Organics Recovery Coordinator

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NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden is seeking a skilled individual with an aptitude for machines and a love of working outdoors. The Organics Recovery Coordinator will be based at Queens Botanical Garden and reports to the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden Project Manager. The person in this position will support our Operations Coordinator and will share responsibility for accepting and processing residential food waste. This includes staffing Food Scrap Drop Offs, making large quantities of compost with volunteers by hand and working in the field in all aspects of compost production. The ideal candidate will enjoy physical labor; delight in working with people and sharing knowledge as well as working solo running machines.

The NYC Compost Project (NYCCP), created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC’s soil by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.

This position is full time, Sunday through Thursday with benefits. Salary range is $42,000 – $45,000.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Process organic waste by making compost. This includes utilizing heavy equipment, preparing feed stocks and maintaining all aspects of the composting operation at Queens Botanical Garden year round.
  • Deliver compost for public greening events and support these events with technical advice as needed.
  • Staff food scrap drop-off sites run by the NYCCP Hosted by QBG.
  • Keep detailed records and track outcomes relative to work plan and monthly reporting;
  • Model best practices in urban composting operations at all times.
  • Work with NYCCP Hosted by QBG staff to ensure well-maintained and smooth running operations;
  • Support the NYCCP Hosted by QBG team as needed and/or directed by the Project Manager or Director of Education

Supporting Responsibilities:

  • Ability to lift & move items up to 50 pounds onto and off of box trucks and throughout worksites.
  • Maintain compost demonstration site.
  • Support outreach efforts relative to technical assistance to community compost sites and foods scrap drop offs.
  • Attend community meetings as needed.
  • Contribute to our monthly newsletter and designated online social media.
  • Act as an overall ambassador of Queens Botanical Garden and the New York City Compost Project.


  • Experienced composter and recycler.
  • Experience operating a skidsteer or equivalent heavy equipment.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not necessary for an exceptional candidate
  • Chinese speakers are encouraged to apply.
  • Positive attitude and good work ethic, ability to self-direct for physical and administrative tasks.
  • Local and community oriented with excellent communication & customer service skills.
  • Adaptable and flexible to dynamic conditions and work hours.
  • Ability to perform physical outdoor jobs in all weather.
  • Administrative level skill with Google Docs, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, are critical to job performance.
  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in a related field
  • Candidate must possess a valid NYC driver’s license and be willing to drive in NYC.

The qualified candidate for this position will bring a mix of energy, adaptability, judgment, communication, critical thinking, and a “roll up the sleeves” attitude to their work.

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal.

Contact Information

Queens Botanical Garden
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