Snug Harbor Sustainability Change Agent

10-Week Full Time position | Staten Island, New York

Who We Are

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 VISTA Summer Associates Program helps city agencies and nonprofits continue to provide services for low-income and vulnerable New Yorkers over the summer.  Summer Associates are committed individuals who are passionate about service and interested in social justice issues.  These individuals spend ten weeks making a major impact on communities in New York City.  Summer Associates come from all walks of life.  Members address poverty and advance equity across NYC by building program capacity.  NYC Vista is administered through NYC Service, a division of the Mayor’s Office.For more information about the NYC VISTA program and available positions, please visit

The Position:

Snug Harbor Sustainability Change Agent will initiate a recycling program on Snug Harbor’s campus.  Agent will pursue enrollment of all Snug Harbor campus organizations to recycle paper and cardboard, metals and plastics and glass, and food scrap. Agent will propose protocol and process with the relevant departments and campus stakeholders, and initiate the program. The borough’s largest cultural organization, only botanical garden, and one of NYC’s largest farms, Snug Harbor is the center of sustainability.  An intentional, strategic network of campus members committed to sustainability will increase efficiencies, intellectual capital, and community resiliency.  Community resiliency and social capital are cornerstones of economic vibrancy.  This position reports to the Director of Engagement, with operations lines to the Director of Horticulture and the Farm Manager, and communications lines to the Marketing & Communications Manager. This position is a full-time, seasonal position.


  • Develop a plan of outreach to introduce the concept of site-wide recycling to all Snug Harbor campus partners through email, site tours, and individual meetings
  • Provide a concise, action-oriented brief articulating logistics and challenges
  • Develop an implementation plan
  • Participate in current trash and recycling efforts and then identify associated infrastructure and protocol changes to enact change
  • Develop and propose a plan for sorting the waste streams in coordination with the relevant stakeholders
  • Create campus-wide buy-in for the recycling program
  • Draft protocol and process for operating each recycling stream
  • Host campus meetings to receive feedback and identify systems improvements


  • Experience writing technical briefs as well as skilled in persuasive language
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong interest in community organization and education
  • Commitment to developing leadership skills
  • Able to travel throughout Staten Island
  • English required, Spanish strongly preferred
  • Capable of lifting at least 50 pounds regularly
  • Strong commitment to national service and the mission of the host agency
  • Desire to work in the government sector
  • Desire to serve with diverse communities
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to conduct community outreach and make presentations to community groups
  • Willingness to take initiative to achieve goals
  • Strong project management/multi-tasking abilities
  • A clear plan for living on the AmeriCorps stipend in New York City
  • Availability to lead and/or attend events during evening and weekend hours if required by position (frequency varies by position)
  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalency
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, Lawful Permanent Resident, or person legally residing in a state that has the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. (By law, only VISTA members who are either: U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens (sometimes referred to as “Lawful Permanent Residents”), are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award in lieu of a cash stipend.)


Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to

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.