Thanks for your interest! We now have a seasonal position for growing season 2018 to share with you. Please scroll down to read about a currently available position with the Good Food Bus, which is run by both Cultivating Community and St. Mary’s Nutrition Center:
ABOUT THE GOOD FOOD BUS
What is the Good Food Bus?
The Good Food Bus is a store that sells food but does not operate out of a building. It operates out off a trailer that is connected to a truck. Because it is a store that moves it is described as a mobile market or mobile food market.
How does the Good Food Bus work?
The Good Food Bus visits different neighborhoods and businesses. These visits are called stops. When the Bus arrives at a stop, staff open up windows on the side of the trailer. Customers reach through the windows and choose food to purchase then pay for the food with either cash, credit, SNAP/EBT or WIC.
What does the Good Food Bus sell?
The Good Food Bus sells fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese, bread, frozen lunch items, and bags of food that customers take home and prepare for dinner. These bags are called “Anchor Meals.” The Bus may also sell honey, jams and jellies and meat in the future. The majority of the food is purchased from local farms around Maine.
Why does the Good Food Bus matter?
Access to affordable high quality fresh fruit and vegetable is limited in Lewiston and other communities. All Maine people struggle in some way to make healthy food choices all the time. The Good Food Bus makes it easier to purchase fresh good food by bringing it to where people live, work and play and offering programs that help make the food more affordable.
ABOUT THE MARKET COORDINATOR POSITION
The Market Coordinator oversees the selling of food at Good Food Bus market stops. This includes all the stops in Lewiston and possibly some in other towns. The Market Coordinator helps advocate for the Good Food Bus and meet project goals (see full responsibilities and qualifications below).
Hours and Schedule
The Market Coordinator is a seasonal position that runs from June through October, about 20-22 weeks. The schedule includes 25-30 hours a week, Monday – Thursday; potentially some Fridays. Typical hours during the day are between 10 am – 6 pm but may vary slightly. The Market Coordinator is stationed in Lewiston, where the Bus is housed. Hours take place almost entirely in Lewiston and Auburn but there may be hours in Westbrook and Gorham. Start date will be Monday, June 4th.
Rate of Pay
$14-$15/hour dependent on qualifications and experience
Good Food Bus Staff Team
The Good Food Bus is overseen by a team of people from St. Mary’s Nutrition Center and Cultivating Community. The Market Coordinator will work most closely with the Good Food Bus Project Coordinator, Food Access Specialist, and Good Food Fellow.
How to Apply
Please submit a RESUME and a LETTER explaining why you would like this job. Please also submit contact information for three references. These can be emailed, mailed, or delivered in person.
EMAIL: [email protected]
Mail: Good Food Bus, PO Box 7291 Lewiston, Maine
DROP OFF: St. Mary’s Nutrition Center 208 Bates Street, Lewiston
Last Day to Apply
Please submit all materials no later than Monday, March 19th at 5pm. Interviews will follow.
Please email [email protected] or call 207 513 3849.
MARKET COORDINATOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Drive vehicle to and from market stops (Drive pick-up truck with 16 foot trailer)
- Set up the market and make sure the market display and products are presentable
- Perform great customer service and sales
- Show enthusiasm and be welcoming
- Answer questions and help customers select and purchase products
- Hand out recipes and information sheets about healthy eating
- Talk with customers about ways to store, prepare and use the different foods
- Distribute Anchor Meal bags and talk about with customers
- Handle all sales transactions
- Use an ipad register and credit card machine to complete transactions
- Administer the “Maine Harvest Bucks” program that helps SNAP/EBT and WIC users get more fruits and vegetables
- Promote the Good Food Bus project
- Talk to people about the project, what it does and why it is important
- Hand out calendars, brochures and other outreach materials
- Take care of product inventory
- Make sure there is enough product on the Bus for all stops throughout the day
- Help organize and put away food deliveries on the Bus and in the walk-in
- Support the Good Food Bus coordinator with ordering food as needed
- Close up the market
- Close up each market after every stop
- Close up the Good Food Bus for the day; unload food and materials as needed
- Participate in weekly team meetings and additional special meetings as needed
- Help evaluate and improve the project by sharing ideas and giving feedback
- Work with staff to help meet project goals and sales goals
- Encourage teamwork while leading market stops and performing responsibilities
- Help pack and organize Anchor Meal bags each week
- Valid driver’s license, clean driving record and minimum of 2-3 years driving a vehicle
- At least 1 year doing sales in a store or similar experience
- Available to work a flexible schedule, including evenings
- Excellent people skills with an emphasis on serving the public
- Interest and commitment in helping people get access to healthy foods
- Team player and ability to foster a collaborative and supportive work environment
- Ability to work alongside, support and serve people from different communities
- Commitment to goals of the Good Food Bus and missions of founding partners
Encouraged but not necessary
- Ability to speak and understand language(s) beyond English; French, Somali, Arabic
- Food handling, packing, and storing experience
- Experience driving a truck and trailer or other large vehicle
- Basic knowledge of MS Office and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram