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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BIG!Gives Back

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

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!


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

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

Job Opportunities at BIG!NYC

Program Manager, NYC Compost Project hosted by Build It Green!NYC

Reports to: Citywide Manager, NYC Compost Project and Program Director, BIG!NYC

Program Information:

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. Our finished compost is used in to grow greener, healthier community gardens, street trees, and in public beautification projects.

The NYC Compost Project works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. The project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation's Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. Learn more at nyc.gov/compostproject.

Program Manager Responsibilities:

BIG!NYC is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and organized individual with a passion for composting, waste management, and urban ecology to join their NYC Compost Project team. The Program Manager is responsible for all aspects and initiatives of the NYC Compost Project hosted BIG!NYC. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Work with BIG!NYC Program Director and BRS to create and execute an annual work plan that outlines program goals and deliverables.
  • Manage NYC Compost Project hosted BIG!NYC personnel, scheduling, and oversee team progress.
  • Develop and expand NYC Compost Project hosted BIG!NYC community partnerships and external opportunities.
  • Manage all administrative aspects of NYC Compost Project hosted BIG!NYC work including monthly reports, quarterly financial reports, procurement, equipment tracking, public distribution tracking and documentation.
  • Regularly evaluate program impact and efficiency, and coordinate operations to most effectively utilize human and financial resources.
  • Conduct targeted outreach to raise public awareness of the services offered by NYC Compost Project hosted BIG!NYC, including local food waste composting and compost and mulch distribution, and work with BWPRR to enhance food waste drop-off sites to create ‘pop-up’ NYCRecycles outreach centers.
  • Plan and lead large volunteer events, with a particular focus on engaging community groups in compost application activities, such as tree care.
  • Assist with other initiatives as needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably with a focus on environmental science, urban planning, or non-profit management
  • Minimum three years of experience in program development and management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking
  • Strong team leadership skills, with demonstrated ability to successfully lead a team to achieve results
  • Commitment to and working knowledge of composting practices for urban settings
  • Familiarity with non-profit financial and management practices preferred
  • Ability to drive a box truck is a plus

Compensation: Please send salary requirements with application.

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@bignyc.org with “Program Manager, BIG!NYC” in the subject line. The application deadline is Friday, April 10th.

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 Sales and Warehouse Staff

Build It Green!NYC's (BIG!NYC) is a community based non-profit organization.  We support community based environmental initiatives through the sales of salvaged building materials, work training and education programs, and compost creation.  BIG!NYC seeks to create a green economy with living wage jobs through social enterprise.

Our primary operation are reuse centers in Queens and Brooklyn.  We salvage and resell appliances, plumbing and lighting fixtures, furniture, doors & windows, kitchen cabinet sets, reclaimed lumber, and much, much more.

This person will process inbound deliveries of donated building supplies, organize and clean the warehouse, and unload trucks.  There are part-time and full time positions available.  This is an hourly job, (hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), offering the opportunity to work with a great team committed to saving the earth.


  • Accept donations of salvaged building materials. 
  • Carefully unload trucks into processing area or appropriate part of warehouse.
  • Assist with processing and pricing donations.
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of center and inventory, including design and set up of displays.
  • Provide sales assistance and customer service as needed
  • Operating the cash register and answering the telephone.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment by keeping shelves, aisles, storage areas, and equipment neat and in proper working order, while complying with all procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Assist in the daily housekeeping and maintenance of warehouse grounds such as sweeping, mopping, and general warehouse maintenance.
  • Work reliably and effectively, both independently and as part of team of staff/volunteers.
  • Attend weekly warehouse meetings and quarterly all-staff meetings.


  • Basic computer literacy--ability to do data entry and navigate within the Windows operating environment--(knowledge of "Quick Books Point o Sale" a plus
  • Retail/sales and/or warehouse experience preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment in which no two days are alike.
  • Ability to physically lift/move inventory of up to 100 lbs.
  • Strong math skills.
  • Collaborative and active listener, open to input and feedback, take direction well.
  • Strong communicator – ability to present information clearly and
  • effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • High energy; even-keeled temperament.
  • Willingness to learn.
  • Ability to come in early, stay late and work weekends absolutely necessary.
  • Experience working for either environmental or other non-profits a big plus.


$16 per hour.

Please forward a Resume and Letter of Interest to: atom@bignyc.org  

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