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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

Reuse Associate - Job Description

Big Reuse Associate 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 position at our Brooklyn reuse center -  1 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.  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, 5 days per week OR 36 hours per wk - 9 hour shifts, 4 days per week) - will include a weekend shift.  This is an hourly job,

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Provide excellent customer service.

  • Accept and move donations of materials and furniture.

  • Move, organize, and merchandise inventory.  

  • Perform transactions on the point of sale system

  • Assist with processing and pricing donations.

  • Clean store by keeping shelves, aisles, storage areas, and equipment organized, swept and clean.  

  • Work reliably and effectively, both independently and as part of team of staff, interns, and volunteers.

  • Clean cleaning duties in rotation with other team members including bathroom.

  • Lead teams of work trainees and volunteers.

  • Attend weekly reuse center meetings and quarterly all-staff meetings.

NEEDED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Self directed and high energy - our team standards for work ethic are high. 
  • Work a regular weekend shift.
  • Great attitude and great customer service.
  • 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 and takes direction well.
  • Strong communicator -- ability to present information clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Passion about the environment.
  • Interest in salvage, antiques, vintage and thrifting
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or work training groups
  • Knowledge of construction and building materials.
  • Retail experience.

COMPENSATION:

  • $16 per hour
  • Generous Health benefits
  • Generous paid time off
  • Staff discount
  • Regular shift and hours

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Attach your resume to your email, and send to [email protected]
  2. Put short 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.

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.

Organics Recovery Coordinator - Job description

ORGANICS RECOVERY COORDINATOR

The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC's soil by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs and staff are funded and managed through the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability (BRS) in partnership with host institutions.

The Organics Recovery Coordinator is employed by Big Reuse and is managed by the Project Manager. This position is primarily responsible for accepting and processing food waste in diverse neighborhoods. This position also assists with outreach in target neighborhoods to increase participation in the drop-off program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Drive box truck throughout NYC to collect food scraps and deliver them to local processing sites
  • Safely and efficiently operate large vehicles and other equipment on daily routes
  • Safely and efficiently move heavy containers full of food scraps
  • Provide data for monthly reports about food scrap drop-off sites, including locations, community participation, and quantity of scraps collected. Submit data on a weekly basis through Field Data Collection Form. 
  • Model best practices in urban composting operations to expand the quantity of NYC organics that are processed locally and to produce high-quality finished product. 
  • Act as a liaison for drop-off sites and communicate all requests and changes from the field to Project Coordinator and Project Manager.
  • Communicate all events, accidents and issues that arise in the field. 
  • Work with the Project Coordinator to set up a weekly schedule and tasks.
  • Support Operations Coordinators in  processing organics at Queensbridge Park Compost Site and Salt Lot Community Compost Site
  • Assist in coordinating logistics for regular operations and in establishing new FSDO opportunities
  • Perform other departmental or related duties or special projects as directed by Project Manager and/or NYC Compost Project Program Manager

Skills Required:

  • Passion about the environment
  • Knowledge and commitment to composting
  • Minimum one year of related work experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with the public, alone and in a team, in a variety of settings 
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Experience and comfort with city driving and knowledge of NYC streets and highways
  • Ability to lift up to 60 pounds and to perform physically strenuous tasks 
  • Ability to work weekend and evening hours as needed in all weather conditions
  • Ability to travel locally throughout NYC
  • Experience driving a box truck or high degree of comfort driving in city
  • Experience with computer applications (primarily Google Apps)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual skills
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (ideally, in a related field)
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or work training groups

COMPENSATION

  • $20 per hour
  • Generous Health benefits
  • Generous paid time off
  • Staff discount
  • Regular shift and hours

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Attach your resume to your email, and send to [email protected]
  2. Put short 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.

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.

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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