Compost Coordinator (Part-Time)
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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. 

 $250 signing bonus for new hourly hires after August 1st. New hires will receive the signing bonus after 60 days of active employment. Terms and conditions apply.

Note to applicants on COVID safety: GrowNYC is committed to stopping the spread of Covid-19. All new hires must be able to provide proof that they are at least two weeks post completion of a primary series of COVID vaccines (as defined by the CDC) before beginning work. 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 conditions, 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. 

Compost Coordinator (part-time)

Compost Coordinators are responsible for collecting food scraps and conducting outreach each week at their assigned FSDOs. They promote food-scrap diversion for composting as an alternative to conventional waste disposal and educate NYC residents on a wide variety of waste reduction and landfill diversion topics. 

Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to) 

  • Arrive at food scrap drop-off site 30 minutes before open hours begin to receive supply delivery 
  • Set up and prepare food scrap collection bins and signage 
  • Collect food scraps from residents and promote food scrap composting to the general public 
  • Understand what can and cannot be composted and communicate that knowledge with participants 
  • Answer a range of questions about waste reduction, composting, recycling, and GrowNYC programs 
  • Assist with training new Compost Coordinators as needed 
  • Promote and answer questions regarding DSNY Zero Waste initiatives 
  • Record number of participants, number of containers filled, and community contacts during collection hours 
  • Submit recorded data via online forms after shift  
  • Work with partners, participants, and stakeholders (e.g. Greenmarket staff, DOT staff, NYPD, schools, community gardens, local non-profits, merchants, construction personnel, etc.) 
  • Attend regular staff meetings (every 2 months) 
  • Keep up to date with Compost program and GrowNYC-wide communications 
  • Follow and enforce current City, State, Federal, and GrowNYC-mandated safety measures 
  • Represent GrowNYC 

Physical Requirements 

  • Work outdoors, year-round, sometimes in extreme temperatures, and in a potentially noisy environment 
  • Stand for lengthy periods of time (between 4-9 hours/day) 
  • Ability to lift heavy bins and supplies, up to 50 pounds 


  • Early-riser who enjoys working outdoors in all weather conditions 
  • Passionate about composting, recycling, and waste reduction 
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written 
  • Experience in community outreach and/or education 
  • Comfortable communicating and working with people from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, including trans* and nonbinary, sexual orientation, class, and religion 
  • Experience interacting with the public and handling opposing viewpoints with a calm demeanor 
  • Takes initiative and excels at both independent and partnered work 
  • Creative problem-solver, able to troubleshoot and make quick, often on-the spot decisions 
  • Familiarity with and dedication to working in diverse NYC neighborhoods 
  • Interest in food waste and/or related issues – food systems, waste reduction, urban planning, pollution, environmental justice, environmental stewardship, gardening, farming, etc. 
  • Spanish language skills highly desirable 

Position Details 

Schedule: Regular weekly shifts ranging from 3.5-6 hours/shift, with weekly schedule ranging from minimum 3.5 hours/week up to 20 hours/week. Availability on Saturday highly desirable. 

Location: Fieldwork at FSDOs in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens depending on commute and availability. 

Compensation: This position is a non-exempt variable hourly position. It pays $19 per hour and includes only statutory benefits.

Click below to apply for the Compost Coordinator part-time position. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. For additional information, please see our website:

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