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Brooklyn, NY 11215

718-725-8925 x2
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Staff

Ellis McNaughton

Donations

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Fred Maass

Donations

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Returned from New Orleans, this natural-born hoarder is eager to wring every last drop of "usable" from would-be discarded materials. He once biked 100 miles in 100 degrees with no brakes and one pedal, and has crossed state lines with a hamster, a toad and a box turtle.

Joanne Zhao

Organics Outreach Associate

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Born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Joanne has a strong interest in environmental justice and agriculture. She attended SUNY New Paltz where she focused on Environmental Geography and Asian Studies. She is passionate about organizing her community in Sunset Park in regards to anti-displacement, police harassment, and language access justice. In addition, Joanne also enjoys cooking different cuisines, baking, gardening, learning Chinese, and hanging out with her Mom.

Leah Retherford

Compost Project manager

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Leah has one of the greenest thumbs at Big Reuse. She began community gardening in Detroit in 2003 which lead to a position in urban agriculture at the Greening of Detroit and the opportunity to attend the Organic Farmer Training Program at Michigan State University in 2007. After that she was the Farm Manager at the Queens County Farm Museum for many years until coming to Big Reuse in 2015.

Shakara Petteway

Organics Recovery Coordinator

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One of Shakara's first jobs was working on a small rural vegetable farm, but after discovering an interest in urban agriculture, she became an Americorps Volunteer with New York Restoration Project. There she taught children and young adults how to grow vegetables, as well as cared for parks and community gardens. As the Public Programs Coordinator, she continued to teach locals about environmental stewardship and urban agriculture. She is eager to be a part of the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse and to continue her work as public educator and steward of the environment.

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.

Vinnie Cannon

Assistant Director of Operations - Brooklyn Reuse Center

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Learning from the customers has put me in a win-win situation here at Big Reuse, which is something i truly enjoy: winning and learning. However, not all my education has come from customers. My co-workers are all very knowledgeable individuals, and we all here at big reuse have a desire and a passion for keeping our planet green.

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.

Bella Rabinovich

Organics Outreach Associate

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Born and raised in the Bronx, I currently live in Queens. The Bronx will always be my favorite, but Queens is growing on me. I went to SUNY Geneseo for my bachelor's, and am currently a master's student in Miami University's Advanced Inquiry Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society. Which is cool, because I get to go to class in the Bronx Zoo and the NY Aquarium. I previously worked with the Forest Project at Wave Hill.

Baruch M Blum

Organics Outreach Associate

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Baruch graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he worked as a goose herdsman at the Yiddish Farm in Goshen, New York, and then as secretary at the magazine, Afn Shvel, before finding his eternal home at Big Reuse.

Charles Lynch

Compost 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.

Christian Arthur

Donations

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I pick things up and I put them down

CJ Douglass

Marketing Coordinator

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Mid-century modern architecture devotee, music lover, national park pilgrim. Born in Australia, studied Architecture at University of Sydney, and postgrad in Sustainability. Proud Big-Reuser!

Devin Reitsma

Compost Operations Coordinator

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Elizabeth Arce

Organics Outreach Program Coordinator

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Elizabeth was part of the media team during Occupy Wall Street in NYC, livestreaming countless of hours from the encampment and actions over an 8 month period. After being inspired by the power of people's media, Elizabeth moved to the Midwest and co-founded a media collective to document the impact of industrial oil projects on communities out there, where oftentimes low-income and people of color are disproportionately effected. Elizabeth finds it's her mission to bring awareness to big cities about their impact on resource extraction and the environment as a whole. She is happy to be working on bringing about this awareness in her home of NYC through the cities new Organics Collection curbside program. At night you can find her playing trombone in brass bands.

Jobs

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.

Per Diem - Organics Outreach Associate

The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is rolling out a city-wide Organics Curbside Collection program, collecting residential food scraps and yard waste to turn them into compost. Compost creates healthy soil, which nourishes plants. The program is also turning food scraps into clean, renewable energy. The project is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. Learn more at nyc.gov/organics.

The NYC Organics Collection Outreach Associate position is based out of Big Reuse, contracted by DSNY to conduct program outreach, and is directly managed by the Senior Manager of Organics Outreach at DSNY.

Position

The NYC Organics Collection Outreach Associate is primarily responsible for providing NYC residents that live in the organics collection areas with information about the NYC Organics Collection Program. The Outreach Associate will focus in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island to build enthusiasm about curbside organics collection service where a high concentration of residents speaks one of the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, and/or Yiddish

Outreach Associates will work to increase resident participation and to lower contamination rates in the NYC Organics Collection Program on a per diem basis. Outreach Associates will be tasked with speaking with residents and answering any questions about the program. Additionally, Outreach Associates will staff information tables in the various neighborhoods receiving organics collection service and present to targeted civic groups in need of language assistance so as to educate residents about the program. Tasks will also include other various types of targeted outreach to residents. Candidates must be both fluent in one of the above mentioned languages and cultures.

Position Schedule

Various temporary positions available.

-Hours will be on a per diem basis as needed

-Compensation is $25/hr  

-Work weeks vary and may include weekend or evening work hours.

-Daily travel required to assigned neighborhoods that have curbside organics service.

Responsibilities

-Explain how to participate in organics collection, including how to set-up and maintain the kitchen collector and outdoor bin.

-Answer questions from residents/general public during bin deliveries, door to door outreach and at general outreach events using appropriate talking points.

-Take notes if residents or the general public needs follow up on an issue, and communicate concerns to the Organics Outreach Manager accordingly.

-Offer print materials to residents in the delivery areas.

-Provide outreach to local convenience stores and hardware stores to carry proper compostable bags and post signage promoting the program

-Track the necessary programmatic information and submit to the Organics Outreach Manager as requested

 

Requirements

-Ideal candidates will be interested in public outreach and show enthusiasm towards composting, food scrap and yard waste recycling.

-Outgoing public speaker, ease with interfacing with the public. Comfortable in a wide range of environments.

-Fluency in one of the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, and/or Yiddish

-Experience with a wide range of computer applications (Excel, MS Word, Outlook, +)

-Able to work effectively both in teams and independently.

-Knowledge of NYC and familiarity with its neighborhoods.

-Minimum two years of related work experience.

 

Preferred Skills

-Valid NYS driver’s license and is willing to drive, using Zip cars and/or rental cars, as needed in NYC.

-Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree (Preferably in Environmental or Horticultural Science or another related field)

-Preferred: access to cell phone and/or smart phone while in field.

 

How to Apply

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

 

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NYC Organics Collection Outreach Associate

The NYC Organics Collection Outreach Associate is primarily responsible for providing NYC residents that live in the organics collection areas with information about the NYC Organics Collection Program. The Outreach Associate will focus in all 5 boroughs to build enthusiasm about the program so as to increase resident participation and lower contamination rates. Outreach Associates will staff information tables in the various neighborhoods so as to educate residents about the program and coordinate with partner organizations to attend events. Additionally, Outreach Associates will work alongside bin delivery trucks to speak with residents and answer any questions about the program while the organics bins are being delivered.

Candidates need to be able to track the necessary programmatic information and submit to the Organics Outreach Coordinator as requested.

Position Schedule

  • Outreach Associate staff will work 40 hours/week to expand public participation and awareness in curbside organics collection. Position would run until the end of June 2019 with a possibility of extending beyond that.
  • Work weeks vary but are typically Mon-Fri 8am-4pm or 9am-5pm. Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Responsibilities

  • Explain how to participate in organics collection and set-up and maintain the kitchen collector and outdoor bin.
  • Answer questions from residents and general public during bin deliveries and at general outreach events using appropriate talking points.
  • Engage in canvassing outreach
  • Take notes if residents or the general public needs follow up on an issue, and communicate concerns to the Organics Outreach Coordinator accordingly.
  • Offer print materials to residents in the delivery areas.
  • Provide outreach to local convenience stores and hardware stores to carry proper compostable bags.

Requirements/Skills

  • Ideal candidates will be interested in public outreach and enthusiastic about composting, food scrap and yard waste recycling.
  • Outgoing public speaker, ease with interfacing with the public. Comfortable in a wide range of environments.
  • Valid NYS driver’s license and is willing to drive, using Zip cars and/or rental cars, as needed in NYC.
  • Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Russian or other language fluency an asset.
  • Experience with a wide range of computer applications (Excel, MS Word, Outlook, +)
  • Able to work effectively both in teams and independently.
  • Knowledge of NYC and familiarity with its neighborhoods.
  • Minimum two years of related work experience.
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree (Preferably in Environmental or Horticultural Science or another related field)
  • Preferred: access to cell phone and/or smart phone while in field

BENEFITS

PTO, Health Insurance, Salary- $40,000-$44,000

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

multi-lingual preferred

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Entry level

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

HOW TO APPLY

[email protected]
https://bigreuse.org/organics-collection-outreach/

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

Reuse and Sales Associate

Big Reuse (www.bigreuse.org) is a non-profit organization supporting community based environmental initiatives. Through reuse, green job training, community composting, and environmental outreach – Big Reuse fights climate change with zero waste initiatives.

Our Reuse Center take in donations of furniture, home goods, clothing, appliances, plumbing, lighting fixtures, doors & windows, kitchen cabinet sets, reclaimed lumber, and much, much more.

This is for a full time position at our Brooklyn reuse center – 1 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Offering the opportunity to work with a great team committed to protecting the environment and diverting waste from landfills.

SCHEDULE:

  • Full time (40 hours per wk): 8 hour shifts, scheduled 5 days per week, 10 am-6pm, will include a weekend shift.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Provide excellent customer service and sales.
  • Accept and move donations of building materials, homegoods, clothing and furniture.
  • Make sales.
  • Assist with processing and pricing donations.
  • Move, organize, and merchandise inventory.
  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment by keeping shelves, aisles, storage areas, and equipment neat and in proper working order.
  • Work reliably and effectively, both independently and as part of team of staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Lead teams of work trainees and volunteers.
  • Attend weekly reuse center meetings and quarterly all-staff meetings.

NEEDED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Passion about the environment.
  • High energy and even-keeled positive attitude.
  • Good communicator.
  • Work a regular weekend shift.
  • Great customer service – retail/sales experience preferred.
  • Ability to come in early, stay late on occasion and always be on time.
  • Position requires lifting (up to 50 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. Able to research donated items for pricing.
  • Open to input and feedback, takes direction well.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience working with volunteers and/or work training groups
  • Knowledge of construction and building materials.

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, in accordance with state and federal law

COMPENSATION:
$15-16 per hour
Health benefits
Paid time off

HOW TO APPLY:
1. Attach your resume to your email, and email to [email protected]
2. 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.

Supporters

Junkluggers

The Junkluggers provides fast, professional and eco-friendly junk removal, rubbish, trash and furniture donation pick up services for valued commercial and residential customers.

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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