OPEN POSITION: Volunteer Nutrition Program Assistant

POSITION: Volunteer Nutrition Program Assistant
DEPARTMENT: Programming, Nutrition
REPORTS TO: Nutrition Program Coordinator
LOCATION: South Portland, ME

Schedule & Hours Commitment:

  • Approximately 6 hours per month
  • Ability to be flexible with hours is a must as hours are dependent on the nutrition program times (can include morning, afternoon and evening times)
  • Volunteer will know time commitments well in advance

Position Summary:

The person in this position will work closely with the Nutrition Program Coordinator, supporting the coordinator with the preparation, proctoring, and clean-up of nutrition programs. This position supports the center’s nutrition and cooking programs as well as our comfort soup program.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Cooking Classes responsibilities include:

  • copying handouts/recipes
  • setting up for cooking classes
  • arranging furniture
  • prepping food
  • setting up for food service
  • supporting instructor during class
  • cleaning dishes and counters afterwards
  • grocery shopping and maintaining clean cupboards and refrigerator.

The position may  include a small amount of driving to pick up food for cooking classes.

Classes typically run either Wednesday or Thursday (~2 times per month)

  •  1:00 – 2:30 PM (assistant needed 12:15 – 3:00)
  •  3:00 – 4:30 PM (assistant needed from 2:15 – 5:00)
  •  5:30 – 7:00 PM (assistant needed 4:45 – 7:30)

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Basic food preparation skills
  • Knowledge of safe food handling practices. (Training will be provided)
  • Must hold valid Maine driver’s license and auto insurance and be willing to use personal vehicle for volunteer-related tasks

Required Education or Certifications:

  • Must hold valid Maine driver’s license and auto insurance and be willing to use personal vehicle for volunteer-related tasks

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to move furniture (chairs and tables on wheels)
  • Ability to stand at sink for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to move/carry groceries car to center.

General Requirements:

  • Must attend Dempsey Center Culture Training
  • Maintains professional behavior, dress and appearance at all times while volunteering
  • Must use discretion and protect the confidentiality of all Dempsey Center clients.; HIPAA-specific training will be provided.
  • Must complete background check and have/or opt out of flu shot.