Big Reuse Seeks Non-English Speaker Outreach Associate (NYC)

Organics Outreach Associate, Per Diem

Needed language skills- Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, and/or Yiddish



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.


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.


-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



-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: organicsjob@bigreuse.org 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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