Volunteer with Us

Portland Farmers Market’s mission is to contribute to the success of local food growers and producers and share the understanding that we, as farmers, makers and consumers, are responsible for developing a more sustainable food system and creating a space for vibrant community gatherings. 

We want all Portland 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 food growers & producers. 

All this would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers!

How to Get Involved

Please read the descriptions and requirements, and then complete the online Volunteer Interest Form below.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be 16 years or older.
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 1 – 2 shifts per month, about 3 – 6 total hours per month.
  • Able to commit to scheduled volunteer hours. The schedule is booked one month in advance.
  • Able to squat, bend, stand, lift, and twist for 3 hours with breaks. (Accommodations can always be made!)
  • Dedicated to giving shoppers and community members a great experience.

Volunteer Role Descriptions

  • Volunteer of All Trades (VOAT) At-Market or Main Office

    • VOATs arrive at the market or our main office to help with whatever needs to be done!
    • Duties can be varied but may include market setup and tear down, giving vendors breaks, promoting the market, collecting data, selling merchandise, customer service at the info booth, and much more.
    • VOATs can help out in the main office by counting tokens or organizing spaces with staff. This role also allows your unique talents to shine – tell us what you’d like to do, and we can try to make it happen!
    • This role is ideal for meeting neighbors & market vendors, connecting with community, learning about farmers markets & food systems, and having fun while working hard!
  • Programs and Special Events Volunteer

    • We are looking for people interested in assisting with tastings, recipe demonstrations, kids’ activities, event promotion, setup/teardown of special events, and more.
    • This role will be a dynamic position with plenty of opportunities to engage with various community members meaningfully!
  • Other

    • Do you have a special skill/interest that you would like to offer Portland Farmers Market that does not fit the volunteer description? Youth education, photography, writing, graphic design, illustration, excellent attention to detail, etc. – let us know!

Volunteer Interest Form

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Select the markets you would like to volunteer at.
Volunteer shifts are typically 3 hours long - not the whole duration of the market.
Please note: Market days are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. We also need token counters on Thursdays and/or Fridays in our lively office.