Mobile Farmers Market Assistant

Position Description

Food Works is seeking a Mobile Farmers Market Assistant to help with the operation of the Food Works Mobile Farmers Market. 

The Farmers Market Assistant will help the Market Manager with the day-to-day operations. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in improving access to healthy, fresh foods in underserved communities and strengthening the local food and farming economy of Southern Illinois. 

About the Food Works Mobile Farmers Market 

The Food Works Mobile Farmers Market is a farmer's market on wheels. The market vehicle is a 16 foot box truck on the axle of a Ford 350 that transports food and acts as a safe conduit for people to access healthy food. The vehicle houses storage for fresh foods, cold and refrigeration space, as well as a sink and displays. The purpose of the Mobile Market is twofold: To connect food insecure families and individuals in underserved areas within the southern 13 counties of Illinois with fresh food, and help local farms reach more customers in more locations across Southern Illinois. 

About Food Works 

The Mobile Farmers Market is a program of Food Works. Food Works is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating a sustainable food economy in Southern Illinois. Through farmer training and consumer education, Food Works promotes long-term farming networks that create healthy soils, healthy food, and healthy communities in the 23 counties that make up Southern Illinois. To learn more about Food Works and our programs, visit 

Position Responsibilities 

What experience and skills you will bring: 

● Strong “people skills”, a passion for working in the community, and a commitment to improving access to healthy food in Southern Illinois. 

● Knowledge of farmers markets, food safety, and local food marketing. 

● Demonstrated interest in local food and farming systems (farmers markets, food businesses, farming, food access, volunteering, etc.). 

● Knowledge of types of farming practices (ie, Certified Organic, Certified Naturally Grown, sustainable, regenerative… ), as well as the strengths and challenges of sourcing from small scale farmers. 

● Strong communication skills and listening skills. Ability to work with diverse audiences with a friendly, welcoming and respectful attitude. Spanish language abilities are a plus.

● Ability to use (or willingness to learn) the following platforms: Dropbox, Google Drive (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides), Canva, Mailchimp, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), POS system, and others as necessary. 

● Ability to drive a 16 foot box truck, or willingness to learn. A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is not required to operate the vehicle. Food Works will provide driving education for all staff involved with the operation of the vehicle. 

● Reliable transportation to Food Works’s facilities in Carbondale, IL. 

● Demonstrated ability to think creatively and effectively problem-solve in a fast paced environment. 

● Strong organizational skills, and the ability to precisely track inventory, sales, and budgets. 

Candidates who do not have all the experience listed above are encouraged to apply.

This is a Part time position (15-20 hours per week). This seasonal position will begin at the end of May and will continue through October. Resumes will be reviewed immediately. Range of compensation is $14-$15.50 per hour. This position reports to the Food Works Mobile Market Manager. Food Works is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, or other non-merit factor. 

Interested applicants can send a resume and letter addressing your interest and qualifications to Ellen Esling, Market Manager,