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Big Reuse 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.

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 Associate

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, generous health benefits, paid time off, staff discount.   


Attach your resume to your email, and send to

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.

Curbside Compost Outreach Associate

The Compost Outreach Associate is based at Big Reuse and reports to the Curbside Composting Outreach, Project Manager at Big Reuse. This position is primarily responsible for conducting resident engagement and outreach for opt-in curbside organics service. Primary duties include public outreach & education, informational presentations, volunteer training and support, and outdoor greening.


Organize and conduct a range of relevant outreach activities associated with curbside composting outreach including informational tabling, public presentations, volunteer training, neighborhood canvassing, and local compost distribution and greening events. Conduct volunteer recruitment and training events. Support neighborhood-based volunteer-led outreach activities such as street tree care, compost distribution, and canvassing events. Explain curbside composting best management practices to diverse audiences, including why composting is important, how to participate, and troubleshoot issues using appropriate talking points. Maintain outreach data and add to tracking documents. Support the broader NYC Community Composting network as needed/or directed by the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability


Strong interest in performing community-based outreach and/or public education. Comfortable working with a diverse group of individuals in a wide range of environments. Ability to prioritize workload and work independently. Strong administrative, organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills. Has a valid NYS driver’s license and is willing to drive. Experience with a wide range of computer applications (Excel, MS Word, Outlook, +) and online communication tools. Minimum 2 years of related work experience. Bachelors Degree or equivalent additional work experience. Knowledge of NYC sustainability, recycling, and environmental programs. Candidates who are fluent in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic, Russian or Yiddish are strongly encouraged to apply.


$47,720 - $47,721/year


Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter and resume via Idealist online applicant portal. For additional questions, please email with “Compost Outreach Associate” followed by your first and last name in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

This position is funded through June 30, 2023, with possible renewal depending on budget.

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