Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Santa Monica Farmers Markets!

Volunteers: 

 

At the Santa Monica Farmers Markets we rely heavily on volunteers for successful market operations. We have many positions available and while each has a defined role, there is room for creativity and flexibility in each position. We currently seek volunteers for our at-market positions of Info Booth Volunteer, Market Entrance Monitor, and Vendor Booth Auditor.

Internships: 

 

We are currently seeking one Social Media Intern and one Volunteer Coordinator Intern. These are unpaid volunteer internships that require a minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week for a period of 11 weeks or more. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Responsibilities:

 

Information Booth Volunteers

(Wednesday or Saturday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm)

  • Set up the information booth table and signs
  • Answer customer inquiries and direct customers in search of specific vendors or products
  • Run the EBT Machine and distribute scrip for food stamps
  • Collect and organize paperwork at the end of the market
  • Miscellaneous projects and outreach as needed

 

Market Exit/Entrance Monitor

(Wednesday or Saturday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm)

  • Maintain communication with Market Manager to allow customers in and out of market in accordance with social distancing protocol
  • Greet customers entering and exiting Market, sharing market rules to customers (such as distancing, masks and essential visits)
    Assist in opening, placing and breaking down signs and canopies

 

Vendor Booth Auditor

(Wednesday or Saturday 6:30 am – 8:00 am)

  • Monitor vendor booths at start of market for required signs; adjust markings at booths to optimize line flow and social distancing. (Mornings only- may combine with Information booth or Entrance/Exit monitor positions)

 

Volunteer Qualifications:

  • 18 and older
  • Reliable, responsible, and punctual
  • Excellent verbal, customer service, and communication skills
  • Comfortable working with a wide variety of people
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Enthusiasm for Farmers Markets, small farmers and locally grown produce and community engagement!

How to Apply

 
Click here to access the application.

For any questions please feel free to contact our Volunteer/Intern Coordinator at SMFMS.Volunteer@SMGOV.NET

 

For more detailed job descriptions, check out our Volunteer Manual!

 


 

January Volunteer of the Month: Jeff Berger

Jeff

Jeff is a dedicated Information Booth Volunteer here at the Santa Monica Farmer's Markets. A Los Angeles native, Jeff first began volunteering with us four years ago. Inspired by a close friend, Jeff has been able to maintain a vegetarian diet by shopping at the farmers market weekly and decided to give back to the community. Jeff is partial to the Wednesday Downtown Market and works the morning volunteer shift. He then takes the opportunity to get his weekly shopping done. Jeff explains that he enjoys his routine at the farmers market and calls it his happy place. Jeff sets up the Information Booth at the Wednesday Downtown Market and assists in checking-in the farmers and local vendors. Jeff enjoys a cup of coffee, the ocean view, and the human interaction that comes with volunteering at the Santa Monica Farmers' Markets. On his volunteering experience Jeff says: "With everything that goes on and everything you get thrown at it’s just a nice way to zen out and get back to humanity 101. It’s my happy place to be quite honest." Morning customers and farmers are welcomed to the Wednesday Downtown Farmers' Markets by a calm, cool, and people-oriented Jeff Berger. Jeff reminds us to keep in touch with the humanity of the work we do here at the Santa Monica Farmer's Markets.  

December Volunteer of the Month: Jackie Jackie Lovell

 

Jackie


Jackie Lovell is a mother and grandmother, a resident of the Pico Community here in Santa Monica, and an Information Booth Volunteer at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets. Jackie has been volunteering with us for 3 years and has been steadfast in her role as a volunteer. Motivated by her training as a health coach, Jackie began volunteering so as to directly support local farming and promote seasonal food shopping. When she is not volunteering her time at the Wednesday Downtown Market, helping farmers check out of the market, or at the Pico Market at Virginia Ave. Park on Saturday mornings, helping set up and interfacing with the community, Jackie is working on art projects or practicing her African-style drumming. Jackie also enjoys keeping active, riding her bike through the city, and takes care of her grandson. When asked why she continues volunteering with us Jackie says: “I like to volunteer to stay busy, be involved in the community and contribute. I really believe in local farming and the seasonal food idea. I just wanted to support that. And I like the community – I love the people that I work with.” Jackie also notes the importance of new-found friendships and community ties she has built while working with us at the Farmers’ Markets. Jackie’s kindness and spirit is at the forefront of her work and enthuses us to continue community building at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets. 

November Volunteer of the Month: Cecilia "Cece" Talamantez-Bradley

 

 Cece volunteer of the Month

 

Cecilia "Cece" Talamantez-Bradley has been with the Santa Monica Farmers' Markets for 26 years and consistently inspires us to be active participants in our community. A member of the Pico neighborhood, Cece volunteers every Saturday at the Pico Farmers Market at the Virgina Ave. Park after her morning yoga class.On what keeps her motivated to volunteer with us Cece says: "[T]he latin, the passion in me inspires me to be an activist, participant in my community... I go forward I'm passionate about life, I'm retired now but I didn't think it'd be such a busy life!" Cece also notes just how happy she is to be an active member of her community: "I'm a happy camper, gratifies me to see people know their name – so they’re like an extended family and I love it. I see people that are in need of a hug in need of a little chat – in need of something and I can see it in their body language and I step up to the plate". Cece's warmth and caring heart shines through in her work at the Saturday Pico Farmers' Market. Farmers and patrons alike know they can expect a vibrant trip to the Information Booth when Cece is around. The Santa Monica Farmers' Markets team is grateful for the amazing job Cece has been doing. 

 

(Wednesday or Saturday 7:00 am – 8:00 am)

Holiday Closures

The Saturday Downtown Market will be closed following Thanksgiving, November 28, 2020, please visit our other Saturday market in Virginia Avenue Park

Check back for 2020 winter holiday closures in November.

Market Schedule

Open Rain or Shine
Year-round

Wednesday Downtown

Arizona Avenue
(between 4th & Ocean)
8:00am - 1:00pm

Saturday Downtown

Arizona Avenue
(between 4th & Ocean)
8:00am - 1:00pm

Saturday Virginia Ave. Park

Pico Blvd. & Cloverfield Blvd.
8:00am - 1:00pm

Sunday Main St.

240 Main St.
8:30am - 1:30pm