School Nutrition Educator

Cedar Rapids
Base County
Counties Served

The role of the School Nutrition Educator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Linn County is to promote healthy lifestyle by providing direct delivery of nutrition and physical activity lessons in K-2nd grade classrooms and K-5 out of school programs in the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD).  The School Nutrition Educator will work closely with the Lead School Nutrition Educator and other team members to meet the educational needs of a diverse population.  This position is made possible through a grant with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) Iowa Nutrition Network (INN) School Grant Program, which is supported by SNAP-Ed funds.  

  • Participate in Linn County Extension (LCE) new staff orientation, grant program training, monthly team meetings, and other related training. 
  • Teach monthly nutrition and physical activity instruction in K-2nd grade classrooms at qualifying schools in the CRCSD using Pick a Better Snack lessons provided by IDPH online.  Coordinate shared delivery of lessons with classrooms teachers.
  • Deliver education afterschool and summer programming.
  • Participate in weekly or bi-weekly check ins with direct supervisor, as well as regular performance reviews. 
  • As needed, assist in arranging nutrition program teaching schedule and other logistics.
  • Work with FoodCorps members to purchase and organize all program supplies, including fruit/vegetables for classroom tastings, teaching materials provided by Iowa Nutrition Network and all other supplies needed for lessons and special events.
  • Plan and implement Healthy Family events for students and their families with school leaders, community partners, volunteers, FoodCorps members, and LCE staff for all schools in the course of the year.
  • Partner with FoodCorps member to identify schools or classrooms interested in starting school gardens and provide support for garden projects as applicable.  
  • Other duties as assigned. 
  • Required
    • AA degree in related area: early childhood, para educator, childcare, etc
    • One-year experience working with children or at-risk youth 
    • Experience with direct teaching to youth
    • Strong classroom-management skills and ability to engage students in lessons
    • Interest in and enthusiasm for subject-matter of lessons (healthy eating, physical activity, and fruits and vegetables).
    • Demonstrated creativity, initiative, and ability to be self-motivated.
    • Availability to work during the school day, as well as occasional evenings.  
    • Valid driver’s license, insurance, and access to vehicle
    • Ability to lift and carry 20lbs
  • Preferred
    • Bachelor’s degree in education or related; or AA degree plus 2 years’ experience providing youth education.
    • Past direct teaching experienced
    • Proficiency working with computers, including Microsoft Office Suite (or equivalent) and social media
    • Comfortability role modeling healthy behaviors and tasting fruits and vegetables
    • Strong organizational and time management skills.
    • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities at once.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with others and to also work well independently.
Additional Information

Job Classification: Part-time, dependent upon grant funding.  
Reports to: ISU Extension and Outreach - Linn County Director and PABS Lead Educator         
Terms of employment:

  • Yearly renewal of position contingent upon available funding.
  • Mileage on job is reimbursed at federal mileage rate from Linn County Extension office to program site.  Employee will provide own vehicle and insurance for job-related travel.
  • In accordance with ISU Extension and Outreach Child Protection and Safety Policy, a criminal record check will be completed on the applicant selected for this position.
  • Continued employment contingent upon successful completion of initial 4-month probationary period.


To be considered for the position, submit an employment application with cover letter and resume.

Send to:
Sarah Wilson at
or 383 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

  • Application documents are appreciated in PDF format, however, can be accepted in .DOC format.
  • Applications will be accepted through January 20th or until position filled 
Job Type
Part Time
Part-time, Average, up to15 hours per week
Wages (type)
Hourly wage $15-$17 based on education and experience
  • IPERS 
  • On-the-job training and professional development
Application Deadline
This position will remain open until filled

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.

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