El Pájaro CDC Farmers Market/Kitchen Incubator Assistant

El Pájaro 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 Pájaro CDC serves Monterey, Santa Cruz and San
Benito Counties residents with the organization’s facilities in Watsonville, CA.
El Pájaro CDC is looking for a Farmers Market Assistant for weekends, the candidate is
primarily responsible for supporting food-based clients that use our commercial kitchen
incubator (Kitchen) facility. The Assistant will support 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

Three days a week, the Assistant performs housekeeping duties, janitorial work and
participates in kitchen facility maintenance to provide a functioning work environment for
the participating businesses, (including the Kitchen Incubator, Access to Market and Copacking Line).

The Assistant guides and supports our entrepreneurs and is responsible
for serving as the on-site coordinator when the KI Manger is off site. This position
reports directly to the Kitchen Manager and will work closely with CDC staff and Kitchen
Clients. This position is located at our Kitchen Incubator facility in Watsonville with
traveling to various locations on weekends.

 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 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 Pájaro CDC and use the information for outreach to educate the public and clients about our mission and the different programs offered by El Pájaro 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 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. 

The Assistant ensures that all equipment and the facility are kept clean and in excellent working condition through personal inspections and by following the facilities/equipment preventative maintenance programs. 

The Assistant will follow all cleaning schedules, as well as keep cleaning supplies stocked throughout the building, manage inventory and show initiative to take on deep cleaning projects during slow times. 

Other duties include reinforcing kitchen rules, policies and procedures with clients by conducting walkthroughs in production area when being in used by clients. The Assistant will fully understand and comply with all federal, state, county and municipal regulations that pertain to health, safety and labor requirements of the facility, employees and clients. 

The Assistant will assist the Kitchen Manager in preparing paperwork, forms, billing invoices, reports and schedules, in an organized and timely manner. 

This position will work closely with the Kitchen Manager to maintain above standard results from any inspections conducted in facility. 

The Assistant will participate in other EPCDC programs such as Farmer’s Market and the Co-packing Line. 

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • High school graduate or equivalent. 
  • Food Safety 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. 
  • Must have experience and demonstrate skills in working with the public and in communicating in a culturally competent manner with an understanding of excellent customer service principles. 
  • Must be able to work on ‘call basis’ and on weekends when needed. 

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. 

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

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