Nutrition Education Intern

By July 13, 2020 No Comments

Website Yolo Food Bank

Description, Compensation and Benefits:

The Nutrition Education Intern assists the Program Coordinator with developing and conducting fresh food nutrition education and activities at designated distribution sites to adults and school children throughout Yolo County. In addition to researching, developing and distributing educational materials focused on identifying, learning about and using a wide variety of fresh produce, this position will develop and conduct cooking demonstrations and taste tests with clients as well as conduct and analyze client surveys. Ability to speak Russian, Ukrainian or Spanish preferred. Specifically, the Nutrition Assistant will assist with nutrition education at distribution sites for YFB's Eat Well Yolo, and when open, Kids Farmers Market programs as follows:
  • Research, develop and/or distribute educational materials and recipes promoting the use of locally sourced, nutritious and fresh foods that should engage clients of diverse ages, cultures, ethnicities, and food knowledge.
  • Research, develop and/or conduct nutrition education activities (in-person or electronically), including conducting cooking or technique demonstrations and taste tests, and identifying and learning about different fresh foods and how they’re grown.
  • Work collaboratively with International Rescue Committee staff on developing and conducting joint educational projects that promote an understanding of how fresh and locally sourced produce is grown and different ways it can be used nutritiously. Assist with developing and conducting food- and nutrition-related client surveys during distributions.
  • Using Excel spreadsheets, analyze survey results in order to provide insights on improving nutrition education and food offerings.
  • Model YFB core values and organizational culture in all work efforts.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.
6- to 8-month term; 10 hours per week, typically between 10am and 3pm; Monday through Friday.

$15/hour, pro-rated paid time off.

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

The ideal candidate will be working toward completing an undergraduate or graduate degree, preferably in a program related to nutrition, education or agriculture. In addition, they will possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Able to drive own transportation up to ten (10) hours per week, primarily to work at distribution sites throughout Yolo County.
  • Able to work at distribution sites, often in open-air environments, with physical and weather-related demands, with or without accommodation.
  • Strong work and team ethic; able to work effectively with a diverse community of staff, peers, volunteers (including those with court-assigned community service), and clients.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and electronic email).
  • Excellent communication (written and oral), business writing and presentation skills.
  • Good planning, decision-making and organizing skills.
  • Strong focus on details and accuracy in all aspects of duties.
  • Proficient in learning and using electronic systems and databases.
  • Able to learn and safely operate manual and electric pallet jacks.
  • Able to plan, initiate and manage multiple tasks despite frequent interruptions and deadlines with accuracy, flexibility and professionalism.
  • Able to make decisions in a changing environment, anticipate future needs, respond to unanticipated events, and meet deadlines.
  • Able to work positively and effectively with difficult stakeholders (internal and external) in person or over the phone.
  • Able to work independently with little supervision.
  • All positions at YFB are required to serve as ambassadors for our work, and to develop and enhance a flexible, resourceful, creative, curious, collaborative, compassionate, and visionary approach to accomplishing individual and organization-wide goals and objectives.
  • Valid California driver’s license and proof of insurance.

Application Instructions:

Please submit resume and letter of interest with Nutrition Education Intern and your last name in the subject line to Lorna Carriveau, Human Resources Adviser, [email protected]. Applicant screening will be ongoing until the position is filled as the goal is to complete the recruitment process at the earliest opportunity and welcome a new Programs team member as soon as possible.

About the Organization:

In executing its mission to end hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County, YFB positively impacts the lives of more than 44,000 people who live in poverty in Yolo County. We provide for 55,000 food distribution visits each month at more than 80 locations via a network of 200 partnerships with food donors, distribution sites and relationships with 72 local nonprofit organizations. This work is propelled from our nearly year-old 42,000 square foot food recovery warehouse and operations facility. The facility offers the programmatic promise and capacity expansion potential to meet the full food security need of Yolo County, and to simultaneously shift the nutritional paradigm of the community. Not only is YFB’s mission to end hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County, YFB actively reduces poverty in the county by advancing environmental, social, and economic sustainability.