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Careers

Food Forward is currently seeking applications from people who are passionate about fighting hunger and food waste, and interested in working with Southern California’s premier gleaning nonprofit organization. Click on the links below to read the full career descriptions and to apply.

Internships

We are seeking student interns for this coming summer (and this spring semester as well)! Interns will be placed with members of our Program Staff and will work directly helping us to harvest food, fight hunger, and build community. Internship positions require 10 – 20 hours / week out of our North Hollywood or Ventura branch offices and in the field. Internship positions are unpaid, but students may arrange to receive credit from their college or university. Email volunteer@foodforward.org for more information.


Careers

Farmers Market Recovery Program Coordinator

(Full-Time, 40 hrs/Week; requires 2 weekend days/month)

Organization: Food Forward, Inc a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, www.foodforward.org

Location: North Hollywood, CA

Organizational Overview: Food Forward’s mission is to fight hunger and prevent food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are rescued from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In the last 9 years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 55 million pounds (more than 200 million servings) of fresh produce, preventing nearly 19,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent from polluting the atmosphere. With a small staff, hundreds of community partners, and the power of 7,000+ volunteers, we will help over 1.75 million Southern Californians experiencing food insecurity this year. *See our core values posted below.

The Program:

The Farmers Market Recovery Program (FMR) is an innovative program that gleans unsold produce from farmers markets and distributes it to hunger relief agencies around Los Angeles. The program perfectly aligns with Food Forward’s mission, as it addresses the problems of food waste that are often present at farmers markets while combating hunger and food access injustices. The FMR program currently has weekly volunteer events at 23 markets across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

The Position:

The Program Coordinator will report to the FMR Manager and will play an important role in organizing and deepening the program. Weekly responsibilities of the Program Coordinator include coordinating and retaining lead volunteers; maintaining program logistics; data collection, and; reporting detailed program information to the FMR Manager. Long-term projects will include assisting in the launch of new market gleaning programs, engaging with program stakeholders, and supporting volunteer and vendor appreciation efforts. The Program Coordinator will have the opportunity to offer new ideas and techniques to improve the program.

The Schedule:

Most work would be completed Monday through Friday. At least two weekend work days are required per month to accommodate the weekend markets. Weekend work would consist of volunteer and logistics support and in-the-field market visits for quality control and restocking of equipment.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Valid Class C Driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Ability to lift and move boxes of produce weighing up to 45 lbs from ground
  • Availability to work on Saturdays and Sundays when needed and commit to 40 hours of work per week

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Extremely organized and efficient with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Team player excited to work with an eclectic bunch of individuals
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Google Drive, and Dropbox
  • Has passion centered around Food Forward’s goals
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, open-space environment

Hours: Full Time, non-exempt position

Compensation: $15-$18 an hour, d.o.e.

Benefits:

  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Work flexibility
  • 100% Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage

Start Date: ASAP

How to Apply:

Send a cover letter in the body of the email including: 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be and why? Please attach your resume as a PDF and send to career@foodforward.org.

The subject line should read, Farmers Market Recovery Program Coordinator – (Your Name).  No phone calls please.  Please follow these instructions to insure that we process your application.

Food Forward strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, people with disabilities, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply.

Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.



Organization: Food Forward, Inc - a 501 (c)(3) non-profit

Position: Outreach & Communications Coordinator (Entry-level)

Hours: Full-time

Organizational Overview: Food Forward’s mission is to fight hunger and prevent food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are rescued from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In the last 9 years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 50 million pounds (more than 200 million servings) of fresh produce, preventing nearly 19,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent from polluting the atmosphere. With a small staff, hundreds of community partners, and the power of 7,000+ volunteers, we will help over 1.75 million Southern Californians experiencing food insecurity this year. *See our core values posted below.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Outreach & Communications Coordinator will directly report to the Outreach & Communications Director and will be working closely with and within our Volunteer Outreach team. S/he must be passionate about Food Forward’s work across Southern California and enthusiastic to share it with our large network of volunteers and supporters. The individual is a people-person who is skilled in mass outreach methods, such as social media, email, and website content.

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger, food justice, and environmental issues. We are looking for an extremely detail-oriented, creative, and proactive person who enjoys communicating with people and engaging them in our mission. They should be comfortable with speaking in public and on the phone, have excellent 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 communications fields. 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.

 

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Write and create content for Food Forward’s social media platforms and blog
  • Engage with followers across all social media platforms
  • Draft bi-weekly e-newsletter, in addition to fundraising campaign and special events e-blasts
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to support continued engagement of volunteers
  • Engage local groups to participate in volunteer events
  • Coordinate Food Forward’s group of outreach volunteers, Community Ambassadors
  • Research and manage logistics of outreach events and opportunities
  • Attend presentations and outreach events as needed
  • Update and maintain Food Forward press list and media archive
  • Maintain and update Food Forward’s Flickr photo archive
  • Update statistics and information across Food Forward’s website
  • Manage social media and media email accounts for the organization
  • Represent Food Forward at food recovery events in the field as needed
  • Help to maintain and update Food Forward’s volunteer management software & database

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 1 year experience in a fast-paced environment -- non-profit or start-up desired, and/or Bachelor’s degree in communications, urban studies, food studies, social services or related field
  • Strong people, communication, writing, and public speaking skills
  • Extremely organized with excellent attention to detail
  • A passion for food justice and community building
  • Experience with social media platforms, specifically Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Experience using Excel, Google Sheets, and Google Docs
  • Ability to communicate with diverse communities across Southern California
  • A supportive co-worker who can work individually or collaboratively
  • A valid CA driver's license
  • Willingness to work on weekends or after hours
  • Able to lift 40-60 lbs
  • Desired: experience with Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Desired: experience in shooting and editing video and photos
  • Desired: experience managing social media for a company, brand, or non-profit

 

Hours: Full Time, non-exempt position

Compensation: $15-$18 an hour, d.o.e.

Benefits:

  • 100% Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work flexibility

 

Start Date: September 4

How to Apply: Send a cover letter in the body of the email including: 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be and why? Please attach your resume as a PDF and send to career@foodforward.org.

The subject line should read, Outreach & Communications Coordinator. – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application.

Food Forward strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply.

 

*Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.

 


career@foodforward.org


ORGANIZATION: Food Forward (501c3 non-profit), www.foodforward.org

POSITION: Ventura County Branch Coordinator

HOURS: Part-Time position, 28 hours per week with room for advancement

 

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: Food Forward’s mission is to fight hunger and prevent food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are rescued from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. In the last 9 years, Food Forward’s programs have rescued over 50 million pounds (more than 200 million servings) of fresh produce, preventing nearly 19,000 metric tons of carbon equivalent from polluting the atmosphere. With a small staff, hundreds of community partners, and the power of 7,000+ volunteers, we will help over 1.75 million Southern Californians experiencing food insecurity this year. *See our core values posted below.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

The Backyard Harvest Program (BYH) started in 2009 in the San Fernando Valley when two volunteers harvested over 800 pounds of tangerines from a single tree. To date, we have donated over 2 million pounds to over 100 receiving agencies in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The Backyard Harvest Program administers a volunteer-based, systematized collection of produce from backyards, farms and orchards in our region that might otherwise go to waste.  Instead, 100% of this fruit is donated to agencies serving those in need.

The Farmers Market Recovery Program (FMR) is an innovative program that gleans the unsold produce from farmers markets and distributes it to hunger relief agencies. The program perfectly aligns with Food Forward’s mission, as it addresses the problems of food waste that are often present at farmers markets while combating urban hunger and food access injustices. The FMR program currently has weekly volunteer events at 24 (and counting) markets across Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The Wholesale Recovery Program (WRP) is our newest program that recovers over 1 million pounds of fresh produce from the LA Downtown Wholesale Market and from various wholesale distributors in Ventura County each month.  This enormous amount of fresh, wholesome produced is trucked throughout Southern California to larger receiving agencies that can manage those quantities, sharing it with smaller agencies in their immediate vicinity.  

 

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Ventura County Branch Coordinator will report to the Ventura County Branch Manager.  This person will play an important role in supporting and expanding existing programs. This position is an entry-level position and provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the urban food justice community, while working to grow the organization’s presence in Ventura County.

Weekly responsibilities for the Backyard Harvest program include communicating with property owners who have fruit trees, scheduling and coordinating harvesting events, serving as point-of-contact for Food Forward for 40+ trained event leaders in addition to the hundreds of volunteers that participate in events throughout the year.

Weekly responsibilities for the Farmers Market Recovery program include maintaining program logistics, data collection, program reporting, and volunteer and event coordination.  The Coordinator will work with the Branch Manager and other staff on Wholesale Program, receiving agency relations and general outreach activities as needed.

In addition, she/he will be responsible for equipment drop-off and produce pick-ups from donors throughout Ventura County and beyond, delivering the produce donations to receiving agencies, and keeping accurate records of donations. Other duties will include maintenance of harvesting equipment, data entry, scouting properties, assisting with coordination of special events and community outreach.

The person would primarily be using Food Forward vehicles, however, reliable transport to and from the office is essential. The Coordinator is expected to work most weekends and must be able to lift and carry boxes weighing in excess of 55 pounds on a regular basis.  

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Mandatory availability most Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and at least one other day per week
  • Extremely organized and efficient with excellent attention to detail
  • Minimum 2 years experience in a fast-paced, hands-on job related to social justice, anti-hunger, environmental and/or food systems, and/or Bachelor’s degree in social services, environmental science or business management
  • Ability to lift and carry boxes of produce weighing up to 55 lbs repeatedly from ground to vehicles and over unstable ground
  • Ability to represent Food Forward as a Community Ambassador to engage various stakeholders
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry,  grasp, reach and stoop as needed
  • Proven effective data and project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English
  • Ability to load and properly use picking equipment such as but not limited to 6 and 8 foot ladders, picker poles, hand trucks, pallet jack and/or fork lift
  • Good geographical knowledge of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties
  • Maintain Valid Class C Driver’s license and clean driving record

 

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to drive large utility-style vans and trucks in compliance of traffic and safety laws
  • Ability to work as a part of team and also comfortable working independently
  • Creative problem-solving skills and ability to make and act on decisions quickly
  • Experience with volunteer coordination
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software and Google Drive, Docs & Sheets
  • Knowledge of locally grown fruit tree varieties, including harvest seasons, tree size and shape, fruit qualities
  • Proficiency speaking Spanish is a plus
  • Fundraising and special event planning/coordination a plus
  • Marketing and community outreach experience a plus

 

HOURS: Part-Time position, 28 hours per week

Wage: $15-$18/hr depending on experience.

BENEFITS:

  • 100% Medical, Vision, and life insurance upon full time employment status
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • 5 days of PTO for part time staff with additional sick days
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and work flexibility

 

TO APPLY:

Send a cover letter in the body of the email including where you discovered this listing, which variety of produce you would be and why, and attach your resume in a PDF version to career@foodforward.org.

The subject line must read, VC Branch Coordinator – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to ensure we process your application.

Food Forward strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply.

 

*Food Forward Core Values:

  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work.
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment.
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity.
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity.
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally.

career@foodforward.org


Internships

COMMITMENT: 10 - 12 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 23 (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 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: 3-6 months, with 10-15 hrs/week out of our North Hollywood office and at various offsite locations throughout Los Angeles County.

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.

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 have 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: The Backyard Harvest Program  hosts 30-70 volunteer-led events each month to harvest and donate surplus produce across Los Angeles County. We are looking for an intern who can help the Backyard Harvest staff  coordinate our growing program and ensure that 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, and will focus on volunteer engagement and training, homeowner correspondence and recruitment, and regional expansion strategy and implementation. You will work directly with our 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
  • How an organization expands to new geographic locations
  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Regularly lead harvest events throughout LA County
  • Recruit and train new volunteer leads
  • Assist with the expansion of the Backyard Harvest Program in new regions and community gardens
  • Manage communication with the fruit donors and receiving agencies
  • Complete an independent summary report 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 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. Lastly, they should be interested in learning more about working in the non-profit, community organizing, or volunteer fields.

Other qualifications include:

  • Valid driver's license and access to a vehicle on a regular basis
  • 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
  • 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 Program Assistant- (YOUR NAME HERE).”