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Deadline to apply: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Hours per week: 12-15hours
Please note that most of the hours will be in setting up, executing, and/or cleaning up from workshops. Interns must have enough availability in their schedule to engage in the workshops.
Wage: $14/hr. (Work-study is not required, but is preferred.)
Primary Departments: The University Center (UCen), UCSB Department of Health & Wellness & UCSB Sustainability Program have a strong partnership and co-coordinate the Food, Nutrition and Basic Skills Program. This position will work closely with all three departments.
Start date: mid to late September 2017
Commitment date: Must be available to participate until June 2018


The Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills Program seeks an undergraduate student to conduct cooking demonstrations. Professional cooking experience is preferred.  We are looking for a candidate that combines a deep knowledge of cooking and a passion for teaching and helping their community become more sustainable and food secure.

The Food, Nutrition and Basic Skills (FNBS) Program is a co-curricular educational program which highlights best practices, skills, and resources to empower students to address food security, housing security, and financial stability in their lives. Through workshops on nutrition, food preparation, grocery shopping, and budgeting we hope to better prepare students for making healthy choices and living within the often challenging financial situation of college students. We also hope that through our workshops students have an opportunity to learn more about the food system which they rely on. Through education, FNBS will help students eat well and fulfill their full potential here at UCSB. FNBS is a coalition effort between staff, students, faculty and community members.


  • Document curriculum for cooking demonstrations;
  • Prep and prepare meals in front of a live audience on average once a week in a public setting. The audience will include some people that will stay throughout the demonstration and some people that will be passers-by and will stop by for a shorter period of time;
  • Coordinate the logistics of food demonstrations including developing a list of equipment needed, schedule for the event, communication with UCen and FNBS staff, communication with volunteers, etc.;
  • Clean dishes from workshops;
  • Publicize the workshops to students, staff, and faculty;
  • Identify ways to promote FNBS workshops to staff and faculty;
  • Collaborate with campus partners;
  • Assist the FNBS team as a whole with workshops including assisting other interns;
  • Collaborate with student organizations and other partners to ensure that the curriculum is culturally relevant and inclusive of diverse communities; and
  • Report on the success of workshops hosted.

Minimum requirements:

  • Knowledge of basic cooking practices including but not limited to basic knife skills, sauces and cooking techniques, etc.;
  • Ability to work a large crowd with people moving in and out of the space;
  • Strong and engaging public speaker;
  • Detail-orientated;
  • Ability to multi-task; and
  • Familiarity with food safety practices.

Preferred requirements:

  • Experience working in a professional kitchen;
  • Familiarity with the issue of food security;
  • Experience with event planning;
  • Experience working with diverse partners; and/or
  • Knowledge of nutrition.


The student selected will meet with a project advisor at least once a week for consistent and ongoing mentorship and one on one training. In addition this, the selected student will frequently meet with professional staff in the field and other campus and community stakeholders to receive feedback and further guidance.

To Apply

Please read all of the instructions for this program and the job posting carefully in order to ensure that you have the best chance of being selected. Submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position to, by Sunday, September 10, 2017. If you are eligible for work-study, please note this in the cover letter. Work-study is not required, but is preferred. UCSB Career Services offers support and advising in writing résumés. Please consider taking advantage of their generous services, especially if this is the first time you have written a résumé. Please ensure that when you apply the subject line of your email and your email body indicate clearly that you are applying for the “FNBS – Cooking Demo Educator”. We have several positions currently open ranging across multiple programs.

For More Information

Please contact John Lazarus with any other questions, after having read the above information thoroughly.