Project Coordinator, NYC Compost Project in Queens
The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, provides compost outreach and education to New Yorkers in all five boroughs. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded through the DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR) and managed by partner organizations, in close coordination with DSNY-BWPRR.
The Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is a private non-profit cultural institution located on 39 acres of New York City public land in Flushing, New York. The Garden serves over 200,000 visitors each year; a visitor survey reveals that 75% of all visitors speak a language other than English at home. The Garden has, therefore, committed itself to addressing the complex and ever changing needs of its diverse community and to being the place where people, plants and cultures meet.
The Project Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project in Queens is based at the Queens Botanical Garden and reports to the Compost Project Manager in Queens. This person is responsible for a range of administrative tasks associated with the project, for developing and leading workshops and trainings, tabling at a wide range of outreach events and activities, and helping to provide technical assistance to community compost sites. This person must be able to track all of their activities and efforts and submit data to either the project manager or BWPRR as needed.
- Manage Compost Helpline and e-mail inquiries
- Teach workshops on outdoor composting, vermicomposting (worm bin), and natural lawn care techniques to the general public, schoolchildren, groundskeepers, and professional landscapers
- Submit accurate program information to BWPRR for WasteLess listing of events
- Maintain respective organizational websites with current and accurate program information
- Regularly update and maintain email and mailing list of all program contacts
- Able to lead Master Composter Certificate training (train-the-trainer course)
- Help guide and track Master Composter activities throughout year
- Respond to Master Composter (MC) applicants and monitor MC service hours
- Encourage Master Composters to reach out and revitalize community-based composting sites in NYC
- Disseminate information about composting at public outreach events
- Maintain current inventory of BWPRR Education Materials and distribute materials
- Help develop, administer and tally program evaluations
- Capture photos of programs and projects
- Maintain home composting demonstration site. Engage community in maintenance of demo site; track volunteer participation
- Develop additional community based compost sites/year guided by demo site model; track sites as needed
- Locate and promote community gardens that accept leaf litter and promote leaf composting as appropriate
- Encourage and track composting efforts at schools; provide guidance as needed
- Promote Golden Apple Awards & other relevant BWPRR programs to schools
- Manage and report sales of compost bins, compost crank, and any other compost-related equipment
- Bachelors Degree (Preferably in Environmental or Horticultural Science or another related field)
- Minimum two years of related work experience
- Outgoing and comfortable in a wide range of environments
- Experience with a wide range of computer applications (Excel, MS Word, Outlook, +)
- Valid drivers license
- Comfortable public speaker, ease in leading workshops, trainings, etc
- Ability to speak clearly on behalf of the NYC Compost Project
- Ability to prioritize work load and work independently
- Knowledge of compost science, indoor and outdoor composting techniques, and NYC Compost Program and commitment to composting
- Strong administrative and organizational skills.
To apply, send letter and résumé to Human Resources Manager, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355 or e-mail email@example.com.