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Backyard Harvest Coordinator

North Hollywood, CA · Volunteering/Non-Profit

Food Forward - Backyard Harvest Coordinator

Organization: Food Forward, Inc. - a 501(c)(3) non-profit
Position: Backyard Harvest Program Coordinator - LA County
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Location: North Hollywood, CA 

Organizational Overview: Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity and inspiring others to do the same. Fruits and vegetables are collected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties from backyard fruit trees, orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. This recovered produce is provided, free of charge, to hunger relief organizations that serve community members in various ways: food banks, homeless outreach agencies, domestic violence shelters, transitional youth homes, veteran services, family resource centers, LGBTQ+ teen/adult/senior services, college student assistance programs, programs serving people with disabilities, and many more. Since Food Forward’s inception, our staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers have rescued over 250 million pounds of fruits and vegetables. This produce helped to feed millions of people across eleven Southern California counties, throughout seven states, as well as in tribal lands in the Southwest annually. See our core values posted below.*

Position Overview: Food Forward is seeking a Backyard Harvest (BYH) Coordinator to join our team. The BYH Coordinator will report to the Associate Dir. of Community Programs (CP) & CP Manager and work to improve programmatic efficiency and deepen the program’s impact in LA County. They will also closely work with other staff in LA and Ventura counties. This position provides an opportunity to become deeply involved in the Los Angeles food justice community, while working for a prominent and growing nonprofit. We are looking for someone extremely detail-oriented who can work both independently and collaboratively, in-person and remotely, to schedule and coordinate logistics for 25-50+ unique harvest events each month based on the season. They will be responsible for organizing large amounts of data and information, multi-tasking, and communicating clearly with a variety of stakeholders. This job will require working occasional weekends and evenings and includes some seasonal work in the field, but the majority of time will be spent in an office setting. The ideal candidate for the BYH Coordinator role has experience working with and engaging volunteers, exhibits excellent people, public speaking and customer service skills, and has a strong interest in issues related to food waste and recovery, hunger eradication, and food justice. The BYH Program is constantly evolving, and an ideal candidate will support the growth of the program. The person in this role will have access to a Food Forward vehicle for many work-related tasks but occasional personal vehicle usage will be required. Applicable mileage will be eligible for reimbursement at standard IRS rates.
Core Responsibilities
Event Coordination:             
  • Frequent and timely communication via phone, email and text with fruit donors, volunteer event leaders, and hunger relief agencies to build and maintain positive working relationships 
  • Lead BYH events, assist with equipment drop offs, harvest pick-ups, and deliveries to hunger relief agencies 

Volunteer Engagement:
  • Onboard, train, and oversee 50+ volunteer event leaders who lead harvest events
  • Play a key role in managing program assistants and interns
  • Assist with the planning and participation in volunteer engagement activities

Program Operations:
  • Organize monthly event data via Food Forward’s data software CITRA
  • Conduct regular equipment inventory and identify repair needs
  • Assist with updating and developing new training materials for event leaders and create and update BYH staff workflows and manuals 
  • Assist with creation and organization of program related information within Google Workspace
  • Other duties as assigned

Communication and Community Outreach:
  • Serve as the point of contact and maintain relationship with community partners and regional equipment hubs
  • Help draft content for program related and org wide newsletters, blogs, social media, and other external communication
  • Assist in the prospecting of new community partners 
  • Represent Food Forward at community events, council meetings, universities, etc.
  • Ability to communicate with Spanish speaking partners a plus, but not required

Minimum Requirements:
  • Computer literate and proficiency in Google Workspace & Microsoft Excel
  • High School diploma/GED or equivalent work experience
  • Must be willing and available to have a flexible schedule and work occasional weekends 
  • Ability to drive large utility-style vans and trucks (training is provided) in compliance of traffic and safety laws
  • A valid class C driver’s license with no more than one moving citation on record

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to work both indoors and outdoors
  • Ability to lift and move boxes of produce and equipment weighing up to 55 lbs
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and ladders, bend, lift, twist, kneel, crouch, crawl, pull, push, carry, grasp, reach, and stoop as needed

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Desired Start Date: October 2022
Hours: Full-time, non-exempt
Compensation: $20.30 per hour

  • Medical, Vision and Life Insurance Coverage
  • Simple IRA with 3% employer matching (after one year of employment)
  • Generous Sick Days, Paid-Time-Off, and Holiday allocation
  • Cell phone allowance
  • Telecommuting and Work Flexibility

How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume in PDF to The subject line should read, BYH Coordinator LA - (Your Name). In the body of the cover letter include 1) Where did you discover this listing, and 2) If you were a variety of produce what would you be and why? 

No phone calls. Please follow these instructions to ensure that we process your application. 

Food Forward is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive work environment for all identities.

 *Food Forward Core Values: 
  • Creativity – We seek to innovate in all facets of our work. 
  • Joyfulness – We cultivate a meaningful, fun, positive and spirited work environment. 
  • Committed to Food Justice – We believe that access to wholesome food, and fresh nutritious produce, is not a privilege, but a right. We work hard to end food inequality and reduce food insecurity. 
  • Authenticity – We are transparent and honest in our words, deeds, and actions. We act at the highest level of integrity. 
  • Disciplined – We are reliable, professional, accountable, rigorous and committed to excellence in all areas of our work, both internally and externally. 
  • Community-minded – We aim to include and connect people in the community, and to remain open, diverse, respectful, and accessible. We take pride in offering people meaningful volunteer and work experiences.

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