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Position: Evergreen Public Market Activator | Summer (Outdoors)
Organization: Evergreen
Location: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto / Don River Valley, Ontario

Help support our public markets! In this role volunteers will bring our markets to life, connect with visitors, and facilitate spontaneous activations to make the site more exciting for visitors!

This role has two main responsibilities:

1) Market activators are responsible for helping to support (set-up, take-down and daily operation) our public markets on Saturdays and Sundays

2) Market Activators will also work together and with staff to help engage visitors through creating, guiding, and delivering spontaneous activities during down time!

This volunteer role is essential to keeping the market running smoothly and making Evergreen a more exciting destination on weekends. As a Market Activator, you are literally building connections between Torontonians and nature through the variety of local, seasonal, delicious foods we grow, cook and eat!

To support the markets, Market Activators will:

  • Help set up the market early in the morning
  • Assist vendors set up their stands
  • Fill in for vendors when they need breaks
  • Welcome and guide market visitors
  • Supervise waste systems
  • Collect feedback information
  • And help with market take-down at the end of the day

During down-time, Market Activators will activate the site by:

  • Creating, supervising and delivering easy to implement activities for visitors to make each visit more spontaneous and exciting
  • Engaging with the public
  • And HAVE FUN!

To be successful and enjoy this role, you:

  • Love food (growing, cooking, eating, marketing, and/or composting)
  • Have a friendly, outgoing personality with intermediate verbal English skills
  • Enjoy early mornings, or are comfortable helping with take-down at the end of day!
  • Are comfortable working outdoors and lifting up to 25 -35lbs
  • Are an enthusiastic team player and love working with farmers/vendors!
  • Like connecting with people and engaging with the public
  • Are comfortable leading activities and connecting with visitors

Experience with food handling, event coordination/logistics, and facilitating activities are all assets to this role.

When and where: Evergreen’s outdoor public markets take place between May 6th and October 29th at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave) under the pavilions, rain or shine. Various 4-hour shifts are available on:

  • Saturdays between 6:45am - 3:00pm
  • Sundays between 9am - 4pm

Volunteers must also attend Market Activator orientations on April 26th from 6-8pm and again on May 3rd from 6-8pm.

Commitment: A minimum 8 hours/ 2 shifts per month throughout the season.

How we'll support you: Evergreen will host two different orientations for Market Activators on April 26th and May 3rd from 6-8pm.

At the first orientation, volunteers will learn about Evergreen, their role as Market Activators, and then brainstorm about possible activities to develop. In the second orientation, volunteers and staff will work together to flesh out these ideas and compile this information in a resource book that volunteers will be able to turn to support leading activities.

Following the orientations, volunteers will receive ongoing support and training throughout their shifts from staff and other experienced volunteers. Evergreen also offers opportunities to attend skills-building sessions throughout the year.

Perks: Eat some of the best fresh local food in the city, bond with amazing farmers, chefs, producers and foodies while supporting our local economy. Engage with Torontonians and develop your skills as an animator. As always, volunteers who contribute 20+ hours in a season will also receive T-shirts, 15% discount on Evergreen Garden Market purchases, and up to 20% off on Evergreen's Active Living Discount Card.

How to get here: Evergreen runs a free shuttle bus from Broadview Subway station with unlisted early-morning trips for staff and volunteers on Saturday mornings. You can also pick up the TTC's 28 Bayview South from Davisville on line 1. There is limited paid parking on-site. How to get here.

If this sounds like you: Click here to apply! Please fill out the application in the upper right hand corner. Be sure to tell us a little bit about yourself and why you think you’ll be a great addition to our team!

Already an Evergreen Volunteer: Log into your volunteer account to apply.

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GoodWork ID: 39719       Date posted to Apr 27 2017