Polk County to Hire a Youth Nutrition Associate Educator

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Polk County

Youth Nutrition Associate Educator

Position Description

Under general supervision, works independently facilitating youth nutrition programming in Polk County.

Position engages elementary-age children in high-energy, hands-on nutrition, physical activity and cooking education. Educator also engages partner agencies to host education sessions as part of existing programming (before/after school, summer care, etc.). Qualifying agencies are those who serve children from low-resource families. Position interacts with small-groups of K-5 youth in school, after school and during summer programming to teach healthy living, cooking skills and physical activities.


  •  Prepares and presents lessons from a standardized curriculum
  • Maintains a safe and supportive environment for children to include physical safety and food safety
  • Engages children in high-energy, active information-sharing, hands-on cooking, physical activity and games
  • Conducts program evaluation as directed by using provided tools and following program evaluation protocols
  • Maintains appropriate records of participants’ progress and prepares reports
  • Builds strong relationships with agency partners which serve children meeting income eligibility guidelines
  • Makes arrangements for delivering education at partner sites, sets dates and times for classes, collects and organizes educational materials, and maintains high-quality communication with partners
  • Participates in regular supervisor conferences and training as scheduled 
  • Models healthy diet and exercise behaviors
  • Promotes youth nutrition programming benefits and opportunities within the county


  • Fluency in English skills
  • Ability to keep accurate records and communicate effectively with a variety of people
  • Participation in required training
  • Reliable transportation on a daily basis
  • Following all policies, rules and procedures as directed by the Extension Council or Executive Director
  • Maintaining a close working relationship with staff, volunteers and partners
  • Completing other duties as assigned


  • Likes to work with the public, specifically K-5th grade youth
  • Strong cultural competency skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Excellent written, oral and community relations communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to handle classroom management


  • Bachelor’s degree with two or more years of experience in education, nutrition, adult, family or youth services, social work, or related field
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Internet, email


  • Knowledge of basic office machinery
  • Able to lift and move 40 pounds
  • Access to reliable transportation; valid driver license
  • Approval through the Child Protection and Safety Program/background screening
  • Ability to work flexible hours. A successful candidate will be expected to successfully manage their schedule including some evening and weekend meetings


  • Experience working with diverse audiences
  • Experience working with individuals or families with limited resources
  • Experience facilitating within a classroom setting


30 hour work week, Monday-Friday. Occasional evening hours or weekends as scheduled. 


$17.00/hour.  Non-exempt, hourly.  


Health, life and dental insurance, paid time off and holidays, FICA, IPERS.

AFLAC supplemental insurance (Optional and at employee’s expense)


  1. Please briefly describe your experience that demonstrates your knowledge in the area of nutrition.
  2. Please briefly describe your experience delivering information to small groups and how you react to distractions during your delivery.
  3. Please briefly describe your experience working within a classroom setting.
  4. Please briefly describe your experience working with diverse youth audiences.


January 22nd  by 5 PM or until filled


Required Documents (.pdf format) emailed to pgibbins@iastate.edu

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. ISU Extension and Outreach, Polk County Employment Application
  4. Supplemental Question Answers


Polk County Extension is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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