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1 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215

718-725-8925 x2
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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.

Bella Rabinovich

Compost Project- Outreach Coordinator 

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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.

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.

Shakara Petteway

Compost Project- 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.





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


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I pick things up and I put them down



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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.


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,


  • 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 bathroom and other cleaning duties in rotation with other team members.
  • Lead teams of work trainees and volunteers.
  • Attend weekly reuse center meetings and quarterly all-staff meetings.


  • 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.
  • Strong communicator -- ability to present information clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • High energy and even-keeled temperament.


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


  • $16 per hour
  • Health, dental and vision benefits
  • Generous Paid time off
  • Consistent schedule


Attach your resume to your email, and send to [email protected]
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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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)


This is an unpaid position.


Entry level




  • 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.


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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