Part-time, Temporary (June 15 – October 30)
The Harvest Home Eating for Good Health Program (EFGH) is designed to educate community residents, both at farmers markets and local venues, year round. A primary goal of the program is to create educated, health-conscious consumers of all ages. The program aims to increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by linking broader community health issues to dietary practices, while introducing market shoppers to easy, plant-based recipes. Community chefs will work as part of a team of two in the preparation and delivery of nutrition and cooking workshops at farmers markets from June-October. This offers a great hands-on learning experience for those interested in working with health and wellness improvement in NYC, particularly in underserved communities, in addition to, valuable networking opportunities. For more information on Harvest Home and its programs, please visit www.harvesthomefm.org
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Prepare for and implement interactive cooking demonstrations as part of nutrition education workshops in accordance with program curriculum
- Assist with and ensure proper set-up and breakdown of cooking equipment and educational materials
- Promoting healthy eating practices at the markets by conducting cooking demonstrations, distributing samples and recipe cards, and providing culturally competent nutrition education.
- Completion of a mandatory 20-hour Community Food Educator training program (6/9, 6/11, 6/12) with an emphasis on community engagement, using local and seasonal fruits and vegetables, and food handling/cooking techniques.
- Collecting data and administering surveys to customers.
- Communicating daily with the Program Coordinator to ensure smooth operations.
- Working with community-based organizations, health and nutrition organizations, and community residents from several NYC neighborhoods.
Required Qualifications and Skills:
- Basic knife skills and ability to execute basic cooking techniques
- Experience or training in nutrition or culinary arts
- Knowledge about regional produce
- Dynamic personality and excellent presentation, interpersonal, and communication skills
- Ability to work in multi-cultural settings with racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse populations
- Willing and able to stand for long periods of time and work outdoors
- Does not shy away from the heat/cold or wind/rain (we cannot emphasize this enough!)
- Preferably college or graduate student with some nutrition background (college coursework in nutrition preferred)
- Has patience for some change in routine (ie: unreliable weather)
- Possesses an interest in making a difference with respect to nutrition, while having a passion for food accessibility and healthy food choices
- Willingness to travel throughout New York City
- Ability to speak other languages is a plus! (Spanish, French, Creole, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali, and Russian)
- Commitment to a minimum of 2 days per week, including Saturday, and monthly Monday morning meetings for the duration of the season
- Reliable, punctual, and dependable
Preferred Qualifications and Skills:
- Strong preference will be given to applicants with formal experience in food service
Location: This position will require onsite work at farmers markets in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx.
* Acacia Network is an equal opportunity employer*