The SLO Food Bank is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. We serve our neighbors who are food insecure, not knowing where their next meal will come from, as well as those at potential risk of hunger. Each year we supply an average of 4 million pounds of food to residents in San Luis Obispo County through a network of agency partners – including food pantries, homeless shelters and school-based programs. We believe every human being has the right to nutritious food, which is why 50% of the food we distribute is fresh produce. The SLO Food Bank prioritizes employee fulfillment and retention, offering competitive pay and benefits and opportunities for promotion.

​The SLO Food Bank is an at-will, equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, genetic information, disability, sex, marital status, age, or any other protected status covered by federal or state law. The job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement and are subject to change.

GleanSLO Assistant Program Coordinator

Department: Programs
Supervisor: GleanSLO Program Coordinator
FLSA Status: Hourly; Temporary, Part-time
Date: December 2019
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Job Overview

The GleanSLO Assistant Program Coordinator (GAPC) supports the GleanSLO Program Coordinator (GPC) in the operations, logistics, and coordination of the GleanSLO program. The GAPC assists the GPC in meeting program goals by ensuring that GleanSLO volunteers receive thorough safety and orientation training and guidance, and by cultivating positive relationships with farmers, landowners, and with our partners throughout the community.



GleanSLO is a food rescue program of SLO Food Bank that harvests excess produce from farms and backyards. Each year GleanSLO volunteers harvest over 200,000 pounds of local produce that is distributed through SLO Food Bank’s programs. Together with SLO Food Bank, GleanSLO is able to provide fresh and local produce to our neighbors who are food insecure.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Represent GleanSLO in the community
  • Identify and register potential produce donors, including backyard and larger scale growers
  • Lead gleans on a weekly basis
  • Scout sites on a weekly basis
  • Work with GleanSLO staff and Steering Committee to find better ways to engage the community
  • Lead volunteer recruitment, scheduling, and retention strategies
  • Supervise volunteers by articulating expectations, displaying model behavior, maintaining open lines of communication and being clear about roles and relationships
  • Oversee training and logistics for volunteer Backyard Harvest Leaders
  • Provide safety training and guidance about harvests for all volunteers
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned by the GPC


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in a non-profit setting
  • Ability to work independently
  • Organized
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills. Comfortable teaching and leading groups
  • Ability to balance a creative approach with the need to develop and follow a plan
  • Strong cultural competence. Experience building positive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Recognized as someone who cultivates teamwork as a fundamental organizational practice
  • Experience in food security and local food system processes
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and the Google Suite


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in job experience and education
  • Hunger relief, food rescue, and gardening/farming or gleaning experience preferred


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Must possess a valid California Driver’s License.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle, clean driving record, and proof of insurance.
  • Must be willing to travel throughout San Luis Obispo County.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The ability to perform normal gleaning tasks, which may include stooping, reaching, walking on varied terrain, and lifting and loading up to 50 pounds of produce.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Normal office conditions which may require extended time on computers, telephones, and
    participation in meetings
  • Working outside in orchards and fields in varied weather conditions