Compensation: $45,000 – $55,000
The Compost Coordinator will oversee all composting performed by Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) and serve a key role in the continued growth and success of the compositing program.
The Compost Coordinator will work closely and in collaboration with all team members of the department to ensure continued success, improvement and expansion of our compost programs. This includes but is not limited to:
- Ensure the effective collection, sorting, and processing of food waste from our community drop off sites and garden debris from the 36 acres of green space maintained by BPCA.
- Update, implement and educate staff on compost and soil testing protocols using the BPCA Soil Lab reagent testing equipment and compound microscope to analyze physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil.
- Maintain accurate data logs and records of compost weight, temperature, other information in an efficient manner.
- Create and assist in the implementation of standards and protocols that innovate and streamline the composting processes. Work with the Assistant Director of Horticulture to ensure that implementation of these processes are followed consistently across the division through education and clear and constructive communication.
- In collaboration with other departments in BPCA, educate members of community and staff on the importance of composting and foster additional participation.
- Innovate to scale up composting operations by engaging the community and other partnerships to capture more waste streams to divert from landfill.
- Assist members of the Horticulture Division staff with soil management practices, including composting, compost tea brewing, and application.
- Collaborate with Senior Horticulturists to ensure detailed and accurate records on applications of soil amendments are maintained.
- Plant, prune, mow, weed, deadhead, and care for plants throughout BPC as assigned by the Assistant Director of Horticulture.
- Safely operate all necessary equipment and maintain a clean work area.
Education and Experience:
- A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field is preferred and/or a minimum of four (4) years of previous composting and horticulture experience is required. Should possess experience interacting with all levels of staff and public on compost education.
- Perform snow and ice removal, including the use of snow shovels, ice breakers, snow blowers, and salt spreaders on an emergency and non-emergency basis during weekdays and weekends.
- Must possess a valid U.S. driver’s license
- Commitment to excellence – Takes pride in your work to deliver the highest quality compost possible
- Professionalism and ethics – Exhibits a commitment to professional and ethical standards
- Initiative and innovation – Works to take on new projects and approach them in innovative ways that help BPCA increase its composting capacity and divert more waste from landfill
- Team building – Establishes supportive partnerships with team members to reach shared goals
- Creative thinking – Utilize new and emerging technology to innovate new methods to divert waste from landfill
- Effective listener –Listens and responds to feedback from others to improve workflow processes
- Problem solving – solves compost operational issues while ensuring rules and directives are followed
- Exhibit good judgment and decision-making skills
- Ability to interact productively with all levels of staff
- Ability to prioritize a varied workload, be responsive and timely, and effectively serve the Authority in a collaborative, teamwork oriented manner
- Strong communication skills (verbal and writing)
- Must be able to work under pressure