Nutrition Educator - Palm Beach County

University Of Florida Gainesville , FL 32601

Posted 2 months ago

Classification Title:

Extension Program Assistant - Family Nutrition Program

Job Description:

The UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is a grant funded program by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). We help limited-resource families in Florida access more nutritious food choices on a budget and adopt healthier eating and physical activity habits to reduce the risk of obesity and chronic disease. Nutrition Educators with this grant in Palm Beach County will teach general nutrition to groups of low-income families and youth and learn through on-the-job training skills and information related to providing physical activity and lessons from evidence-based curricula.

  • Program Delivery: Nutrition Educators (NE) participate in ongoing recruitment of SNAP-eligible audiences for nutrition education classes. NEs teach classes at various community and government sites. Sites include schools, parks and recreation departments, churches, health departments, and other locations. Classes often involve food demonstrations, and may involve physical activity. Some classes are one-time, but many are in-depth, requiring a minimum of six lessons for each group of participants. NEs collect demographic data on clients served, and administer surveys to evaluate knowledge gained and behavioral changes. NEs market the program through health fairs and other locations (booths, displays).

  • Planning: Plan and prepare nutrition education lessons.

  • Training: Develop and improve knowledge of food and nutrition subject matter, become proficient in determining client needs, understand various methods of reaching and teaching our audience, and develop proficiency in using the FNP teaching materials via participation in orientation training, continuous on-the job training, and self-study. Training is provided by supervisor on a regular basis.

  • Travel: Travel within assigned district to assigned teaching sites. Travel is by means of a personal vehicle, for which mileage will be reimbursed monthly at the current state rate. Occasional out-of-county travel will be required.

  • Reporting: Maintain accurate records and reports on clients and programming. Submit reports on time for Supervisor or other designee. Should be comfortable using Microsoft Office Software.

  • NEs will need to lift and carry teaching materials and supplies up to 50 lbs, and transport materials in their personal vehicle. Work may require standing, stooping, pushing and/or pulling. Job may require standing for prolonged periods of time both indoors and/or working outside to perform teaching lessons.

  • NEs will achieve and maintain food safety certification (ServSafe or SafeStaff).

Normal Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8-5. Frequent night and weekend hours may be required due to the nature of the program.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.

Advertised Salary:

$15.00 / hour

The University of Florida offers highly competitive benefits and retirement options, generous leave plans, a health and wellness program that reflects its commitment to quality of life and quality of work, and many more competitive perks and rewards.

Minimum Requirements:

High School Diploma or Equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of nutrition or previous teaching experience desirable.

  • Experience working with low income clients helpful.

  • Someone who is inspired by our mission and values: FNP Core Values

  • Able to follow directions and complete reports.

  • Ability to work both as a team and independently.

  • Working knowledge of MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc) highly preferred.

  • Bilingual

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This is a time-limited, grant-funded position headquartered in Palm Beach County UF/IFAS Extension.

Valid Driver's License required.

Section 435 Background check required of candidates pre-employment.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

This position is eligible for veteran's preference. If you are claiming veteran's preference, please upload a copy of your DD 214 Member Copy 4 with your application for consideration. See our Veteran's Preference Page for more specific information.

Health Assessment Required: No

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