New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Healthy Eating Unit Temporary (Jun- November), Part-time, Stellar Farmers Markets Bilingual Educator

Job Type

Part Time




New York
United States


The Fund for Public Health in New York City, (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.

Program Overview

The Healthy Eating Unit within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control is seeking educators to conduct nutrition education and food workshops at farmers markets serving low-income New Yorkers as part of the DOHMH’s Stellar Farmers Markets program (SFM). SFM engages with adults and staff at farmers markets to support and encourage healthy eating habits.

Position Details

Bilingual Educators fluent in English/Spanish, English/Bengali, and English/Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), and English/Russian will work as part of a team in the preparation and delivery of nutrition and cooking workshops at farmers markets from July-November 2018. The Bilingual Educator will report to Nutrition Educators and be responsible for ensuring accurate and fluent interpretation (verbal) and translation (written) of workshops. This paid position is part-time and seasonal to coincide with the regional growing season. Bilingual Educators will be required to attend a paid 5-day training from June 18-June 22, 2018 and commit to working a minimum of 2 days per week (plus a one monthly Monday afternoon meeting). Bilingual Educators’ hours depend upon and coincide with market schedules. Pay rate is $19/hr.


Duties will include, but are not limited to:

·        Prepare for and orally interpret nutrition education workshops and cooking demonstrations from English to Spanish and/or Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and/or Bengali and/or Russian

·        Assist with the preparation and implementation of nutrition education sessions, including written translation of presentation materials (on-site)

·        Follow curriculum and ensure integrity and fidelity of programming

·        Assist with and ensure proper set-up and breakdown of tent, cooking equipment and educational materials

·        Market and promote program at farmers markets to ensure minimum required level of participation is achieved

·        Assist with data collection at markets

·        Maintain and encourage environmentally sustainable practices at workshop sites

·        Assist with food preparation for cooking demonstrations, as needed

·        Attend monthly meetings during the season at DOHMH offices in Long Island City (Mondays)

·        Requirements

·        Oral fluency in at least one of the following languages: Spanish, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Bengali, Russian

·        Bilingual written competency

·        Excellent presentation, interpersonal and communications skills; dynamic personality

·        Ability to work in multi-cultural settings with diverse populations

·        Willing and able to stand for long periods of time and work outside in inclement weather conditions

·        Willing and able to regularly lift and transport items weighing up to 25 pounds (to and from storage site to workshop location each market day)

·        Commitment to a minimum of 2 days per week of work, including one weekend day, for the duration for the season

Preferred Skills

·        Experience in interpreting information orally and translating written materials from English to Spanish and/or Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and/or Bengali

·        Experience working as part of a team

·        Understanding of health inequities, regional food systems and community food security issues in NYC

·        Strong preference given to those with knowledge about and interest in nutrition and community food security issues in NYC 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Interested candidates should send a completed application and resume to the DOHMH Nutrition Education Team at Deadline to apply is March 19th, 2018.

Please find the Application here: