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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

Take off that formal attire and get ready to work alongside top Bay Area chefs and nonprofit partners as you help underserved young adults train to become chefs and turn their lives around. As Sprouts’ Chef-In-Training (CIT) Manager, you will serve as a direct mentor to Chef-In-Training interns and work to highlight their inspiring stories through social media and occasional events. 

Your Role:

As a Sprouts Chef-In-Training Manager, your role will be leading the Sprouts’ Chef-In-Training (CIT) Program, which empowers underserved youth to obtain a brighter future through culinary vocational training in Bay Area restaurants. These inspiring Chef-in-Training interns train alongside chefs for 3-6 months, and at the end have the skills needed to land a sustainable job in the culinary industry. Since 2012, dozens of youth have graduated from the program and have used their skills to get off the streets, pay for higher education, become chefs, launch small businesses, or support family members. 

As you create unique internship experiences for each qualifying candidate, you will work directly with renowned Bay Area chefs, collaborate with non-profits, organizations and schools that work with underserved populations, and serve. Most inspiring of all, you will work intimately with each Chef-in-Training intern, learning their stories, understanding their strengths and weaknesses and determining host restaurants and internships terms so that they can excel. 

Personal & Professional Growth:

Both your personal life balance and professional growth are important to us. We believe that one needs to be fulfilled and happy in order to make a positive impact in the community. We will work closely with you to determine personal and professional goals and a timeline of action items so that you grow through your work within the community.  As a part-time commitment, we feel that this position will allow you to maintain a positive life-balance.  This is an important opportunity to forge a network of top chef talent and nonprofit leaders. You will have an enormous influence on the intern’s experience and success in the program. You will also have the opportunity to forge marketing and writing skills as you share the interns’ stories with community members. 

As Manager, you will also enjoy full autonomy and be able to make important, strategic decisions in CIT partnerships, communication and long-term growth. You will report your progress to Sprouts’ Executive Director in weekly email recaps and bi-monthly video check-ins. Not only will your leadership and project planning skills be honed, but you will learn all about the nonprofit world and program execution. As a small nonprofit, 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. 

Sample Tasks:

  • Orientation with Sprouts’ Executive Director regarding the Chef-In-Training program
  • Outreach to current restaurants and schools to introduce yourself and establish connections
  • Create introduction paragraphs for each applicant on Sprouts’ website
  • Coordinate with Sprouts’ volunteer photographers to take photos of each CIT at their host restaurant
  • Raising awareness for the Chef-In-Training (CIT) Program
  • Work with Google Suite, surveys, and online tools to establish and reinforce program structures and systems such as stats collection and program protocol
  • Apply for a grant 
  • Work alongside popular chefs and restaurants to place CIT interns and monitor their progress
  • Provide guidance and logistical support to Chef-In-Training Interns during this period
  • Optional: host virtual cooking classes

Skills and Requirements:

Strong organizational skills; ability to balance multiple, evolving variables; cheerful and social disposition; excellent time management; good written and verbal communication; familiarity and comfort with technology; proficiency with Google Drive; strong interpersonal skills; interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking; high energy; optimism; enthusiasm for Sprouts’ mission; initiative; independence; and ownership of tasks. Car preferred but not obligatory. 

Your Team: 

You will work with an array of Bay Area restaurant chefs, community members, and mission-focused partner nonprofit organizations and schools. Your main team will consist of 3 remote Sprouts’ team members, an intern, as well as mission-inspired community members and volunteers. 

Locations and Hours:

Work hours: 10-30 hours per week, predominantly remote

For Chef-in-Training interviews, recruitment fairs, and restaurant stage check-ins you will travel to restaurants, schools, nonprofit offices in San Francisco and East Bay.  

Commitments and Contract Period:

Starting Date Window: December 27th to January 8th

End Date Window: August 10th to September 1st

Compensation and Perks:

  • $18/ hr for candidates residing in the Bay Area
  • $17/ hr for candidates residing outside of the Bay Area
  • Weekly organic farmer’s market produce, baked goods, and pantry items (for Bay Area residents)

How to Apply:

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

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that explains why your skill set, interests/goals, and past experiences are pertinent to the position Required
  • Qualifying applicants will be asked to complete a brief trial assignment

Company Description: 

Sprouts Cooking Club empowers youth from all backgrounds to eat and live sustainably by teaching them how to cook healthy meals for themselves and their ​communities​. ​Sprouts’ Chef-In-Training Program​​ empowers underserved youth to achieve financial independence through ​in-restaurant, vocational training and money management workshops. Our two main programs are:

  • Chef-In-Training Internships for underserved young adults that want to change their lives around through a culinary career
  • Chef-In-Training Fundraiser Virtual and In-Person Classes and Summer Camps

Our Team: Executive Director, Team Manager, Accountant, Chef-In-Training Manager, Culinary Instructors, 5 Board of Directors, 9 Advisory Members, community volunteers and professional chefs.

Don’t miss this opportunity to work directly with chefs, nonprofit partners, Sprouts’ Executive Director, and local business owners to create educational summer camps for youth! At Sprouts Cooking Club, you will gain inimitable, first-hand experience working within a successful culinary nonprofit. You will have countless opportunities to meet influential players within the culinary world and work on a community project from start to finish! This role is reoccurring every year, and is a great option for professionals, such as teachers, who have long summer breaks!

Your Role:

Summer Camp Planner: Your role will be to plan the summer camp weeks for Sprouts. You will get to meet with chefs, farmers, and nonprofit partners as you schedule activities for each day. Farm and garden visits, grocery store and farmers market challenges, in-restaurant classes, and finale cook-offs will be of the essence!  You will work closely with Sprouts Executive Director and team members to receive insight into the former year’s itineraries, and feedback on ideas. You will have the opportunity to be involved in the interviewing and hiring of Sprouts summer camp team! Ingredient sponsorship will also be included during this pre-camp phase. 

Camp Director: As Camp Director, you will be the on-the-grounds camp rockstar as you work with your camp team leaders to keep each day’s itinerary running smoothly, and the culinary guests feeling welcomed! This stage will require a great deal of leadership, organization, and people skills! You will oversee our summer camp team which will include team member check-ins and staff scheduling. You will make executive decisions throughout the camp day as unforeseen variables present themselves. 

Sprouts Liaison: You will serve as a critical liaison between Sprouts chefs, partners, parents, Sprouts management team, and Sprouts summer team. Your voice will represent Sprouts mission! Meetings, group chats and texts, and email announcements will all be included in the line-up. Your voice will be heard, and your ideas and feedback will be crucial for the smooth execution of camps. Your ultimate goal is to create a positive camp experience for the parents, kids, chefs, and team! 

Tangible Impact: Proceeds from the summer camps support Sprouts Chef-In-Training Program, which provides chef training to youth in-need. Your immediate impact will also be felt acutely as you empower diverse, young kids to cook healthy meals for themselves and their communities. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in a program that is really making a difference in our community.

Your Professional Growth:

As Camp Director, you will enjoy full autonomy and be able to make important, strategic decisions in camp and chef planning, communications, and long-term growth. You will report your progress to Sprouts’ executive director in weekly email recaps and video call check-ins. Not only will your leadership and project planning skills be honed, but you will learn all about the nonprofit world and program execution. As a small nonprofit, 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. 

Sample Tasks:

  • Pre-Camp Phase: Chef and Itinerary Planning (5-15 hrs/ week, January – May 14th) 

Setting Up Summer Camp Team and Camp Itinerary

Sample Tasks

      • Email correspondence with chefs, partner farms, and venues to work through summer camp logistics
      • Visits to farms, gardens, and restaurants to create site informationals for the summer camp team 
      • Working with HR to recruit and interview an 8-person summer camp team
      • Soliciting camp sponsorships and ingredients sponsorships
      • Meeting with summer camp partners and host restaurants, farms, and gardens to discuss logistics
  • Camp Execution Phase: Camp Director (40 hrs/ week, May 17th-August 22nd)

Running Summer Camp with a Co-Leader 

Sample Tasks

      • Working alongside counselors to run educational camp activities such as knife skill exercises, culinary games, and blindfolded palate challenges
      • Checking-in with camp counselors and Sprouts management team
      • Ensuring that scheduling and logistics run smoothly
      • Meeting parents at parent orientation and camp drop-off and pick-up
      • Thinking on your feet when things don’t go according to plan!
      • Assessing ingredients, equipment, and transportation needs
      • Setting a positive, cheerful, energetic tone for your team of counselors, campers, and parents

*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:

Location:

  • Remote Office Work
  • Various Bay Area locations based on camp day

Commitments and Contract Period:

  • Pre-Camp hours: Schedule and start date determined by selected candidate
  • Camp Execution Hours: 8:00-4:00
  • Starting Period: January 1st – February 5th, 2021
  • End Date: August 27th

Opportunity for part and full-time employment September 1st, 2021

Skills and Requirements:

Strong organizational skills, high aptitude, strong interpersonal skills, interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking. Leadership skills. Culinary skills and comfort in the kitchen. Experience working with kids and problem solving on the fly. Must be incredibly organized and have a positive attitude even under stress. 

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $25/ hr 

How to Apply:

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

  • Resume
  • Cover letter that explains why your skill set, interests/goals, and past experiences are pertinent to the position Required
  • Qualifying applicants will be asked to complete a brief trial assignment

Company Description 

Sprouts Cooking Club is a 501c3 nonprofit that empowers youth from all socioeconomic backgrounds to live healthy, balanced lives by teaching them how to cook nutritious meals for themselves and their community. Sprouts Chef-in-Training Program empowers underserved young adults to change their lives around by training them to become chefs right inside real restaurants.

We plant the seeds of sustainable healthy habits in the hope that they will grow and develop into the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. We believe that chefs, farmers, and culinary entrepreneurs are among the best candidates to inspire our youth to cook wholesome meals for themselves and their families.

OUR PROGRAMS:

CHEF-IN-TRAINING

Young adults from underserved communities are given the opportunity to turn their lives around and train to become chefs in local restaurants.

COOKING CLASSES + CAMPS

Kids cook alongside real chefs all year long, right inside restaurants, schools, kitchens, and gardens. We use the highest quality ingredients. Proceeds from classes are donated to Sprouts Chef-in-Training program. 

Our Team: Executive Director, Team Manager, Accountant, Chef-In-Training Manager, Culinary Instructors, 5 Board of Directors, 9 Advisory Members, community volunteers and professional chefs. We hire on a separate summer team of 5-8 team members for our camps. 

INTERNSHIPS

Don’t miss this opportunity to work behind-the-scenes of a culinary non-profit that partners with hotshot chefs to train underserved young adults to become chefs and inspire kids all over the nation to cook healthy meals for their communities! Your marketing prowess will spread awareness for our programming so that we can continue to impact the lives of youth across the nation. 

Your Role: 

As Sprouts’ Marketing Intern, you will collaborate with team members to help promote our virtual classes, summer camps, and our Chef-In-Training Program. You will also assist with highlighting our mission, donors, and chefs through our social media platforms. If time allows, you can also learn how to use WordPress to edit and improve Sprouts’ website and create MailChimp emails to promote classes and programs. You can also assist to create flyers for special events and new class series, including design and wording. All your hard work will contribute to 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!  

As Sprouts’ Marketing Intern, you will play a crucial role in telling and sharing the inspiring stories of our Chef-in-Training interns. You will have a chance to interact directly with Chef-in-Training interns, and create profiles of their stories for the website. 

Your Professional Growth: 

We believe that everyone has unique talents, passions, and interests to contribute! We will work with you individually to make sure that your skillset and interests are highlighted throughout your time with Sprouts and your goals for personal and professional growth are met.  Everyone has something to offer, and your opinion will be heard. We will do our best to incorporate your interests in the respective elements of the position. This opportunity offers you the chance to learn by doing and have the opportunity to achieve your own learning goals. 

Sample Tasks:

  • Creating unique content for social media to promote engagement for Chef-led virtual cooking classes, summer camps, and Chef-In-Training Program
  • Assist with highlighting our sponsors, donors, and celebrity chefs
  • Assist with editing and publishing content on the website using WordPress
  • Assist with constructing email marketing templates and schedule/send campaigns with MailChimp

Skills and Requirements:

  • Excellent skills in Social Media Outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Excellent Skills in Writing
  • Experience in Marketing
  • Experience in Google Ads and Facebook Ads, optional
  • Excellent Skills in MailChimp, optional
  • Experience in WordPress, optional
  • Comfort with technology
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking 

Your Team: 

As the Marketing Intern, you will report directly to the Sprouts’ Executive Director. You will work closely with Sprouts’ team.

Hours, Location and Compensation:

Spring Semester Term: 

Duration: January 15th to May 15th

One-time $1,000 stipend. 

8 hours per week, remote with optional in-person opportunities, schedule determined by the intern

Summer Break Term: 

May 15th to August 15th:

One-time $1000 stipend

20 hours per week, remote with optional in-person opportunities, schedule determined by intern

Location: Virtual, remote work 

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 skillset, interests/goals, and past experiences are pertinent to the position Required
  • Qualifying applicants will be asked to complete a brief trial assignment

Company Description 

Sprouts Cooking Club empowers youth from all backgrounds to eat and live sustainably by teaching them how to cook healthy meals for themselves and their ​communities​. ​Sprouts’ Chef-In-Training Program​​ empowers underserved youth to achieve financial independence through ​in-restaurant, vocational training and money management workshops. Our two main programs are:

  • Chef-In-Training Internships for underserved young adults that want to change their lives around through a culinary career
  • Chef-In-Training Fundraiser Virtual and In-Person Classes and Summer Camps

Our Team: Executive Director, Team Manager, Accountant, Chef-In-Training Manager, Culinary Instructors, 5 Board of Directors, 9 Advisory Members, community volunteers and professional chefs.

Calling all videographers! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet Bay Area celebrity chefs, learn new recipes, and use your media talents to help chefs virtually teach youth how to cook healthy meals for their communities. Your videographer experience will facilitate the smooth execution of Sprouts’ live, chef-led, virtual cooking classes for youth, which serve as a fundraiser for our Chef-In-Training program for underserved young adults. Your talent will leave a positive imprint on the community. 

Your Role: 

As Sprouts Virtual Cooking Series Videographer, you will set up and film Bay Area chefs as they do their live virtual cooking class for diverse youth across the United States.  

You will be traveling to chef homes and restaurants to set up cameras, lights, and mics to capture two angles of the cooking class. Access to a car is highly recommended for this position!

Your Professional Growth: 

We believe that everyone has unique talents, passions, and interests to contribute! We will work with you individually to make sure that your skillset is highlighted and your goals for personal and professional growth are met. We will do our best to incorporate your interests in the respective elements of the position. 

Sample Tasks:

  • Bringing equipment to the chef’s home/restaurant
  • Setting up and tearing down two cameras, audio recorders, lighting, microphones, etc
  • Setting up all video inputs to Zoom and starting the Zoom call 
  • Test audio and video equipment
  • Troubleshoot any technical issues
  • Be accessible by phone for pre-event video meetings, if needed
  • Cataloging all videos for efficient coordination 
  • Optional: relaying questions to the chef on behalf of the class participants 

Skills and Requirements:

  • At least 1-year experience (at school or at work) in film production, video production or media 
  • Detail-oriented with a knack for creative problem-solving
  • Ability to work independently and efficiently, as well as in team environments
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license 
  • Comfortable driving to events
  • Interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking  
  • Must have access to equipment including:
    • 1-2 DSLR camera(s) with the ability to shoot video (1080p or 4k)
    • AC adaptor and extension cord to power your camera(s)
    • Connecting cable and HDMI to USB adaptor that is compatible with Zoom (such as Elgato Cam Link) 
    • External microphone
    • Portable lights
    • Laptop with Zoom installed

Hours, Location, Compensation:

Work hours: 

Internship to start as soon as the applicant is available, 1 to 5 times per month, depending on class schedule and applicants’ availability 

Typical class times:

Fall: 

Wednesdays  2:30 – 6:00 pm PT

Sundays      9:30 – 1:00 pm PT

Location: Your “office” will be at various locations in the Bay Area, including chefs’ homes and their restaurants

Compensation: $60 per 2-hour cooking class  

Perks: Letter of recommendation, upon request

Flexibility to choose the events that interest you

How to Apply:

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

  • Resume
  • Complete list of your equipment
  • Link to a recent video you’ve shot using your equipment
  • Cover letter that explains why your skillset, interests/goals, and past experiences are pertinent to the position

Company Description: 

Sprouts is a nonprofit that teaches youth from all socioeconomic backgrounds what REAL food is all about. We do this through hands-on cooking with REAL chefs from mission-based restaurants in New York City, San Jose, Paris, and the San Francisco Bay Areas! With the support of Jamie Oliver and the endorsement of Alice Waters on our advisory board, we fulfill our mission through three main programs:

  • Chef-In-Training Internships for underserved young adults that want to change their lives around through a culinary career
  • Chef-In-Training Fundraiser Classes and Camps on weekends and school breaks for diverse Bay Area youth
  • Classes for children with special needs

Our Team: Executive Director, Culinary Programming Director, Accountant, Marketing & Events Manager, Office Manager/ HR, Chef-In-Training Fellow, CIT NYC Ambassador, Culinary Instructors, 5 Board of Directors, 9 Advisory Members, 50+ volunteers, and 100+ local chefs.

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 sprouts@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.

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BAY: (510) 680-3614
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Headquarters: 3206 Hannah Street, Unit 1, Oakland CA 94608

 

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