Positions and Internships

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We wouldn’t exist today if it weren’t for our team of passionate team members that work hard to make an impact in the lives of our youth! We offer a wide range of paid positions – from teaching cooking classes to human resources to event planning. We are committed to teaching our team members as much as possible about the nonprofit sector, youth, and the culinary arts.

PAID POSITIONS

Don’t miss this opportunity to work directly with the Founder and Executive Director of Sprouts Cooking Club as you gain inimitable, first-hand experience working within a successful culinary nonprofit. You will have countless opportunities to meet influential players within in the culinary world including chefs, restaurateurs, and community members.

Your Role

This position will allow you to work alongside the founder of Sprouts, and have a direct hand in creating community-focused programs. While you will support Sprouts founder, and also have the opportunity to interact with team members, board members, and core partners. Your efforts will directly support our mission of providing inspiring culinary experiences to children of all backgrounds. You will also have the opportunity to see Sprouts mission in action by assisting one of our cooking classes, where you will work closely with the kids. Through this impact service you will realize Sprouts’ mission to get kids cooking and empower them to make better decisions for their health. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in a program that is really making a difference in our community.

Personal & Professional Growth

This position will provide valuable experience working closely with the founder of a successful nonprofit. You will learn about various business models, accounting rules, and nonprofit regulations as you participate and voice opinions during our team meetings. As a small nonprofit with little hierarchy, your voice will be heard and your opinion will be sought after! You will see first-hand, the many moving variables of a thriving and evolving structure. You will learn the basics of business and accounting, expansion and marketing strategy as you sit in on team meetings.

Sample Tasks

      • Helping organize a dinner benefit featuring a line-up of celebrity chefs in SF
      • Organizing and attending cultivation cocktails and events
      • Creating donor outreach systems
      • Organizing team socials
      • Helping founder update a budget projection
      • Behind-the-scenes organizing of program documents
      • Working with Benefit chefs to establish ingredient donation needs
      • Structural brainstorming pertaining to team and programming
      • Helping founder brainstorm improvements for programming processes
      • Tasks catered to the skills set and professional goals of the intern
      • *We want you to have a valuable experience and are happy to cater to your own goals and objectives. Please let us know in your cover letter what skills you would like to develop and grow so we can tailor the internship to meet your needs!

Locations and Hours

Work hours: Monday through Friday 9 to 5
Work Remotely
Meetings at Restaurants and venues in SF, Oakland, and beyond

Skills and Requirements

Strong organizational and problem solving skills, high aptitude, familiarity and comfort with technology, food-safety knowledge, strong interpersonal skills, friendly professionalism, interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking.

Commitment & Contract Terms:

20-30 hours per week
We can work with your schedule! Rare weekend events

 Compensation and Benefits:

      • $17/ hr to start with 6-month promotion check-in and optional increase to full-time
      • You will gain valuable knowledge of the inner workings of a successful nonprofit
      • You will forge inimitable contacts with influential community members
      • You will directly serve the community
      • You will gain valuable knowledge of the inner workings of a successful nonprofit

How To Apply

 
We can’t wait to review your application! Please send the following to sprouts@sproutscookingclub.org:

      • Resume
      • Cover letter that explains why your skill set, interests/goals, and past experiences are pertinent to the position
Job Description:
Do you enjoy cooking for yourself, or want the chance to put your untapped chef potential to the test? Do you love working with kids, and being involved in your community? Make a child’s birthday that much more special and share your passion for cooking with the next generation of chefs as one of Sprouts’ Birthday Party Chef Instructors!
Your Role:
We are currently looking for motivated, personable instructors that are passionate about Alice Water’s mission to educate kids about the importance of nutrition and cooking! You will get to work hands-on with our chef kiddos who are so excited to get cookin’ with you! This position is a super rewarding way to use your culinary skills in a fun and exciting environment!
We are looking for candidates who are natural leaders, quick thinkers, and problem solvers. We hope you join us for a season of delicious food and tons of cooking with fun and energetic kid chefs!
You will be responsible for each group of little chefs, addressing safety, sanitation, and knife skills when necessary to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy. You will also be in charge of organizing the menu with the parents beforehand, coordinating ingredients with the inventory staff, and scheduling volunteers to work with you. We usually block out 3 hours for each party, to allow time for you to set up ingredients, prepare the dish, eat, and clean up afterwards. The 3 hour window does not account for the time needed to stop by the inventory space in Oakland to pack ingredients.
Class Details:
Party groups are up to 16 kids
Ages range between 7-12
Lesson plans and ingredients will be provided!
Your Professional Growth:
If you are a culinary aficionado, aspiring chef or a culinary entrepreneur, this is the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door within the culinary community and meet the right people! This position will provide valuable experience working within a successful nonprofit. You will have the opportunity to hone in on your organizational skills, time management, and leadership.
Your Team:
As Sprouts’ Birthday Party Chef Instructor you will have the support of our growing team of 13 full and part-time team members, several interns, and over 25 volunteers.
Your Office and Schedule:
Your office space will be different birthday party venues across the Bay Area! You will also be in and out of our inventory space in West Oakland.
General work hours: weekends
You will work with families throughout SF, the East Bay, and Marin!
Your hours will be based on the parents’ preferences, but allow 3 hours for setting up, cooking, and clean-up.
Skills and Requirements:
You must have:
Personal car
Teaching experience
Cooking experience
Weekend availability
Live in the Bay Area!
Flexible schedule
Commitments and Contract Period:
4 month commitment
4-8 hours/week

Compensation and Benefits:

$70 per birthday party

Please email your resume to sprouts@sproutscookingclub.org

INTERNSHIPS

Your role
As Chef-in-Training Program Ambassador, you will be working directly with the Americorps VISTA Program and Event Manager to expand and execute the Chef-in-Training (CIT) program to help underserved Bay Area youth turn their lives around as they work in local restaurants training to become chefs. You will be working right alongside the Program and Event Manager on key logistics of Sprouts’ CIT Program. Your role will be to help organize online campaigns to raise money for these internships, writing grants to support the program, supporting youth through personal advising and in-restaurant check-ins, and visiting community partners to raise awareness of our program. You will play a key part of fostering strong relationships with Sprouts network of funders and securing support in our community. Overall, learning the behind-the-scenes of working in a fast-growing nonprofit.
Your position
As CIT Ambassador, you will have a direct impact in the lives of over 20 young adults; you will be personally helping at-risk and underserved youth change their lives around by setting them on a path of structure and guidance. During their internships, you will get to see their progress firsthand and be able to realize the effects and value of your work. You will help support the Program and Event Manager to share their stories with the community, the team, and our Board of Advisors, including Alice Waters and Jamie Oliver. It’s not everyday that you get to work with real chefs in real restaurants, helping underserved youth make huge changes to their lives and get on the right track.
Your professional growth
Your professional growth is of the utmost importance! Our Program and Event Manager, along with the rest of our team, will work closely with you on your professional growth, helping you draft specific goals and a timeline of action items to achieve your professional objectives. We will have you working directly with some of the sharpest talent in the Bay Area as you collaborate with top chefs in the area and foster strong relationships with restaurants. You’ll forge personal relationships with an array of nonprofit directors, sponsors, and foundations such as Kaiser, Salesforce and Wells Fargo. You will also develop leadership and project management skills as you work with Sprouts global director and the management team to spearhead fundraising campaigns and programs.
As a small nonprofit, you will also have very steep potential for growth on the team. Many team members have started with Sprouts and received promotions. There is a strong opportunity to be hired on and promoted after your position has finished.
You will learn about various business models, accounting rules, and nonprofit regulations as you participate and voice opinions during our team meetings. As a small nonprofit with little hierarchy, your voice will be heard and your opinion will be sought after! You will see first-hand, the many moving variables of a thriving and evolving structure. You’ll learn the basics of business and accounting, expansion, and marketing strategy as you sit in on team meetings.
Sample projects include:
-Work with popular chefs and restaurants – expanding our outreach of restaurant partners, facilitating in-restaurant check ins with interns and mentor chefs
-Work with Americorps Filmmaker and volunteer photographer to organize media resources used to share the CIT intern’s culinary journeys with the community
-Plan and implement CIT program marketing strategy to raise awareness of the program within the community by sharing intern’s progress
-Complete a grant to secure funding for program expansion
Chef-in-Training Program Overview:
After partnering with Jamie Oliver and his team in 2012, Sprouts founded the Chef-in-Training Internship Program in the San Francisco Bay-Area. The Chef-in-training internship was directly modeled after his London-based Apprenticeship Program, Fifteen. Sprouts offers youth in underserved communities a chance to fuel their passion to become a chef through this culinary vocational training. It provides youth the skills needed to secure stable jobs in the food industry. This internship targets disadvantaged Bay Area youth between the ages of 16 – 24, providing them with a paid opportunity to gain real-time, real-life culinary job training. Interns 16 hours in their host restaurant every week, and their training is both reinforced and monitored with weekly check-ins led by a Sprouts’ advisor and their mentor chef so that each intern reaches his or her fullest potential. Not only do they work directly with their Sprouts’ chef mentor throughout the entire internship, but the Sprouts team and chef mentors also facilitate the interns’ job placement post-graduation.
An Overview of our CIT program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M08u1jzci58&t=4s
A CIT Success Story: Adrian Aguilar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEpLwx9hAlY&t=6s
Chef-in-training Video Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLkAO94OWYs (Has won international awards!)
Your team:
As CIT Ambassador, you will be working directly with Bay Area chefs and restaurants to structure and expand the Chef-in-Training program. You will be working alongside a team of 12 full-and-part-time team members, several interns, and 25 volunteers working to realize Sprouts’ mission. On top of this you will be working with the 10-20 CIT interns whose lives you are directly impacting.
Your office:
We are based in an office space in West Oakland, where you’ll have the opportunity to work with Sprouts’ fast-growing and dynamic team. You’ll also be heading to restaurants and other community organizations to promote Sprouts Chef-in-Training program.
Work hours: Monday through Friday 9 to 5
Sprouts office space in West Oakland
**Friday is a Remote work day**
Restaurant sites and community organization in San Francisco and East Bay
Commitments and Contract Period:
Flexible start date, 8 month posting, 20 hr/week minimum
Compensation and Benefits
-Volunteer position
-Transportation stipend offered to assist with commute to the office and off-site visits

How To Apply

 
We can’t wait to review your application! Please send the following to sprouts@sproutscookingclub.org:

      • Resume
      • Letter of intent
      • Please confirm if you have a driver`s license and/or car
      • Please indicate where you live in the Bay Area, or if you will be relocating for the position!
Job Posting:
Help us share Sprouts’ work and our mission of providing inspiring youth cooking classes, as our Social Media Intern! You will gain inimitable first-hand experience working within a successful culinary nonprofit, while honing in on your communication and outreach skills. Throughout your internship, you will have countless opportunities to meet impressive people in the culinary world including chefs, restaurateurs, and community members, develop your own ideas, and help execute Sprouts’ special mission of getting kids from all backgrounds the opportunity to cook and eat healthy, balanced meals!
Your role:
This internship will allow you to work with our dynamic team, developing and executing our social media content, all while gaining first-hand experience in a growing non-profit! This position can be performed remotely or at our office in West Oakland. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in a program that is really making a difference in our community.
This position will expose you to the inner workings of a fast-growing nonprofit including programming, finances, partnership development and many more. Sprouts wants you to have a meaningful experience, and we are happy to cater to your own goals and personal growth!
Your professional growth:
This position will provide valuable experience working within a successful nonprofit. You will learn about various business models, accounting rules, and nonprofit regulations as you participate and voice opinions during our team meetings. As a small nonprofit with little hierarchy, your voice will be heard and your opinion will be sought after! You will see first-hand, the many moving variables of a thriving and evolving structure. You will learn the basics of business and accounting, expansion and marketing strategy as you sit in on team meetings.
Sample Tasks:
– Creating content for and posting on our website blog
– Updating our social media accounts with new information and photos (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
– Using Sprouts event templates to create event flyers for our website
– Posting eventbrite tabs to our website
– Answering questions from our Facebook page
– Updating Sprouts website postings
– Uploading media, articles, and videos into Sprouts website
– Creating mailchimp ads
– Uploading profiles of our chef in training interns
*We want you to have a valuable experience and are happy to cater to your own goals and objectives. Please let us know in your cover letter what skills you would like to develop and grow so we can tailor the internship to meet your needs!
Your team:
As the Social Media Intern you will be working with our growing team of 16 full and part-time team members, several interns, and over 25 volunteers. You will also be working with our professional marketing team and consultants, and have the opportunity to be a part of our team and learn from each team member’s experience.
Your office:
We are based in West Oakland, where you’ll have the opportunity to work with Sprouts’ fast-growing and dynamic team. You have the option to join us in the office or work remotely. The office space is a wealth of interesting people, community-forward individuals and entrepreneurs.
Work hours: Monday through Friday 9 to 5
Office space in Downtown Oakland
**Wednesday and Friday Remote work days**
Skills and Requirements:
Strong organizational skills, high aptitude, familiarity and comfort with technology (especially different social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), strong interpersonal skills, interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking. Leadership skills. Must have reliable access to a computer.
Commitments and Contract Period:
– Minimum of 10-15 hours/week with flexible availability
– Length of internship is 9 months
Compensation and Benefits:
You will gain valuable knowledge of the inner workings of a successful nonprofit, all while serving the community with your contribution to Sprouts. This position is unpaid.

SUMMER POSITIONS

Background

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST INTERNS/VOLUNTEERS

  • “Volunteering with sprouts was an awesome experience. Very smooth volunteer process, I’ve done it several times and get the right amount of reminders. Upon arrival, their operations director provides an overview of the program and then kids start arriving. The chefs always are excited to work with the kids and we always make such delicious foods and learn so much about cooking and health. It’s always awesome to see a shy or nervous child’s personality emerge while cooking. Sprouts is doing really amazing and necessary work in our community.”

    Casey A
    Event Assistant
  • “I felt that even in my short summer with this organization, I had made a large impact for many. My time with Sprouts Cooking Club has been challenging, equipping, and growing.  As an intern, I enjoyed dipping my hands in the many moving parts of this living and growing organization. It was a real joy and I hope to collaborate with Sprouts in the future!”

    Tiffany Xu
    Founder's Assistant
  • “The summer I spent interning with Sprouts was an extremely formative and engaging. Being able to enter a workplace where people are just as passionate and excited about food and the power it has in bringing people together as I am was amazing and really exciting. As soon as you join the team you are trusted with responsibilities and are made to feel like your opinions and work count for something in the larger organization. Working with a collaborative team was very helpful as I was able to gain real-time feedback and work through my tasks with the diverse perspectives of my team. Working with Sprouts has not only provided me with working experience but a community with a network that I know I can rely on.”

    Isabel Ling
    Office Assistant

HOW TO APPLY

We can’t wait to review your application! Applications with are on a rolling basis, so apply now! Please fill out this Google Form, and then send the following to laura.rothman@sproutscookingclub.org.
Required Materials:
      • Curriculum Vitae (resume)
      • 300-400 word-count cover letter that explains why your skill set, interests/goals, and past experiences are pertinent to the position
Application Process: Initial phone/video interview. Written/in person trial assignment. Final in-person interview.
Letter of Recommendation: At the completion of the internship, the general director writes letters of recommendation for all outstanding interns.

GET IN TOUCH


BAY : (510) 680-3614
Sprouts Office

3206 Hannah Street
Office #1
Oakland CA 94608

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