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Big Reuse Brooklyn

1 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

718-725-8925 x2
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Staff

Justin Green

Executive Director and Founder

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Justin Green is the Founder and Executive Director of Big Reuse. Justin has overseen Big Reuse's development from its’ beginning in 2004, having managed the first two deconstruction projects for the Durst Organization that generated the materials required to launch Big Reuse.  Justin helped develop the team at Big Reuse the community composting model which Big Reuse has expanded two include two sites. Together with the original Board of Big Reuse - he created the independent non-profit organization Big Initiatives to host Big Reuse in 2015 when it became independent.    Justin also piloted and directed NYC Cool Roofs for its first two years. Before Big Reuse, Justin worked at a non-profit addressing the housing and energy efficiency needs of low- and middle-income communities. While there, Justin assisted their efforts to establish a statewide loan fund for the installation of energy efficiency measures. He has also managed construction crews in residential development, worked as a Loan Associate with Low Income Investment Fund monitoring loans to non-profit housing developers, and designed for an educational dotcom. Justin received his BA with a double major in Economics and Community Development from Oberlin College.

Steve Haskins

Director - Brooklyn Reuse Center

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Born and raised in the Bronx, NY. Steve graduated from Bard College’s BPI Program where he received an Associate Liberal Arts degree, specializing in history. Steve started at Big Reuse over 5 years ago and now manages our Brooklyn Reuse Center. Some of his previous work experiences include landscaping, woodworking, and custodial work. Steve LOVES snowmobiling, and basically all other motorized winter sports.

Charles Lynch

Compost Project- Operations Manager

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Born in Altus, Oklahoma, Charles moved to New York City with his mother and sister in 1990 and has hailed from the Bronx ever since. A graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School, Charles now studies Nutrition at Bronx Community College. Before working for NYC Compost Project, Charles interned at The Horticultural Society of New York. He enjoys composting because he feels that everything has a purpose and can be re-purposed. He is proud to do work that helps him both understand and teach about the process of turning unwanted food and scraps into compost, something so vital and useful for the planet. When he's not making compost at BIG, Charles is often working out at the gym or studying for his nutrition classes.

Bagel

 

 

 

Bagel is our resident warehouse cat. He also serves as our IT cat. He loves napping on laptops, during really inconvenient times. He will walk all over your keyboard and create shortcuts you didn't know were possible. He loves chicken in gravy. He always wants to be where the action is, especially if you are eating food. He is the sweetest cat ever. Though he doesn't as much work as he is suppose to, he is still loved by many of our staff.

Christian Arthur

Donations

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I pick things up and I put them down

Jobs

Driver & Donation Associate

Big Reuse Donations Associate & Driver Job Description

Big Reuse is a non-profit organization supporting community based environmental initiatives through the reuse of materials, work training, and community composting.  Big Reuse seeks to combat climate change and create a green economy with living wage jobs through social enterprise.

Our Reuse Center takes in donations of almost anything reusable -  furniture, clothes, homegoods, books, appliances, plumbing and lighting fixtures, doors & windows, kitchen cabinet sets, reclaimed lumber, and more.

This is for a full time driver over position based at our Brooklyn reuse center. Offering the opportunity to work with a great team committed to protecting the environment and diverting waste from landfills.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

SCHEDULE:

  • Full time (40 hours per wk): 8 hour shifts, scheduled 5 days per week, 9am-5pm.  Monday - Friday.  Occasional weekend or evening shift may be required.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to safely operate a box truck, must be NYS licensed with experience driving a truck. Excellent driving record.
  • Represent Big Reuse in the community, performing professional, safe off-site pickups. 
  • Basic construction experience strongly preferred for deconstructions.
  • Assist in maintaining, charging and cleaning electric box trucks.
  • Carefully and safely move donations of building materials, homegoods, clothing and furniture from donors off site to the truck and reuse warehouse.
  • Handle timely pickups, directions, and receipts using provided tablet.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment by keeping truck, loading dock, aisles, storage areas, and deconstruction equipment neat and in proper working order.
  • Work reliably and effectively, both independently and as part of a team of staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Attend weekly donations meetings and quarterly all-staff meetings.

NEEDED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Passion about the environment.
  • Experience in driving and navigating in city. 
  • Removals and delivery experience preferred.
  • Good communicator with experience working with a team.
  • Ability to come in early, stay late on occasion and always be on time.
  • Position requires lifting (up to 60 lbs.) on a regular basis. Individual must have ability to perform intense and repetitive physical work including bending, lifting & moving material, standing, walking.
  • Computer literate – Windows - ability to use tablet.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of construction and building materials.

COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY:

People of color, all genders, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Big Reuse is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Big Reuse is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions, in accordance with state and federal law

COMPENSATION:

  • $17 per hour
  • Generous Health benefits - health, dental, eye
  • Generous paid time off
  • Staff discount
  • Regular shift and hours with paid lunch break

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Attach your resume to your email,
  2. Put short cover letter in the body of your email describing your specific qualifications and your environmental passion.
  3. Send to [email protected]

Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No phone calls.

Ecommerce, Communication and Social Media Associate Description

Ecommerce, Communication and Social Media Associate Description

When you join Big Reuse, you will find a rewarding, fast-paced, stimulating environment.  We are experts in waste reduction, reuse composting and circular economy, we are driven by our mission and we are extremely proud of the work we do.

The Ecommerce, Communication and Social Media Associate coordinates Big Reuse’s ecommerce, marketing, newsletter, website, print, and social media. 

Big Reuse is a non-profit organization providing community based environmental and waste reduction initiatives.  Big Reuse programs include our reuse center, 2 community composting sites, environmental outreach, and job training. 

This is for a full time position at our Brooklyn reuse center.  This is an hourly job - either 5 days a week at 8 hours a day 10:00 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m or 4 days a week at 9 hours a day for 36 hours.

We offer an open and equal atmosphere, challenging work and space to grow with us.  We welcome individuals with passion, dreams, experience and share in our hopes of creating a better sustainable future.

Supervisor: Executive Director and Reuse Center Director

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This position is split among Ecommerce, Social Media and Marketing coordination.

45%  Ecommerce Coordination

  • Post items daily to the Big Reuse website through POS system - 20 posts a week.
  • Post items regularly to craigslist  - 15 posts a week. 
  • Post items regularly to ebay - 20 posts a week.
  • Coordinate with store staff to insure items posted to ecommerce are correctly marked in store. 
  • Meet expected sales goals in ecommerce each month.
  • Take quality photos of products to be posted. 
  • Write compelling and accurate product descriptions with complete information to reduce customer questions including measurements and product information.  Research product to determine price and other information for description. 
  • Assemble newsletter items.  
  • Monitor Ecom sales and coordinate with other team members to make sure this is taken care of during days off.  
  • Manage communication with online purchases of items. 
  • Improve posting process and communication with buyers, store and logistics. 

35% Communications & Social Media

  • Compile and send out bi-weekly newsletter to our 18,000 subscribers.
  • Manage website content and blogs 
  • Manage all social media platforms - currently Instagram (11k followers), Facebook.
  • Plan, write, and edit social media posts on multiple channels.
  • Write social media posts for online fundraising campaigns (e.g. Giving Tuesday), volunteer recruitment campaigns, and political advocacy moments.
  • Measure and track Big Reue’s social media, website and newsletter.
  • Make recommendations based on data to grow our digital reach.
  • Increase engagement on existing and new channels.
  • Monitor and respond to comments on Google, Bing, Yelp.
  • Manage Google Adwords grant.
  • Monitor and meet goals for traffic. 

10% In Reuse Center Marketing

  • Produce and print simple weekly sales fliers. 
  • Design and develop other needed in-store signage.
  • Produce monthly in-store print newsletter.

10% Reuse Center Assistance

  • Completes general reuse center housekeeping duties as assigned.
  • Occasional fill in shifts for retail.
  • Completes other reuse center duties/tasks as assigned.

Skills Of The Ideal Candidate

  • Enthusiasm for the work of Big Reuse with an interest in waste reduction and climate change.
  • Interest in ecommerce, marketing, and social media.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with experience writing content geared toward different audiences.
  • Interest or knowledge of furniture, antiques, and construction in order to be able to describe items accurately.
  • Graphic design and Adobe Creative Suite skills
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills
  • Ability to produce original, clear, concise content within tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a very collaborative team

COMPENSATION:

  • $17 per hour
  • Generous health and dental benefits
  • Generous Paid time off
  • Flexible schedule considered

People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  Big Reuse  is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Big Reuse is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Big Reuse provides reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees as required by law.

Big Reuse Marketing Intern

The Big Reuse Intern is primarily responsible for helping to build out the Big Reuse Google Ads Grant account, monitoring and improving marketing metrics. The intern will also contribute to any outreach campaigns including flyer design and distribution, developing press, donor, supporter and other contact lists. The intern may also be asked to prepare documents and flyers in the Adobe graphics suite.

Candidates need to be tech savvy, familiar with Adobe suite and ideally have basic graphics capabilities.

Position Schedule

  • Outreach Associate staff will work 6 hours/week to expand public awareness of the Big Reuse Donation Center/Store. Position would run until the end of June 2019 with a possibility of extending beyond that.
  • Work weeks vary but are typically Mon-Fri 10am-4pm.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain and develop the Google Ads Account.
  • Maintain the Google Business account.
  • Contribute to design, production and distribution of print marketing campaigns.
  • Assist in maintaining online listings.
  • Provide outreach to local stores for marketing materials.

Requirements/Skills

  • Ideal candidates will be interested in marketing, advertising, public outreach.
  • Enthusiastic about reuse, and keeping usable homegoods, appliances, furniture and C&D materials out of landfill.
  • Experience with a wide range of computer applications (Excel, MS Word, Outlook, +)
  • Ability to commute to Gowanus, Brooklyn and willingness to work in a warehouse environment.
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree (Preferably in Environmental Science, Marketing or another related field)

BENEFITS

This is an unpaid position.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Entry level

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

N/A

HOW TO APPLY

  • Send resume, cover letter and references to: [email protected] with “Marketing Intern” followed by your first and last name in the subject line of the email.
  • No phone calls please.

Supporters

Empire State Development

Empire State Development (ESD), Big Reuse's primary funder, encourages and supports activities that both strengthen the State's economy and protect and preserve the environment. To accomplish this, ESD offers a range of resources to help businesses identify and transform environmental concerns into market opportunities and competitive advantages. Through its Environmental Services Unit (ESU), ESD provides New York State businesses with the tools they need to understand and comply with environmental regulations and provides financial assistance for investments in projects that improve business productivity and competitiveness through enhanced environmental performance. For more information on New York State's environmental services, contact Empire State Development at 1-800-STATE-NY or 1-800-782-8369.

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