We are looking for a West LA summer intern!

POSITION: West Los Angeles* Outreach Ambassador
COMMITMENT: 10+ weeks, 20 hrs/week out of our North Hollywood office and in the field
Start Date: June 2015
ORGANIZATION: Food Forward (501c3 non-profit)

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: Food Forward rescues fresh, local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same. This food helps feed Southern California’s most vulnerable: be they children, homeless individuals, veterans, those with HIV/AIDS, women, low­‐income families, immigrants, or anyone who does not access to a sufficient quantity of food. We also aim to tap into an awareness and consciousness of sustainability and community building, and to become a bright voice on Southern California’s edible landscape around food security and food justice issues.

POSITION OVERVIEW: We are looking for a West Los Angeles Outreach Ambassador to assist with expanding Food Forward’s presence in Los Angeles’s Westside. This person will work directly with the Backyard Harvest Program Manager and Volunteer Manager. This position provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the urban food justice community, while working for a prominent and growing nonprofit. The West LA Outreach Ambassador will work with volunteer groups, fruit tree owners, schools, food distribution agencies and local press. Tasks include researching potential volunteer groups and food distribution agencies, community outreach, writing press articles, speaking at events, and leading harvests and farmers’ market gleans.

What you will learn:

  • Research and outreach methods within unique neighborhoods

  • The in’s and out’s of working at a growing non-profit

  • How to engage community members and groups

  • Communication and presentation skills

  • Strategic planning

  • How an organization expands to new geographic locations

  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California

  • Seasonality of locally grown produce and fruit trees

  • Writing and pitching promotional articles

  • Event coordination


  • Researching and developing different methods of recruitment and registration of properties with fruit trees

  • Writing and pitching articles for local press

  • Researching and recruiting potential volunteers and community partners

  • Representing Food Forward at tabling events and presentations

  • Identifying strong volunteers to train as event leaders

  • Frequent written communication in emails, postings and documents

  • Leading fruit picks and farmers market recovery events in West LA

QUALIFICATIONS: Ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger and food justice issues. We are looking for an extremely detail-oriented person who enjoys organizing and collecting data and information.  He/she is comfortable with public speaking and  should be personable and able to communicate with various personalities and temperaments. The candidate should be highly versed in West LA geography.

Other qualifications include:

  • Completed or pursuing a degree in a related field

  • Proven effective data management skills

  • Taking initiative on projects

  • Strong people and public speaking skills

  • A flexible team player who is able to work well under pressure and time constraints

  • Experience working in a fast paced environment

  • Strong knowledge of Westside geography, neighborhoods, and streets

  • Ability to effectively report results

  • Strong knowledge and comfort with WordPress, Powerpoint, and Social Media

  • Comfortable with lifting 40 pound boxes of fruit/vegetables

  • Valid drivers license and access to a vehicle

  • Willingness and availability to work some weekends

Compensation: Unpaid. All non-commuter miles will be reimbursed.

For current students: please inquire about credit based internship opportunities.

How to Apply: Send a cover letter in the body of the email and attach your resume in a PDF version to volunteer@foodforward.org. The subject line should read: West Los Angeles Outreach Ambassador – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

*West Los Angeles includes neighborhoods south of Malibu, west of the 405 and north of the 105 freeways.

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