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VOLUNTEER AT THE MARKET

Volunteering at the Downtown Fond du Lac Farmers Market is a fun, interactive way to give back to our community by supporting local farmers, producers, and artisans, while educating market visitors about healthy eating habits, good nutrition, and the benefits of “eating fresh and local.”

Volunteers are essential to successful Farmers Market operations, events, and stellar customer service. We depend on our volunteers on so many levels to help provide the best market experience possible! 

All volunteers must wear a Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership apron during their shift. The apron may be picked up at the Information Tent and must be dropped off again at the end of every shift.

 

The 2018 Market Season

Market volunteers are needed every Saturday from May 12 through October 27, 2018. The Wednesday Farmers Market runs from June 6 through September 26, but requires far fewer volunteers, please contact us directly if you are interested in Wednesday volunteer options. 

Want to volunteer? Call 920-322-2006 or email Dusty Krikau at info@downtownfdl.com.


Volunteer Shifts & Job Descriptions

Setup Volunteers

(6-7:30 a.m.) 

You are the crack-of-dawn, welcoming beacon for our hard-working vendors as they arrive to begin their day at our market! Join the DFP Staff at 131 S. Main Street to help setup street barricades and other market equipment.

Responsibilities: Roll up your sleeves! We hit the ground running, moving barricades to close Main Street, setting up the Information Booth, placing directional signs, hauling out sound equipment, and any other week specific supplies. In short, volunteers will assist with whatever is needed to be open to the public at 8 a.m. and have it ready to host our wonderful customers and any of the day's planned activities.

 

Tear Down Volunteers

(11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) 
Flip the Setup Volunteer description inside out and get Main Street back to pre-market condition. Help the DFP Staff bring market supplies back inside and remove street barricades.

Responsibilities: Roll up your sleeves! When the tornado sirens blow at noon, the tear down can officially begin. Break down tents, load cars and carts, remove signage and return all items to the storage space on Portland Street. Then street barricade removal occurs as soon as all vendors have left the market space. 

 

Visitor Count Volunteers

Shifts from 7:30-9:30 a.m. or 9:30-11:30 a.m. or all day) 
Stop at the Information Booth to get a clipboard and receive your designated space assignment, then help track the number of visitors at the Market. A minimum of 6 counters are needed to take a visitor count, so this a great option for groups! We complete a visitor count at least 4 times each season. Visitor Counts will happen as often as possible, but MUST happen on May 28, June 4, and October 15.

Responsibilities: Stand at a designated spot and count the number of people who enter the market from that point for the first twenty minutes of each hour. Counting begins before the market opens and then occurs from 8-8:20, 9-9:20, 10-10:20, and 11-11:20. Between counting shifts, visitor counters will be asked to assist with picking up vendor sales slips from the vendors near their counting site.

 

Visitor Survey Volunteers

(Shifts from 8-10:15 a.m. or 10-12:15 a.m. or all day) 
You work in a team of two to survey market visitors about their spending habits and overall market experience. We complete a visitor survey at least 4 times each season. Visitor Surveys will happen as often as possible, but MUST happen on May 27, June 3, and October 14.

Responsibilities: One person counts the number of people that pass by and then notifies the survey giver of the 24th person. The survey giver then gets survey resonses from that person while the counter continues to count the next 24 people. Counting/surveying begins at 8:20 a.m. and ends at noon.

 

Market Monitor Volunteers

(Shifts from 7-10 a.m. or 10-1 p.m. or all day) 
Bring a smile and a positive attitude to walk the market and make it the best space possible for visitors and vendors. Before and after market hours, Market Monitors are asked to assist with any setup or tear down tasks that may benefit the opening or closing of the market. Market Monitors may also be asked to assist with visitor counts.

Responsibilities: Keep the area picked up, clean, and safe. Provide bathroom breaks for vendors or assist customers with transporting purchases to their car. Provide general customer service or direct questions/comments to the Information Tent. Your job is to ensure that customers and vendors have the best experience possible at the Farmers Market. (Note: Vendor breaks should not exceed 15 minutes. If a vendor has not returned after 15 minutes, bring the vendor's cash box to the Information Tent and head back out to the rest of the market.)

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