Position Type: Short-term Unpaid Internship
Contact: Andrea Solazzo, Agriculture and Community Outreach Manager, email@example.com
Location: Chittenden County
Length of Internship: Approximately June 1st – December 10th or May 15th – September 15th
Schedule: 3-5 hours per week. 1-2 days / week. 8:30am – 12pm Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday. A required time slot will be every Friday’s 8am – 12. Other times can vary based on schedule.
Also (2 – 5) additional days during semester for volunteer recruitment, community meetings and events
Primary responsibility involves assisting and helping the Northern Region Gleaning and Community Outreach Coordinator (GCOC) with cooking demos through the Vermont Foodbank’s VT Fresh Program and assist with Community Outreach. This position would travel weekly to food shelves primarily within Chittenden County. Primary responsibilities involve conducting cooking demonstrations and nutrition education activities at partnering food shelves and the Winooski School. This can be a credit bearing internship at UVM.
VT Fresh, a nutrition education program of the Vermont Foobank 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.
The intern would also be responsible for 2 – 5 community outreach events during the semester. This could include tabling at UVM events, doing class presentations and attending Burlington wide-community events.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Work cooperatively with staff and volunteers to support the mission of the Vermont Foodbank, and meet and sustain Foodbank goals.
Implement up to 1 – 2 cooking demonstrations a week at food shelves in Chittenden County.
Adhere to all safety issues affecting the movement and handling of food.
Skills and Abilities:
Interest in community-based gleaning, food systems, and nutrition education
Must be able to lift 40-60 pounds.
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.
Interest in working with children, particularly at large events and engaging in conversation about vegetables.
Additional projects are possible based on interest and skills of intern. Such as photography, video projects, social media etc.
– Intern would be required to provide their own computer, email, and cell phone for communication.
– Intern would be required to provide own vehicle for travel to food shelves and farms.
– Has access to a clean kitchen for cooking demo prep work