Sault Tribe
  • - USDA
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI, USA
  • $11.59
  • Hourly
  • Year Round - Full Time
  • Yes

***NATIVE AMERICAN PREFERENCE APPLIES***

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

 

Nutrition Educator will teach nutrition and food preparation to tribal members who are eligible for the USDA Food Distribution Program or SNAP program.  The Nutrition Educator will teach on a one-to-one basis or in small group formal and informal class settings.  The Nutrition Educator will help people to become more efficient and effective users of available resources in planning and preparing meals at home and in the MSU Nutrition Kitchen. The Nutrition Educator will frequently be out in the community promoting the FDPIR program.   

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)

 

  • Nutrition Educator will participate in on the job training sessions that provide information needed to teach clients about nutrition, meal planning, food preparation, food storage, sanitation, physical activity, and available community resources. 
  • Specific knowledge gained in training including:
    • Plan weekday meals to include the MyPlate Program.
    • Cook time efficient traditional family meals.
    • Plan a beginner friendly home garden and how to preserve food from it.
    • Understanding of basic nutrition and its importance to improved physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.
    • Prepare low-cost foods.
    • Store foods to prevent waste and illness.
    • Smart and relevant shopping for food, including cost differences of various foods.
  • Nutrition Educator will plan and carry out individual and group learning experiences for clients.   Recruits people who would benefit from the nutrition education program.
  • Visits clients and discuss what they would like to see used as learning tools in the program.
  • Plans and carries out individual and group learning experiences for clients with the ultimate goal of self-confidence in preparing Nutritious, Home cooked, time efficient meals made with commodity foods.
  • Maintains an extensive knowledge of available community resources and refers clients to appropriate agencies or gives clients the tools to use the reference.
  • Continually reassessing and evolving the program and classes to fit the clients changing needs.
  • Adapts individual and group education to meet the interests and abilities of special needs clients.
  • Provides learning experiences appropriate to clients’ resources, cultural beliefs, etc.
  • Maintains required program activity records and reports.
  • Keeps the USDA Food Distribution Program Manager informed concerning successes and challenges with families.
  • Discusses the need for additional training materials with supervisor.
  • Formal and Informal continuing education in the area of food nutrition is strongly recommended.

 

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)

 

  • Maintains strict confidentiality standards. 
  • Schedules own time for individual and group contacts in relation to the USDA Food Distribution Program’s schedule. 
  • Submits monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Other job related duties as assigned.

 

CONTACTS:

 

Has contact with Tribal members and families, Tribal employees, such as Health Program and USDA Food Distribution Program staff, Program Directors, Division Directors, Board of Directors, Community Health and Department of Human Service agencies.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 

Physical factors include constant typing; frequent standing, walking and sitting, driving and bending; occasional carrying, lifting, pulling and pushing – medium lifting of 50 pounds maximum, with frequent lifting/carrying up to 25 pounds, and stooping, kneeling, reaching and manual handling. Working conditions include frequent exposure to weather and extreme heat and occasional extreme cold and wet/humid weather. Potential hazards include constant computer use; frequent client contact and equipment; and occasional moving mechanical parts, and insecticides/pesticides.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

 

Education: High School Diploma or equivalent required.

 

Experience: N/A

 

Certification/License: Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.  Must maintain a good moral character standing. Must have valid driver’s license and be insurable by the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Must comply with annual driver license review and insurability standards with the Sault Tribe Insurance Department. Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Effective human relations skills. Effective communication skills. An intimate knowledge of Native American Values and Traditions is essential. Basic computer, filing, writing and grammatical skills required. Ability to accept responsibility for carrying out required tasks. Must be able to organize and prioritize workload. Must be able to work with minimal direct supervision. Must be able to work flexible hours in 40 hour week. Native American preferred.

 

REMUNERATION:               $11.59 per hour

 




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