Join Our Team

Available Positions

Operations Associate
Market Site Leader
Content Creator Volunteer
Community Champion
Farm to City Volunteer
Street Team

 
Operations Associate
Local Roots NYC is looking for a passionate, driven individual to join our team as an Operations Associate. Ops Associates work 15-25 hours a week and play a vital role as in the organization, ensuring effective order staging, fulfillment and delivery. This position offers room for growth--employees are often promoted from within.

Responsibilities
  • Receive, weigh, stage, and palletize product accurately and efficiently
  • Execute FIFO on all inventory
  • Communicate clearly with Local Roots staff
  • Deliver farm shares to our weekly pickup sites via the Local Roots vehicle

Qualifications -- Required

  • Warehouse, grocery, or delivery experience
  • Attention to detail
  • A valid driver's license
  • A clean driving record
  • The ability to routinely lift and carry 50lb boxes
  • Punctuality
  • Reliability

Qualifications -- Desired

  • A passion for local food
  • An interest in sustainable agriculture

This position is paid hourly; team members also receive discounts and delicious fresh food each week.


Our volunteers play an integral part in healing our food system. The local food and sustainability movement can only grow with the support of a community. By becoming a part of our local food family, you'll get hands on experience and learn more about how food gets from farm to table.

Market Site Leader - Apply here

Are you passionate about local and sustainable food, healing the food system, and cooking? Are you looking to get to know your community and build new relationships with foodies in your neighborhood?

The Local Roots Market Leader is the friendly face who helps our members pick up the season's best ingredients. The ideal market leader is outgoing, friendly, and shares information about each week’s bounty (including information about our farms, recipes, tasting notes, tips about sustainability, and more!). This fun opportunity is great for someone seeking to build their community and get plugged into the heart of healing the food system in New York City!

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is passionate about local ingredients, seasonal produce, and home cooking! 
  • Is outgoing and friendly, who is able to clearly communicate announcements, information about each week’s share, answer questions to prospective members, and build rapport and relationships with the Local Roots community.
  • Has a can-do positive attitude and entrepreneurial spirit who’s able and willing to do whatever it takes (e.g. lifting boxes, signing up new members, making sales, problem solving, and multi-tasking).
  • Is organized and can make the commitment to volunteer throughout the season.
  • Has a growth mindset who loves to receive and give feedback. 

Your Role at the Market is to: 

  • Commit to running a single market for a full season (12 weeks)
  • Setup and breakdown the market site each week
  • Curate a beautiful market experience for our Local Roots members
  • Assist Local Roots members in picking up their groceries 
  • Engage with Local Roots members by sharing notes about the seasonal produce, creative cooking tips, recipe ideas, and what you learn about our farmers and purveyors
  • Post flyers in your market neighborhood twice a season and help us build our local community!
  • Build community around local food in your neighborhood

    The Time Commitment is: 

    • One day a week, for one season (12 weeks)
    • 3-4 hours a week to set-up, run the market, and clean-up 
    • Two training sessions before your season

      We are SO GRATEFUL FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS! 

      Our Market Leaders are the core of our community and we want to thank you with a complimentary weekly vegetable share, including five varieties of organic veggies from our local farmers (click here for examples of our amazing shares). Plus, enjoy a 15% discount on all our other share offerings, including cheese, milk, meat, eggs, fruit, and more!

      How do I become a Volunteer Market Leader?

      1. Apply here. Applications for the fall season (September - November) will be open from June - July 31st. 
      2. We will reach out to schedule a 15 min video conference to get to know you!
      3. If you’re a good fit, attend the two training sessions

         

        Content Creator Volunteer

        This position gives you the chance to play an essential role in connecting hungry New Yorkers with the critical information they need to get to know their food. By creating unique and engaging content, you’ll provide our food community with cooking tips, stories about our farmers, facts on food transparency, and much more. 

        Example projects and responsibilities:

        • Review video interviews with our farm partners and identify sections to share on social media platforms
        • Create Instagram stories around food transparency issues to make information clear and easy to digest
        • Pitch topics on sustainability/wellness/food systems 
        • Write, edit, format, and post blog content
        • Create a social media calendar and draft posts for Instagram and Facebook 
        • Analyze data from social media platforms and propose marketing campaigns accordingly

          This is an opportunity for social media-savvy writers and food nerds to build up a portfolio while reaching hundreds of food loving New Yorkers to help inspire a more sustainable and flavorful food system.

          Qualifications

          • Highly motivated and independent worker, capable of taking initiative on specific projects
          • Experience copy editing, writing, formatting text and images
          • Able to communicate questions to team and ask for feedback or clarification when needed
          • Curiosity and enthusiasm for sustainability, local food systems, cooking, writing, and media
          • Experience creating content for other publications or your own blog or social platform (preferred)
          • Basic photography skills (preferred)

            Time Commitment: 

            • 3 months or longer
            • 6-12 hours a week, depending on your schedule and availability

              We are SO grateful for our volunteers!

              Our volunteer team is the core of our community and we want to thank you with a complimentary weekly vegetable share, including five varieties of organic veggies from our local farmers (click here for examples of our amazing shares). Plus, enjoy a 15% discount on all our other share offerings, including cheese, milk, meat, eggs, fruit, and more!

              To apply, send over your resume, one writing sample,  and one example of a blog topic you think would be brand aligned with Local Roots NYC and our mission. Email info@localroots.nyc.

               

              Community Champion

              Join us to become a liaison between new Market Sites and the neighboring community as you help bring the season’s best ingredients to more New Yorkers. Community Champion will be the go-to person for all things local and delicious in their communities.

              Example projects and responsibilities:

              • Garner support and gain subscribers by collaborating with market host sites
              • Actively engage your network through outreach to the community, and marketing of new market sites through flyering, emails, sharing discount codes, and social media posts
              • Host a Local Roots Dinner party for your friends and family
              • Attend 1 pre-season Site Leader Training
              • Help obtain a minimum of 25 vegetable so we can grow new market sites throughout the city

                Qualifications

                • Passionate about local food systems, creating accessible fresh food, and sharing the Local Roots mission
                • Experience leading community or volunteer events/activities
                • Eagerness to bring local food options to your neighborhood
                • Outgoing, confident in approaching people and conveying information about Local Roots markets and partner farmers
                • Great at multitasking and thinking on your feet to come up with create solutions to unexpected setbacks
                • Entrepreneurial spirit and grassroots marketing mentality
                • Active in social media and proficient in food photography, preferred but not required
                • Sales or customer service experience (preferred)

                  We are SO grateful for our volunteers!

                  Our volunteer team is the core of our community and we want to thank you with a complimentary weekly vegetable share, including five varieties of organic veggies from our local farmers (click here for examples of our amazing shares). Plus, enjoy a 15% discount on all our other share offerings, including cheese, milk, meat, eggs, fruit, and more!

                  To apply, send over your resume, one writing sample,  and one example of a blog topic you think would be brand aligned with Local Roots NYC and our mission. Email info@localroots.nyc.

                  Time Commitment

                  • 3 month minimum
                  • 6-12 hours per week, depending on your availability and schedule

                    Farm to City Volunteer

                    We are seeking passionate local food lovers to work closely with our office team 

                    Example projects and responsibilities:

                    • Research and adapt seasonal recipes that are curated based on weekly selections of ingredients supplied by our partner farmers and purveyors
                    • Assist in social media engagement, draft posts, take photos to highlight seasonal ingredients
                    • Research potential partners for events and promotion, building relationships with like-minded businesses in the food community
                    • Pitch event ideas, conduct outreach to venues and event partners, lead event planning and execution
                    • Update website with new seasonal images, farmer information, blog posts, event details, etc.
                    • Projects can be catered based on your interests and experience!

                    Qualifications

                    • Passionate about local food systems and knowledgeable about food businesses/organizations in NYC
                    • Independent worker who is able to take initiative on projects
                    • Curious about sustainable farming and impacts of regenerative agriculture
                    • Clear writing style and ability to communicate well with others
                    • Experience with food photography (preferred)
                    • Experience or interest in event planning (preferred) 
                    • Experience with creating content on Instagram for business purposes (preferred)
                    • Experience with Adobe Suite or Photoshop (preferred)

                      Time Commitment:

                      • 3 months minimum
                      • 6-12 hours per week, depending on your availability and schedule

                        Compensation:

                        Our volunteer team is the core of our community and we want to thank you with a complimentary weekly vegetable share, including five varieties of organic veggies from our local farmers (click here for examples of our amazing shares). Plus, enjoy a 15% discount on all our other share offerings, including cheese, milk, meat, eggs, fruit, and more!

                        To apply, send over your resume, one writing sample,  and one example of a blog topic you think would be brand aligned with Local Roots NYC and our mission. Email info@localroots.nyc.

                         

                         

                        Street Team
                        This is a volunteer position with minimal time commitment. Help us put flyers up at neighborhood cafes, leave postcards at events, or offer produce samples at our markets. 

                        Email info@localroots.nyc to sign up and help us spread the word about why local food is so important!