Compost Outreach Coordinator

Full time | Staten Island, NY

Who We Are

The NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden seeks an enthusiastic individual with compost and outreach experience for a full-time Compost Outreach Coordinator position.

The NYC Compost Project, 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 and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Snug Harbor) offers dynamic programming in the arts, horticulture, agriculture, education and recreation for diverse cultures and all ages, on a historic, welcoming campus that is a unique oasis in New York City. We envision being a nationally visible yet locally impactful cultural organization beloved by all who visit. We value artistic vibrancy, stewardship, conservation, inclusion, community, communication, and discovery. Located less than 1.5 miles from the Staten Island Ferry and easily accessible by public transportation, Snug Harbor welcomes nearly 500,000 visitors each year to explore our gardens, grounds, and galleries. Our 83-acre campus features 26 architecturally significant buildings and 14 distinctive gardens, including a traditional Chinese garden and a Tuscan garden. A vibrant cultural hub, Snug Harbor is also home to several non-profit institutions, artists’ studios, and small businesses. Founded in the 19th century as a charitable rest home for sailors, today Snug Harbor is a growing, must-see destination.

THE POSITION
The Compost Outreach Coordinator (COC) is employed by Snug Harbor, managed by the Senior Director of Community Impact with support from the Community Impact team. The COC supports expansion and operations of community-scale composting operations in Staten Island, through the development of Food Scrap Drop-off (FSDO) and composting sites, outreach events, volunteer engagement and workdays, organics collection coordination, BRS status report submissions, and administrative tasks of the Community Impact team.  This position is responsible for a wide range of administrative tasks necessary to plan, execute and record the above-mentioned programming.  The COC must understand the missions of the NYC Compost Project and Snug Harbor.  

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Educate New Yorkers about the different opportunities to divert organics from landfill disposal, utilizing FSDO operations, site tours, presentations, and outreach activities.  Plan creative public programming and associated lesson plans to increase awareness of community composting and the importance of waste diversion.  Coordinate and execute multiple large-scale events, like compost distributions and leaf bag giveaways, Earth Day and Pumpkin Smash. 
  • Maintain awareness of local compost operations and stay knowledgeable of best practices in urban composting, with the goal of producing high-quality compost
  • Advance the Master Composter Certification program by teaching workshops, hosting volunteer opportunities and field trips
  • Grow and maintain the network of volunteers, serving as the point person for staff and volunteers, performing quarterly check-ins and site visits as necessary.  Identify, plan, and execute public outreach events and volunteer workdays to promote opportunities throughout Staten Island in coordination with the Community Impact team
  • Manage and strengthen the FSDO network with outreach activities, verified site registration, technical support, regular photo submission and data collection, and consistent signage.  Identify and contact potential community-hosted FSDO host organizations, and report appropriately to Snug Harbor and BRS.  Serve as designated DSNY representative to community-hosted FSDOs
  • Oversee FSDO collection at the local Greenmarkets, including material preparation, staffing, FSDO management and hauling, and associated reporting
  • Collaborate with Farm and Horticulture to accept and process organic waste collection both on-campus, at FSDOs, and at community processing sites
  • Collaborate with Farm to maintain FSDO composting operations at Snug Harbor, including material preparation, staffing, FSDO management and hauling, and associated reporting
  • Collaborate with Farm and Horticulture to establish organic acceptance routes (both browns and greens), both on-campus and at community compost sites.  Create and amend SOPs for organics collection routes
  • Collaborate with Farm and Horticulture to ensure browns are secured and stockpiled in appropriate locations, both on-campus and at community compost sites
  • Comprehensively track organics collection both on-campus and at community compost sites and provide regular reports and social media content to Snug Harbor and BRS
  • Model best practices in urban composting operations to help affiliated community compost sites develop their composting capacity: conduct site visits, provide technical support, training and resources to sites hosting public FSDOs
  • In collaboration with Farm and Horticulture, provide technical assistance visits for community compost sites and non-profit organizations that operate public FSDO sites, including consultations, trainings, site-assessments, material/tool deliveries, browns deliveries, etc.
  • Track compost equipment and materials and update equipment tracking reports quarterly
  • Comprehensively track and report compost-related volunteer service, event attendance, and the number of people and organizations that have been served
  • Manage impact and expenditures data according to Snug Harbor and BRS requirements
  • Provide general administrative support such as mailing list updates, respond to email inquiries, event submission and tracking, purchase orders, etc.
  • Additional duties as assigned

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • High school diploma
  • Minimum of one-year related work experience
  • Strong facility with Excel, Google Drive and Google Analytics
  • Established experience with diverse computer applications (Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, Google Docs, MS Outlook, Volunteers for Salesforce, PatronManager)
  • Established experience with data management, GIS experience a plus

QUALIFICATIONS

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

  • Able to work weekends; generally, a Tuesday – Saturday schedule.
  • Local travel required
  • Capable of working outdoors, rain or shine, and in various temperatures
  • Able to sit or stand for a long period of time
  • Second-language proficiency preferred, especially Chinese or Spanish
  • Knowledge of composting and agroecology, food systems, and waste management
  • Understanding of the complexities of municipal governance and an awareness of systems-level approaches to individual behavior change
  • Valid NYS driver’s license with clean record. Comfortable driving large vehicles in the city
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds and to perform physically strenuous tasks in a variety of conditions
  • A positive attitude and patience. Sense of humor is a must.  Active learner, energetic, enthusiastic, and creative.  Able to critically evaluate your own work, with a desire to continually improve.  Must be a team player and ready to collaborate.  Able to adapt to a fast-paced environment and work effectively with the public, alone, and in a team
  • Detail-oriented, proactive, with excellent follow-up skills and customer service mindset, both inside and outside the organization.  An outgoing personality with the ability to communicate well in public settings and network with a wide range of persons in a variety of settings
  • Strong organization, time management, and data management skills.  Communicative in a timely fashion  
  • Strong communication skills, education experience is a plus.  Able to lead workshops and create programming for a wide range of audiences and settings

Due to Executive Order 225 & 317 all employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19, proof of vaccination is required.

SALARY

Salary is commensurate with experience with a range of $36,000 to $40,040 per year. This position holds a Tuesday – Saturday schedule working approximately 35 hours per week. Snug Harbor offers a generous vacation/holiday schedule and participation in the Cultural Institutions Retirement System pension plan.

TO APPLY

Qualified candidates should complete the employee application form by visiting https://snug-harbor.org/jobapplication/. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Snug Harbor celebrates and commits to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion.  We value and seek the strengths of human variety across communities, in programming, with staff, the Board of Directors, volunteers, artists and visitors. Snug Harbor strives to build a culture of diversity of voice and representation, authentically inclusive spaces and equity for all. Snug Harbor is an Equal Opportunity Employer.