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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 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.


Careers

Organization: Food Forward, Inc - a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, www.foodforward.org
Position: kNOw Waste Classroom Educator
Hours: 10 hour training in Dec 2018/early Jan 2019, followed by 3-4 hours a week January - April 2019
Location: Training will take place at our offices in North Hollywood and remainder of position will take place onsite at elementary schools located in LA County. Exact locations TBD.

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same. With the volunteer-power of over 7,000 registered volunteers and a small staff, we will help feed over 1.25 million Southern Californians in need with healthy, nutritious, otherwise wasted produce this year.

Program Overview: Food Forward’s kNOw Waste Program is an interdisciplinary, standards-aligned 5th grade curriculum that introduces students to the connections between reducing food waste, improving environmental outcomes, hunger as a social concern, and the importance of utilizing surplus to meet the needs of the food insecure. Since the fall of 2016, Food Forward has implemented kNOw Waste in 10+ elementary schools throughout Los Angeles, reaching over 1,000 fifth grade students. Position Description: The kNOw Waste Classroom Educator is a contract position that will report to the Education Manager. S/he will be responsible for providing onsite lesson instruction for multiple classes of 25+ fifth grade students at elementary schools located throughout LA County. The ideal candidate is passionate about hunger/food justice issues and youth education. This position is the perfect fit for someone with a flexible schedule and the desire to be a part of an exciting youth engagement program unlike any other. This position is a great opportunity for new educators to gain hands-on experience, or for retired teachers to dip their toes back in the classroom.

Responsibilities:

● Attend curriculum training at Food Forward offices in North Hollywood and onsite at schools prior to beginning classroom instruction
● Lead the instruction of kNOw Waste lessons, provided weekly to 2-4 classes of fifth grade students during regular school hours (information on exact school locations and teaching period time frame will be provided closer to the start of the program)
● Provide weekly school updates to Education Manager
● Provide support to classroom teachers as needed
● Obtain and prepare any required program components for lessons from Food Forward office ● Ability to lift and carry supplies up to 30 lbs
● Attend program wrap up meeting at Food Forward office following the completion of lessons

Requirements:

● Experience and passion to work with children
● Excellent oral and written communications skills
● Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
● Ability to adapt to changing educational environments
● Passionate understanding of the need to engage younger generations in the discourse about food waste and insecurity
● Bachelor’s degree preferred

Hours: 10 hour training in Dec 2018 or early Jan 2019, followed by 3-4 hours a week January - April 2019
Compensation: $20-25/hr, depending on experience

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 education@foodforward.org. The subject line should read, kNOw Waste Classroom Educator – (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.


education@foodforward.org


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

Position: Food Forward Field Coordinator

Hours: Full-time

Location: North Hollywood, CA

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Our produce is recovered mostly in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties but reaches those in need in eight Southern California counties via distribution by hundreds of hunger relief agencies across virtually all social service sectors: homeless outreach, domestic violence shelters, street youth homes, veteran services, LGBT teen/adult/senior services, after-school programs, the mentally disabled, low-income college programs, and many more. With the volunteer-power of over 7,000 registered volunteers and a modest staff, we will help feed over 1.75 million Southern Californians in need this year alone. *See our core values posted below.

Department Overview: The Agency Relations Department provides internal and external support for the ongoing development and maintenance of Receiving Agency (RA) relationships. The Department supports Food Forward’s workflows, efficiency, and accountability for the vast amounts of fresh produce recovered by the Backyard Harvest, Farmers Market Recovery, and Wholesale Recovery Programs. Additionally, the Department collaborates with the many agencies partnering with Food Forward to distribute this food across Southern California and beyond. Since 2017, Food Forward has worked alongside partners in South LA, Watts, Inglewood, and Simi Valley to successfully pilot a Produce Pick-Up program to more seamlessly connect a portion of Food Forward’s many millions of pounds of recovered fresh produce to food insecure individuals.

Position Description: Food Forward is hiring a Field Coordinator to take the lead on sustaining and scaling the Produce Pick-Up project which creates direct healthy food access to underserved communities. In addition to supporting the Produce Pick-Ups, the Field Coordinator will interface with our Receiving Agencies and community partners, acting as a key collaborator in the development and growth of the Agency Relations Department as new partnerships in new geographies are added. The ideal candidate is a “roll-up-your-sleeves” type of leader that is passionate about food justice, hunger relief, volunteer management, and dynamic community building. They will work well under pressure, be an on-the-fly problem solver, and be a time management expert. This position reports to the Agency Relations & Field Manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as point of contact between the various Food Forward programs and departments and the Agency Relations Department, overseeing their needs as well as what is needed to make Produce Pick-Ups run smoothly.
  • Serve as onsite Food Forward staff lead for existing Produce Pick-Ups involving Food Forward volunteers and additional Produce Pick-Ups to be added in the future.
  • Develop and run various orientations and training events as well as oversee volunteer engagement at each Food Forward volunteer-participating Produce Pick-Up.
  • Ensure permitting/food safety compliance across our Agency Relations Department and provide support for compliance by Receiving Agencies.
  • Collaborate with Volunteer Department to identify and conduct outreach to potential Produce Pick-Up volunteer leaders.
  • Coordinate the scheduling of Produce Pick-Up volunteer leaders and fill in at unstaffed events as needed.
  • Ensure all equipment and material packing and delivery for each Pick-Up, as well as return, resupply, and restock as necessary.
  • Deliver produce, as needed, to Produce Pick-Ups, using Food Forward vehicles.
  • Participate in regular planning calls with partners, Volunteer Department, and Wholesale Recovery Program in support of existing and future Produce Pick-Ups.
  • Serve as point of contact for Agency Relations Department communication and Memoranda Of Understanding with partner Receiving Agencies.
  • Consolidate and maintain metrics for each Produce Pick-Up from Volunteer Department, Wholesale Recovery Program, and partner organizations.
  • Assist in the onboarding process (vetting, recordkeeping, site visiting, etc.) for any secondary partner agencies receiving produce from Food Forward.
  • Collaborate with development, volunteer, and program teams on the assessment and development of new Agency Relations Department partnerships.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • 1-3 years of social justice, anti-hunger, or food system experience, preferably in a dynamic hands-on environment; Bachelor’s degree a plus but not required.
  • Congenial, empathic demeanor and deep cultural sensitivity as it relates to underserved communities of all types.
  • Must possess or obtain, within 30 days of hiring, State of California Food Handlers Certificate (online).
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English.
  • Strong communication and relationship building skills, with comfort representing Food Forward in an outward facing on the ground role.
  • Flexible, team player able to adapt easily to change or spontaneous shifts in workflow.
  • Must be extremely proactive and demonstrate high positive energy and leadership skills.
  • Have a high degree of comfort working collaboratively.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
  • Comfortable working with large databases.
  • Valid Class C Driver’s license with no more than 2 points on the MVR and access to reliable transportation.
  • Able to comfortably drive a large flatbed truck and utility van.
  • Comfortable using a pallet jack, or willingness to learn.
  • Able to lift boxes of produce up to 50 lbs, repeatedly. Comfortable standing and moving for several hours at a time.
  • Strong working knowledge of Southern California geography.
  • Willingness to travel regionally on a regular basis, occasionally working early/late hours and/or weekends.
  • Proficiency in speaking Spanish a plus.

 

Hours: Full Time, non-exempt position

Compensation: $15 - $18 / Hour DOE

Benefits:

  • Medical, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage for full-time staff
  • 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

 

How to Apply: Send a cover letter in the body of an email to career@foodforward.org with your resume attached as a PDF. In your cover letter, be sure to include (1) where you discovered this listing and (2) an answer to the following question: if you were a variety of produce, which variety of produce would you be and why?

The subject line of your email should read, Food Forward Field Coordinator – (Your Name). No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure we process your application.

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.




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  (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:

  • Pursuing a degree or 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 Ventura and to offsite events around Ventura County
  • 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, with 10-20 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.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Backyard Harvest Program  hosts 30-70 volunteer-led events each month to harvest and donate surplus produce across Los Angeles County and into the Inland Valley. 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
  • Manage communication with the fruit donors, i.e. homeowners with fruit trees
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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), foodforward.org
COMMITMENT: This is a volunteer position for 10 - 20 hrs/week during the fall and/or spring 2018/2019 (start date as early as November 2018-April 2019), based out of our North Hollywood office and at elementary schools across Los Angeles County. Hours are generally flexible, but will require some early morning hours at school sites while programs are in session.

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, 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, and 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’s kNOw Waste Education Program is an interdisciplinary, standards-aligned 5th grade curriculum aiming to include students in the conversation about issues within our current food system, including food waste and food insecurity. We are seeking an individual interested in gaining valuable experience in youth education, food systems and nonprofit program development to assist our Education Manager with the preparation and implementation of this program. This position will involve working both at our office in North Hollywood and onsite in elementary school classrooms located throughout Los Angeles County. This position works directly with our Education Manager and Classroom Educators.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assist with school and educator outreach and onboarding/hiring
Help to acquire, organize and transport program materials
Support Food Forward educators in the classroom
● Aid communication with educators and school staff
Maintain current and accurate information about all program applicants and participants
Help with the analysis of program assessments
Create materials showcasing student work to aid development projects
Compile online resource library, to include curriculum materials and/or resources
● Support development of training resources

BENEFITS:

● Hands-on experience teaching food systems to elementary school students
● Strategic partnership management and outreach with teachers and administration
● Understanding of development process for training educators and volunteers
● Valuable experience working in a dynamic, diverse, and growing non-profit
● Opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students, their families and the community

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in food justice issues & education. 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 a flexible schedule and be available to regularly work early mornings, a familiarity with the different neighborhoods and cities in LA County, and a strong interest in working with young students in an educational setting.

Other qualifications include:

● Completed or pursuing a bachelor’s degree
● Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
● Strong organizational and time-management skills
● Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Google docs and Dropbox
● Independent, highly organized and detail-oriented
● Energetic, hard-working and enthusiastic team player
● Valid driver's license and access to a vehicle
● Access to a laptop computer

COMPENSATION: This volunteer position is unpaid; Non-commuter miles may be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis.

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 education@foodforward.org .

The subject line should read, kNOw Waste Education Program Assistant – (Your Name). No phone calls please. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application


education@foodforward.org


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).”