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Position: Market Assistant
Organization: Marchés d'Ottawa Markets
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

The Markets Assistants assist the Markets Management Team in the operation and promotion of its two outdoor markets (ByWard and Parkdale Markets) by supporting and performing a variety of front-line administrative and operational duties on a part-time or full-time basis.

Based on individual backgrounds, specific projects and tasks will be assigned to enhance their work experience and to provide an opportunity for professional development.

Key Responsibilities & Duties

  • Monitors market activities and identifies situations that may require a response, especially with respect to safety and security.
  • Assists in the allocation and preparation of daily and monthly stand permits, including assistance with the annual renewal process.
  • Provides ongoing assistance and support to market vendors.
  • Staffing of the Market Information Table(s) at both markets, in support of vending activities and in response to information inquiries.
  • Assists in the organization, preparation and running of special events and promotional activities, including planning and liaising with various groups or individuals, preparing documents, set-up and take-down, as well as follow-up notes, reports and correspondence.
  • Attends to market cleanliness and performs regular litter control as part of the scheduled work activities.
  • Provides assistance in emergencies, as situations arise. Records and reports issues / incidents to management or responsible authorities.
  • Performs daily and monthly cash / credit / debit-handling, including collection of prescribed permit fees and purchases, as well as reconciliation and preparation of cash receipt summaries and deposits.
  • Reviews new application packages for completeness and required documentation, and processes application fees.
  • Performs clerical tasks and duties including: word processing (letter, memos, reports, tables, graphs, merges, minutes), creating and modifying spreadsheets, copying, distributing, filing, inventory / supply ordering, directs phone / e-mail / two-way radio communications and is responsible for vendor data input, retrieval, compilation and updates on database system.
  • Performs other related duties consistent with the duties outlined above

Summary of Qualifications

  • Able to demonstrate a high level of customer service skills
  • Self-motivated team player, who works well with minimal supervision
  • Able to take initiative and to demonstrate good judgment in responding to situations
  • Aptitude to understand and explain market specific information (by-laws, vending policies, applications, procedures, allocation)
  • Experience with cash handling procedures & practices
  • Operational skills and familiarity with health & safety practices
  • General knowledge of tourism-related information and familiarity with local destinations and attractions
  • Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Basic First Aid considered an asset


  • Minimum of one (1) year of related experience is required


  • Speaking (fluent), reading and/or writing ability in English;
  • Speaking (fluent), reading and/or writing ability in French;
  • Other languages, will also be considered an asset


  • The market is open seven (7) days a week and requires staffing between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Both full- and part-time positions available (3)


Please e-mail your resume and a brief covering letter to:
nicole mask*
subject: Market Assistant

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*Email: The e-mail address above has been masked to prevent spam. Please copy the address or type it manually, add the @ sign, remove “mask” and any spaces.

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GoodWork ID: 47193       Date posted to Aug 8 2018