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 7 Days a Week


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.

Donate, don't dump!

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

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.

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:

Gowanus Reuse Center Inventory Assistant Internship

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain insight about furniture, interior, and industrial design, building materials, basic construction, and distinguishing everything from antiques to dumpster recovered bric-a-brac.

  • Organize hardware, furniture and other materials to increase organizational capacity to inventory.

  • Marketing strategies for building materials, secondhand goods, and creative reuse construction.

  • Processing: which includes measuring, researching, pricing, and photographing inventory.

  • Strategize opportunities to make BIG!NYC a more eco-friendly environment.

  • Help utilize and develop your skills with your related interests.


  • Experience with photography and photo staging
  • Keen interest in found objects, various household goods and other accoutrements, furniture, upcycling, refurbishment, antiques, reuse, industrial design and fabrication, period placement, material uses, ecological construction methods.
  • Some knowledge of, and commitment to, the environment and green building or design.
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in standard office computer and internet programs.
  • Excellent tape measuring and spatial reasoning abilities.
  • The ability to thrive and multi-task in a chaotic, somewhat dirty, and non-climate controlled environment - we have two warehouses, after all!
  • Expert thrifters, serial antiquers, accouterers and dumpster diving aficionados, please apply! Reuse center interns must wear closed toe shoes and work clothes. This is not a fashion house. Two BIG!NYC t-shirts will be provided.


How can I apply for a reuse center Internship?

Applications will be accepted, and positions filled, on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted by email only. Include a cover letter, resume, two reference contacts, dates available, and estimated time commitment per week. All internship applicants should indicate the area or areas in which they would like to work.


This is an unpaid internship however class credit can be arranged for University and College students.

Applications should be directed to   mattb@bignyc.org

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