NYC Volunteers/Interns

Sprouts Cooking Club relies on an active and dedicated group of volunteers to carry out our mission of teaching children from all backgrounds the life skills of cooking wholesome, nutritious food. Volunteer opportunities are designed to make a real difference in the lives of our participants. As a volunteer, you are an integral member in the successful execution of our programs. Therefore, we strive to make your experience fulfilling and fun! We hope that your service proves to be a valuable experience and contributes to your life as an engaged member of our community.

Volunteer/Intern Positions

Position Description: As Camp Director, you will hold a true leadership position, leading a diverse group of team members, maintaining oversight of everything that goes into the camp preparation as well as the actual execution of the camps. You will be responsible for planning the entire line-up of farms, chefs, and restaurants. You will also serve as a liaison between  the chefs, parents, team of counselors, and Sprouts’ summer team of bakers. As Camp Director, you have the opportunity to make each camper’s time with Sprouts an unforgettable experience. A Camp Director must be organized, personable, passionate, hard-working, team-oriented, and inspiring.
The position will offer you priceless contacts within the culinary world. You will establish relationships, both working and personal, with restaurant owners, and prominent ‘movers and shakers’ within the culinary community.
Management Phase (Flexible, minimal hours. Based on applicant’s schedule and availability):
Phase 1, Pre-Camp Phase (July 3 – July 12): This phase requires 4 full office days a week. The beginning of Phase 1 is relaxed, and amps up as the start of camps approaches.
During Phase 1, you will work with the Camp Manager to complete a variety of tasks, including:
 Introducing yourself to the members of your team as well as the parents and kids in the camps.
 Overseeing that counselor intro emails are sent out to the campers.
 Handling donation logistics with other team members.
You will also be organizing Chef Orientation – a key task in the pre-camp phase. This allows you to develop relationships with each chef that you will work with, as you introduce yourself and orient them with the camp logistics.
You will again work with the Camp Manager as ingredients, lesson plans, donations, and equipment lists are submitted, assigned, and organized. At this time, you will also meet with Sprouts’ directors and counselors, completing miscellaneous errands such as finalizing T-shirt orders or reaching out to potential sponsors.
Phase 2, Camps in Session (July 13 – July 30): This is the most demanding phase of summer camps, and the Camp Director’s leadership, endurance, and flexibility are vital. Typical hours will be Monday – Friday, 8:15am – 5:45 pm.
As Camp Director, you will be in charge of the organization and flow of each week of camp. This consists of:
 Overseeing and running a team of interns.
 Sending out an orientation email to parents.
 Working with the Camp Director Assistant to oversee daily logistics.
 Maintaining ingredient, equipment, and transportation checklists.
Most importantly, you will be responsible for setting a positive, cheerful, and energetic tone for your team of counselors, photographers, bloggers, bakers, and of course the children and parents!
Phase 3, Post-Camp (July 31 – August 7): As the summer camps wind down, you will only have to work 3 full days each week. Phase 3 entails post-camp follow-up, such as surveys and storage organization.
During the cooking camps, we are typically approached by a variety of people who propose collaboration projects and opportunities for the counselors. We reserve this phase of summer camps for follow-up emails, telephone calls, meetings, and overseeing that all summer matters are wrapped up.
The Camp Director and Camp Manager play critical roles in the summer. Together, they set the tone for a team of 15 counselors and summer team members, keeping classes running smoothly, children safe and cooking, and guest chefs happy! Both the Camp Director and Camp Manager have to balance hands-on cooking while constantly enforcing safety skills and teaching Sprouts’ standards of nutrition, affordability, and seasonality. This internship can also lead to a paid position following camp!
Position Description: As Camp Leader, you will be working with the Camp Director to help run classes and activities for our summer sessions. At the start of each week, you will have a meeting with the Camp Director where you will receive the schedule and logistics for that week. Your position is incredibly hands-on and rewarding, as you are able to see the direct impact of the camp, as well as each camper’s progress! You will work closely with your team of counselors. You and team leader will have the most influence on the experiences of the campers, chefs, and parents. The Manager, Leader, and Camp Director will be in constant contact, meeting in-person or over the phone, to ensure that communication remains strong.
Desired Skills:
 The ideal applicant must be organized, personable, passionate, hard-working, team-oriented, and inspiring. In the past, candidates have had careers in food and non-profit work. Since we have started summer camps, roughly ⅔ of summer camp leaders have gone on to accept full-time, paid positions within Sprouts or Sprouts’ partner organizations and restaurants.
Management Phase (TBD, based on applicant’s schedule and availability):
Phase 1, Pre-Camp Phase (July 3 – July 12): During the pre-camp phase, you will have 2 full office days a week. During this time, you and the Camp Manager will be doing a bit of everything, including, but not limited to:
 Introducing yourself to the members in your team, as well as the parents and kids in the camps.
 Overseeing that counselor intro emails are sent out to campers.
 Handling donation logistics with other team members.
You will also be in close contact with the Camp Manager as ingredients, lesson plans, donations, and equipment lists are submitted, assigned, and organized. Furthermore, you will meet with Sprouts’ directors and counselors, potentially running miscellaneous errands such as finalizing T-shirt orders and reaching out to potential sponsors.
Phase 2, Camps in Session (July 13 – July 30): This is the most demanding phase of summer camps, and the Camp Leader’s  leadership, endurance, and flexibility are vital. Typical hours will be Monday – Friday, 8:15 am – 5:45 pm. However, you will be assigned one weekday off, meaning you will be working 4 full days each week.
As Camp Leader, you will be in charge of the organization and flow of each week of camp. This consists of:
 Overseeing and running a team of interns.
 Sending out an orientation email to parents.
 Working with the Camp Director Assistant to oversee daily logistics.
 Maintaining ingredient, equipment, and transportation checklists.
Most importantly, you will be responsible for setting a positive, cheerful, and energetic tone for your team of counselors, photographers, bloggers, bakers, and of course the children and parents!
Phase 3, Post-Camp (July 31 – August 7): During Phase 3, your schedule will lessen to 3 full office days each week. During this time, you will be responsible for post-camp follow-up, such as surveys and storage organization. This time is reserved for follow-up emails, telephone calls, and meetings, as well as overseeing that all summer matters are wrapped up. There will also be 2 days of debriefing and exit interviews.
Position Description: As Summer Camp Parent and Team Manager, you will work with the Camp Manager to be official liaisons between Sprouts’ community of parents, chefs and, of course, our team! You will help lead our summer camp team through weekly check-ins with Sprouts management and counselors, ensuring that camp logistics (such as transportation and collecting waiver forms) are smooth. This position includes a medley of tasks but, ultimately, your goal is to improve the camp experience for the parents and kids!
Tools and Networking: Interns will work with Google spreadsheets, public relations, and marketing. This position will offer the inimitable experience of networking with local chefs, creating strong ties with neighborhood parents and children, increasing your personal culinary skills, and developing computer and business skills. This internship can also lead to a paid position at the end of the summer.
Management Phase (TBD, based on applicant’s schedule and availability): During the Management Phase, we will have a Sprouts orientation, summer programming meetings, chef meet-and- greets, a preliminary logistic organization, and a team orientation that will include first aid and kitchen safety awareness.
Phase 1, Pre-Camp Phase (July 3 – July 12): You will have 3 full days in the office. During Phase 1, the focus is on finalizing parent registration matters, as well as transportation and team logistics. You will also have meetings with the Sprouts Summer Camp Manager, Directors, and Counselors, running miscellaneous errands and summer camp prep.
Phase 2, Camps in Session (July 13 – July 30): Phase 2 is the most labor-intensive, as it is when we have the actual cooking camps. It will be a 40-hour work week, typically running from Monday-Friday. You will be spending time at camps, checking-in with team members, as well as in the office, making sure scheduling and logistics are smooth. You will also meet the parents and send out both welcome and daily follow-up emails.
Additionally, you will be overseeing counselor sub-roles and ensuring all counselors are happy!
Phase 3, Post-Camp (July 31 – August 7): Your schedule will return to 3 full office days each week. During this time, your tasks will consist of post-camp follow-up, such as surveying parents. During the cooking camps, we are typically approached by a variety of people who propose collaboration projects and opportunities. We use Phase 3 to conduct follow-up emails, telephone calls, meetings, and creating thank-you packages for our wonderful donors.
Position Description: As Operations Manager, you will have the inimitable experience of networking with local chefs, creating strong ties with neighborhood parents and children, increasing your personal culinary skills, and developing computer and business skills. This internship can also lead to an opportunity for a more leadership-oriented role or a paid position in the future.
Phase 1, Pre-Camp Phase (July 3 – July 12): During Phase 1, you will be working 3 full office days, with hours being allocated as the need arises. During this time, your focus will be on pre-camp prep, meeting with Sprouts’ directors and the Summer Camp Manager, as well as soliciting ingredients from local farms.
Phase 2, Camps in Session (July 13 – July 30): Typical hours will be Monday – Friday, 8:15 am – 5:30 pm. However, you will be assigned one weekday off, meaning you will be working 4 full days each week. During Phase 2, you will have the opportunity to assist with classes, working directly with the kids and chefs throughout the week! While, on weekends, there will be a Saturday morning pick-up at Whole Foods.
As Operations Manager, you will be working with other counselors and the Camp Manager, and are directly involved with the immediate execution of the camps, and will facilitate the organization and flow of camp days as you provide ingredients and equipment needed for classes. One of your largest responsibilities is to transport ingredients safely from the purveyor, to the site of the camp.
Phase 3, Post-Camp (July 31 – August 7): During Phase 3, you will return to working 3 full office days a week, handling wrap-up and inventory logistics.
Position Description: As the Photographer Intern, your job is quite fun, yet challenging! You will be in charge of capturing the essence of Sprouts’ classes and events. The best photos are those of the kids in action, capturing their facial expressions and their hands as they cook with the chefs. We always seek photos that show the socioeconomic diversity of our campers. It is very important that we have high-quality, professional photos, as they will be used for articles, press releases, sponsorships, and spreading the message about our programs. Furthermore, your photos will be sent to the chefs participating in the camp, as well as the parents! This is a great opportunity for you to get your name out as a photographer and to be credited and published in online articles, magazines, newspapers, and blogs. Each photographer will also need to be able to download and share their photos with the Camp Manager and Director.
This position will truly offer the inimitable experience of networking with local chefs, building your portfolio and brand recognition, and meeting potential clients (such as the parents, restaurants, chefs, and business owners).
Phase 2, Camps in Session (July 13 – July 30): Typical hours will be Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. However, you will be assigned one weekday off, meaning you will be working 4 full days each week. In addition to photographing the kids as they cook, you will also have the opportunity to help at classes!
Phase 3, Post-Camp (July 31 – August 7): During the post-camp phase, you will be working 2 full office days each week, with the potential of organizing remote hours.
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