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Food Forward is working to fight hunger and food waste in Southern California, and we’d love to have you join us.

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! 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

Ventura County Backyard Harvest Program Part-time Driver

HOURS: 2-5 hours per week, as needed. Availability on Tuesday mornings, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are required.

COMPENSATION: Compensation to commensurate with experience. All non-commuter miles driven with personal vehicle will be reimbursed.  

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: Food Forward’s mission is to rescue 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 beyond. 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

BACKYARD HARVEST PROGRAM: The Backyard Harvesting Program started in 2009 in the San Fernando Valley when two volunteers harvested over 800 pounds of tangerines from a single tree. To date, this program has donated over 2 million pounds to over 60 local receiving agencies in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties (with some additional work done in Santa Barbara, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties). The Backyard Harvesting Program administers a volunteer-­‐based, systematized collection of produce that would otherwise go to waste from backyard fruit trees and commercial orchards. 100% of this fruit is donated to agencies serving those in need.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Backyard Harvest Program Driver is responsible for transporting equipment to and from events in Ventura County. This position may also assist with Wholesale Produce Recovery operations.  Driver is required to have a clean driving record and be able to lift the necessary equipment including but not limited to ladders, picker poles, and boxes weighing approximately 40 to 50 pounds. The driver would use the Food Forward vehicle, however, reliable transport to and from the office is required. The Driver will pick up equipment from either storage hubs or warehouse and deliver it to backyards or farm harvest locations. After the two-hour harvest, Driver will pick up equipment and return it to storage hub or warehouse.  By fulfilling this position, Driver will have the opportunity to connect with volunteers, fruit donors, receiving agencies, and other community partners. Driver is expected to provide excellent customer service and keep in regular contact with VC Branch Manager.  This position will support the Ventura County Backyard Harvest program in creating an opportunity for program growth and providing the necessary equipment to events in the community of the Driver.

Drivers are needed in the following communities: Oxnard,Thousand Oaks/Conejo Valley and Simi Valley. Warehouse and office is located in Ventura, CA.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Valid Class C Driver’s License
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Ability to drive large utility-style vans and trucks in compliance of all traffic and safety laws
  • Clean driving record
  • Ability to lift and move boxes of produce weighing up to 55 pounds from ground to vehicles
  • Ability to load picking equipment such as 8’ and 12’ ladders, picker poles, and maneuver hand trucks at harvests

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Extremely organized and efficient with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal communication both on the phone and in person
  • Excellent written communication
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Be a Team Player
  • Good geographical knowledge of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to make and act on decision quickly
  • Excited to represent Food Forward as a community ambassador engaging homeowners, volunteers and hunger relief agencies

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please email info@foodforward.org to let us know if you are interested in this position. Please include "Ventura County Part-Time Driver" in the subject line, and include a resume with 3 references and contact information.




Internships

COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, 15-20 hrs/week out of our Ventura County Branch office beginning in May (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 deeply involved in the urban food justice community while working for a prominent and growing nonprofit. The Program Assistant will work directly with our Ventura County Branch Coordinator and Manager.

What you will learn:

  • Community organizing and outreach methods in cities, towns, and neighborhoods
  • 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:

  • Follow up with current property owners about scheduling harvests
  • Coordinate Backyard Harvest and Farmers Market Recovery program events
  • Reach out to potential homeowners with fruit trees and interested volunteers
  • 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
  • Identify large fruit tree properties where we can accommodate 20+ volunteers
  • 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: 10 weeks starting in June, 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 18 (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, 15 - 20 Hrs / week out of our North Hollywood Office and at our produce recovery events / partner agency sites

STARTING DATE: June 1, 2017

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 is looking for an intern with experience in capturing documentary-style video and photo. This person will work with our Outreach & Communications Manager to document Food Forward’s work to recover fresh fruits and vegetables for people in need and the agencies that Food Forward donates fresh produce to.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to collaborate with various stakeholders to document a non-profit’s work through video and photo

  • Effective message crafting and storytelling

  • Best practices in non-profit, mission-based communications

  • First-hand experience with food security work in Southern California

  • The ins and outs of working at a growing non-profit organization


 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Photography and videography of hunger relief agencies 

  • Photography and videography of Food Forward’s produce recovery events

  • Documenting the impact Food Forward’s work has across Southern California

  • Completing four 3 - 5 minute videos that highlight Food Forward’s relationship with regional hunger-relief agencies

  • Toning, retouching, and watermarking digital photos

  • Sizing images for print and web

  • Assisting with other photo and video needs as time permits

  • Additional tasks as assigned by supervisor


 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger, food justice, and environmental issues. We are looking for someone who is creative, skilled in storytelling, and experienced in photo and video editing. This person should have a collaborative spirit, be comfortable working with many different types of people, and have strong time management skills. The ability to finish big projects in a timely manner is a must!

 

Other qualifications include:

  • Experience with documentary-style photography and videography

  • Passion for communicating compelling stories through a visual medium

  • Ability to work independently

  • Strong communication skills needed to manage working with an off-site supervisor

  • Great organizational skills

  • Prior photo and video editing skills, experience with Mac OS, Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Lightroom, and iMovie.

  • Personal computer with Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Lightroom, and iMovie
  • Photo portfolio and/or video reel submission required

  • Commitment to Food Forward’s work and mission

  • Access to a vehicle

 

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, “Photo and Video Intern - (YOUR NAME HERE).”