Nutrition Education Intern
Reports To: Farm Dietitian Educator
The Nutrition Education Intern is a paid position that will work alongside the Farm Dietitian Educator to provide nutrition education for children at the Hunger Task Force Farm. This position entails a diverse range of activities within the agency that includes facilitation of an educational program and food demonstration activities in support of the Nutrition Education Program and the MyPlate Initiative. This program is designed for grades 3-5 to develop student understanding of nutrition and gardening, as well as create an awareness of the importance of making healthy food choices, including increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Teach the Hunger Task Force Nutrition Education curriculum to present nutrition-based lessons to students enrolled in the program.
2. Under the direction of the Farm Dietitian Educator, update curriculum regularly to reflect current nutrition education standards, trends, and regular program evaluation.
3. Maintain the school garden with regular weeding, watering, harvesting and any additional care under the direction of the Dietitian Educator.
4. Lead and facilitate field trips, for school groups participating in the program.
5. Foster an inclusive, safe and fun learning environment for student participants.
6. Maintain an efficient system for tracking educational contacts including a calendar for field trips shared with all farm department staff.
7. Participate in assigned health fairs, community events and projects including weekend Farm Days and make presentations to groups as assigned.
8. Advance agency initiatives through various methods including leading group education sessions related to nutrition, development of cultural and age-specific nutrition education handouts, pamphlets and visual aids. Review and update agency nutrition education materials for use by various departments.
9. Demonstrate and utilize basic culinary skills both for class preparation and presentations.
10. Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated interest in nutrition, education, or social service preferred.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Valid Driver’s License
Ability to read, analyzes, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Spreadsheet software, Word Processing software, PowerPoint Software and some graphic design ability.
Other Skills and Abilities
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to work with diverse groups of people effectively
• Ability to work collaboratively with other individuals and agencies
• Excellent record keeping skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work independently and prioritize work tasks
• A passion for providing nutrition education
• Experience with nutrition and education or outreach
• Ability to effectively organize materials and demonstrate attention to detail
Ability to be certified in First Aid and Safe Food Handling.
Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Nutrition, Internship, Milwaukee, Education