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Volunteer with Us

Give back to your community, support a healthy food system, and gain valuable skills by volunteering with CUESA. Volunteers are vital members of our team who perform a wide range of duties such as assisting customers at our farmers markets, supporting chef demos, teaching kids to cook, and helping out behind the scenes at the CUESA office. Make new friends and get hands-on culinary, event, and nonprofit experience by volunteering your time and talents with CUESA.

Meet some of the passionate and dedicated members of our volunteer community!

Become a Volunteer

If you are interested in becoming a CUESA volunteer, please read through our volunteer handbook and fill out our online application*:

Click here to download the Volunteer Handbook (PDF) »

Click here to complete the online Volunteer Application (Web) »

We require that all volunteers attend an orientation, which is held every three to five months. Our next volunteer orientation is on Wednesday, March 18, 6-7:30 pm at the Port Commission Hearing Room at the Ferry Building.

Please RSVP for the orientation at Eventbrite here, and complete our online application before attending the orientation and starting your volunteer service.

Please direct any questions to Cindy Mendoza:

Email: [email protected]
Fax: 415.291.3275
Phone: 415.291.3276 x 103

*Although we strongly encourage new volunteers to fill out the application online, a few hard copies of the application will be available at the volunteer orientation for those unable to fill out an application electronically. Please help us reduce paper waste and save time!

Interested in job and internship opportunities? Click here »

Interested in group and corporate team-building volunteer opportunities? Click here »

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are brief descriptions of some of the volunteer opportunities available at CUESA. For more detailed descriptions, click the link at the bottom of this page to download our Volunteer HandbookClick here for an idea of how actual volunteers feel about the program.

Farmers Market

Culinary Programs Volunteer
Help support and facilitate farmers market-based culinary programs.

Food Access & Outreach Volunteer
Raise awareness about CalFresh and promote budget-friendly eating within the farmers market.

Information Booth Volunteer 
Assist farmers market shoppers, answer questions, and promote programs and events.


Foodwise Kids Volunteer
Support and facilitate farmers market field trips and cooking classes for kids. 

Education Programs Volunteer
Assist in preparation, promotion, and management of formal education programs.

Events and Outreach

Events Volunteer
Assist with preparation, promotion, and execution of fundraising events.

Outreach Volunteer
Represent and engage the public in CUESA’s mission at fairs and festivals.

Communications Volunteer
Assist in the promotion of farmers markets and education programs. Special skills include writing, photography, or graphic deisgn.


Database Management Volunteer
Assist with data entry and database management.

Photo by Amanda Lynn Photography.



CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Learn More »