Mobile Market Assistant
Part Time Seasonal Position
Late June-Mid November 2021
Common Ground is a center for learning and leadership, inviting people across ages and identities to connect to their urban environment, build community, grow into their full potential, and contribute to a just and sustainable world. Farm meets forest meets city on Common Ground’s 20 acre campus at the base of West Rock Ridge. The site abuts the 1500 acre West Rock State Park, sharing hiking trails, wildlife, and diverse natural habitats with the surrounding forests. Common Ground delivers three tightly knit programs on site and in the community: a Charter High School, Environmental Education Center and Urban Farm.
Common Ground has a commitment to examining the intersection of social, environmental, and food justice issues; how systems of oppression, including white privilege, impact the organization’s work; and how resistance to those systems can offer windows into a more sustainable society. For more information, see www.commongroundct.org.
Common Ground is accepting applications for a Mobile Market Assistant to support the 2021 Season of our Mobile Farm Stand.
The Mobile Market is a farmstand on wheels that brings fresh produce from Connecticut farms directly to New Haven neighborhoods, along with cooking demonstrations and tastings of local, fresh fruits and vegetables. From July-Early November, the Mobile Market visits areas throughout New Haven that face food insecurity and don’t have access to farmers markets or fresh fruits and vegetables at local stores. Common Ground provides the Mobile Market with vegetables and student workers from our Green Jobs Corps Program, a youth employment and leadership development program that links students with meaningful, paid work. This season the Market is in partnership with City Seed, Elm City Communities, New Haven Public Library, Alder Honda Smith, and Cornell Scott Hill Health Centers.
The Market Assistant is responsible for:
- Day of: Support the Market Manager in driving the Mobile Market truck to the scheduled sites, setting up tables, displaying produce and interacting with customers to promote healthful eating, explain SNAP, WIC and FMNP benefits, and selling produce.
- Staff Supervision: Co supervise our Summer youth apprentices in market activities.
- Potential additional hours might be available to pick up produce for the stand at local farms.
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Confidence with numbers
- Retail sales experience
- A valid drivers’ license with a clean driving record
- Knowledge of seasonal produce
- Ability to problem solve, work independently and go with the flow.
- Experience with youth is helpful
- Moderate heavy lifting is required during setup + breakdown of market sites.
- Spanish Speaking is a plus (one stop is predominantly Spanish speaking)
- Uphold COVID safety procedures and precautions to keep ourselves and community safe
- This is a seasonal part-time position, working 15-20 hours a week.
- The schedule is still to be confirmed, but stops often run Tuesday-Fridays usually midmorning or in the late afternoon on a regular schedule. The anticipated start time is the last week of June with the markets beginning late July and ending the 2nd week of November.
- The position ends November 19th. Compensation is $17/hour.
- Applicants will be notified if there are any changes to the program.
Please send resume and cover letter or any questions to Deborah Greig at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 24th.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Common Ground is committed to the recruitment and retention of staff that is reflective of the communities we work with. We strongly encourage applicants from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.
It has been the policy and will continue to be the strong commitment of the Common Ground and all contractors and subcontractors who do business with Common Ground to provide equal opportunities in employment to all qualified persons solely on the basis of job-related skills, ability and merit. Common Ground will continue to take Affirmative Action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, mental disorder (present or past history thereof) age, physical disability (but not limited to blindness), marital status, intellectual disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and criminal record. Such action includes, but is not limited to, employment, promotion, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, professional development, attendance at conferences or other opportunities for advancement. Common Ground, its contractors and subcontractors will continue to make good faith efforts to comply with all federal and state laws and policies which speak to equal employment opportunity.
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