The NorthWest Initiative's Food Systems Project is now accepting applications for the position of Youth Garden-Nutrition Education Coordinator. Please see the position description (attached and below) for details. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Position:   Youth Garden-Based Nutrition Education Coordinator

       This is a temporary to permanent position( upon a 6 month review; 25-35 hours/week)

       Rate of Pay: $13.00/hour



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 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 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 school yards 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

 Must be organized and proficient in Microsoft Office and various computer programs

 Leadership and coordination experience (strongly preferred)

 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 Rita Jindal. Position to be filled as soon as possible.  Please send submission to the email address below with Nutrition Coordinator in the subject line: 

Rita Jindal, Program Manager

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(517) 999-2894

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 Nutrition Education Coordinator
Managerial Assistant
NorthWest Initiative
530 W. Ionia St. Suite D
Lansing, MI 48933
517-999-2894 Telephone
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