Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities


Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3745772 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: December 20, 2021 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Plant Based Meals Internship

Job Goal: Somerville Public Schools Food and Nutrition Department is seeking a part time, temporary Nutrition Intern to develop a plant based protein recipe toolkit and oversee our Grow Rack Initiative.

The internship is an opportunity combining nutrition and technical expertise.

Essential Skills:
•Nutrition Skills: Familiarity with recipe/nutrient analysis programs
•Technical and Functional Expertise: Proficient in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook
•Project Management: Ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks
•Communication Skills: Proficiency in writing and editing
•Thinking Skills: Ability to think creatively
•Interpersonal Skills: Capability to adapt to and work in a team
Using The Lunchbox’s “More Plants Please!” as a guide, work with Somerville staff to complete the following tasks:
•Develop and implement a short survey about the need for plant based meals.
•Review city and district goals and plans for addressing climate change and sustainability
•Research other districts who have implemented plant based protein menus and recipes and write two case studies about their activities.
•Using products available to Somerville Public Schools through our school food vendors, identify or develop 5 or more plant based recipes to consider for inclusion on the school lunch menu.
•Record recipes in a nutrition information system, including allergens, nutritional information, meal pattern components.
•Develop a monthly menu template that identifies plant based meal days or regular alternatives.
•Final project - Create a Plant Based Protein Recipe Toolkit for staff to use while developing monthly school food menus and a communication plan to increase awareness of initiatives in the food service department.
•Research other districts who have used Grow Racks and write two case studies about their activities.
•Create a production plan that includes a seeding, maintenance, and harvesting calendar.
•Take the lead on planting and caring for produce in Grow Racks in collaboration with the Citizen Food class at Next Wave/Full Circle.
•Keep careful production records.
•Develop a template that identifies how the Grow Rack produce can be used in recipes.
•Final project - Create a Grow Rack Toolkit for staff to use.

Terms of Employment:
•6 Months (2021-2022 school year)
•180 work hours
•$2,500 stipend

Position Reports to: Nutrition and Sustainability Coordinator

•Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.
•Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

The Somerville Public Schools does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, home status, marital/civil union status, sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, place of birth, national origin, ancestry, cultural identity, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

Position Type: Part-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Somerville Public Schools!

Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools. Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

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    Contact Information
    Karyn Novakowski
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: 617-625-6600