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VERMONT FOODBANK Food Access and Nutrition Outreach Internship – Chittenden County (Vermont Foodbank)

Organization Vermont Foodbank
Location 33 Parker Road
Barre, VT 05641
Description

VERMONT FOODBANK

Food Access and Nutrition Outreach Internship – Chittenden County

Part-time, nonexempt, grant-funded, paid internship

General Responsibilities:

The Vermont Foodbank is seeking a Food Access and Nutrition Outreach Intern in Chittenden County. This is a grant-funded position.

This position will be based out of the Burlington area. Primary responsibilities involve conducting VT Fresh cooking demonstrations and nutrition education activities at partnering food shelves and mobile food pantry locations within Chittenden County.

VT Fresh is a nutrition education program of the Vermont Foodbank that aims to increase utilization of fresh foods by our Network Partner food shelves and food shelf visitors. The intern would have primary responsibility for implementing the cooking demonstrations at 1-2 sites each week during the internship experience.

Additionally, the intern will work on one or more special projects identified by supervisor, including but not limited to researching best practices and systems around distributing culturally appropriate foods in Chittenden County

The intern will maintain proper tracking and reporting procedures specific to the VT Fresh program. Position will require some instate travel and occasional weekends and evenings. This is a physical position that involves lifting, bending and driving a personal vehicle.

They work closely with the Agriculture and Community Outreach Manager to promote community wellness as it relates to access to fresh produce, nutrition education, and food security. They will be expected to ensure that program goals are met and assist with program development, implementation and evaluation.

The internship is a total of 300 hours, approximately 8-12 hours/week, with varied days/times throughout the week. On occasion, other days, evenings and/or weekends may be requested. Approximately 1 – 2 hours of each week will require travel utilizing a personal vehicle. Mileage reimbursement will be provided.

Schedule:

A total of 300 hour; approximately 8 – 12 hours a week; beginning early October (flexible start date) – ending June 1st 2019

·         Required Monthly Schedule: 

    • Winooski School Veggie VanGo: 1st and 3rd Friday of month 8  – 11 AM
    • Winooski Food Shelf: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of month 2pm – 5pm. And/or last Saturday of Month 9:30-11:30 am

·         Flexible Weekly Schedule: (approximately 1 visit per month per site):

    • Good Food Truck: Distribution at Northgate Housing Tuesday 5 - 6 PM (mid-April to Thanksgiving)
    • Hinesburg Food Shelf: Tuesday Evenings 5:30 – 7:30 pm and/or  Friday mornings 10am – 12pm
    • Essex Food Shelf: 4th Thursday of month 2pm – 6pm
    • Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf: Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings 10am – 12pm

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Implement 1 – 2 cooking demos a week in Chittenden County
  • Work cooperatively with staff and volunteers to support the mission of the Vermont Foodbank, and meet and sustain Foodbank goals.

·         Positively contribute to an organizational culture of safe and secure food handling, warehousing and distribution.

·         The Foodbank relies on volunteers every day to fulfill our mission. All Foodbank employees must support our culture of philanthropy by treating every volunteer with appreciation and respect.

  • Maintain regular contact with the Agriculture and Community Outreach Manager to ensure proper recording, timely reporting and completion of evaluation materials for cooking demonstrations.
  • Adhere to all safety issues affecting the movement and handling of food.

Other Functions:

  • Other duties as assigned by the Agriculture and Community Outreach Manager including but not limited to special projects, presentations and events.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Currently registered student at an accredited university or college. 
  • Experience with food safety, cooking and nutrition education.

Other Skills and Abilities:   

·         Interest in community-based food systems, and nutrition education

  • Must be able to lift 40-60 pounds.
  • Some nights and weekends required.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people and work in partnership with other staff.
  • The individual must understand and agree with the vision and mission of the Vermont Foodbank and be committed to providing services to people facing situations of hunger and poverty.
  • Intern would be required to provide their own computer, email, and cell phone for communication.
  • Intern would be required to provide their own kitchen to prep food for cooking demos and fridge for storing cooked food.
  • Intern would be required to provide own vehicle for travel to food shelves and farms. Mileage reimbursement would be provided.

Language Skills:

  • Excellent communication, marketing, writing, phone and public relations skills. 

Technical/Computer Skills:

  • Excellent record-keeping, computer and data entry skills.

Certifications/Licenses/Registrations:

  • A valid Vermont Driver’s License.
  • 3-year motor vehicle report (MVR) showing a clean driving record.

A complete job description is available upon request. Please submit application on-line at: https://www.vtfoodbank.org/employment; be sure to include a cover letter & resume by September 14, 2018. Attention: Human Resources Department. The Vermont Foodbank is an EEO.

Date Posted August 22nd, 2018
Deadline Open until filled
# of Positions Available 1
Categories Food Access and Nutrition
Type Full Time