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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 final 2018 volunteer orientation is on Wednesday, September 5, 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.

Learn about job and internship opportunities here »

Please direct any questions to Cindy Mendoza:

Email: cindy@cuesa.org
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!

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 Handbook. Click here for an idea of how actual volunteers feel about the program.

Communications & Marketing Volunteer
Help with the promotion of CUESA’s farmers markets, educational programs, and mission through marketing and communications support.

Culinary Programs Volunteer
Help with CUESA’s culinary education programs such as cooking demonstrations and market tastings.

Database Management Volunteer
Help with data entry and management of current database systems.

Education Programs Volunteer
Under supervision, help develop, create, maintain, and evaluate special projects in support of CUESA’s educational mission. Some projects are ongoing; some are finite.

Education Special Projects Volunteer
Assist in the preparation, promotion, and management of educational programs in support of CUESA’s mission. Write or research content or articles for the e-letter and website.

Food Shed Volunteer
Provide detailed information & hands-on learning opportunities within the farmers market

Foodwise Kids Volunteer
Help manage elementary school students participating in culinary farmers market field trip program

Information Booth Volunteer
Help set up, manage, and take down Information Booth at the farmers market. Answer questions, provide various services, and promote CUESA programs and events.

Outreach Volunteer
Represent CUESA at various fairs and festivals around the city.

Photography Volunteer
Take photographs in support of CUESA programs, events, displays, website, and marketing and media efforts.

Special Events Volunteer
Under supervision, assist in the preparation, promotion, and execution of special events and fundraising event programs in support of CUESA’s mission.

Photo by Amanda Lynn Photography.



CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »