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Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works Nutrition Educator

The Garden Stewards will work closely with the learning garden coordinator and will be involved in the planning and implementation of work parties, workshops, and other educational garden activities at the McAuliffe Park Learning Garden. Focus will be on implementation of the Seattle Tilth Demonstration Garden Educational Goals through planning, record keeping, volunteer education and management, and community building.

Volunteer Description

Assist with a 10 week cooking program at the Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works farms. As a nutrition educator volunteer, you will work with a culinary educator volunteer to facilitate nutrition and culinary activities with program participants in a fun, interactive, and supportive environment. Scope of work may also include recipe development, outreach, informational handouts, and event planning. The ideal candidate will possess and reflect enthusiasm around youth and food.


Time Commitment: The Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works summer program runs June 19-August 25, 2017. Culinary Educator volunteers commit to 3 hours per day, 3 days per week, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. during the summer. Volunteers are asked to be consistent and stay through the whole program.

Compensation: This is an unpaid volunteer position. This position may fulfill education or volunteer requirements for certain culinary programs.

Work Site: We are asking for a commitment at one of our two Tilth Alliance Youth Garden Works farm sites:

  • Center for Urban Horticulture
    3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA 98195
    programming Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
  • Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands
    5513 S Cloverdale St. Seattle, WA 98118
    programming Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Support the culinary educator in:

  • Lesson planning and recipe development using seasonal produce from the farm
  • Leading activities and curriculum involving nutrition education
  • Engaging youth in nutrition activities that supports their creativity and learning style
  • Gathering input on participant interests and integrating these topics into the program
  • Cataloging what is being cooked for final cookbook – photos, recipes, and quotes from youth


  • Background or study in nutrition, culinary arts, social work, public health, nursing
  • Clear and timely communication
  • Current Food Handlers Permit (or ability to obtain one)
  • Ability to work in a culturally sensitive way with diverse groups, respect all people, and support the goal of building leadership among youth and young adults.
  • Some prior experience working with homeless or at-risk young people preferred but not required

Benefits for Volunteers:
Gain experience in nutrition education, valuable networks, and career opportunities in the fields of dietetics, culinary arts, social work, public health, and nursing.


Application Process

Questions? Email Rae Rome at

Thank you for your interest!

Last revised: 4/13/2017

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