Farmers Market Manager in San Rafael, CA


Job Description


The Agricultural Institute of Marin is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in San Rafael, California. AIM’s mission is to educate, inspire, and connect communities, responsible farmers and producers as part of a healthy, Earth-friendly, equitable local and regional food system. We envision a responsible food and farming system that is environmentally beneficial, economically viable, and socially just. AIM serves 370+ farmers, food purveyors, and artisans from 40 California counties who participate in AIM’s nine Certified Farmers Markets in the cities of Hayward, Newark, Oakland, Point Reyes, San Rafael, and San Francisco. AIM also provides hands-on and virtual education programs to thousands of children and adults, operates a farm audit program, runs a mobile market for older adults and underserved communities, curates a multi-farm produce box program, and operates CalFresh/EBT and Market Match services to create a healthier, equitable food system across the San Francisco Bay Area.


AIM embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.


The Agricultural Institute of Marin is seeking a full-time Farmers Market Manager who is the on-site manager of one or more of AIM’s certified farmers markets. Seven of AIM’s farmers markets occur on Saturdays and Sundays, and this position requires working at least one weekend day every week. The Market Manager is responsible for all aspects of the weekly farmers’ market they manage, including scheduling and placement of market participants, preparation of the site, setting up and breaking down the market, providing excellent customer service, enforcing rules and regulations, ensuring safety, fee collection, and maintaining excellent relations with market participants, customers, local governmental/sponsoring entities, and the local community.


  • Recruits, schedules, and organizes Market Participants and prepares site prior to market
  • Secures site, sets up and breaks down the market, including AIM market equipment, signage, information booth, restrooms, entertainment, café area(s) and waste/recycling/compost management
  • Trains and supervises AIM Assistant Managers and volunteers
  • Is responsible for financial activity at the market, including managing Market Participant payments, managing CalFresh/EBT transactions and ATM transactions
  • Recruits new Market Participants into the market
  • Maintains excellent relations with Market Participants, customers, staff, and local governmental/community organizations.
  • Ensures compliance at the markets with AIM, County and State rules and regulations
  • Plans and manages weekly market map, onboards new market participants, and maintain market participant records
  • Other duties as assigned, which may include community outreach, special events at the market, merchandise management, zero waste initiatives, etc.


  • Three years of experience in related programs, such as regular events, music or art festivals, or education programs
  • Must be 21 years of age or older, must have valid CA driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Excellent communication, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain calm and handle emergencies that may arise
  • Excellent conflict resolution and de-escalation skills
  • Can think on their feet, take care of multiple tasks in a busy environment
  • Outgoing, positive personality with a sense of humor
  • Energetic, physically fit, active person
  • Excellent punctuality and attendance
  • Ability to work weekends, early mornings, and long hours on market days


  • Bilingual Spanish or Chinese Speaking
  • General understanding and/or sincere interest in food, nutrition and farming


This position requires regularly lifting 50+ lbs, when setting up and breaking down the market, primarily when:

  • Unloading and loading of market equipment from/to the truck (tables, chairs, canopy, canopy weights, Portable ATM machine, cones, barricades, A-frames, market signs) for customer service information booth/café areas
  • Setting up and breaking down market equipment at information booth and in café areas
  • Disposing of garbage, compost, and recycling
  • Ability to maintain clean and sanitary conditions, in a busy environment
  • Sitting, walking, standing, twisting and bending for extended periods of time

Benefits: Health insurance, paid sick leave, 2 weeks paid vacation, 11 paid holidays, 401k, professional training opportunities, work outdoors, dog-friendly office, fun and dynamic team environment


Please upload the following documents to Paylocity. The position is open until filled.

  • A brief cover letter describing your interest in this position and AIM’s work
  • Resumé

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with priority given to applications submitted by August 31st.

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