Food System Change Intern

Food System Change Intern (updated 12/1/2011)

The Food System Change Intern will work at multiple sites to support Collective Roots in engaging the entire community to create a food system that is healthy and environmentally sustainable. The Food System Change Intern will work primarily on implementing innovative programs and activities designed to increase food access, improve health outcomes, and engage local community members in advocating for positive change. Activities include:

  • Outreach and Support for Fresh Checks program (learn more about Fresh Checks here)
  • Work with partner agencies to outreach about Fresh Checks program
  • Run promotional activities at community events to encourage more participants to get involved with Fresh Checks
  • Brainstorm ways to outreach to EBT and WIC participants to increase participation
  • Support the Backyard Gardener Network in East Palo Alto
  • Visit community members to interview gardeners, profile them on website
  • Recruit members to join, organize programming (guest speakers, produce exchanges, social events)
  • Provide gardening assistance and mentoring to members
  • Attend community events and deliver community presentations to promote the network
  • Reach out to partner organizations, groups and residents to establish collaborations
  • Create and format promotional materials for the network
  • Develop curriculum for and deliver gardening workshops; relate these workshops to nutrition, health, and economic empowerment
  • Supporting free nutrition classes (learn more about Cooking Matters here)
  • Work as a class assistant to Cooking Matters courses in East Palo Alto, conducting courses in Spanish when necessary
  • Promote Cooking Matters courses and recruiting new members to courses
  • Advocate for food system change at the municipal level
  • Attending city council meetings, city planning meetings, and other events related to redevelopment and community engagement in East Palo Alto
  • Building a network of active citizens to advocate for better access to healthier, more sustainable food

This position involves extensive out-of-office field work in the community and interaction with local residents. Interns will find language skills (Spanish, Tongan and/or Samoan) to be helpful.

This position also allows for substantial creativity. There is incredible potential for food system change here in East Palo Alto: new parks can be equipped with community gardens; partnerships with job development programs can create green jobs and sustainable, locally grown food lines (think East Palo Alto Salsas, canned foods, jams and jellies, etc.); citizens can be gathered to create food policy councils (like those in Portland, Seattle, and Oakland); demonstration gardens can breed local and native varieties and make them available in East Palo Alto. The opportunities are vast. A candidate with big visions and strong work ethic will thrive in this exciting, evolving position!

Equal Opportunity Employer

Collective Roots is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such we value diversity and actively solicit qualified applicants from all ethnic and racial backgrounds. Our board-adopted policy prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, political affiliation or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, or any other basis prohibited by law.