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NorthWest Initiative's Food Systems Project in Lansing, MI is currently seeking a Youth Garden-Based Nutrition Education Coordinator. This is a full time position. Please see the position description below and attached for more details about this awesome opportunity to teach fabulous elementary aged students about the joys of growing, cooking, and eating fruits and vegetables! Please share widely. For more information about North West Initiative please visit

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Youth Garden-Based Nutrition Education Coordinator

The Food Systems Project (FSP) is one of four programs offered by NorthWest Initiative, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to strengthen and sustain healthy communities in Lansing. FSP offers a variety of programs that work to educate residents about nutrition and the importance of eating healthy. FSP partners with four schools in Lansing to facilitate our school garden based nutrition education program. Our nutrition education program offers four components: in-school nutrition education, after-school nutrition education club for youth, family nutrition education series, and a summer garden camp.


Position: Youth Garden-Based Nutrition Education Coordinator

This is a full time, year round position

Rate of Pay: $12.00-$15.00 per hour based on qualifications and experience (no benefits)



The Youth Garden Based Nutrition Education Coordinator will coordinate and facilitate school-based nutrition education programs at two Lansing elementary schools. The coordinator will facilitate programs, which include monthly nutrition education classroom visits to students in 20-25 classrooms, a weekly after-school garden and cooking-based nutrition education club with up to 20 students at two schools, and a summer garden and cooking-based nutrition education camp.                           


Candidates must be available between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and on occasional weekend days.


Key Responsibilities:

 Coordinate In-School, After-School, and Summer Garden-Based Nutrition Education programs at two Lansing elementary schools

 Develop, adapt, and implement lessons, activities, and recipes using pre-approved curricula

 Lead groups of students in cooking healthy recipes, participating in taste-testing activities, participating in physical fitness activities and exploring food origins in their classrooms and schoolyard gardens

 Develop parent engagement strategies and prepare materials for distribution to youth and families

 Assist in the recruitment, training and day to day mentorship of volunteers and interns 

 Provide resources and support to teachers and school staff, as requested, to support the development of school environments, which nurture healthier eating habits

 Collect and report on data gathered from program participants

 Other duties and tasks as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

 Enthusiastic about learning, teaching and setting a positive example for young people

 Passionate about improving access to and knowledge of healthy foods and lifestyles

 Able to joyfully interact with diverse audiences including children, parents and school personnel

 Must have experience working with elementary aged students (K-6), including classroom management 

 Nutrition education, healthy cooking, and/or garden experience (strongly preferred)

 Must have a valid drivers license and reliable vehicle to transport supplies, shop for program and travel between program locations


Submit resumes and cover letters to Aliza Ghaffari by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 27

Please send submission to the address below with Nutrition Coordinator in the subject line.                                                                 Aliza Ghaffari, Program Manager                                                          NorthWest Initiative

                                                                530 W. Ionia St. Suite D
                                                                   Lansing, MI 48933

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All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, height, weight, marital states, sex, age, handicap, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender preference.



Aliza Ghaffari 
Food Systems Project Program Manager 
NorthWest Initiative
530 W. Ionia St. Suite D
Lansing, MI 48933
517-999-2894 Telephone
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