Food Tank Summit Event Staff

Compensation: Paid, $15/hour

Applications due: Rolling

Start date: August 24

Location: Chicago, IL

Position Summary:

Food Tank is one of the fastest growing nonprofit organizations focused on food and agriculture issues that is working to build a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters.

On Wednesday, August 24th, Food Tank, in collaboration with the Discovery Partners Institute, the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Chicagoland Food & Beverage, Chartwells (Compass Group), and IL Agri-Food Alliance, will host a Summit themed “Technology and the Future of Our Food System.”

To support the event, we are looking for self-motivated individuals who can join us in-person on August 24th. The event will bring together an amazing group of activists, celebrity chefs, policymakers, business leaders, and other inspiring speakers. Event staff will have the opportunity to hear directly from these leaders, meet fellow food system advocates, and more as we discuss the ways that technology can transform the food system.

This role will support on-the-ground logistics, which may include but is not limited to: greeting and managing guest speakers, welcoming attendees and answering their questions throughout the event, assembling and distributing programs and gift bags, timekeeping, microphone running, and managing distractions.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated events experience
  • Outgoing personality and a willingness to jump into new tasks as they arise
  • Ability to self-manage and multi-task
  • Impeccable organizational skills and a keen eye for detail
  • Interest in food and agriculture issues

Please note that programming begins at 12:00pm CT, but we will likely require support with event setup and breakdown during the hours before and after the program.

To apply, please send a resume and a short paragraph stating why you are interested in the role with “Food Tank Event Staff: Chicago” in the subject line to Elena Seeley at elena@foodtank.com. In your email, please note the earliest time that you will be available to begin on August 40th.

The recruitment process is open until positions are filled. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will contact only those persons selected for an interview.


Food Tank Social Media Content Creator

Hours: 10 hours per week

Compensation: Paid, $100/Reel

Applications due: Rolling

Start date: Immediate

Location: Remote (U.S.)

Position Summary:

Food Tank is one of the fastest growing nonprofit organizations around food and agriculture issues, focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, and nourished eaters. We spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

To support our mission, we are looking for a creative, self-motivated content creator to help build our presence on social media through TikTok and Instagram Reels. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual looking to create original, engaging content that raises awareness about nourishing, equitable, environmentally sustainable food systems.

The Social Media Content Creator will:

  • Pitch and create weekly content for Food Tank’s TikTok and Instagram channels to raise awareness of Food Tank’s 12 core issue areas.
  • Develop innovative ways to translate Food Tank’s programming, editorial, and podcast content into attention-catching videos.
  • Promote upcoming Food Tank Summit and other virtual and in-person events.
  • Channel the organization’s voice to engage with Food Tank’s audience.
  • Stay up to date on the latest TikTok and Instagram Reel trends and use this knowledge to inform posts.
  • Work with Food Tank’s Graphic Designer and editorial team to align on messaging and branding.
  • Pull performance metrics as needed.
  • Communicate weekly social media plans with Food Tank’s team.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated experience developing high-performing TikTok and Instagram Reels.
  • Understanding of social media best practices as they apply to TikTok and Instagram.
  • A passion for building a better food system and familiarity with food and agriculture issues.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple assignments and deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to collaborate with the team as needed.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations a plus.

The application process is open until positions are filled. To apply, please send the following documents to Elena Seeley (elena@foodtank.com) with “Food Tank Social Media Content Creator” in the subject line.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Portfolio of sample posts (Links to works are fine)

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will contact only those persons selected for an interview.

We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply.


Food Tank Research, Event, Advocacy, and Writing Internship

Duration: 4 months, 15-20 hours per week

Compensation: Paid, $15/hour

Applications due: November 20 (Spring internship); March 20 (Summer internship); July 20 (Fall internship)

Start date: January 1 (Spring internship); May 1 (Summer internship); September 1 (Fall internship)

Location: Remote

Position Summary:

The Research, Event, Advocacy, and Writing Internship with Food Tank is a unique and exciting opportunity to support and participate in research that drives health, nutrition, and environmental policy. Interns will work closely with Food Tank staff on the following: contributing to articles individuals, organizations, and movements working to build a better food system; conducting original interviews with activists, researchers, chefs, business leaders, and more; collecting, organizing, and managing web content; organizing resources and contacts; assisting with the Food Talk podcast, contributing to the development of the weekly newsletter; planning and executing live events as well as attending major food conferences; and assisting in writing and outreach that will contribute to and help promote ongoing projects. Interns will also have the chance to have their name published on prominent food, nutrition, policy, and environmental websites around the world. Interns will also have the chance to hear directly from leading food writers and journalists.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills, preferably experience reporting on issues for newspapers, journals, digital media, and other publications.
  • Demonstrated experience in and passion for food and agricultural issues – and for the importance of accurate information and analysis to guide environmental decision making.
  • Coursework reflecting interest and knowledge of communications, media, social media, and website design. Work in media and communications a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Skills in event management.
  • Ability to self-manage and multi-task.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will contact only those persons selected for an interview.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples to Elena Seeley at Elena@foodtank.com with “Food Tank Research and Communications Internship” in the subject line.

Please note in the body of your email which season you are applying for.


Freelance Writer

Location: Remote

Position Summary:

Food Tank is hiring freelance writers to contribute creative, high-quality, in-depth, and investigative articles and news stories. Professional writers with experience in food justice, food policy, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture are encouraged to join us. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to support and develop groundbreaking research driving health, nutrition, and environmental policy. This is a remote position, and international writers are encouraged to apply.

Payment is determined on a sliding scale pending on the length of article and depth of research.

If interested, please submit the following to Elena Seeley (elena@foodtank.com) with “Food Tank Freelance” in the subject line.

  1. Resume
  2. Three linked articles featured in reputable news sources.
  3. Three article pitches

Please provide detailed information in your article pitches, including bullet points on:

  • Why is this important and interesting to our readers?
  • How will you approach and investigate the topic – what is the point?
  • How is this relevant and timely? Ex: A couple lines including a link to a study, reliable source news article, etc.
  • Include potential sources: relevant reports, links, or articles that you will use as sources for the article.
  • Expert interview/opinions: please include idea/contact info for an interviewee(s).
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