Wayland Main Street/Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Seeks Full Time Summer Market VISTA

Wayland Main Street/Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has posted an opening for the Downtown Wayland Farmer’s Market AmeriCorps VISTA job.

Wayland Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program

Wayland Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program (MSDDA) organizes and implements a holistic revitalization program for Downtown Wayland. We are friends and neighbors pulling together in a grassroots organization powered by community business and property owners, employees and volunteers, and residents and visitors of all ages. We are building legacy by encouraging and catalyzing preservation, investment and development.

Serve Your Community in the Domestic Peace Corps

The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) Summer Associate program is placing six AmeriCorps VISTA summer associates across Michigan to address the issue of food insecurity. Summer associates will serve at a host site for ten weeks doing direct service work and will receive abundant training opportunities including a one-day orientation in Lansing and the option to attend the Developing Vibrant Communities conference in Detroit. Make a difference in your community this summer!

Wayland Market VISTA

The Downtown Wayland farmers market is a community market supported by the Wayland Main Street/Downtown Development Authority, Henika District Library, and volunteers. The market will provide access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other farm products, while creating a sense of community within the City and helping to revitalize the downtown district. 

The Market VISTA is a full time, temporary position with primary responsibility being the day-to-day operation of the farmers market. This will include an on-site presence at the market during all market hours, as well as off-site work during non-market hours. The Market VISTA will report to the site supervisor from the Wayland Main Street program. In addition, the Market VISTA will represent the market to the market’s vendors, the consumers, and to the community.

Range of Duties to be Performed

  • Enroll farmers/vendors in the market
  • Record vendor attendance
  • Promote market activities via various media channels
  • Arrive prior to market vendors arrival and remain throughout the market day to:
    • Properly direct vendors,
    • Place market signs, parking signs
    • Ensure all rules and regulations are adhered to
    • Ensure all state and county regulations are adhered to
    • Answer questions for vendors and consumers
    • Resolve disputes that arise
    • Maintain market grounds in a safe manner
    • Operate Wayland Main Street booth
    • Have nutritional education materials to distribute
    • Have recipes for seasonal, local foods that are available in the market
    • Establish and 0perate market’s EBT program
    • Act as liaison to the market’s governing body
    • Communicate market policies, activities, and rules to farmers, keeping them informed throughout the season
    • Bring suggestions from farmers back to the DDA board and Promotion Committee
    • Conduct customer counts each market day to assess the level of growth in market usage
    • Assure the market site is clean once the market is closed and the vendors have left for the day
    • Maintain database of farmers, vendors, their contact information, and any licenses or permits each vendor possesses based on the products they are selling

Desired Skills/Interests

  • Ability to think creatively
  • People person with skills in diplomacy
  • Organized
  • Passionate about community and local agriculture
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building
  • Strong written communication and editing
  • Strong organizational and time management
  • Established record as a collaborative team builder, trainer, and motivator
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement and strong decision-making skills
  • Interest in producing large and small events
  • Interest/ability to design and execute marketing materials


  • Full Time, 37.5 hours/week
  • Flexible schedule
  • Must be 17 years of age or older
  • Must be a US Citizen, National, or Legal Resident
  • Must have solid interpersonal skills and be team oriented, organized, reliable, committed, passionate, and ready to make a difference.

Program Benefits

  • Living allowance totaling $2,361.10
  • Choice of Education Award ($1,289.95) or End of Service Stipend ($346.80 cash)
  • Training opportunities including CEDAM’s Developing Vibrant Communities Conference

Program Start/End Date

6/17/2019 – 8/24/2019

Accepting Applications:

4/30/2019 – 5/16/2019

The City of Wayland and the Wayland MS/DDA Program do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual preference, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:

E-mail: Ingrid.Miller@downtownwayland.com

                  Subject: AmeriCorps VISTA 2019

Mail:        Wayland Main Street

                  Attn: Ingrid Miller

                  117 S. Main Street, #7

                  Wayland, MI 49348

Apply online at: http://americorps.cedamichigan.org/now-hiring/