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Food Forward works to fight hunger and food waste in Southern California, and we’d love to have you join us. Please view our open positions and internships below.

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities. 


Internships

COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, 10 - 20 Hrs / Week out of our North Hollywood Office

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship position. We will work with students to arrange to receive credit from their school. Non-commuter miles may be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis.

POSITION OVERVIEW: Our organization has two volunteer-powered programs that place hundreds of volunteers at food-recovery events every month. We are looking for an office-based student intern to help with Food Forward's volunteer outreach and coordination. This person will work directly with the Volunteer Coordinator and our Program staff. This position provides an opportunity to become deeply involved with a diverse group of people in the urban food justice community, while working with a prominent and growing nonprofit.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Communication, public speaking, and outreach skills
  • How to engage individuals and groups in food justice work
  • Event coordination and recruitment
  • Writing for correspondence, posts and online media
  • Strategic partnership management
  • Data-driven approaches to recruitment and communication
  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California
  • The ins and outs of working at a growing non-profit organization

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Recruit volunteers to assist with our food recovery work
  • Manage communication with the volunteers in our programs
  • Create new partnerships with schools, universities, and organizations
  • Further engagement with volunteers through communication, education, and media
  • Promote volunteer retention and positive, fulfilling volunteer experiences
  • Complete an independent capstone project at the end of the internship term

 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger, food justice, and environmental issues. We are looking for an extremely detail-oriented person who enjoys communicating with people and engaging them in our mission.  They should be comfortable with public speaking in person and on the phone, have good writing skills, and be able to work with various personalities and temperaments. Lastly, they should be interested in learning more about working in the non-profit, community organizing, or volunteer fields.

Desired qualifications:

  • Pursuing a degree or a career in a related field
  • Ability to take initiative on projects
  • A supportive co-worker who is able to work well individually or collaboratively
  • Comfortable with lifting 40 pound boxes of fruit/vegetables
  • Ability to travel to Food Forward’s office in North Hollywood and offsite events
  • Willingness and availability to work some weekends

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please attach your current resume and write a cover letter in the body of an email explaining your interest in the position. Email volunteer@foodforward.org with the subject line reading, “Volunteer Program Assistant- (YOUR NAME HERE).”




COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, 10-20 hrs/week out of our Ventura County Branch office beginning in August or September  (must be available over the weekend)

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship position. We will work with students to arrange to receive credit from their school. Non-commuter miles may be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Ventura County branch of Food Forward is growing rapidly, and we are looking for a Program Assistant to help facilitate that growth. This position provides an opportunity to become involved in the urban food justice movement while working for a prominent and growing nonprofit. The Program Assistant will work directly with our Ventura County Branch Coordinator and Manager.  Food Forward is looking to expand the Youth Education Program in Ventura County and this position will be instrumental in reaching out to schools for participation.  

What you will learn:

  • Community organizing and outreach methods in cities, towns, and neighborhoods
  • School-based education and outreach 
  • The in’s and out’s of working at a growing non-profit
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Strategic planning, geographic growth, and program development
  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California
  • Seasonality of locally grown produce and fruit trees
  • Writing for communication and for online and print media
  • Event coordination and recruitment strategies

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Connect with local schools to enlist participation in Youth Education Program for spring 2018
  • Follow up with current property owners about scheduling harvests
  • Coordinate Backyard Harvest and Farmers Market Recovery program events 
  • Train as a Pick Leader and Community Ambassador
  • Lead Backyard Harvest events and engage new and returning volunteers
  • Organize and lead a Pick Leader/Property Scout training
  • Assist with data entry and record keeping
  • Recruit volunteers to become Pick Leaders and Community Ambassadors
  • Identify and form partnerships with key groups and organizations in Ventura County
  • Give presentations to community groups (i.e. community government, schools and school groups, churches & temples)
  • Assist with wholesale produce pick up and coordination
  • Interact with stakeholders including receiving agencies, market managers, volunteer groups, etc. and organize stakeholder contact information and data
  • Complete a summary report at the end of the internship term that details internship projects and future recommendations

 

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 both research and outreach work. He/she is comfortable with public speaking and  should be personable and able to communicate with various personalities and temperaments. The candidate should be familiar with Ventura County.

Other qualifications include:

  • Completed or pursuing a degree in a related field
  • Ability to take initiative on projects
  • A supportive co-worker who is able to work well individually or collaboratively
  • Comfortable with lifting 40 pound boxes of fruit/vegetables
  • Valid driver's license and access to a vehicle
  • Access to a laptop computer
  • Willingness and availability to work weekends

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please attach your current resume and write a cover letter in the body of an email explaining your interest in the position. Email volunteer@foodforward.org with the subject line reading, “Ventura County Program Assistant- (YOUR NAME HERE).”




COMMITMENT: 8-10 weeks, with 10-20 hrs/week out of our North Hollywood office and at various Farmers Markets across Los Angeles County. Weekend availability required.

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship position. Students please inquire about credit based internship opportunities. Non-commuter miles may be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis.

POSITION OVERVIEW: Our Farmers Market Recovery Program runs recovery “gleans” to collect produce at 19 (and counting) farmers markets across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties every week. We are looking for a student intern who can help our Program Staff coordinate our growing program and ensure that all of our market gleans run smoothly. This position will involve a great deal of work in the field at various markets (including weekend hours) across Los Angeles County, and will focus on training and leading volunteer teams as well as building program capacity at multiple locations. You will work directly with our Program Manager and Volunteer Coordinator.

What you will learn:

  • Community organizing and outreach methods in cities and neighborhoods
  • Volunteer engagement, leadership, and management
  • Public speaking, writing, and other communication skills
  • Training methods for volunteers and volunteer leaders
  • The in’s and out’s of working at a growing non-profit
  • How an organization expands to new geographic locations
  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Coordinate and lead volunteer teams at Farmers Markets across Los Angeles County
  • Recruit and bring on new volunteer leaders at Farmers Markets (may include organizing and leading a training session for new volunteer leaders)
  • Further volunteer engagement through education and appreciation
  • Assist with data compilation and analysis for the Farmers Market Recovery program

 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger and food justice issues. We are looking for a people-person with fantastic communication skills, and who is comfortable working with people from different backgrounds and of different temperaments. They should have familiarity with the different neighborhoods and cities in LA County, personal experience with farmers markets and/or food recovery work, and an interest in working with a diverse range of community partners.

Other qualifications include:

  • Completed or pursuing a degree in a related field
  • Ability to take initiative on projects
  • A supportive co-worker who is able to work well individually or collaboratively
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable with lifting 40 pound boxes of fruit/vegetables
  • Valid driver's license and access to a vehicle
  • Access to a laptop computer
  • Willingness and availability to work weekends

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please attach your current resume and write a cover letter in the body of an email explaining your interest in the position. Email volunteer@foodforward.org with the subject line reading, “FMR Program Assistant- (YOUR NAME HERE).”




COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, 10-20 hrs/week, based out of our North Hollywood office and at various offsite locations throughout Los Angeles County. The internship hours will primarily be weekdays between 9:30 am- 5:30 pm, with flexibility to work weekends.

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship position. We will work with students to arrange to receive credit from their school. Non-commuter miles may be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Backyard Harvest Program hosts 30-70 volunteer-led events each month to harvest and donate surplus produce across Los Angeles County. We are seeking an intern to help Backyard Harvest Program staff coordinate our growing program and ensure all of our events run smoothly. This position will involve a mixture of work in the office and in the field at locations across Los Angeles County, focusing on volunteer engagement and training, homeowner correspondence and recruitment, and regional based strategy and implementation. You will work directly with Backyard Harvest Coordinators.

What you will learn:

  • Community organizing and outreach methods in cities and neighborhoods
  • Strategic partnership management and outreach
  • Public speaking, writing, and other communication skills
  • Training methods for volunteers and volunteer leaders
  • The in’s and out’s of working at a growing non-profit
  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Regularly lead harvest events throughout LA County
  • Recruit new volunteer leaders
  • Manage communication with fruit donors, i.e. property owners with fruit trees
  • Complete an independent summary report at the end of the internship term
  • Volunteer with 2 other Food Forward food recovery and distribution programs

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger, food justice, and/or food waste and environmental issues. We are looking for an outgoing, detail-oriented person who enjoys communicating with people and engaging them in our mission. They should be comfortable with public speaking in person and on the phone, have good writing skills, and be able to work with various personalities and temperaments. They should also be interested in learning more about working in the non-profit, community organizing, or volunteer fields.

Other qualifications include:

  • Valid driver's license and regular access to a vehicle
  • Ability to take initiative on projects
  • Ability to work individually or collaboratively
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable with lifting 40 pound boxes of fruit
  • Access to a laptop computer
  • Willingness and availability to work weekends

HOW TO APPLY: Please attach your current resume and write a cover letter in the body of an email explaining your interest in the position. Email harvest@foodforward.org with the subject line reading, “BYH Harvest and Community Engagement Internship- (YOUR NAME HERE).”




COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, 10 - 20 Hrs / Week

LOCATION: North Hollywood

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship position. We will work with students to arrange to receive credit from their school. Non-commuter miles may be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis.

POSITION OVERVIEW: Food Forward donates 100% of the produce it recovers to over 200 diverse charities serving the hungry, while an additional 1600 agencies across 8 SoCal counties are fed indirectly through our pipeline. The diversity of populations served is vast, including children, veterans, the elderly, people fighting chronic illness, LGBTQIA, and homeless. Diversity and inclusion are top priorities for Food Forward and we value the richness of people’s lives, identities, and experiences.

We are looking for  student interns to help with Food Forward's diversity, inclusion, and community engagement efforts. This person(s) will work directly with the HR team to leverage broader recruitment resources, identify new and existing community partners/thought leaders for inclusivity partnership opportunities, and research best practices and programs for reaching people of diverse identities and backgrounds, and engage people of color communities.

This position will involve a great deal of research, tracking, cultivating relationships, and some fieldwork in Greater Los Angeles areas. This position provides an opportunity to put words into action by creating and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives within a prominent and growing nonprofit.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to conduct, analyze, and research various diversity projects.
  • How to identify community partners and determine potential areas of alignment
  • Qualification & competencies for various positions thru the lens of diversity & inclusion
  • Strategic partnership management and relationship building
  • Data-driven approaches to recruitment and communication
  • First-hand experience with food security work in Southern California
  • The ins and outs of working at a growing non-profit organization

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Understand Food Forward’s pipeline asset, discern gaps, and seek new connections to leverage broader recruitment resources
  • Re-evaluate qualification and competencies for targeted roles and establish new entry and mid-level positions
  • Identify new and existing community partners with the opportunity for and support young talent and community engagement
  • Identify community and/or thought leaders with shared goals/issues that are a priority in the people of color communities.
  • Create new partnerships with schools, universities, and organizations
  • Complete an independent capstone project at the end of the internship term

 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong and mature sensitivity working with people of diverse identities and backgrounds.  The individual must show interest in hunger, food justice, and environmental issues. We are looking for a detail-oriented person with skills for timely multi-tasking and strong professional writing and communication skills.

They should be comfortable with public speaking in person and on the phone and be able to work with various personalities and temperaments. Lastly, they should be interested in learning more about working in non-profit, community organizing, or HR fields.

Desired qualifications:

  • Pursuing a degree or a career in a related field
  • Ability to take initiative on projects
  • A supportive co-worker who is able to work well individually or collaboratively
  • Ability to travel to Food Forward’s office in North Hollywood and offsite events
  • Access to a laptop computer
  • Willingness and availability to work some weekends

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please attach your current resume and write a cover letter in the body of an email explaining your interest in the position. Email volunteer@foodforward.org with the subject line reading, “HR-DI & CE Assistant (YOUR NAME HERE).”