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Outreach Coordinator/Senior Instructor, NYC Compost Project
Category: Horticulture

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn, NY

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014

Position Title:  Outreach Coordinator/Senior Instructor, NYC Compost Project

Department:  Horticulture

FLSA Status:  Nonexempt

Reports to:  NYC Compost Project program manager

Primary Objective:
The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, provides compost outreach and education to New Yorkers in all five boroughs. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR).

The outreach coordinator is employed by Brooklyn Botanic Garden and is managed by the Compost Project manager at BBG and the NYC Compost Project program manager at BWPRR. This position is primarily responsible for helping sites develop and/or grow their composting operations. This person will also work with the organics recovery coordinators in processing food waste in diverse Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Primary Responsibilities/Activities:
• Conduct site visits to all Brooklyn community compost sites affiliated with the NYC Compost Project.
• Provide technical support and at times financial resources in order to help sites develop and/or grow their composting capacity.
• Cultivate the skill sets of compost site operators in an effort to expand the number of public food scrap drop-off sites in Brooklyn.
• Provide Compost Project manager with full information about compost sites (i.e., locations, contacts, the number of persons who bring food scraps, total pounds of food scraps collected, etc.) for monthly reports.
• Verify that all community compost site information is listed correctly in BWPRR promotional forums (BWPRR website, BWPRR events calendar, BWPRR social media posts, etc.).
• Participate in the NYC Community Composting Council Best Practices Working Group to support NYC Compost Project work with community composters.
• Grow Demonstration Site program in conjunction with BWPRR’s overall compost site recognition programs.
• Work with NYC Compost Project to establish a consistent, citywide mechanism to evaluate compost sites, to determine whether or not to provide physical resources (build a bin, sifter, etc.), and to determine how to denote compost sites on the monthly report.
• Periodically staff NYC Compost Project table at outreach events.
• Utilize NYC Compost Project–branded materials (literature, signage, etc.) in working with community compost sites.
• Model best practices in urban composting operations in an effort to produce high-quality finished material.

Secondary Responsibilities/Activities:
• Perform additional duties as determined by the Compost Project manager and by the BWPRR NYC Compost Project program manager.
• Perform other departmental or related duties or special projects as directed by supervisor and/or BWPRR NYC Compost Project program manager.

Education/Experience Required:
• Bachelor’s degree preferred (ideally, in a related field)
• Experience with diverse computer applications (Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, Access, MS Outlook)
• Minimum one year of related work experience

Skills/Abilities Required:
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with the public, alone and in a team, in a variety of settings
• Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
• Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and to perform physically strenuous tasks
• Knowledge and commitment to composting.
• Bilingual skills preferred but not required
• Ability to work weekend and evening hours as needed
• Ability to travel locally throughout Brooklyn

How to Apply:
Please send a résumé and cover letter indicating the title of the position desired and days of availability to:

Human Resources
Brooklyn Botanic Garden    
1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Fax: 718-622-7826

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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