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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 6640


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Salary Range 11 $2379 $2464 $2557 $2657 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103


The NUTRITION EDUCATION ASSISTANT, under the direction of the Oregon State University Extension service, teaches low income homemakers a series of food and nutrition lessons from a standard curriculum. Homemakers are given information and taught skills in small groups or individually, often in the client's home.


This is a single classification and not currently part of a series of classes.


The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) follows Federal guidelines that limit participation to low income homemakers with young children. Subject matter is limited to nutrition and nutrition related subjects. Indigenous paraprofessionals are the most effective teachers. A three week initial training is the beginning of the ongoing training process. Newly hired assistants meet each week to gain additional training and receive the answers to the questions that arise as they teach homemakers. Experienced assistants meet every other week for ongoing training.

  1. Recruitment and Enrollment. Typical tasks: canvasses assigned low income areas to acquaint families with the program and enroll those interested; contacts referrals from other public and private agencies; explains the nutrition program and enrolls interested homemakers.
  2. Home Visits and Teaching. Typical tasks: reviews food intake and interests of the homemaker, and develops a teaching plan, based on a predetermined curriculum, so the homemaker can complete the program in three to six months; meets the homemaker weekly for an hour and teaches food and nutrition lessons from the plan; may teach food and nutrition information and skills to preschool youngsters of enrolled families; assists in planning and teaching homemaker demonstration days and graduation.
  3. Records and Reports. Typical tasks: telephones the extension office daily to report starting time and schedule of visits; keeps weekly written log of work performed (e.g., recording home visits, lessons taught, contacts attempted, and demographic breakdown of persons contacted); completes daily mileage sheets; keeps required confidential Federal forms on each enrolled homemaker.
  4. In-Service Training and Education. Typical tasks: attends two to four in-service training sessions each month at the extension office; attends statewide training sessions and specialized training as scheduled.


Employees in this class have regular in-person and telephone contact with the public to explain the EFNEP program and to enroll homemakers in the program. Employees also have regular contact with enrolled homemakers to teach nutrition and nutrition related skills.


Employees in this class work in the community rather than in an office. They are supervised by the Extension agent with the assistance of the Nutrition Education Coordinator who helps them in setting performance goals and monitors progress toward those goals. Monitoring is provided through daily telephone contact, monthly narrative reports, and semimonthly conferences. The Extension Agent in charge of EFNEP reviews the work through regular conferences with the Nutrition Education Coordinator. The Extension Agent reviews the narratives, and accompanies the Nutrition Education Assistant in the field once or twice a year. Work assignments are received from the Nutrition Education Coordinator and/or the Extension agent verbally and in writing. Employees in this class use agency policies and procedures, and State and Federal EFNEP program policies as guidelines.


Employees in this class work primarily in the field, canvassing local neighborhoods. They work within the homes of the individuals being helped and require the willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location and purpose. Employees in this class provide their own transportation and generally contact the central office through daily phone calls and periodic check-ins.


Personal experience managing and raising a family which included basic nutrition and meal planning; AND experience in record keeping (such as balancing check books, keeping budgets, writing menus or shopping lists, etc.)

NOTE: A foreign language fluency may be required for some positions.