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

Big Reuse Queens

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

Big Reuse Brooklyn

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

Job Opportunities at Big Reuse

Open positions:

Brooklyn Reuse Center Associate

This is for a full time position at our Gowanus reuse center ( 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 protecting the environment.


  • Make sales assistance and provide excellent customer service, including operating the cash register and answering the telephone.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lead teams of work trainees in organizing warehouse.
  • Attend weekly warehouse meetings and quarterly all-staff meetings.


  • Ability to physically lift/move inventory of up to 100 lbs.
  • Knowledge of construction and building materials.
  • Concern about the environment.
  • Basic computer literacy--ability to do data entry and navigate within the Windows operating environment--(knowledge of "Quick Books Point of Sale" a plus).
  • Retail/sales and warehouse experience preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong math skills.
  • Collaborative and active listener, open to input and feedback, takes direction well.
  • Strong communicator -- ability to present information clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • High energy; even-keeled temperament.
  • Ability to come in early, stay late on occasion and always be on time.
  • Work a regular weekend shift absolutely necessary.
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or work training groups a plus.


  • $15-16 per hour.
  • Health benefits, plus holidays and paid time off (PTO)


  • Attach your resume to your email, and send to
  • Put your cover letter in the body of your email describing your specific qualifications and your environmental passion.
  • Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls.

Temporary Position with Deconstruction and Donations Teams

Big Reuse is always seeking qualified applications for temporary deconstruction staff. Please send your resume to

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with Donations and Deconstruction teams to pick up and sometimes dismantle items that are being donated to Big Reuse.
  • 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 Reuse has a 16 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.

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The greenhouse gas emissions prevented by our diversion efforts is equivalent to saving 360,000 gallons of gasoline!

Our Food Scrap Drop-off program serviced 1000 households per week in 2015!

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

We processed 765,477 pounds of food scraps and accepted 237,554 pounds of wood chips and leaf matter in 2015! That's over 1 million pounds of organic material diverted from landfills!

Our Big Gives Back program has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.