Food Recovery Project Coordinator
Funded by The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)

This position is currently closed. Please visit: to see our currently open positions

Hours Per Week: 10-15hours
Start date: Immediate
Internship Duration: Must be able to stay until December 2018 and work in Summer.
Wage: $14/hr.

Description of Internship
FoodCycling (a student-led organization) and the UCSB Sustainability Program seeks an undergraduate student to manage a set of food recovery programs for the UCSB campus.  In April 2018, we will be launching a program to pick up donated food from university center locations and deliver to the AS Food Bank via bike. We will also be running several gleaning events throughout the Santa Barbara region where we will be organizing volunteers to pick fruit that would be otherwise left on the trees.

The selected student will have the opportunity to be a part of launching a new program and oversee the implementation of the early stages of the program.  The student must be a person who is coalition builder and willing to work through the  collaborative decision making process of the University.  Any food recovery efforts that we take on will need to be based on a commitment to health, safety and risk management.  We are looking for a student that will take these issues seriously.


  • Develop and maintain a healthy volunteer base;
  • Develop student volunteers into future leaders of the program;
  • Help to collect food from the university center for donation via bike (must be comfortable biking with a trailer);
  • Collaborate with local non-profits that are working on food recovery solutions for the broader county;
  • Identify additional potential partners for the program;
  • Continue collaborations with Environmental Health & Safety and Risk Management to refine protocols and ensure implementation of health, safety, liability guidelines;
  • Draft grants and fundraising appeals to support the pilot program;
  • Ensure that the pilot is implemented in such a way to stay in compliance with health, safety and risk guidelines;
  • Document the implementation of the food recovery program;
  • Evaluate program on a consistent and ongoing basis;

Minimum Requirements

  • Independent thinker capable of collaborating to design and implement programs and practices;
  • Diplomatic;
  • Professional in written and verbal communications;
  • Detail-oriented;
  • Good at complex logistics;
  • Personable and able to recruit volunteers;
  • Comfortable biking with a trailer carrying coolers;
  • Good-editing skills; and
  • Persistent, yet patient.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience in coalition building and/or engagement of multiple diverse partners
  • Experience with budget development and/or fundraising


The UC Global Food Initiative challenged staff, faculty, and students throughout the University of California system to consider what each of us can do to address food security locally and globally. As part of this effort, a Student Food Access and Security Study was completed.  The study found that 19% of students who responded to the survey had very low food security and 23% of student respondents had low food security across the University of California system as a whole. There are also issues of food security among the greater community in our region.  One potential solution to addressing this issue is to consider how processed foods that are currently being composted could be diverted to people in need. There is also interest in this project from the writers of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan and some opportunities for collaboration.

The students 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, faculty with expertise in this area, student leaders, 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 deadline included at the top of this posting.  If you are eligible for work-study, please note this in the cover letter. Work-study is not required, but is preferred.  If you no longer have work study for this year, but are likely to have it next fall, please let us know that as well.

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 “Food Recovery Project Coordinator”.  We have several positions currently open ranging across multiple programs.

For More Information
Please email Katie Maynard, after having read the above information thoroughly.

Please also note that we  have several other positions available as well, please see the full list at: