Farmers’ Market EBT Program Assistant

(multiple locations Sacramento, CA)

EXPECTED HOURLY COMMITMENT: Part time. 20 hours/week 

COMPENSATION: $18.20/hour.

SCHEDULE/LOCATION: Work schedule is 7:30am-12:30pm Thursdays in South Sacramento, 7:30am-12:30pm Saturdays in various locations and additional program tasks to be completed in Oak Park office as-needed or done remotely.

START DATE: December 2022

ABOUT US:

Alchemist CDC is a 501c3 non-profit serving the Sacramento Region. Our mission is to connect the community to land, food and opportunity. Our three program areas include CalFresh access at farmers’ markets, a food business training and incubator program, and community garden/green space development. The CalFresh at Farmers’ Markets Program is our longest operating program and strives to make locally grown and produced foods accessible and affordable to food insecure households. Farmers’ Markets are a great asset to communities, and can lead to improved health for area residents. By making it easier for lower-income populations to purchase food at farmers’ markets, these community assets will become more equitable and accessible to all individuals. 
We deliver this program at 9 farmers’ markets and partner with other market operators in the region to implement food benefit access and nutrition incentive programs. This program relies on volunteers to support our small but mighty team comprised of: 4 Program Associates, 1 Program Coordinator and 1 Program Manager.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Program Assistant is responsible for the preparation and implementation of CalFresh/EBT payment processing and Market Match Incentive services at various farmers’ markets in Sacramento County as assigned by Program Manager. CalFresh/EBT offers qualifying lower income individuals financial assistance in purchasing food for themselves and their families. This position provides an opportunity to learn more about food access and nutrition issues, engage directly with low-income individuals and small to mid-sized California farmers. Note: this description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

MAJOR TASKS:

  • Ensure vendor and customer compliance with federal guidelines for accepting CalFresh.
  • Setup, staff and take down CalFresh distribution booth weekly at various farmers’ market locations.
  • Support Program Coordinator in volunteer recruitment and training tasks.
  • Promote participation in the program through outreach activities that may include presentations to community groups, attending outreach events, creating social media posts, etc.
  • Complete sales and customer data tracking reports weekly.
  • Provide CalFresh eligibility information and application assistance both at program sites and remotely.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Must be fluent in spoken and written English. Bi-lingual a plus (especially Spanish, Dari/Farsi, Pashto or Chinese.)
  • Must be courteous and outgoing, and enjoy meeting and talking with new people.
  • Basic math skills are very important.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized.
  • Self-motivated and able to stay on task with minimal supervision.
  • Must have reliable verifiable transportation.
  • Must be able to transport and operate a pop-up canopy tent, folding table, chairs and an equipment bin that may weigh up to 30lbs.
  • Familiarity with community, its geography, demographics and community resources is beneficial.
  • Must be computer literate.

TO APPLY:

Send resume and brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position to apply@alchemistcdc.org

Alchemist CDC values diversity among its workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, and/or status as a protected veteran.

Alchemist CDC requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they qualify for an exemption (fully vaccinated = completed first round of vaccinations plus at least one booster). Work at the farmers markets or when working indoors with others requires staff and volunteers to be masked.

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