NYC Compost Project: Full-Time Farm Educator and Community Liaison

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Job Opportunities with the NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

We’re hiring! See below for an excellent opportunity to increase organic waste diversion rates while performing valuable public outreach and education. Application deadline is September 10th, 2014.

JOB DESCRIPTION Organics Recovery Coordinator, NYC Compost Project – Full Time Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden BACKGROUND 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 DSNY’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling

Snug Harbor was founded in 1801 as a haven for retired sailors. Today the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (SHCC) is a vibrant regional botanical and arts center serving 450,000 visitors per year. Located less than 1.5 miles from the Staten Island Ferry and accessible by public transportation, SHCC’s stunning 83-acre campus features 26 architecturally significant buildings, nine botanical gardens and a 2 acre working farm. SHCC’s 680-seat Music Hall is New York City’s second oldest music hall and is a centerpiece for local performing. In addition to SHCC’s own programs, its campus houses several separate major nonprofit institutions. Snug Harbor is a must-see City-wide cultural destination that provides arts, education, and entertainment to the public.

THE POSITION The Organics Recovery Coordinator is a full time position based out of SHCC and reports to the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden Project Manager. The person in this position is primarily responsible for accepting and processing food waste in diverse SI neighborhoods. This person will also help conduct outreach in the target neighborhoods to glean participation in the drop-off program.


  • Establish varied food-scrap drop-off of opportunities for SI neighborhoods not served by existing NYC composting programs (varied meaning different days, time frames and locations.)
    Utilize NYC Compost Project branded materials (table skirt, feather banner, literature pieces, etc.) at all food scrap drop-off sites.
    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 approved literature pieces, etc.
    Provide Project Manager with full information about food scrap drop-off sites (i.e. locations, staff managing, the number of persons who bring food scraps, total pounds of food scraps collected, etc.) for Monthly Reports.
    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.).
    Consult with BWPRR about any new drop-off sites and make sure information is recorded in monthly report and on BWPRR promotional pieces as needed.
    Help process organics at Staten Island Community Compost sites.
    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.
    Maintain NYC Compost’s Demonstration Site at SHCC to a level acceptable to that of a botanical garden. Duties include but not limited to weeding, mulching, pruning, mowing, debris removal or other garden-related maintenance responsibilities.
    Assist with varied duties as able at SHCC’s Heritage Farm December through March. Duties may include propagating, maintaining seedlings and starts in poly house, and some outdoor farm work.
    Additional duties as determined by the NYC Compost Project hosted by the SHCC CEO and by the BWPRR NYC Compost Project Program Manager.

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

Strong interpersonal skills. Able to work with the public, alone, and in a team
Valid NYS driver’s license
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and to perform physically strenuous tasks
Ability to network with a wide range of persons in a variety of settings (office environs, botanic gardens, schools, community gardens, etc.)
Knowledge and commitment to composting
Bi-lingual preferred but not required
Weekend and evening hours as needed
Local travel required

QUALIFICATIONS The qualified candidate for this position will bring a mix of the energy, adaptability, judgment, coaching and communication, sense of humor, and “roll up the sleeves attitude” towards their work. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

No phone calls please. Competitive salary with benefits. SHCC is an equal opportunity employer. For more information about SHCC please visit

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