El Pajaro CDC Farmers Market Assistant

El Pajaro CDC’s mission is to promote equal access to economic opportunities for low income food-based businesses and start-ups. This is accomplished by offering an array of educational business trainings and consultations to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. El Pajaro CDC serves Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties residents with the organization’s facilities in Watsonville, CA. 

El Pajaro Community Development Corporation is looking for a Farmers Market Assistant. The Farmer’s Market Assistant is a regular, part-time non-exempt position that is primarily responsible for supporting food-based clients that use our commercial kitchen incubator (Kitchen) facility. The Assistant will assist our clients at various local markets with set up and clean up, sales, as well as distribute program flyers and engage the public by responding to their questions as they relate to our programs and services. This position will report directly to the Kitchen Incubator Manager and will work closely with CDC Staff and Kitchen Clients. 

All members of the EPCDC team take responsibility for meeting funder commitments and ensuring equal opportunities for all program participants, including prohibition from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal for retaliation for prior civil rights activities. 

 Major Job Responsibilities

The Farmers Market Assistant is responsible for ensuring the KI Clients understand and follow proper food safety guidelines. S/he will train others to handle cooked, prepared and packaged foods according to safety guidelines. 

The Assistant helps clients prepare for and conduct Farmers Market business and assists clients in all aspects of marketing, planning, transporting of equipment, food booth set-up, product sales, business promotion and food booth disassembly/clean up. 

The Assistant will become well versed in all the programs offered by El Pajaro CDC and use the information for outreach to educate the public and clients about our mission and the different programs offered by El Pajaro CDC. 

The Assistant is required to work well with diverse groups and adjust to meet client’s needs. This includes communication with clients by email, telephone or in person regarding any procedures to be observed on market days and to plan accordingly to achieve smooth-running events. 

The Farmers Market Assistant will assist in the day to day operations, the Co-packing Line, housekeeping and maintenance of the Kitchen Incubator and will participate in operation and maintenance of our retail store. 

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • • High school graduate or equivalent. 
  • • Food Managers Certification (Servsafe) or equivalent. 
  • • Proficient in verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish. 
  • • Working knowledge of Microsoft Programs: Excel, Word, Outlook–Knowledge of and experience using social media. 
  • • Excellent customer service skills-represents the organization in a professional manner– Experience in food retail, services and products. 
  • • Saturday and Sunday market days are mandatory; work week schedule may vary. 
  • • Travel within and outside of Santa Cruz County, reliable transportation required. 

Salary Range and Benefits: The range is $14 to $20 per hour, depending on experience. Full-time employees are eligible for our benefits package after successful completion of 90 days probationary period. Part-time employees working less than 30 hours per week are eligible for pro-rated vacation, sick leave and holidays. 

To Apply: Please email resume/cover letter to: or fax to (831) 722-3128 

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