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NYC Compost Project Manager
Category: Manager

Queens Botanical Garden
Flushing, New York

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013

Project Manager, NYC Compost Project in Queens


The Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. The Garden serves over 200,000 visitors each year; a visitor survey reveals that 75% of all visitors speak a language other than English at home. The Garden has, therefore, committed itself to addressing the complex and ever changing needs of its diverse community and to being the place where people, plants and cultures meet.

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 through the DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR) and managed by partner organizations, in close coordination with DSNY-BWPRR.

The Project Manager, based at Queens Botanical Garden, reports to the Director of Education and is responsible for all aspects and initiatives of the Project. The Project Manager is responsible for monthly and quarterly program and finance reports to BWPRR as well as the management of compost staff and volunteers. In coordination with the project coordinator, the project manager will lead workshops, trainings, and programmatic efforts as needed.


Project Manager

Full time position

Weekend and evening hours as needed

Local travel required



Submit quarterly financial reports

Submit monthly and quarterly programmatic reports

Manage Compost Helpline and e-mail inquiries.

Disseminate information about composting at public outreach events.

Promote Golden Apple Awards & other relevant BWPRR programs to schools.

Maintain current inventory of BWPRR Education Materials and distribute BWPRR educational materials as needed at workshops.

Submit accurate program information to BWPRR for WasteLess listing of events.

Maintain respective organizational websites with current and accurate program information

Track and respond to Master Composter (MC) applicants and monitor MC service hours

Regularly update and maintain email and mailing list of all program contacts

Conduct workshops as needed

Help administer and tally surveys to measure the effectiveness of workshops and other outreach efforts.

Maintain a list of community gardens that accept kitchen scraps.

Manage and report sales of compost bins, compost crank, and any other compost-related equipment.

Develop programmatic opportunities/partnerships.

Assist with other initiatives as needed


Requirements/ Skills:

Bachelors Degree (Preferably in Environmental or Horticultural Science or another related field)

Experience with a wide range of computer applications (Excel, MS Word, Acrobat Pro, ACCESS, +)

Minimum three years of related work experience

Strong administrative and organizational skills.

Comfort and ability to interface with the public

Ability to prioritize work load and work independently

Knowledge of compost science, indoor and outdoor composting techniques, and NYC Compost Program and an interest and understanding of composting

Valid drivers license


To apply, you must put "Project Manager, NYC Compost Project in Queens" in the subject line and send resume and cover letter to No calls please.

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