GrowNYC, a non-profit in the Mayor’s Office with an over forty-year history of improving the environment in New York City, is interviewing qualified candidates for the Compost Coordinator position in the Office of Recycling Outreach and Education (OROE). The Office of Recycling Outreach and Education was formed within GrowNYC in 2006 as part of the Mayor’s Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan. In order to meet the ambitious recycling goals outlined in the Plan, the office focuses on waste prevention, composting and recycling outreach and education, and assisting in developing and implementing additional waste prevention programs, of which this is one. In conjunction with GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets, a pilot program was established in 2011 to collect food scraps at select Greenmarkets to divert these valuable nutrients from disposal for composting. In 2012, GrowNYC established a partnership with the New York City Department of Sanitation to triple the number of locations collecting food scraps for composting.
Compost Coordinator Position
Compost coordinators are responsible for the collection of food scraps at their assigned Greenmarket/s and promotion of food-scrap diversion for composting as an alternative to conventional waste disposal. An understanding of the importance of composting and local food is beneficial. Candidates must be able to commit to working every assigned market day. The position requires good communications skills, the ability to think on one’s feet, and the willingness to work 7-8 hour days in all weather, and on weekends and holidays. Compost coordinators are outgoing, decisive, flexible, and detail-oriented early-risers. There are several openings available.
Compost Coordinator Responsibilities:
Communicate weekly with Compost Manager by providing required reports on time
Arrive at market prior to opening for setup and preparation of compost table and food-scrap collection bins
Promote food-scrap diversion to customers at market and general public
Collect food-scraps from customers
Record information during collection hoursUnderstand what can and cannot be composted and communicate that knowledge with program participants
Have knowledge of community and industrial scale composting operations and understand the differences
Answer a range of questions about composting
Talk with people in the markets (e.g. DSNY drivers and supervisors, customers, community leaders, park employees, local merchants, construction personnel, unauthorized film crews, outside vendors, etc.)
Answer questions related to Greenmarket and recycling
Represent OROE (Office of Recycling, Outreach and Education) and Greenmarket (both programs ofGrowNYC) during market
Work outdoors and stand for lengthy periods of time, sometimes in hot or cold temperatures.
Lift heavy bins, ranging from 30-60lbs.
The Compost Coordinator position pays $14/hour and does not include benefits. For additional information, please see our website at http://www.GrowNYC.org. Submit cover letter and resume to Emily Bachman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Compost Coordinator” in the subject line. Interviews will be on a rolling basis.
The Children’s Aid Society’s Go!Healthy Program is currently seeking a Temporary, Full-Time Food Justice Program Coordinator.
All those who would like to be considered should send a resume and cover letter to:
Alyson Abrami, Director of Food & Nutrition
Seeking Food Justice Program Coordinator
(Full Time Temporary (April – August); 35 – 40 hrs/week; $20/hr Exempt Position)
The Children’s Aid Society is seeking a dynamic individual to fulfill the role of Go!Healthy, Food Justice Program Coordinator.
The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) helps children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted, high-needs New York City neighborhoods. In 2003, CAS launched a number of programs aimed at preventing and slowing the rates of childhood obesity in the communities we serve. The programs come together under the umbrella of Go!Healthy, a comprehensive obesity prevention and health promotion initiative that engages children from birth through adolescence, as well as parents and staff. For information about the Go!Healthy programs, please visit: http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/nutrition <http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/nutrition>
The Go!Healthy Food Justice Coordinator will oversee the delivery of our Food Justice program, which is an after-school program for middle and high school students. The program aims to empower young people to explore what food means to them and to their community from various perspectives, including how it intersects with their neighborhood’s cultural, racial, economic, ecological, historical and health landscapes. The program will be implemented at seven sites in East Harlem, the South Bronx, Washington Heights, Brooklyn and Northern Staten Island. S/he will lead a group of Food Justice instructors, refine the curriculum, teach the program directly to youth in after-school programs, and help to evaluate the impact of the program. S/he will report to Director of Food and Nutrition Programs.
The program will include: class discussions; field trips to local farms, gardens and markets; a community food assessment; photography and visual arts. Our goals are to positively impact students’ food choice, voice and action, which include increasing their awareness of healthy eating and food justice. The program culminates with community food justice projects that are created and led by youth to improve their community’s food environment.
Job responsibilities include:
Delivery of the food justice program with middle and high school students in our after-school program.
Convene meetings and trainings with other food justice facilitators
Refine and evaluate the Food Justice curriculum and program
Coordinate and implement multi-media projects with youth
Coordinate field trips with youth to farms, markets and other healthy food venues
Attend and help to convene trainings for staff
Collaborate with other community groups to organize a youth summit
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The candidate must:
· Be well versed in food systems and food justice issues
· Be a critical and creative thinker with curriculum development and program evaluation experience
· A self- motivated, organized and strong communicator
Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:
· A dynamic and experienced teacher/community educator who will connect well with students
· Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
Please email resume and cover letter to:
Alyson Abrami, MS, RD, Director of Food and Nutrition
Queens County Farm Museum
Now Hiring: Farm Educators, Spring 2015
About the Queens County Farm Museum
The Queens County Farm Museum is a 47-acre working farm dating back to 1697.
We are a public resource, visited by over 400,000 people each year. The site
includes a landmark farmhouse, glass greenhouse, and restored barns which give
us a glimpse into our agrarian past. Its rich glacial soil–which attracted
European settlers in the 17th century–is cultivated today using sustainable
practices, providing people with the freshest food. We are a New York City
treasure where historic structures, productive fields, woodland, and livestock
bring agricultural history to life.
Over 200,000 NYC school children visit Queens Farm each school year for
education programs. We provide farm and historical education to children and
adults through specific topic areas (view programs, http://www.queensfarm.org). We
are seeking fun, engaging educators to lead guided tours of the farmyard and
run educational workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Program hours are Monday through Friday, approximately 9:00am-1:00pm.
● A quick-learner with a friendly personality.
● Experience in education with diverse elementary, middle, and high school
● Knowledge of sustainable agriculture and urban farming.
● Interest in history, plant and animal science, and inquiry-based learning.
● Desire to collaborate with coworkers in a team environment.
● Public speaking and/or customer service experience (experience with
Microsoft PPT desirable).
● Ability to lead groups of 25-50 children and adults independently.
● Physical ability to ride tractor-drawn hayrides, set-up, and breakdown
● Hiring for spring season, late-March through mid-June, with possibility for
● Preference given to those who can commit to 5 days/week, Mon-Fri for entire
● This is a part-time, seasonal position (approx. 20 hours/week during
● There are opportunities for occasional weekend hours during Queens Farm
● This is an outdoor position.
● All employees start at $10.00 per hour.
● Please send a cover letter explaining why you want to join the Queens Farm
team and what you hope to learn, along with a resume, to Director of
Education, Ali: email@example.com
● The application deadline is Monday, March 16, 2015.