Outreach and Education Coordinator
The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to 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 and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.
The Outreach and Education Coordinator is employed by The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and reports to the Project Manager of the NYC Compost Project Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden. The Outreach and Education Coordinator is primarily responsible for developing, promoting, conducting, and documenting the program’s compost outreach, educational, and technical assistance activities. In addition, the Outreach and Education Coordinator also organizes events, conducts workshops, manages volunteers, and is responsible for a wide range of administrative tasks.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develop, organize, and conduct activities and events to engage the public in and educate them about NYC Compost Project events, BRS programs, and organics diversion opportunities.
• Develop, coordinate, and teach compost-related workshops and training programs.
• Provide technical assistance and training to Bronx residents, schools, community sites, neighborhood groups, and non-profit organizations interested in accepting or processing organics.
• Help community compost sites implement best practices for urban compost operations and guide them through the levels of any Compost Site Recognition Program.
• Grow participation in and awareness of NYC Compost Project activities and events through mediums that include e-blasts, promotional materials, and social media campaigns.
• Create tip sheets, handouts, flyers, signs, and other materials.
• Recruit, train, coordinate, supervise, and develop Master Composters and other volunteers. Track and record all relevant data related to outreach, education, volunteer management, technical assistance, and organics diversion for reved reports.
• Additional duties as determined by the Project Manager of the NYC Compost Project Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden and by DSNY BRS program managers.
• Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a related field
• Hands-on composting experience
• Experience with MS Office and a variety of computer applications
• Minimum two years of related work experience, preferably in community outreach or education
• Knowledge of and commitment to composting and community greening efforts Valid NYS driver’s license
• Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and to perform physically strenuous tasks in a variety of weather conditions
• Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
• Able to work with the public, alone, and in a team in a variety of settings
• Experience in managing volunteers preferred Bi-lingual Spanish/English preferred
• Weekends and some evening hours required Local travel required