Outreach Coordinator

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NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden is seeking a creative and dynamic individual to join our Compost Project team in a full time position. The position will require a high level of public engagement that demands aptitude for teaching, working with volunteers and community members, and inspiring new audiences. The qualified individual will be joining a team devoted to compost outreach and education, and creating compost from NYC residential food scraps! Our team will look to this individual to maintain and nurture existing community relationships while actively growing our network. The Outreach Coordinator will present composting workshops, provide technical assistance, support partner-managed food scrap drop offs, and coordinate compost distribution and application events in Queens.

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, Tuesday through Saturday with benefits. Salary range is $42,000 – $45,000.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop new audiences for outreach and actively cultivate deeper connections in the community relative to composting and organics recycling.
  • Coordinate and deliver compost workshops, presentations, and other events in Queens
  • Coordinate compost distribution for public greening events and residential pickup.
  • Manage and deliver off-site programs inclusive of registration, promotion, and follow-up
  • Promote NYCCP Hosted by QBG programming through online, print and social media.
  • Support the expansion of community composting and food scrap drop-off sites throughout Queens by providing field-based technical support and training.
  • Support the Master Composter class and engage Master Composters in NYC Compost Project work.

Supporting Responsibilities:

  • Maintain compost demo site at the farm
  • Keep detailed records and track outcomes relative to work plan and monthly reporting
  • Attend community meetings as needed
  • Contribute to our monthly newsletter and designated online social media
  • 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, inclusive of food scrap drop-offs and special events
  • Act as an overall ambassador of Queens Botanical Garden and the New York City Compost Project.


  • Bachelors degree preferred (ideally, in a related field)
  • Fluency in a second language, particularly Mandarin and Cantonese is preferred
  • Experienced composter and recycler
  • Positive attitude and good work ethic, ability to self-direct for physical and administrative tasks
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Local and community oriented with excellent communication 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
  • Candidate must possess a valid NYC driver’s license and be willing to drive a box truck 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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