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Organics Recovery Coordinator/Senior Instructor, NYC Compost Project
Category: Education

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn, NY

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014

Position Title:  Organics Recovery Coordinator/Senior Instructor, NYC Compost Project

Department:  Horticulture

Reports to:  Project Manager, NYC Compost Project

FLSA Status:  Nonexempt

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 organics recovery 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 accepting and processing food waste in diverse Brooklyn neighborhoods. This person will also help conduct outreach in the target neighborhoods to increase participation in the drop-off program. 

Primary Responsibilities/Activities:
• Establish various (i.e., different days, times, and locations) food scrap drop-off opportunities for Brooklyn neighborhoods underserved by existing NYC composting programs.
• Accept food waste from NYC residents; act as an overall ambassador of the project to NYC residents. Grow residential participation in the program through outreach activities and utilization of NYC Compost Project–branded materials (table skirt, feather banner, literature pieces).
• Instruct and model best practices in urban composting operations so as to expand the quantity of NYC organics that can be processed locally and to produce high-quality finished material.
• Provide Compost Project manager with required data for monthly reports about food scrap drop-off sites, including locations, community participation, and quantity of scraps collected.
• Consult with BWPRR about any new drop-off sites and verify that all food scrap drop-off sites and events are listed correctly in all BWPRR promotional forums (BWPRR website, BWPRR Events Calendar, BWPRR social media posts, etc.).
• Help process organics at Brooklyn Community Compost sites.

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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