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Job Detail: Organics Recovery Coordinator

About Queen's 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 skilled individual with an aptitude for machines and a love of working outdoors.  The Organics Recovery Coordinator will be based at Queens Botanical Garden and reports to the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden Project Manager. The person in this position will support our Operations Coordinator and will share responsibility for accepting and processing residential food waste. This includes staffing Food Scrap Drop Offs, making large quantities of compost with volunteers by hand and working in the field in all aspects of compost production. The ideal candidate will enjoy physical labor; delight in working with people and sharing knowledge as well as working solo running machines.

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.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Process organic waste by making compost.  This includes utilizing heavy equipment, preparing feed stocks and maintaining all aspects of the composting operation at Queens Botanical Garden year round.
  • Deliver compost for public greening events and support these events with technical advice as needed.
  • Staff food scrap drop-off sites run by the NYCCP Hosted by QBG.
  • Keep detailed records and track outcomes relative to work plan and monthly reporting;
  • Model best practices in urban composting operations at all times.
  • 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
  • Support outreach efforts relative to technical assistance to community compost sites and foods scrap drop offs.
  • Attend community meetings as needed.
  • Contribute to our monthly newsletter and designated online social media.
  • Act as an overall ambassador of Queens Botanical Garden and the New York City Compost Project.
  • Ability to lift & move items up to 50 pounds onto and off of box trucks and throughout worksites.
  • Maintain compost demonstration site.

Position Qualifications:

  • Experienced composter and recycler.
  • Experience operating a skidsteer or equivalent heavy equipment.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not necessary for an exceptional candidate
  • Chinese speakers are encouraged to apply.
  • Positive attitude and good work ethic, ability to self-direct for physical and administrative tasks.
  • Local and community oriented with excellent communication & customer service 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.
  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in a related field
  • Candidate must possess a valid NYC driver’s license and be willing to drive in NYC.


To Apply:

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter via our applicant portal or visit No Phone Calls Please.


About the job

Location Queens, New York
Field Education
Time Full-time
Date 30 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