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Compost Program Regional Manager for North Brooklyn & Queens

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New York, NY
Published 16 days ago


Organization Information

GrowNYC is a 50-year-old environmental nonprofit organization helping more than 3 million New Yorkers by providing essential services and taking action to make NYC a livable city, one where every person can enjoy a healthier, more sustainable life. GrowNYC Programs include:


●      Our network of Greenmarkets, Farmstands, Fresh Food Box sites, and the work of GrowNYC Wholesale ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

●      We blanket the five boroughs with resources like food scrap and clothing collections to make waste reduction, recycling, and composting easy for all.

●      We build and support community and school gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, training, grants and more.

●      We provide 70,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.


Note to applicants on COVID safety: GrowNYC is committed to stopping the spread of Covid-19. All hires must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination during the onboarding process. Employees are also required to follow COVID safety protocols as the situation evolves, which may include daily health screenings, mask wearing, and other mitigation measures as deemed necessary by local conditionals, mandates and applicable guidelines.


About GrowNYC Compost Program

Established in 2011, the GrowNYC Compost Program strives to make composting second nature for all New Yorkers by operating residential Food Scrap Drop-Off sites (FSDOs) and partnering with compost processing facilities to divert food scraps from landfills and make compost locally. This Zero Waste Program (ZWP) funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY).


Compost Program Regional Manager for North Brooklyn & Queens

The Regional Manager is responsible for overseeing collections at 15-20 food scrap drop-off sites, primarily in northern Brooklyn and Queens. A member of the Compost Management Team, they co-load 1 Operations Coordinator and 10-15 Compost Coordinators, Drivers, and volunteers.


Apply for the Compost Program Regional Manager full-time position with a resume, a cover letter, and three references via link.


Interviews will take place on a rolling basis.

The deadline for external applications is Tuesday, August 9th, 2022.  

For additional information, please see our website:




P.O. Box 2327

New York, NY 10272




·       Serve as primary supervisor for Compost Coordinators & Drivers working at 15-20 FSDOs located in northern Brooklyn & Queens and their related hauling routes.

·       Collaborate with Compost Management Team to interview, hire, onboard, train, and provide continued education to Compost Coordinators and Drivers.

·       Collaborate with Compost Management Team and ZWP Office Manager to manage part-time staff schedules, field time-off requests, and coordinate coverage needs and ensure that all Compost Coordinator & Driver shifts in your region are fully staffed.

·       Assist with data compilation, analysis, and reporting to DSNY and community partners.

·       Guide Volunteer Manager’s efforts to recruit, train, and schedule volunteers to assist with food scrap collections at assigned FSDOs.

·       Lead promotion and outreach for assigned FSDOs.

·       Maintain up-to-date records of driver schedules, vehicle routes, driver itineraries, and delivery instructions related to assigned FSDOs.

·       Review weekly Compost Coordinator reports and respond to questions.

·       Contribute content to organizational communications, including e-newsletters, social media, website, blog posts, and promotional materials.

·       Collaborate with Compost Management Team to plan and facilitate regular meetings for Compost Program staff.

·       Assist with planning logistics, staff schedules, and communications for new and/or changing FSDOs.

·       Assist Compost Management Team with planning and operations for special projects and events.



·       Supervise and provide hands-on support and training to program staff in the field.

·       Assist distribution of supplies for FSDOs, vehicle fleet, and staff. 

·       Troubleshoot field operations as needed, (in cases of emergency, weather related incidents, etc.).

·       Cover shifts for Compost Coordinators and Drivers by staffing food scrap drop-off sites, driving collection routes, and delivering food scraps to community compost sites as needed.

External Responsibilities:

·       Stay abreast of developments in the fields of waste reduction, recycling, and composting to identify emerging needs, gaps, and opportunities and forecast implications for GrowNYC.

·       Liaise with community partners, including FSDO collaborators and community composting facilities.

·       Participate in partner convenings and other events in support of program goals.


Physical Requirements

  • Willingness to work outdoors, year-round, sometimes in extreme temperatures, and in a potentially noisy environment.
  • Ability to work weekend and early morning hours.
  • Ability to stand for lengthy periods of time (between 4-9 hours/day).
  • Ability to lift heavy bins and supplies, up to 60 pounds.
  • Willingness to travel throughout all five boroughs of NYC.
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License for at least 1 year, with satisfactory driving record.
  • Ability to operate box trucks ranging from 12-24 ft.
  • Ability to maneuver large (64-gallon) rolling Toter carts weighing up to 350 lbs.


Ideal Qualifications

·       Passion for improving the environment, mitigating climate change, and strengthening community through composting and food waste reduction.

·       Excellent leader with prior staff management experience.

·       Strong oral and written communications skills, including public speaking, information materials development, and community outreach.

·       Caring and compassionate with a commitment to mentorship.

·       High emotional intelligence and excellent people skills, with an ability to work effectively with colleagues and partners from diverse backgrounds.

·       Comfortable communicating and working with people from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender (including trans* and nonbinary), sexual orientation, class, and religion.

·       Strong interpersonal relationship-building skills, including the ability to work effectively with the public.

·       Experience in conflict resolution & de-escalation techniques.

·       Ability to maintain confidentiality.

·       Extremely strong organization, planning, and time management skills, with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, prioritize workload, and meet deadlines.

·       Flexible approach to work, with the ability to focus on meeting emergent needs, and adapt to continuous change.

·       Computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive, especially Excel and Google Sheets.

·       Experience in data collection, input, and analysis.

·       Proactive approach with demonstrated ability to exercise initiative.

·       Team player who works well with others, as well as independently.

·       Creative problem-solver, able to troubleshoot and make quick, often on-the-spot decisions and remain calm in stressful situations.

·       Experience organizing and working with communities to affect change strongly preferred.

·       Experience with composting, recycling, waste reduction, farming, or related field strongly preferred.

·       Early-riser who enjoys working outdoors in all weather conditions.

·       Familiarity with and dedication to working in diverse NYC neighborhoods, especially within the assigned region (northern Brooklyn and Queens).

·       Spanish, Mandarin, and/or Cantonese language skills are highly desirable.


Position Details

Schedule: 35-40 hours/week, 5 days per week, with frequent early morning and weekend availability required. The regular work week for this position is Wednesday through Sunday.


Location: Administrative work accounts for 50% of the workweek and takes place at the GrowNYC office in lower Manhattan, with some flexibility to work from home. Fieldwork accounts for 50% of the workweek and takes place at FSDOs and composting facilities throughout all 5 boroughs of NYC.


Compensation: The full-time non-exempt Compost Regional Coordinator position pays $49,611.28 per year and includes benefits (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, long term disability, pension plan, and paid time off).


GrowNYC is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer and hires without regard to race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or physical disability. 


Organization Information

GrowNYC is a 50-year-old environmental nonprofit organization helping more than 3 million New Yorkers by providing essential services and taking action to make NYC a livable city, one where every person can…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
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    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
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    August 9, 2022


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New York, NY, USA

How to Apply

Apply for the Compost Program Regional Manager full-time position with a resume, a cover letter, and three references.

Apply for the Compost Program Regional Manager full-time position with a resume, a cover letter, and three references.

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