Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Seeking 2013 Summer Nutrition Intern

We are seeking applicants with experience in both nutrition and education to join the Youth Farm staff as the Summer Nutrition Intern for our Summer Youth Farmer Program. Program runs from July 3 – August 24 with an orientation week based on your availability and planning hours interspersed from May 15 – July 3. The applicant should be an enthusiastic self-starter with experience in public nutrition, lesson planning, team management, and motivating and inspiring teens. The ideal candidate should be equally comfortable taking initiative and working collaboratively in a close-knit team environment. While farm knowledge is appreciated, it is very important that applicants have experience and/or are interested in mentoring youth in leadership roles. We are committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity – we strongly welcome candidates from all backgrounds as we are committed to hiring staff that reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our school community.

Roles and responsibilities include:
  • Managing 10-15 youth farmers during cooking and food preparation lessons
  • Motivating and developing leadership skills in youth with the goal of having teens lead cooking demos and create their own recipes toward the end of the season.
  • Supporting teens in the creation of a supportive team environment
  • Working with farm team to evaluate how youth development objectives are being met
  • Motivating youth to engage in farm activities ranging from irrigation and weeding to marketing and selling at the farm stand

  • Nutrition or public health background: ideal position for a college intern wanting hands on experience
  • At least one season of farm/garden experience is desirable
  • Manage work hours effectively with experience supervising others
  • Outgoing and engaging personality
  • Experience with non-profits, urban farming, food preparation, and/or nutrition a plus

  • MUST be available Wednesdays (10-6) and Saturdays (10-4) from July 3 through August 24th as cooking program takes place Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Additionally, it is preferable that you can also join us Fridays (10-6) to continue team building with the group.

  • MUST be available for one week in May or June for farm orientation Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-3pm each day.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Anita Singh at The letter should include details of your availability, as well as details about your relevant experience. There is a monetary stipend available for this position, and also fresh harvested vegetables and herbs.