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FOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM ASSISTANT

BACKGROUND
Just Food seeks to increase the number of New Yorkers who have the skills and confidence to create healthy, delicious meals using fresh fruits and vegetables.  Toward this end, the Food Education program trains community members to conduct cooking demonstrations at its network of community-based farmers’ market.  Since 2005, Just Food has helped community gardens in low-income neighborhoods start their own community-run farmers’ markets. The markets provide affordable, locally-grown produce in underserved New York City neighborhoods. The markets offer Community Chef-led cooking demonstrations to encourage families to learn to cook with local, seasonal produce.

This year, Just Food has received funding to increase our ability to support the farmers’ markets in our network by providing food education to promote local produce and to increase the capacity of food pantries to educate clients about the availability of farmers’ markets in their community.

We are seeking a seasonal Food Education Program Assistant to work under the direction of the Food Education Manager to assist in coordination and management of the Community Chef Program.

​RESPONSIBILITIES
Coordinate Community Chef cooking demonstrations including scheduling cooking demonstrations and communications with Community Chefs and Market Managers.
Attend Community Chef cooking demonstrations and provide technical assistance to Community Chefs as needed.
Manage program related administrative duties such as Community Chef stipend payments, maintaining a calendar of Community Chef cooking demonstrations, and organizing cooking demo equipment.
Manage food pantry client farmers’ market tours including scheduling and supporting tour leaders, and assisting with program evaluation
​Assist with the development of curriculum and materials for Community Chef Program
​Attend Food Education program trainings including the Training of Trainers course, Cooking Demonstration Training classes and Market Tour training.
Assist with coordination of continuing education workshops for Community Chefs.
Assist with program evaluation for Community Chef Program and Market Tours.

​​QUALIFICATIONS
Strong communication, writing, and organizational skills.
Strong computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet research).
Enthusiasm for local, seasonal eating and cooking; community health; food access, and small farm livelihood issues.
Cooking or culinary background.
​S​panish language proficiency a plus.
Ability to work with diverse groups across race, class, and urban/rural divides and a desire to work with low-income community members.
Be flexible with a great sense of humor.
Exhibit self-motivation, creativity and direction.
​R​eliable, punctual and able to work independently as well as collaboratively.
Ability to travel throughout the five boroughs
​Weekday, occasional weeknight, and weekend availability required.

This is a part-time, seasonal position and reports to the Food Education Manager.

TIME FRAME
Early-mid May to Late October 2015
20 hours per week for 20 weeks

COMPENSATION
$15 per hour
To apply: Qualified candidates, please send cover letter and resume by e-mail to Just Food at ​angela@justfood.org subject line “Food Education Assistant”.

JOB DESCRIPTION: MANAGER
Down to Earth Farmers Markets is a certified B Corp that curates and manages
approximately fifteen farmers markets in and around New York City. We believe
that seasonal, local food is a vital part of our heritage that ensures the
health of our communities and environment.

Several part-time, PAID hourly positions are available in Westchester County
and New York City. We are also hiring fill-in managers who can do spot
substitutions in these locations during the season.

The Farmers Market Manager oversees and supervises daily operations of the
farmers market to create a smooth and safe market; serves as market host,
welcoming and engaging customers; and promotes good relations between vendors,
our company, and the shoppers. The Farmers Market Manager cultivates dialogue
between customers and Down to Earth Markets, helping to ensure that the market
meets the needs of the community.

Market Managers help to promote one or more markets in a region with on-the-
ground community outreach and a variety of other approaches that may include
social media, flyering, and meeting with community groups to promote the
benefits of eating locally-grown and produced foods.

We seek candidates who are passionate about local food and sustainable
agriculture. All candidates should be able to lift and carry 50 lbs, have
access to a computer for social networking and emailing reports, and be
available for the entire season (most markets run one day per week from
Memorial Day through Thanksgiving).

Outside of NYC – and its public transportation system – candidates must have
reliable transportation.

COMPENSATION   this position is PAID

Applications are due by Tuesday, March 31st.

Interested parties should e-mail a cover letter and resume to
frankie@downtoearthmarkets.com (for Westchester and Rockland County positions)
and to dagmar@downtoearthmarkets.com (for NYC positions).
​ Deadline:  Thursday, April 2nd, 5:00 pm.

Job Title: New Roots Farm Intern

Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 22 program offices ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.

The IRC’s New Roots program in New York was established in 2011 to help newly-arrived refugees, asylees and other immigrant populations in the south Bronx access fresh, affordable and healthy produce, better integrate into their communities, and navigate their new food systems. The New Roots Program in New York oversees the New Roots Community Farm (NRCF) in the south Bronx where program participants grow fresh healthy food for themselves and their families.

Scope of Work:
The New Roots Farm Intern will help to oversee food production and maintenance at NRCF in the south Bronx. In addition to food production, the intern will assist with food distribution, client outreach and community organizing as needed. This position reports directly to the New Roots Program Manager. A minimum commitment of four months and 10-15 hours a week is required.

Key Responsibilities:

· Assist with all food production activities;

Assist with site maintenance: composting, clean-up, materials delivery;

· Coordinate work day activities and support volunteers on site;

· Assist with farm based training activities;

· Conduct client outreach, help facilitate field trips, and support the ESL in the Garden classes;

· Support community garden members as needed;

· Assist New Roots Program Manager with program development, implementation, reporting and monitoring as needed.
Requirements:
A strong passion for and knowledge of food and farming issues
Bachelor’s degree or course work in related field preferred
Demonstrated experience with community organizing and engagement, particularly with disadvantaged communities and related to food justice or farming, preferred
Prior experience working in urban agriculture or gardening preferred
Prior experience working with refugees, immigrant or pre-literate populations in non-traditional setting preferred
Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills required
A flexible schedule and ability to travel to the Bronx regularly required
Second language (Spanish, French, Arabic or Karen) and interpretation skills a plus.

To apply:
http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=10124

Kathleen McTigue | New Roots Program Manager
International Rescue Committee
263 W. 38th Street, New York, NY 10018
kathleen.mctigue@rescue.org <mailto:y@theIRC.org> | 212-377-4747 | rescue.org

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