Program Assistant -Tumwater Warehouse Operations Team Support

**PLEASE NOTE – ALL CANDIDATES MUST ALSO APPLY THROUGH AMERICORPS **

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This position is an 8.5-month temporary contract through AmeriCorps.

SUMMARY JOB DESCRIPTION:

This position will work closely with and support all aspects of the Produce Team (Kiwanis and Lydia Hawk gardens, gleaning, nutrition program, and the Lacey Client Services Center Farm Stand) under the Procurement Program at our Warehouse.  Member will play a key role in supporting staff and volunteers in hunger relief by increasing food access, quality and quantity.  

Under supervision, and appropriate training they will see produce from soil to education to distribution to clients. 

Orientation, training, and tour of buildings and gardens to support understanding of our organization’s programs, culture, values, and ethics.

Site-specific training at buildings & gardens to understand all aspects of procurement processes including equipment training, safety protocols, communication, and understanding of roles of staff.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Nutrition: assist with intake, prep, and display of fresh produce at client services centers.
  • Kiwanis garden: assist with farm plan, equipment maintenance, propagation, soil prep, field seeding, planting, harvesting, cover cropping, field maintenance, produce delivery, and data entry.
  • School garden: assist with classroom events, planting, and making fresh produce fun and accessible to students. 
  • LCSC Farm stand: quality control, restocking, sorting, shelving, consolidation, returning to building shelves.  Client intake.
  • Gleaning:  coordinate, promote, pickup/drop-off of gleaning crops, data entry into Farm-2-Food-Pantry database.
  • Observe and improve produce storage and distribution between farm and food bank to optimize freshness.
  • Train, assist, and manage volunteers. 
  • Create materials such as newsletters, recipes, social media, and flyers.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to interpret and carry out Federal, State, and local program standards
  • Ability to understand and apply the philosophy and mission of the Thurston County Food Bank.
  • Ability to accurately monitor program expenditures
  • Ability to maintain inventory control
  • Ability to maintain flexible work hours to accommodate meeting schedules, staff training, and other or agency-related activities.
  • Knowledge of the needs of vulnerable, low-income families in our community.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs throughout the day
  • Ability to stand for 5 to 7 hours per day
  • Computer literacy includes the use of word processing, database, and spreadsheet software.
  • Washington State Driver’s License and reliable transportation to be used on the job.
  • Food Handler’s permit or ability to obtain one within 30 days.
  • Possess or willingness to obtain a First Aid card in one of the following programs:  American Red Cross, Labor & Industries, or another County-approved program.

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