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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 winter/spring! 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.


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.

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: 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.

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 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 starting in January/February, 10-12 hrs/week out of our Ventura County Branch office (must be available over the weekend)

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship position (unless otherwise funded by a grant/school program). 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 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. We are looking for an office-based volunteer to help with Food Forward's outreach and program coordination. This person will work directly with the Ventura County Branch Supervisor.

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A passion for food justice and community building
  • Strong communication and people skills, along with an ability to share the Food Forward mission to inspire volunteerism
  • The ability to coordinate many events at the same time
  • Knowledge of Ventura County
  • An interest in researching new and creative methods of volunteer engagement across Ventura
  • Experience in database management, social media, WordPress, Excel and Google Docs. PR experience is a plus!
  • A strong sense of being a team player
  • 1-2 years of experience; Grad + MBA students are welcome to apply

 

Areas of assistance include:

  • Follow Up with Property Owners
  • Reach Out to Potential Homeowners with Fruit Trees and Interested Volunteers
  • Train as Glean Team Leader, Pick Leader, and Community Ambassador
  • Organize Picks and Gleans
  • Assist with Data Entry and Record Keeping
  • Volunteer Group Outreach
  • Give Presentations to Community Groups in Thousand Oaks and at CSUCI
  • Coordinate Events for Backyard Harvest and Farmers Market Recovery Programs
  • Organizing Receiving Agency Information
  • Volunteer Coordination

 

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

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please attach your current resume as a PDF and create a cover letter in the body of the email explaining your interest in the position and email to volunteer@foodforward.org, with the subject line reading, “VC Program Assistant- (YOUR NAME HERE).” Only the applicants who follow directions will be considered. Students earning credit are encouraged to apply.

 




COMMITMENT: 8-10 weeks starting in January or February, 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 starting in January/February, 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).”




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

COMMITMENT: 3 - 6 months, 10 - 12 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.

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: 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: Food Forward is a community-powered organization that engages hundreds of volunteers, donors, and supporters through mass communications each month. We are looking for an proactive, creative person to assist with communications and marketing needs for the organization. This is a wonderful opportunity to get hands-on experience with various communications projects for a growing and dynamic non-profit. This person will work directly with the Outreach & Communications Manager.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Writing for correspondence, posts and online media
  • Best practices in non-profit, mission-based communications
  • Communication, public speaking, and outreach skills
  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California
  • The ins and outs of working at a growing non-profit organization

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Update and maintain Food Forward’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Strategize to improve growth and engagement on social media
  • Draft various monthly e-newsletters and manage subscribers
  • Write and create content for Food Forward’s blog
  • Update and maintain Food Forward’s online photo archive
  • Draft press releases and pitch stories to media
  • Update the Food Forward website, as needed
  • Craft unique storytelling methods for Food Forward via writing, video, and/or photos
  • Collaborate with staff to meet communications and outreach needs
  • Strengthen relationship with supporters through communication, education, and media

 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger, food justice, and environmental issues. We are looking for a creative and detail-oriented person who is proactive and able to think outside of the box.  They should be comfortable collaborating with various individuals, while also being able to work independently to complete projects in a timely manner. Lastly, they should be interested in learning more about working in the non-profit, marketing, or communications fields.

 

Other qualifications include:

  • Completed or pursuing a degree in a related field (marketing, communications, or public relations)
  • Knowledgeable about social media trends, tools, and platforms
  • Experienced in word processing, PowerPoint, and Excel. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop highly desired. Knowledge of HTML and graphic design a plus
  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications is a plus
  • Experience in shooting and editing video and photos is a plus
  • 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 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, “Communications Intern- (YOUR NAME HERE).”




COMMITMENT: 10 weeks starting in June, 10 -20 Hrs / Week out of our North Hollywood Office and at our Food Recovery Events

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: 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: Food Forward engages hundreds of volunteers each month to power our mission to recover fresh produce to donate to our partner hunger-relief agencies. In an effort to support our partner agencies and to help them make an even bigger impact in their community, our Wholesale Produce Recovery Program recently began engaging volunteers in produce distributions. We are looking for a student intern to help increase involvement in Food Forward’s newest volunteer program, expand Food Forward’s community outreach, and foster relationships with our partner organizations. This position will involve a great deal of fieldwork in South LA, especially in the Watts and Inglewood communities. This person will work directly with the Volunteer Coordinator and the Technology & Engagement Manager. 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:

  • Professional relationship building and strategic partnership management
  • How to engage individuals and groups in food justice work
  • Event planning and coordination
  • Volunteer management: recruitment, coordination, engagement and training
  • Public speaking, correspondence, and other communication skills
  • First hand experience with food security work in Southern California
  • The ins and outs of working at a growing non-profit organization

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Help to expand Food Forward’s newest volunteer program
  • Lead, support, and cultivate volunteers at our food distribution events
  • Recruit and bring on new volunteer leaders at the Free Farmers Market in Watts (may include organizing and leading a training session for new volunteer leaders)
  • Engage local groups to participate in volunteer events
  • Represent Food Forward through community events and presentations
  • Strengthen relationships with partner agencies and volunteers, through communication and collective action

 

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in hunger, food justice, and environmental issues. We are looking for a passionate leader 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 flexible, adaptable, and responsive to the needs of our community partners and volunteers. Lastly, they should be interested in learning more about working in the non-profit, community organizing, or social justice fields.

Other qualifications include:

  • Fluent in or comfortable speaking Spanish is a plus
  • Strong people, communication, writing, and public speaking skills
  • Completed or pursuing a degree in a related field
  • A supportive co-worker able to work well individually or collaboratively
  • A passion for food justice and community building
  • Ability to communicate with diverse communities across Southern California
  • Comfortable 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 regularly in South LA

 

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, “Food Equity & Access Intern- (YOUR NAME HERE).”




 

HOURS: 10-12 hours per week in the field in Ventura County and at the Ventura office

COMPENSATION: Unpaid. All non-commuter miles driven 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. We work with 7,000 volunteers across Los Angeles and Ventura County and our volunteers participate in approximately 100 events per month. The food we rescue through our Backyard Harvest and Farmers Market Recovery Programs helps feed Southern California's most vulnerable. 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 an field and office-based volunteer to help with Food Forward's program coordination. This person will work directly with the Ventura County Branch Supervisor.

An ideal candidate will have:

  • A passion for food justice and community building
  • Strong communication and people skills, along with an ability to share the Food Forward mission to inspire volunteerism
  • The ability to cultivate and a continuing and fulfilling volunteer experience
  • Knowledge of Ventura county
  • An interest in research, agriculture, and regional history
  • Leadership skills
  • A strong sense of being a team player
  • 1-2 years of experience; Grad + MBA students are welcome to apply

 

Areas of assistance include:

  • Leading Backyard Harvest Events
  • Researching history of specific regions in Ventura County
  • Compile place based information
  • Pilot Sharing of Ag/Historical Education Information at Events and Evaluating Successes and Best Practices on Pilot
  • Reporting to Supervisor and other Staff about Pilot
  • Developing creative methods of volunteer engagement
  • Building Relationships with Key Stakeholders
  • Organizing Events
  • Assisting with Data Entry and Record Keeping
  • Coordinating Events

 

HOW TO APPLY: Please attach your current resume as a PDF and create a cover letter in the body of the email explaining your interest in the position and email to volunteer@foodforward.org, with the subject line reading, “VC Field Rep- (YOUR NAME HERE).” Only the applicants who follow directions will be considered. Students earning credit are encouraged to apply.




COMMITMENT: 10 weeks, 8 Hrs / Week out of our North Hollywood Office and at our Food Recovery Events

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: 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: Food Forward is currently moving over a million pounds of recovered food a month, supporting a network of over 300 hunger fighting and food security building agencies spread out across 8 SoCal counties.  Food Forward’s newest department, Agency Relations, is tasked with managing relationships and building capacity across that vast network. Agency Relations is starting a new pilot project to collect reliable data about the individuals served by Food Forward’s network. The intern position will work side by side with the Agency Relations Associate and Agency Relations Manager to help improve Food Forward’s data collection methods and support RA’s data collection efforts.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Survey tool design, implementation, and data analysis
  • Strategic partnership management
  • Professional relationship building across a wide variety of non-profits
  • How to engage individuals and groups in food justice work
  • The ins and outs of working at a growing non-profit organization
  • Partner communication and outreach skills
  • Writing for correspondence
  • Gain a broad understanding of the Food Justice landscape across Southern California

 

INTERNSHIP GOALS:

  • Pilot a data collection project about our RA network
  • Learn database management, and help refine the RA data management process
  • Collaborate with Food Forward partners to increase network capacities
  • Conduct and manage RA surveys to collect network data

 

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 thinking strategically and making a good system better.  They should be comfortable with survey implementation and data collection, 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, data collection or research fields.

Other qualifications include:

  • Completed or pursuing a degree in a related field
  • Has experience in statistics or research
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems
  • A knack for “systems thinking”
  • A supportive co-worker who is able to work well individually or collaboratively
  • Valid driver's license and access to a vehicle
  • Access to a laptop computer

 

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, “Agency Relations Data Analyst Intern- (YOUR NAME HERE).”