Program Contact: Tara Witten, SNAP ED Coordinator
(360) 867-2160 •


Program Contact: Tara Witten, SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator  (360) 867-2160 •


WSU Thurston County Extension is committed to improving the health and wellness of Thurston County residents through the SNAP-Ed program. SNAP-Ed is a collaborative effort of the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), USDA- Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES), Washington State UniversityThurston County and local partners throughout the community.

SNAP-Ed teaches youth and adult audiences to develop skills and behaviors to eat healthfully. Families learn nutrition basics and smart buying strategies to help them make healthy choices and sustain their food supply throughout the month.

In Thurston County, we currently serve students and families at Pleasant Glade Elementary, Garfield Elementary, South Sound High School, Behavioral Health Resources, Family Education & Support Services and the Evergreen Vista community.





accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or


Job Opportunity

Washington State University Extension’s SNAP-Ed program teaches youth and adults with limited incomes to develop skills and behaviors to eat healthfully. Families learn nutrition basics and smart buying strategies to help them make healthy choices and sustain their food supply throughout the month. SNAP-Ed is funded by a federal grant from the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and is a partnership between USDA, WSU Extension, and local schools and community organizations. SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educators deliver nutrition education and obesity prevention services that may be any combination of educational strategies, accompanied by environmental supports, designed to facilitate voluntary adoption of food and physical activity choices and other nutrition-related behaviors conducive to the health and well-being of SNAP participants.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Delivering nutrition and physical activity promotion classes/workshops to youth and adult audiences throughout Thurston and Lewis Counties using evidence-based curriculums
  • Purchasing groceries and prepping demonstration food for lessons
  • Providing support to schools and community organizations seeking to improve policies, systems and environments with the aim of promoting nutrition/physical activity
  • Completing necessary reports and records to monitor progress of program participants

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 1 year of experience in a health promotion, education or youth-development role
  • Demonstrated interest in nutrition and physical activity promotion
  • Confidence in public speaking, outreach and classroom management
  • Experience serving low income and/or diverse audiences is preferred

Position requires valid driver’s license, reliable personal automobile (mileage reimbursed), and current Food Worker Card or willingness to obtain before hire (available through

Position is part-time with maximum of 18 hours per week. This position is a temporary appointment until September 30, 2017; appointment thereafter is contingent on satisfactory performance and continued funding. Desired availability includes school hours and some evenings.

To apply, please submit the following to Tara Witten, SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, at

  • Brief cover letter including your availability
  • Resume
  • Contact information for at least (2) professional references
  • A 2 minute video of yourself giving a basic nutrition lesson, on a topic of your choice, aimed at elementary students.

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WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388509-335-1259(f), or