We believe access to truly healthy and nutritious food is a basic human right. The Food Access Specialist has a wide range of responsibilities centered on making sure under-resourced members of our community have the means to buy locally grown food, choose to do so, and that the right to those choices are widely supported by the larger community. As Food Access Specialist, you’ll collaborate with shoppers and partners alike, educate the community, help shoppers enjoy and find value in the local food system, secure and manage funding sources, and be the face of BCFM’s food access programs in the community.
The Food Access Specialist will manage and coordinate a variety of food access programs at the BoulderFarmer Market.
These programs include:
• Double Up Food Bucks, which provides SNAP recipients with matching dollars to purchase additional fruits and vegetables
• Farmers Market WIC program, which provides Boulder WIC families with $20 in WIC Bucks each time they visit the market
• Fruit & Veg Boulder, which provides under-resourced families with Fruit & Veg Bucks
• Farm to ECE program, which provides child care programs with fresh produce deliveries and Veggie Bucks to purchase additional produce at the market
Some of the Things You’ll Be Responsible for:
• Oversee food access programs at the farmers market including Double Up Food Bucks, Farmers Market WIC, Fruit & Veg and Farm to ECE programs
• Educate vendors about food access currencies and programs
• Train market staff on program structure, value, and proper messaging
• Conduct annual surveys at the market
• Manage food access volunteer program; Recruit, train, and manage volunteers at market
• Develop messaging for customer and vendor interactions at market
• Develop signage at market to promote proper use of program
• Write monthly food access newsletter
• Collaborate with Market Coordinators to ensure optimal function of program
• Help update brochures and bucks annually
Assist with Farm to ECE program:
• Coordinate with Boulder County Public Health Farm to ECE staff
• Identify seasonal availability and coordinate with farmers
• Identify, write, and manage grants
• Manage existing grants; make sure grant deliverables are met, prepare grant reports, ensure grant compliance, maintain relationship with grant funder.
• Seek and write new grants to fund food access programs at the market
Partnering and Collaborating:
• Build and maintain excellent working relationships with our customers and partners
• Collaborate with partners including LiveWell Colorado, Boulder County Public Health, the City of Boulder, and the City of Longmont
• Ensure activities align with funder expectations as well as BCFM mission
Outreach and Engagement:
• Conduct outreach to increase awareness of DUFB and Farmers Market WIC programs; attend community events, visit food pantries, coordinate with community organizations and churches
• Distribute information about food access programs through social media platforms
• Oversee Food Access Advisory Board; recruit new members, create meeting agendas, conduct meetings
• Ensure customer interactions are accurately recorded, work with market coordinators to improve records, if needed
• Convert paper records into electronic format
• Track voucher inventories and record transactions as directed
• Complete and submit funding reports accurately and timely
• Other tasks as needed
• Fluent in Spanish
• Strong leadership and inspiration
• Critical Thinking
• Experience writing and managing grants
• Experience with community engagement
• Experience working with under resourced communities
• Knowledge of SNAP and WIC
• Master in Public Health, or related field. Will consider experience in lieu of degree.
• Presentation and communication
Working hours and conditions
• Must be able to work at Boulder Wednesday (4-8pm) and Saturday (8-2) market on occasion to train vendors, recruit and train food access volunteers, and train market staff
• Must be available some weekends and evenings for outreach events
• Majority of working hours will be Monday through Friday from 9-5
What else you’ll bring:
• A positive attitude and cooperative spirit in your work
• Willingness to take responsibility and accept accountability
• Respect for our community members
• Strong verbal and written communication skills – help people get it
• Ability to work positively with entire BCFM team
• Contribute to the spirit of good work and good people
Some of what we have to offer you:
• Passionate culture and collaborative environment
• Opportunity to make meaningful impacts in your community
• Coworkers with small egos and big hearts
Geographic areas of primary responsibility: City of Boulder
Reports to: BCFM Executive Director
Primary work location: BCFM office
Compensation: $18.00 to $21.00 per hour based on experience
Benefits: Medical, PTO, and Eco Pass
Boulder County Farmers Markets (BCFM) is looking for seasonal market staff for our Denver and Longmont Farmers Markets. We are seeking energetic and talented individuals who are capable of working independently and as a team, able to multi-task and handle a wide variety of job responsibilities. Ideal candidates should have a passion for local food, be reliable and timely, and thrive in a physical work environment in all weather conditions.
Market Staff will assist in everything from setting up the market in the morning to breaking it down at the end of the day. This includes staffing our market information booth, selling merchandise, communicating with vendors and customers, managing our Eco-Cycle program, and general market activities. Additional opportunities for leadership exist and may be tailored to applicants experience, interest or expertise.
Reports directly to Boulder Market Coordinator, Hannah Stewart or Longmont Market Coordinator, Shawn Jelinek and Operations Manager, Elyse Wood.
Wages and Benefits
This is a part-time position, 10-18 hours per week, $12-$14/hr.
Send resume and cover letter to Elyse at email@example.com if you are interested. Please indicate if you are interested in the Longmont or Boulder position.