Volunteer at PSU

Photo by Ron Beagle

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 2019 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 Ambassadors

Location: PSU
Where can I buy a baby artichoke? Are all these vendors organic? Where is the restroom? How can I become a vendor at the market? Where is Powell’s Bookstore? Where are the crafts?

These are just a few of the questions the volunteers at the Information booths answer each and every 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 area is part of the job.

Time commitment: 3 hours at the market on Saturday (morning and afternoon shifts available)

Skills required: Excellent customer service skills, positive can-do attitude, a welcoming smile, being courteous to all shoppers, problem solver and ability to remember a variety of fun facts.

Special Events Assistants

Locations: Markets and other locations

Great Pumpkin! Berry Fest Day! Do you consider yourself to be crafty or super creative? Do you get into the nuts and bolts of putting on a party? We are searching for people who would like to be involved with the Market and are project oriented. PFM occasionally hosts food celebrations, classes and other one-time events, as well as participating in the events of other community organizations. Our events bring chefs, speakers, children’s activities, contests and special demonstrations to the regular shopping atmosphere. You may be called on to decorate the Information booth, set-up a stage, hang signage or many other myriad of tasks.
This position may involve some early hours depending on the market location and event.

Time commitment: Approx. 3 hours depending on event.

Skills required: Experience interacting with children and the general public, ability to think on your feet and move in a fast-paced environment, creative and fun-loving attitude.

Volunteer of All Trades (VOAT)

Location: PSU

Want to get to know the market vendors? Do you thrive in an ever-changing environment? Do you like chatting with people? VOAT volunteers arrive at the market and help with whatever needs to be done- hence the name! Duties are varied but can include giving solo vendors bathroom/lunch breaks, customer counting, helping with current programming, folding brochures and much more. Duties can change from week to week! Of course, any duty assigned is not required: if a volunteer is unable to perform or uncomfortable performing any duty they are highly encouraged to let staff know.

Time commitment: Shifts are typically 3 hours, 10am to 1pm, but can be tailored to the individual volunteer.

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

Market Photographer

Location: All markets/other locations

Do you enjoy the market through the camera lens? Are you always taking portraits of purple cauliflower? Taking videos of people jamming to market tunes? Help build our media library by documenting shoppers, vendors and volunteers in action, special event activities, children playing and the ‘market scene’ in general.

Time commitment: You decide!

Skills required: A keen and creative eye, access to a professional camera.

Writer Extraordinaire

Location: All markets/other locations

Are you naturally curious? Do you love to take a deep dive into how things work? We are interested in writers who can compose blogs and articles about the interworking of the farmers market and our sustainable food system. If you like to wax poetic about the beauty of dancing carrots and giant heads of celery or the incredible story of your local farmer, then this is a job for you!

Time commitment: You decide!

Skills required: Excellent written communication skills, preferably with professional writing experience.

Interested to Learn More?

Please fill out your contact info below and we will reach out with information about our next volunteer orientation.