Compost Associate (Part-time)
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 Recycling and Sustainability (BRS).The compost associate is employed by Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) and reports to the senior organics recovery coordinator based in Red Hook. This part-time position is primarily responsible for processing food scraps delivered to the Red Hook compost site with NYC Compost Project colleagues and volunteers. All compost generated on-site is used for local community greening projects. The compost associate will also operate a food scrap drop-off site one morning a week in a Brooklyn neighborhood.

Schedule: Approximately 25 hours per week, Tuesday–Saturday

Primary Responsibilities:

  •  Maintain various food scrap drop-off opportunities for Brooklyn neighborhoods not served by existing NYC composting programs.
  •   Accept household food scraps from NYC residents and process by hand at Red Hook compost facility; 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). Share accurate information with public regarding DSNY and BBG programs.
  •  Demonstrate commitment to learning and adhering to best practices in urban composting operations at Red Hook facility so as to expand the quantity of NYC organics that can be processed locally and to produce high-quality finished material for community greening projects.
  •  Lead volunteers in the collection of organics and processing of materials at Red Hook facility, modeling and educating about best practices.
  •  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

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Perform additional duties as determined by the Compost Project manager and by the BRS NYC Compost Project program manager.
  •  Attend monthly/quarterly staff or city-wide Compost Project meetings and professional development sessions.
  • Consult with BRS about any new drop-off sites and verify that all food scrap drop-off sites and events are listed correctly in all BRS promotional forums (BRS website, BRS events calendar, BRS social media posts, etc.).


  • High school degree
  •  Strong knowledge base regarding environmental stewardship and sustainable practices
  •  Experience with diverse computer applications (Microsoft Office Suite)
  •  Minimum two years’ work experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate the public about environmental stewardship—alone and in a team—in a variety of settings
  •  Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a box truck
  •  Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and to perform physically strenuous tasks
  •  Solid work ethic with a sense of focus and urgency in goal achievement, no time wasted
  •  Enthusiasm for challenging outdoor physical work, including very hot or very cold conditions
  •  Commitment to observing high standards for environmental stewardship, even when such standards require detailed menial work like sweeping and picking up litter
  •  Demonstrated interest/skill in accepting feedback and improving one’s performance, learning and applying operational standards of working productively with colleagues/volunteers, and getting the job done well
  • Bilingual skills preferred but not required
  •  Ability to travel locally throughout Brooklyn

Professional Level
Entry level

Minimum Education Required
High School

How to Apply:
Please email a résumé and cover letter, indicating the title of the position in the subject line, along with the names of three references with contact information, to



Application Deadline:

Position Title:           Garden Activity Specialist

Program:                  P.S. 90

Reports To:              Program Director

Direct Reports:        N/A


The YWCA of the City of New York is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA is seeking a caring, creative, and results oriented Garden Activity Specialist. We are looking for a Garden Activity Specialist with the ability to design and develop a school garden as well as facilitate classroom and garden instruction with elementary age students. The garden instructor must be able to foster creativity, engage students, foster curiosity and connect with the community, as well as work well with staff to maintain a team environment. Applicant should have experience landscaping and creating beautiful gardening learning environment for young people. Applicant will also be part of the YWCA PS 90 STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) team and work towards building skills, innovation, and problem solving in the area of STEM.

Primary Responsibilities:

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Create and maintain school garden, caring for equipment, garden planning, pruning, irrigation, and pest and disease management.
  • Develop garden lessons that are integrated into standards-based curriculum.
  • Guide and teach students through all aspects of garden propagation, planting, cultivation, and general maintenance.
  • Cultivate communication and relationships with staff, teachers, and administrative staff, as well as the community of parents, neighbors, school garden educators, and potential affiliates
  • Implementation of nutritional, sustainability and organic education
  • Create and participate in after school, community, and school-wide events
  • Participate in the planning and leadership of summer activities
  • Lead the creation of a Farmer’s garden/market



  • Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in related field
  • Must have at least one year of gardening or landscaping experience
  • Must have at least one-year teaching and/or facilitating elementary age youth
  • Experience with urban gardening, hydroponics, indoor gardening a strong plus
  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and analytical ability
  • Bilingual preferred, (Spanish or other languages)
  • Commitment to promoting YWCA’s social justice mission, educational and youth development philosophy.



Send resume to:

Reina Onorato | Program Coordinator, SVP
T: 347.322.4460 O: 646.343.7210







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Resources & Opportunities


Agricultural Literacy Matrix

Agricultural Apps

How to Make Botanical Paper

Wildlife NYC

There is abundant wildlife in New York City – over 600 different species call the Big Apple home. From soaring hawks to curious coyotes, it’s no surprise that we encounter animals everywhere from our parks and greenspaces to our roads and roofs. WildlifeNYC is a campaign launched by the City of New York to increase public awareness about urban wildlife. After all, they’re New Yorkers, too! To learn more please visit On the website you can report a sighting of healthy wildlife; as well as find information about upcoming wildlife programs and volunteer opportunities. For questions about wildlife, please contact the NYC Park’s Wildlife Unit at 212-360-1447.

Changing the Climate in School (reading about climate change)

Food Span Curriculum

Article about school gardens in NYC


NYS Agricultural Ambassador Scholarships (college)

NYRP Tree Giveaway

2018+Conference+Sessions+RFP-1 (Naitonal Good Food Network Conference)

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Grants, etc.

Citizens Committee Love Your Block Grant

2018 Youth Garden Grant/Kids Gardening

NYC Council Participatory Budgeting Process has begun! See if your council member participates. If yes, get your idea out there. It does not just have to be for the garden…it could be for the garden and STEM lab, for example. And, while you are on it, reach out to get your council member to your school. Because it is also schmoozing time for capital grants. DON’T DELAY! Also time to hit up assembly members and the borough president’s office.

NYAITC Teacher of the Year

Partnerships For Parks Crowdfunding Challenge The “giving season” is fast approaching, so now is a great time for groups to start thinking about end of year fundraising campaigns. As you know we are currently partnering with Ioby to offer the Partnerships for Parks Crowdfunding Challenge. Ioby is a crowdfunding platform that works to connect leaders with funding and support to make neighborhoods safer, greener, more livable, and more fun! The Challenge provides up to $1,000 of matching funds for any accepted project benefiting NYC Parks properties – including park, playground, and street trees! So if, for example, you raise $100 in donations, we’ll match that $100. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

New York State Farm-to-School Program
During the 2017-18 school year, Service in Schools (SIS) will offer two new programs to advance service-learning initiatives in NYC: the Kids Action Team and Race Against Waste programs. In both of these programs, student groups will plan, carry out, and document a service-learning project that helps to meet a community need and facilitates academic growth. Save the dates for the application launches and follow Service in Schools on Twitter @servicenschools for the most up-to-date information on these programs and more.
Service in Schools Kids Action Team
Application Opens: Monday, October 16
Application Deadline: Monday, November 6
For elementary school teachers (grades K-5) who want to launch an after-school service-learning Team.
Participants can look forward to:
  • Two days of professional development on Tuesday, December 5 and Wednesday, January 24.
  • $500 to supplement Teacher Regular Grades per Session work related to planning and facilitating Team activities.
  • Leading students through a service-learning project, which they will present at the Celebration of Service on May 31.
Race Against Waste – A collaboration between Service in Schools and the Office of Sustainability
Application Opens: Tuesday, October 10
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 1
For teams of two middle or high school teachers who want to launch or expand the efforts of a student Green Team to address zero waste initiatives in their community.
Participants can look forward to:
  • Three days of professional development on December 6, January 10, and April 25.
  • Learning about waste reduction initiatives in NYC from local non-profit organizations.
  • Leading students through a service-learning project, which they will present at the Sustainability Showcase in May 2018.


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Executive Director

National Family Farm Coalition

Location: Washington, D.C. (preferred, but not required)

The National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) seeks a dynamic leader to engage its diverse and dedicated membership to influence national farm and fisheries policy, magnify its fundraising capacity, and expand relationships with allies, potential allies and legislators while serving as a public face of the coalition.

About the National Family Coalition

NFFC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit coalition of 25 organizations working to ensure fair prices for family farmers, local jobs for resilient communities, and fresh food for everyone. NFFC believes that corporate America’s influence on governmental policies has led to the loss of family-owned farms and fisheries and the demise of thriving rural communities.

NFFC is currently composed of 2 full-time and 1 part-time staff supported by an active member-based executive board. Staff and members are based around the US, with headquarters in Washington, DC.

Programs and Focus Areas

NFFC was formed in 1986 to represent family farmers seeking a voice in Washington, DC, during the 1980s farm credit crisis. NFFC was instrumental in writing and passing the 1987 Agricultural Credit Act, which enabled thousands of farmers to restructure bank loans, avoid foreclosure and retain their farms.

NFFC has fought unjust so-called free trade agreements as well as the proliferation and token regulation of genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant seeds. No less important, NFFC has campaigned against corporate grabs of US farmland for speculation, the extraction industry,  and the oppression of minority farmers. In 2008, NFFC’s membership expanded to include family fishermen who face the same threats and opportunities as family farmers. With 25 member organizations across the US, NFFC addresses federal policy to end the corporate control over resources, inputs and markets within our food system so that family farmers and fishermen receive fair prices based on their costs of production, enabling them to support their families, labor, local businesses and communities while protecting the environment around them.

For more information, please visit

Context, Opportunities and Challenges

Following the unexpected passing in January 2017 of the Coalition’s longtime executive director, Katherine Ozer, the executive committee of the board has been highly engaged to sustain the organization during the leadership transition. The committee appointed membership and communications coordinator Lisa Griffith as interim executive director, and numerous funders and other allies have stepped up, recognizing that NFFC’s work is needed now more than ever. Ms. Griffith intends to return to her previous position when a new executive director is on board.

NFFC’s executive board and transition committee (comprised of members and the interim executive director) have affirmed the overall mission and direction of the organization, developed an aspirational structure to guide NFCC’s internal growth, articulated short-term priorities and staffing needs for the transition, and identified key strengths and priorities through an inclusive organizational assessment.

NFFC has unique strengths that position it for successful advancement of its mission and real, transformative system change during this critical moment for family farmers and fishermen, including:

  1. Relevance and shared passion among members, staff and funders for NFFC’s mission;
  2. Diverse, cross-sectoral membership that stands in partnership with a small, dedicated staff;
  3. The bridge that NFFC’s policy leadership role provides between local, national and occasionally international efforts;
  4. NFFC’s commitment to building movements and its willingness to take risks, calling out truth to power in service to the movements it represents;
  5. Strong membership and partnerships with welcoming, inclusive culture focused on  equity and justice for all in the food system;
  6. NFFC’s reputation as a trusted player, not seeking the spotlight but holding its members’ interests in the forefront.

The organizational assessment process has also raised a number of key priorities for NFFC and its new leadership to address in the near term:

  • Developing a strategic plan:  While the organization should remain responsive and adaptable, a clear strategic plan for the next 3-5 years to guide the organization, staff commitments and priorities will be critical to its success;
  • Restructuring organizational systems:  During the transition, NFFC has focused on strengthening systems for its administrative functions and internal infrastructure;
  • Diversifying and strengthening its funding:  While long-time supporters have stepped up to see NFFC through this unexpected transition, its overall funding base must continue to diversify to further stabilize the organization;
  • Building new leadership:  Several NFFC board representatives are cycling off the executive committee, and those who took on additional responsibilities during this time of transition are ready to return to their normal board duties.
  • Ongoing presence as a collective effort:  No one person is or carries the Coalition, and the Coalition’s success depends on effectual collaboration between its staff and membership.

The Ideal Candidate

The new executive director of the Coalition must be a courageous risk-taker grounded in deep integrity and social justice values, and passionately committed to NFFC’s mission as informed by its members.

Specifically, the ideal candidate will have skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Facilitative leadership and management that is inclusive, consensus-building, empowering and supportive of staff and other stakeholders’ growth, efficacy and ownership of the work;
  • Cultivating, engaging and maintaining healthy relationships with a diverse (largely rural) membership and executive committee, allies and potential allies;
  • Being an ally or member of the movements engaged in family farmer or fisherman, food, economic, and/or environmental justice work with an understanding of racial, gender and economic justice issues;
  • Managing or supporting a member-driven organization;
  • Poised and confident enough to tell a compelling story yet comfortable learning from and lifting up traditionally marginalized voices;
  • Creative problem-solving with sometimes limited resources;
  • Balancing “roll-up-the-sleeves,” on-the-ground organizational management, leadership and program work with big-picture thinking and strategy;
  • Familiarity with efforts to effect change in policy and legislation, preferably in a leadership role with farmers and/or fishermen, coalitions, or movements;
  • Developing and managing a multi-faceted, innovative fundraising plan, including experience cultivating donors, soliciting major gifts and writing grants.

Candidate Guidelines

This search is being led by transition consultant Jeremy Phillips. Interested candidates should submit a resume and brief cover letter describing how their qualifications and experiences match the needs of the National Family Farm Coalition, their salary requirements, the source from which they learned of the position, and any informational questions to

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply promptly, but the search will remain open until the position is filled.

The salary range is $60,000-$70,000. NFFC also has a generous benefits package, including 4 weeks paid vacation after 4 years, unemployment contributions to state fund, health insurance and savings plan.

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Events & Opportunities

Agroecology Apprenticeship, Stone Barns

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD)
Local Government in Food Systems Work
Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017, for publication in the Spring 2018 (Open Access Issue)
ISSUE SPONSOR: Growing Food Connections (
Guest Editors: Dr. Samina Raja and Dr. Jill Clark
JAFSCD seeks papers on practice-relevant research related to local governments’ roles in food systems planning, policy, and practice. By local we mean at the substate/subprovincial level (e.g., municipality, town, city, county, multicounty). We seek empirical or theoretical contributions from academics and practitioners that are solution-oriented. We also encourage manuscripts on studies emphasizing interagency collaboration, and collaboration between public, nonprofit, and private enterprises. Studies closely examining a failed or struggling project can also be very instructive.
Topic-appropriate submissions include case studies, literature reviews, surveys, financial analyses, cost-benefit analyses, program evaluations, impact analyses, feasibility studies, reflective essays, and project post-mortem analyses, as well as commentaries (not peer-reviewed). The work reported should focus on local governments’ management of or collaboration with other entities in food systems work through, for example, public health, planning, economic development, and community development departments, cooperative extension service, or through quasi-public agencies or initiatives such as food policy councils, task forces, or work groups.
Examples include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Preparing, adopting, and/or implementing formal plans to strengthen food systems.
  • Creating, modifying, and/or implementing health, land-use or zoning, and/or public safety ordinances or bylaws to increase opportunities for or remove barriers to local/regional food production and/or food access.
  • Creating, modifying, and/or implementing of public finance incentive programs to strengthen food systems.
  • Local government response to and addressing changes in state and federal policies in an era of political volatility.
  • Engaging communities and community-based organizations in policy-making, partnerships, data collection, and program activities.  
  • Balancing the interests of local food producers and residents through local government action.
  • Creating and/or evaluating the efficacy of local/regional publicly supported food systems–related jobs.
  • Creating governmental incentives for local food system expansion and/or long-term resilience.
  • Examining where city-level resources are allocated and how they influence the local food system.
  • Supporting the development of a shared-use kitchen, farm incubator, or farm-to-school program.
  • Managing food or farm waste.
  • Building and celebrating a local/regional food identity.
  • Building leadership or capacity among local food systems stakeholders.
  • Analyzing the inclusion or exclusion of people of color and other marginalized groups in local government planning and/or policy processes.
Click here: for details about types of manuscripts for word counts, etc. A query form and pre-submission review for appropriateness and readiness for submission are required.
In addition, JAFSCD welcomes articles at any time on any subject related to the community development aspects of agriculture and food systems.


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Grants, awards, etc.

Shell Science Lab Competition

Generation Nano: Superheroes Inspired by Science

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow

Be Fearless, Be Kind Grants


Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Competitive Grant Program

Creative Work Fund (this is a very unique grant opportunity…it needs an artist as a partner…but imagine what you could do with a partner in a school garden context…I say go for it!)

RFQ: Independent Contractors to Support Outcome Monitoring at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (it’s a stretch for the group…but you never know)


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World Food Programme Internship

Community Researcher (this one is pretty amazing!)

Policy Associate (locations are limited: PA, NJ, DE, WV, MD; I know we have people from all over the country so maybe this applies to someone)

Private Partnership Consultant, World Food Programme

Visiting Professor in Environmental Education

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy has an opening for a visiting professor (or professors) to teach graduate courses on Principles of Environmental Education and on Outdoor and Place-Based Education in a new two-year M.Ed. in Environmental Education degree program that the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and Bard Master of Arts in Teaching Program plan to open in fall 2018, pending budget approval.

The Principles of Environmental Education courses will meet two days a week on the main Bard campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., and will be offered in the fall of 2018. The Outdoor and Place-Based course will be a three-week intensive course to be taught for the first time in January 2019. We are initiating our search a year in advance as we will seek input from the successful candidate(s) in shaping our new curriculum.

Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching in a related field; a Ph.D. is preferred. For more information about the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, please visit

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three references to Environmental Education Search through at:  Applications will be reviewed as received.

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