The Brown Market Shares Program (BMSP) is a student-run, campus-based food distribution program connecting the Brown community with regional producers through affordable weekly shares of fresh, local, and sustainable produce, bread, eggs, dairy and meat.


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We are hiring! Join brown market shares for summer 2017! 

Despite being in the thick of winter, Brown Market Shares Program is already thinking about the summer.  Join us for our summer season as a volunteer Market Day Coordinator! 

Brown Market Shares Program is looking to hire Brown students or alumni for two coordinating positions this summer. These coordinators will work together to run Market Day every Thursday from June 15th to August 17th. Working as a Market Day coordinator provides the opportunity to engage directly with the local food system, gain experience running a sustainable food distribution program, and coordinate the only student-run USDA certified food hub!  Find a detailed explanation of both positions below:

Summer 2017 Market Shares Coordinator

This is a part-time, volunteer position that would require a full day of work for ten Thursdays over the summer from June 15th to August 17th. 

  • Responsibilities: Coordinating Market Day operations - this involves set-up, receiving deliveries, managing volunteers, engaging shareholders, and take-down.

  • Qualifications: Interest in Market Shares and local food systems, good communication skills, ability to multi-task, ability to manage volunteers, willingness to work and learn independently.

  • Compensation: This is an unpaid position. However, volunteer coordinators will receive a free Summer Market Share!

Summer 2017 Market Shares Coordinator & Pat's Pastured Farm Apprentice

We have partnered with Pat's Pastured to create an immersive summer experience designed to introduce apprentices to all facets of the local food system. Apprentices will have the opportunity to engage with food as it makes its journey from farm to table. 

This is a paid full-time position: Apprentices are expected to work 5 ½ days a week, for 10 to 12 weeks. Most of the week will be spent on Pat’s farm, except for Thursdays when apprentices will run Market Days on Brown’s campus. The start date is flexible, however, apprentices must be available from June 15th to August 17th (i.e. BMSP’s summer season).

  • Responsibilities: Coordinating Market Day operations from June 15th to August 17th, livestock management, poultry slaughter & processing, garden work, product marketing & sales, product delivery, equipment maintenance, carpentry & construction

  • Qualifications: Interest in Market Shares and local food systems, ability to multitask, enjoys working with animals, willingness to work long hours in all weather conditions, valid drivers license, ability to lift 50 Ibs on a regular basis, good communication skills, punctual and reliable 

  • Compensation: Apprentices will receive on-farm housing* (shared living and rustic), $175 a week living stipend, and access to fresh meat, eggs, a CSA vegetable share, and other goodies from farm friends. In addition there will be monthly educational opportunities at local farms, restaurants and various food producers. In addition, apprentices may be eligible for a LINK Award. Please let us know if you are interested in applying for a LINK Award, a BrownConnect program that provides funding for low-paying internships.

* Apprentices do not have to live on the farm, but must be able to provide their own transportation to-and-from when required.

 

Please email info@brownmarketshares.com with any questions you have about these positions!

Application Deadline: April 14th 11:59 PM

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