BK ROT Summer Fellowship

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This is a short term employment position.

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1278 Myrtle Avenue
New York
United States



BK ROT is NYC’s oldest bike powered commercial organic waste hauling and composting service. Our operations are staffed by youth and young adults (17-24) who receive stipends to collect food scraps by bike and maintain our compost processing site. The service operates within Bushwick, north Bedford-Stuyvesant, south Ridgewood and East Williamsburg. The project works at the intersection of environmental and social justice work to increase composting in our community through the empowerment of local youth. The project stems from the principle that ecological work is valuable and offers work opportunities our entire community could easily support.

We are seeking an outgoing, highly communicative individual to help us carry out three specific efforts from May - July/August listed below. This Fellowship has potential to continue after as a staffed position.

Compost Needs Survey

Our goal is to build a neighborhood composting facility that serves the needs of all the community gardens and mission aligned organizations in Bushwick and surrounding areas. In order to understand those needs BK ROT intends to survey local gardens, farms, and environmental projects. The Fellow will work with our leadership team to develop the survey, ensure it is completed by all the stakeholders we identify, and compile and present the results to our larger team and partners. This project will involve traveling to a lot of local sites and organizations independently.

Urban Soils Institute Compost Workshop

In partnership with the Urban Soils Institute BK ROT will be hosting a compost focused soil workshop at Know Waste Lands garden. The workshop will introduce basic soil science, explore micro-organisms under the microscope, explain the state of NYC’s soils and why applying compost is important for the health of our city. The Summer Fellow will help to coordinate the workshop by focusing on targeted outreach - on the ground and online, and preparing the site assisting day of.

Transform Don’t Trash Teach-In:

In partnership with the Transform Don’t Trash campaign, we are hosting a public event to educate local businesses, food producers, compost enthusiasts, and those interested in NYC zero waste policies. The Fellow will help coordinate the event and provide outreach and logistical support.

Retail Sales Support:

We will do a push of our retail compost this summer. The Fellow will help bring awareness of our compost to relevant retail outlets to and support sales.


Starts in May (flexible start date, early May preferred). The fellowship will go until the end of July (may end later than July based on start date).


The ideal candidate is passionate and committed to the Environmental Justice movement. In particular, we are looking for someone who:

  • Has experience with project coordination, management, and administration.
  • Is confident using Google Drive and other office software.
  • Has strong verbal and written communication skills with close attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; can work alone, with a team, in the field or in an office environment.
  • Experienced in community organizing is a plus.
  • Strong communication skills, Spanish a plus.
  • Familiarity with composting.
  • Some university coursework or equivalent in work experience.


This fellowship is $18/hour

How To Apply



Send a resume, a short cover letter introducing yourself and why you are interested in the project, 2-3 references, and availability for interviews and potential start date to info@bkrot.org with the subject: Name +BK ROT Fellowship