Queens Reuse Center

3-17 26th Ave. Astoria, NY 11102
718-777-0132 x2

Brooklyn Reuse Center

69 9th St. Gowanus, NY 11215
718-725-8925 x2


Open Everyday!

Monday 10am-6pm
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 10am-5pm


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has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens.

BIG! Compost

has diverted 267,230 lbs of food scraps and given away 159,240 lbs of compost and 49,620 lbs of mulch in 2013.

Our diversion rate reduces climate change emission by 3,200 MTCOE which is like saving 360,000 gallons of gasoline.

BIG!Gives Back

has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.

Donate, don't dump!

In 2013, BIG!NYC diverted over 4,000,000 lbs of usable building materials from the landfill!

Job Opportunities at BIG!NYC

Temporary Acquisitions Position

Build It Green!NYC is always seeking qualified applications for temporary deconstruction staff. Please send your resume to temp@bignyc.org.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with Donations and Deconstruction teams to pick up and sometimes dismantle items that are being donated to Build It Green!NYC.
  • Be available on an "on-call basis" for working pick-ups and deconstruction jobs. Hours will fluctuate on a daily basis.
  • Applicant must have a good work ethic.
  • Work reliably and effectively, both independently and as part of team of staff/volunteers.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment and comply with all procedures, rules, and regulations.


  • Heavy lifting and moving of inventory will be required (100lbs).
  • Experience on a construction site/project and or job site is preferred.
  • Knowledge of building materials and basic hand tools is a plus.
  • New York drivers license is a plus, especially experience driving a truck. BIG!NYC has a 14 foot box truck - please mention if you have experience driving a similar vehicle.
  • Flexible schedule is required - lead time for jobs ranges from one week to one day's notice.

How to Apply:

FT Outreach Coordinator NYC Compost Project hosted by Build It Green!NYC


The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling in 1993, offers compost-related workshops and classes, runs the Master Composter Certificate Program, provides technical support, distributes DSNY compost & mulch, develops urban farms, and conducts outreach at public events throughout all five boroughs. The NYC Compost Project also operates neighborhood-based food scrap drop-off opportunities, and ensures that those food scraps are composted locally. The NYC Compost Project hosted by Build It Green!NYC (BIG!NYC) is a community-scale composting program, that works to increase capacity for, acceptance of, and participation in composting in New York City. We serve the public by hosting weekly residential food waste drop-off sites, training community members in urban composting best practices, and creating and providing high-quality compost to amend our city’s soils. Finished compost is used in community gardens, school gardens, street tree beds and other public beautification projects. The New York City Compost Project Local Organics Recovery Program (LORP) was launched in the spring of 2012 by DSNY to provide NYC residents with a wider range of food scrap drop-off opportunities. Organic materials dropped off at at NYC Compost Project hosted by Build It Green!NYC sites are composted locally in Long Island City.


The Outreach Coordinator is based out of Build It Green!NYC’s reuse warehouse in Astoria and reports to the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Build It Green!NYC’s Project Manager. The person in this position is primarily responsible for promoting and increasing participation at food scrap drop-off sites as well as engaging volunteers in public greening activities in diverse Queens and north Brooklyn neighborhoods. This person will also help staff drop-off sites as needed and assist in processing food scraps.


  • Establish varied food scrap drop-off opportunities for Queens neighborhoods not served by existing NYC composting programs. Varied meaning different days, time frames and locations.
  • Utilize NYC Compost Project branded materials at all food scrap drop-off sites.
  • Act as an overall ambassador of the NYC Compost Project to NYC residents.
  • Actively work to grow residential participation in the program through outreach activities, communication, and outreach surrounding existing and new food scrap drop-off sites.
  • Help process organics at Queensbridge Baby Park as needed.
  • Model best practices in urban composting operations so as to expand the quantity of NYC organics that can be processed locally and to produce high quality finished material.
  • Lead volunteer events, maintain current lists of volunteers with a particular focus on engaging community groups in compost application activities, such as tree care with compost.
  • Develop corporate volunteer days and engage businesses and organizations in the local area in environmental stewardship events.
  • Respond to general inquiries from the public.
  • Contribute to monthly e-newsletter by creating exciting content featuring program participants, partners, and volunteers.
  • Conduct additional duties as determined by the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Build It Green!NYC Project Manager.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (ideally, in a related field).
  • Experience with diverse computer applications (Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, Access, MS Outlook).
  • Minimum one year of related work experience. Experience community organizing and volunteer management with the local community in Queens and N. Brooklyn strongly desired.


  • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to work with the public, alone, and in a team.
  • Outgoing personality and a passion for urban agriculture, composting, and community-based outreach.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and provide regular feedback to program manager.
  • Valid driver’s license. Experience driving a box truck, preferable.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds and to perform physically strenuous tasks.
  • Ability to network with a wide range of persons in a variety of settings
  • Knowledge and commitment to composting.
  • Bi-lingual preferred but not required.
  • Weekend and evening hours as needed.
  • Local travel required.


Please send a resume and cover letter (in PDF format only) describing why you would excel in this outreach coordinator position. You must put “Outreach Coordinator, NYC Compost Project Hosted by Build It Green!NYC” in the subject line and send resume and cover letter to jobs@bignyc.org. No calls or emails please. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.


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