Volunteer With Us

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At Portland Farmers Market it is our mission to contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, to share the understanding that we as farmers, makers and consumers all carry the responsibility for developing a more sustainable food system and create a space for vibrant community gatherings. We want all neighborhood residents to have access to farm-fresh food and to offer a space to learn, build, nourish and be part of an inspired community. We thrive on making positive personal connections with our neighbors, community partners, and our farmers. All this would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers!

How to Get Involved:

Together with our neighbors, we strive to make Portland Farmers Market a place to build community, learn about food and sustainability. If you want to join us in supporting and building relationships with your neighbors, review the job descriptions below and then fill out a volunteer application form here. You can also view our Volunteer Manual for more information.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Available to volunteer 5-9 hours a month June-September
  • Able to commit to scheduled volunteer times
  • Able to squat, bend, twist, lift and stand for long periods of time with break.Accomodations can be made
  • Work well with people – all volunteer positions work directly with the public, staff, and other volunteers

Volunteer Roles

Market Setup

Help set up for the musicians, chefs, special programs, community table and PFM booth.

Skills required: Good physical health, easy-going attitude. This position may require some heavy lifting.

Time commitment: Shifts are typically 2.5-3 hours each. We ask that you commit to 5-8 hours per month onsite at the market June- September.

Locations: PSU, King, Lents International, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Shemanski Park, Kenton

Market Breakdown

Help with closing up shop. Assist with breaking down canopies, tables, signs, stacking chairs.

Skills required: Good physical health, easy-going attitude. This position may require some heavy lifting.

Time commitment: Shifts are typically 2.5-3 hours. We ask that you commit to 5-8 hours per month onsite at the market June- September.

Locations: PSU, King, Lents International, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Shemanski Park, Kenton

Market Ambassadors

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?

These are just a few of the questions the volunteers at the information booth answer, in addition to directing customers to market vendors, selling market merchandise and, at neighborhood markets, giving breaks to vendors.

Skills required: Excellent customer service skills, positive can-do attitude, a smile, being courteous to all shoppers, ability to remember a variety of facts, and the ability to stand for up to 3 hours (with breaks). This position involves interaction with the public and our vendors.

Time commitment: Shifts are typically 2.5-3 hours. We ask that you commit to 5-8 hours per month onsite at the market June- September.

Locations: PSU, King, Lents International, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Shemanski Park, Kenton

Special Events Assistants

PFM occasionally hosts food celebrations and other one-time events, as well as participating in others’ events. Events bring chefs, speakers, children’s activities, contests, and special demonstrations to the regular shopping atmosphere. This position may involve some early hours depending on the market location and event.

Time commitment: Varies

Locations: PSU, King, Lents International, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Shemanski Park, Kenton

Jack and Jill of All Trades

Jack or Jill of All Trades volunteers arrive at the market and help with whatever needs done- hence the name! Duties are varied but can include giving vendors bathroom/lunch breaks, customer counting, helping with current programming, folding brochures, and much more. Duties change each week! Of course, any duty assigned is not required: if a volunteer is unable to perform or uncomfortable performing any task, they are highly encouraged to let staff know.

Skills required: Willingness to perform a wide variety of duties, ability to walk and stand for up to 3 hours (with breaks), excellent communication and customer service skills.

Time commitment: Shifts are typically 3 hours, and can be tailored to the individual volunteer. We ask that you commit to 6-9 hours per month onsite at the market June-September.

Location: PSU Market

Token Counters

If you like to take chaos and turn it into order, well then you are probably well suited to become a token counter! We need people who can come to our office for a few hours on Mondays or Fridays on a regular basis from June through September at the PFM office.

Skills required: Excellent attention to detail, ability to be focused and stay on task.

Time commitment: 2-3 hours Monday mornings, 1-2 hours Friday mornings. We ask that you commit to 6-9 hours per month June-September.

Location: PFM office

Office Assistants

Sometimes we need help in our PFM office rolling and tagging merchandise and with other office tasks. Our office is a casual, welcoming environment operating Monday through Friday 9am-4pm, so this kind of help happens during these hours. The volunteer coordinator will send an email when office help is needed.

Skills required: Accountability, attention to detail, ability to keep focus.

Time commitment: Varies

Location: PFM office

Photography, Social Media, & Blogging (All Markets)

Interested in being a market reporter? PFM is hot on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and needs someone like you to find newsworthy facts about the market. Which produce is in season? What new products are at the market?

We are also interested in photographers. If you like to spend time behind the lens, then this is a job for you!

Skills required: A keen and creative eye, excellent written communication skills.

Time commitment: You decide!

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