Thank you for your interest in becoming a Portland Farmers Market volunteer! Volunteers are essential to every aspect of our mission – from our hard-working board members to those who help give shoppers directions at our information booth. Without volunteers we simply wouldn't be able to meet our goals of supporting local farmers and food artisans by maintaining markets and educating the public on the importance of buying locally.
The next upcoming volunteer orientation will take place in spring of 2014. If you are interested in volunteering with Portland Farmers Market for the 2014 season, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Nicki Passarella, for additional information.
Here are some things we need volunteers to help with:
Where can I buy a baby artichoke? Are all these vendors organic? Where is the bathroom? How can I become a vendor at the Market? Where is Powell’s Bookstore? These are just a few of the questions the volunteers at the Information Booth answer each Saturday. If you want to learn the inner working of the market, hang out in a beautiful place, and meet a lot of people, this is the job for you.
Skills Required: Excellent customer skills, positive can-do attitude, a great smile, the talent of being courteous to difficult people and the ability to remember lots of facts. Operation of the Veggie Valet parcel check area is part of the job. Ability to stand for 3 hours (with breaks) is also necessary. Written material, maps and weekly updates are provided.
Minimum Time Commitment: Three hours at the Saturday PSU Market
Are you a people watcher? Do you long to hang out on street corners and watch the parade? Portland Farmers Market is growing and we like to keep track of this growth, so periodically during the season we count the customers entering each corner of the market. We provide you with a red apron, name tag, click-counter and a clip board.
Skills Required: Ability to stand for 10 minutes at a time; ability to avoid distractions.
Minimum Time Commitment: 10 minutes on the hour for as many hours as you like, this job allows for lots of shopping time between counts.
It’s not just on market days that we're busy keeping the market humming, but all the time. We can always use assistance with mailings, data entry and word processing, and sign making. Most of this work would be done in our office during regular business hours, but some tasks can be completed in your home on your own time schedule.
Skills Required: Depends on the project. What do you do best?
Minimum Time Commitment: Varies with the project, and extremely flexible!
Portland Farmers Market hosts a variety of special events. Event days add speakers, children’s activities, contests, cooking demos and other special happenings to the regular shopping atmosphere. You may be called on to decorate the Information Booth, market tables and other areas with seasonal glitz. Perhaps you will help kids carve pumpkins or show shoppers how to prepare recipes using seasonal produce. We are searching for people who can make things look great with a very small budget, those who enjoy interacting with shoppers and others who have a basic knowledge of food, cooking and nutrition.
Skills Required: Creative and fun-loving attitude. Love of food & cooking, interest in local agriculture, good public relations/teaching skill and ease at talking to the public.
Minimum time commitment: Usually a three hour shift at the market, but varies by event.