        Monitor trash and recycling bins and dispose of loose trash

●        Check on assigned vendors per schedule

●        Support the Market Manager with daily operations

●        Keep info booth neat and organized

●        Assist with closing market and helping vendors take down displays


Benefits of Interning with St. Johns Farmers Market:

•      Hands on experience in a positive, friendly, and relaxed environment

•      Understanding the internal workings of the farmers market.

•      Interactions with members of the community

•      Access to good fruit and veggies

•      Develop “soft skills”: Soft skills are personal attributes that enhance an individual's interactions, job performance and career prospects:

·         Communication - Speak so others (co-workers, vendors, and customers) pay attention and understand you

·         Collaboration - being able to play well with others

·         Self-starter - don’t wait to be told what to do

·         Commitment and Ownership - of your actions and interactions with those around you

·         Integrity - arrive on the job site on time, have clarity of purpose as to why you are working

·         Straight Talk - own up to your mistakes, everyone makes them

·         Teamwork - understand how work as a unit

·         Problem solving - Think things through and ask for help when you need it

·         Adaptability


St. Johns Center for Opportunity provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics.