Volunteer Coordinator

A part-time fixed-term contract for an Independent Contractor, running 22 weeks: May 22 to October 22, 2022 inclusive.

Application deadline: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Compensation: $17 an hour
Hours: 10 hours per week – with 7 of those hours spent working on Saturdays in person at the farmers’ market (June 5-October 16). The rest spread over the week working from home.
Responsible to: Market Manager

If you are a detailed, organized person and a friendly team manager, this may be the job for you! 

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market in North Riverdale is an upbeat outdoor farmers’ market that is growing neighbourly connections, community vitality and a local sustainable economy. The market is open every Saturday 9am to 1pm, rain or shine, from June 4 to October 15, 2022.  

We’re looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to manage our volunteer program, who will work closely with our Market Manager.   

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Manage the volunteer program: recruit, schedule and support volunteers every week, ensuring key volunteer tasks are always covered
  • Be first point of contact for new and returning volunteers
    Oversee that the coffee tent and other volunteer-run activities are running smoothly
  • Act as an ambassador at the market
  • Assist the Market Manager and volunteer team efficiently set-up and tear down the market
  • Supervise any market activities that are being conducted by the volunteer team
  • Manage administration and communication related to the volunteer program 
  • Provide additional support to the Market Manager as requested; logistical support, promoting the farmers market, preparations for special activities, maintaining market equipment 
  • Ensure the volunteer team and market operations are following all public health protocols and guidelines


  • Must be available to work every Saturday, 7am to 2pm from June 4 to October 15 inclusive
  • Must be able to work outdoors on Saturdays, in all weather conditions
  • Administratively self-sufficient: a mobile phone with your own plan; and access to a computer and internet for home working 
  • Physical ability to lift bins, put up tents and pull loaded carts
  • Valid Food Handlers certification, or willingness to obtain (market will pay for certificate)

Beneficial Experiences and skills

  • Experience managing volunteers or projects
  • Experience successfully completing tasks in a time-crunched environment
  • Experience using Google suite of products, including Google docs and spreadsheets
  • Experience developing task lists
  • Experience with client-facing work
  • Great people management skills (good at delegating tasks, helping people feel valued, energizing groups and managing conflict)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills


  • Enthusiastic, outgoing
  • Flexible/adaptable — since things don’t always go to plan on market day 
  • Interested in local food issues, farmers’ markets or environmental issues
  • Work well in a team with people from different backgrounds and with diverse personalities 
  • Ability to creatively and thoughtfully solve problems in a diplomatic and fair fashion 
  • Dependable and punctual with good time management

How to Apply:

  • Email your resume and cover letter as one document in PDF or Word format to manager@withrowmarket.ca. 
  • Email subject should read “Volunteer Coordinator – Your First Name and Last Name”
  • Applications due: May 5
  • Interviews will be held May 7 and 8, with a hiring decision expected May 10. 

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Withrow Park Farmers’ Market is strongly committed to employment equity and supports diversity in its work environments. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, including women, the LGBTQ+ community, First Nations peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

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