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Position: 2711 - Farmers' Market Volunteer Team Member (various roles)
Organization: Small Arms Society
Position Address: 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON, Canada
Location: Mississauga
Accessibility: Partially Accessible Workspace, Wheelchair accessible washroom, Wheelchair Accessible Parking
Ideal for: Individual, Newcomers, Older Adults
- Volunteers will be invited to assist the Market Chairperson and Seasonal Market Manager with various organizational, administrative, and promotional tasks as well as being present at the weekly markets, as necessitated by the role(s) undertaken
- We are seeking individuals with a wide range of skills in various areas such as marketing, business, financial, organizational, event planning, education, and agricultural/farming knowledge to help with a broad spectrum of committee activities
- On Market days (see 'Time Commitment', below), we need volunteers to assist the Market Manager in overseeing set-up and tear-down, putting up temporary signage around the building, being available to assist vendors and customers, trouble shooting (should any issues arise), and tracking vendor and customer attendance

SAS is looking for volunteers to join our new Lakeview Farmers' Market planning team, which develops, plans, prepares, and delivers this new, exciting project. The planning team is already busy organizing for the launch of the Farmers' Market in May, 2020, through Thanksgiving at the Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB), located at 1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga (see 'Map', below).

The goal of the Market is to enrich lives by providing access to locally grown and sourced healthy food, organic and artisanal products and provide an income opportunity for local farmers, producers and artisans. A collateral benefit is that the public attending the Market will have the opportunity to learn about our growing cultural presence in the local community.


+ Volunteers contemplating a career in 'event planning', logistics, or the food (fresh produce) industry will benefit by joining our planning team
+ Excellent 'customer service' opportunity, as well, with the further benefit that you'll be promoting good nutrition in your local community
+ Be a valuable team member, as SAS inaugurates its on site Farmers' Market!
+ 'Network' with staff, volunteers, and the public (expand your 'connectivity' in the Mississauga community)
+ Definitely a worthwhile learning experience, and you will bring your talent and skills to the Market!
+ Secondary students can earn hours towards their '40 hours' community service graduation requirement

Position Qualifications
● Volunteer experience with a farmers' market, community organization, and/or not-for-profit is an asset
● Further, and in the alternative, knowledge of/willingness to learn various rules and regulations affecting farmers’ markets and sales of food
● Co-operative nature and ability to work with the Market vendors and the public (our customers)
● Strong communication and interpersonal skills
● Skills and experience in one or more areas is welcome:
- event planning
- organizational (small business)
- financial
- education
- agriculture/farming (esp. delivery to market/food handling & safety on site)
● Computer skills (Excel, WORD, 'social media') are helpful in the areas of Market promotion, vendor tracking/billing, etc.
● Connections with the local community and/or vendors will assist this initiative greatly
● Logistical experience, namely ability to set up tables, tents and signage, plus tear down/site restoration

Min Age: 15    Police Check: No

Time Commitment
Duration:Long Term (More than 6 months)
Start Date:2020-01-13
End Date:2020-11-30
Sunday Morning, Sunday Afternoon, Anytime
Initially FLEXIBLE: Market planning/prep independently and as a participant in team meetings, specific scheduling TBA.
SAS asks for a weekly commitment of 5 hours, plus adherence to deadlines for tasks/assignments and planning stages.

THE Farmers' Market is WEEKLY, on Sunday's, from 7AM to 3PM, during the Market season (anticipated from May to Thanksgiving Weekend), and some roles mandate that team members participate in the Market on site. All volunteers are encouraged to be part of the actual 'sales event', both contributing and as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of various roles in this program.

Orientation to the SAS and the goals of the Farmers' Market will be provided.
Team members will be trained in respect of various rules and regulations affecting farmers' markets and sales of food.
Depending on your background and expertise, you may be invited to train co-volunteers in a particular aspect of the program.

Area(s) of Interest: Environment, Education & Learning, Office Administration, Construction/Renovation/Repair, Customer Service, Seasonal/Special Event, Boards & Committees, Event Planning, Food Services, Social Media, Marketing/Promotion, Program Coordination
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