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Our Food Rescue project is growing! Join the exciting team at the DNATL Community Food Council.


Location: Crescent City, Del Norte County, California

Employed By: Family Resource Center of the Redwoods

Reports To: Food Recovery Coordinator

Time Commitment: 15-20 hours per week including some evening and weekend hours. This is a temporary position funded through April 1, 2021.

Compensation: $16 to $18 an hour (based on experience), plus paid holiday/sick time. Sick time will accrue at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked. For County Holidays that fall on a regularly scheduled work day, the employee will receive holiday pay for the hours typically scheduled to work.

Funding: Temporary (through April 1, 2021) position funded through a CalRecycle Food Waste Prevention and Rescue grant.


Overview:

The Del Norte and Tribal Lands Community Food Council (DNATL CFC) is seeking a collaborative and enthusiastic Food Recovery Assistant who will support the new and ambitious Food Rescue Program in DNATL as outlined in our Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant agreement with CalRecycle. The funding for this position is a result of California greenhouse gas cap and trade reduction efforts. An estimated 3.9 million pounds of food is thrown into the landfill for Del Norte County every year. In the next nine months, the aim of this project is to continue toward our goal of rescuing 400,000 pounds of that waste from reaching the landfill, and instead repurposing (if necessary) and redistributing it to people that need it. This is an exciting opportunity to work as a team member in solidifying the first-ever food rescue program in Del Norte while decreasing food waste, greenhouse gas emissions (methane), and food insecurity in one of California’s most beautiful, isolated, and socioeconomically disadvantaged regions.


About the DNATL Community Food Council:

The DNATL CFC works to build a vibrant local food system that provides healthy, affordable food to all DNATL families. Our programs are organized around three primary objectives: ensuring food security, growing our local food economy, and shifting DNATL’s resident food culture towards healthful foods. The DNATL Community Food Council is housed within the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods (FRC) and works closely with many community partners including the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Del Norte County Unified School District, the City of Crescent City, Del Norte County, College of the Redwoods, SNAP-Ed, First 5 Del Norte, UC Extension, Del Norte Senior Center, other non-profits, and local food producers.


DNATL is one of 14 communities within The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative: a ten-year, place-based, equity-focused program aimed at improving health outcomes for all residents.


Essential Job Duties

The Food Recovery Assistant will aid the Food Recovery Coordinator in meeting program objectives by carrying-out the following tasks:


  • Regularly communicate with Food Recovery Coordinator about weekly food rescue goals.

  • Support relationships with all food waste and recovery stakeholders throughout DNATL (e.g. restaurants, hotels, food and beverage stores, Del Norte Unified School District, Pelican Bay State Prison, casinos, general merchandise stores, residential, farmers, Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, food distributors, clinics and hospitals, etc.).

  • Drive to locations throughout DNATL to rescue or redistribute food, including laboring to harvest various kinds of produce.

  • Operate food rescue vehicle (refrigerated cargo van).

  • Obtain CA serve-safe food handlers certification and maintain food safety standards while processing bulk and prepared rescued foods.

  • Independently oversee weekly “open distributions” of free and rescued food.

  • Accurately report on flow of rescued foods procured, distributed, and composted.

  • Enlist and manage volunteers for gleaning and food processing projects.

  • Create flyers and other print and digital media content related to program activities.

  • Carefully track pounds of edible food recovered and redistributed utilizing food recovery software (ChowMatch) and scales.

  • Represent and publicize DNATL CFC and Cal Recycle’s Food Rescue program at various meetings and community events.

  • Work as an integral member of the entire DNATL CFC team.

  • Direct and participate in all food processing/repurposing/preservation activities.

  • Be willing and able to assume new duties as the food work grows and evolves.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Familiar with food safety principles and comfortable working in a kitchen environment.

  • Possess a valid California driver’s license.

  • Use of a personal vehicle until program vehicle is purchased.

  • Skilled in basic computer skills and able to use programs including: Google Suite, Microsoft Suite applications, and basic graphic design software, including Canva.

  • Able to work independently.

  • Able to work both in an office setting and doing moderate physical labor as needed (including being able to lift up to 50lbs., bending and harvesting in gardens/farms, and standing for multiple hours at a time).

  • Possess strong critical thinking and decision making skills.

  • Willing and open to learn.

  • Creative and adaptable as the program grows.

  • Experience performing as an integral member of a team.


To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume to DNATL CFC Food Program Director, Amanda Hixson, at ahixson@frcredwoods.org, with “Food Recovery Assistant” in the subject line.


Questions: Email Meredith Knowles at mknowles@frcredwoods.org


Equal Employment Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation:

The FRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or other non-merit factors in its hiring practices, including the process of recruitment, selection, promotion or other conditions of employment. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make reasonable efforts during the interview process to accommodate people with distinct physical or mental requirements. If special accommodations are necessary, please contact the FRC (email ahixson@frcredwoods.org or call 707.954.0955 ext. 2116) prior to your interview date.



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ABOUT US 

The DNATL Community Food Council is a group of individual residents and agency representatives who are working together to build a local food system that provides healthy, culturally appropriate food to all families in Del Norte and Tribal Lands (DNATL).

We are housed within the Family Resource Center of the Redwoods and are supported by The California Endowment's Building Health Communities Initiative

Food Rescue Del Norte is funded by a grant from CalRecycle through California Climate Investments. 

CONTACT 

T: (707) 464-0955 ext. 2018

E: mknowles@frcredwoods.org

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