Volunteer With Us

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Give back to your community, support a healthy food system, and have fun by volunteering with Portland Farmers Market! Volunteers are important members of our team who perform a wide range of duties such as assisting customers at our farmers markets, supporting market events, and helping out behind the scenes at the PFM office.

We require that all volunteers attend orientation, which is held at our PSU Market on Saturdays (2018 dates TBD).

If you are interested in volunteering, please read through our volunteer job descriptions and fill out the application below.

 

Volunteer Roles

Information Booth & Veggie Valet (PSU Market)

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 workings of the market, hang out in a beautiful place, and meet a lot of people, this is the job for you.  Written material, maps and weekly updates are provided. Oversight of the Veggie Valet parcel check area is part of the job.

Market Counters (PSU Market)

Are you a people watcher? Do you long to hang out on street corners and watch the parade? PFM is growing and we like to keep track of this growth, so once a month we count the customers entering each corner of the market. We provide you with a red apron and click-counter. This job provides for lots of time between counting for shopping and exploring the market. Sometimes the information booth shift also counts customers.

Token Counters (PFM Office)

Do you enjoy detail-oriented tasks? Do you enjoy spending time with us in the office? Well then you are probably well suited to become a token counter! We need people who are able to come to our office for a few hours on Mondays or Fridays on a regular basis from June through September.

Special Events Assistants (All Markets)

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.

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 bloggers. If you like to wax poetic about the beauty of dancing carrots and giant heads of celery then this is a job for you!

Board of Directors

PFM’s Board of Directors reflects a cross-section of community interests drawn together to support regional agriculture. Our directors include market customers, food professionals, business professionals, vendors and food policy advocates. For more information about our board, please email us.