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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 (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

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 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 Development Associate will report to the Director of Development. Joining a Development team of four, s/he will work in all areas of Food Forward’s fundraising efforts, assisting with the cultivation, soliciting, and stewarding of individuals, foundations, corporate partners, events, etc. The Development Associate will also provide key administrative support to the Executive Director and the Development Director.

The ideal candidate is passionate about hunger/food justice issues. S/he must be a self-starter who has an acute interest in non-profit fundraising. The Development Associate must possess exceptional organizational, communication, written, and critical thinking skills. These, along with ambition and a willingness to learn, are non-negotiable traits. Food Forward has been rapidly expanding since inception, and this position has great potential for growth!

 

Responsibilities:

  • Research donor prospects
  • Maintain donor correspondence
  • Assist in general communication outreach for all Development department needs
  • Work with the Development team to help strategize on how to improve donor engagement, identification, and cultivation efforts
  • Support the Executive Director and the Development Director by scheduling appointments and maintaining individual staff calendars, prepping for meetings, and other tasks as needed; assist the Executive Director in booking business travel
  • Keep the CRM database (Salesforce) current, managing donor prospects and other Development Department data compilation needs
  • Assist with other Development projects and events, as needed

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Administrative support experience is preferred
  • Keen passion for food justice is desired
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbally, for interaction with donors, stakeholders, and others within the organization
  • Excellent spelling and grammar skills, with the ability to proofread internal and external communications
  • Aptitude and affinity for organizing and formatting electronic data and documents
  • Exercises good judgment in handling confidential and sensitive information
  • Ability to manage time, prioritize, and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Fundamental understanding and/or proficiency in basic bookkeeping is preferred
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office
  • Experience working with Salesforce and/or other CRM or donor software is strongly preferred
  • Valid driver’s license and car insurance
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, open-space environment

 

Hours: Full Time, non-exempt position
Compensation: $16-$19 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: July 9th (flexible)

 

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, Development Assoc. – (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


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.



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).”