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Job Detail: Outreach Coordinator

About Queens Botanical Garden:

Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) is an urban oasis where people, plants, and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs, and real-world applications of environmental stewardship.

QBG is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Borough President, the New York City Council, State elected officials, the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, along with corporate, foundation, and individual supporters.


Position Summary:

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.

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 nearly 250,000 visitors each year; a visitor survey reveals that 75% of all visitors speak a language other than English at home. This astounding fact underscores the importance of the Garden’s mission and the challenges and opportunities it faces daily in creating programs, exhibits and landscapes that serve the needs of one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation. The Garden has 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.


Position 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.
  • 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.


Position Qualifications:

  • 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.


To Apply:

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal. Or visit our website  You will be directed to the same applicant portal.  No Phone Calls Please.


About the job

Location Queens, New York
Field Education
Time Full-time
Date 29 April 2019

About the company

Company name Queens Botanical Garden
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Phone (718) 886-3800


Street 50 Main Street
City Flushing
District Queens
Zip 11355
Country United States