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City of Torrance
Class Code: 9025

Class Designation: Non-Civil Service/At-Will

April 1985

Representation Unit: Certain Full-Time Salaried and Hourly Employees


Market Manager


Under supervision, coordinates and administers the operation of the City's Farmer's Market; recruits and coordinates the activities of volunteers; recruits and selects vendors; ensures vendor compliance with all applicable City, State and Federal laws, ordinances and regulations; establishes cooperative relationships with community organizations; and does related duties as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position is responsible to the Parks and Recreation Director for the operation of the City's Farmer's Market and does not have involvement in City recreation programs.

Examples Of Duties

  • Organizes and participates in market set-up, traffic, parking, and crowd control, and market close up and clean-up;
  • plans, researches, and coordinates special events such as lectures and demonstrations relating to food, food preparation, health, nutritional issues, and agricultural topics;
  • promotes market activities by writing articles for newspapers and newsletters, designing flyers and posters, and making presentations to community groups and schools;
  • monitors products sold by the farmers to ensure that the market has an adequate variety of products available throughout the year in order to encourage customer participation;
  • recruits, instructs, and assists farmers on effective marketing methods for their products;
  • recruits, directs and assists volunteers working in all components of the market programs including publicity, special events, market day activities, and miscellaneous clerical support work;
  • enforces state and federal laws, city ordinances, and market rules by patrolling market while open and, if necessary, issuing warnings and reporting violations to appropriate agencies;
  • plans, coordinates, and conducts shopper surveys to obtain information about community needs, product interest and feasibility of special events;
  • prepares annual market budget, a variety of routine and comprehensive reports concerning operations and financial status of the market, and other communications such as letters and memos;
  • collects space fees, writes receipts, pays market bills and deposits fees with the Treasurer.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Report preparation methods and other miscellaneous correspondence;
  • Elementary statistical methods and procedures.
  • Ability to
  • Organize and lead the work of others;
  • Interpret and implement state and local legislation affecting the operations of a farmer's market;
  • Analyze evaluate and recommend solutions to market operations and problems;
  • Prepare comprehensive oral and written reports and other miscellaneous correspondence;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with farmers, other market managers, state representatives, fellow City employees, volunteers, community organizations, and the public;
  • Initiate projects and work under minimal supervision.
  • License Required

    Valid California Driver's License Class 3.


    Two years of experience in a position requiring considerable public contact involving the development of community projects and/or the management of a retail business such as a store or a restaurant. Additional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-by-year basis.


    Graduation from a college or university with a major in Public Administration, Business, Agriculture, or related fields.