Compost Power builds sustainable community compost sites across NYC; with an emphasis on 'underserved and marginalized' communities, and creates educational media content. Compost power currently supports several small scale compost sites at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments and operates a medium scale site in Williamsburg, NY. The goal is to expand throughout New York City.


The Crew Member is co-employed by Green City Force with a reporting line to Compost Power. This position is primarily responsible for accepting household food scraps at our food scrap drop-off locations, processing them at our sites throughout the city, and deploying the finished compost product for community greening projects. 


  • Maintain various (i.e., different days, times, and locations) food scrap drop-off opportunities for residents underserved by existing NYC composting programs. 

  • Collect household food scraps from NYCHA residents and process by hand at designated facilities; act as an overall ambassador of the project to NYC residents. 

  • Increase resident program participation through outreach activities using Compost Power branded materials 

  • Instruct and model best practices in urban composting operations at all sites so as to expand the quantity of NYC organics that can be processed locally and to produce high-quality finished material for community greening projects. 

  • Assist Crew Leader with the collection of data for monthly reports about food scrap drop-off sites, including locations, community participation, and quantity of scraps collected. 

  • Provide Crew Leader with required data for monthly reports about the composting process, including temperatures, date of aeration, and work days/ volunteer days 

  • Attend and participate in Compost Power team meetings as needed 

  • Assist with resident outreach and engagement events 



  • High school degree or equivalent 

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and to use basic power tools 

  • Ability to work weekends 

  • Bilingual skills preferred but not required


  • Strong knowledge base of environmental stewardship and sustainable practice

  • Experience with diverse computer applications (Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, Access, MS Outlook) Excellent communication skills, strong interpersonal and motivational skills, excellent collaborative and teamwork skills 

  • Solid work ethic with a sense of focus and urgency in goal achievement

  • Enthusiasm for outdoor physical work 

  • Commitment to learning and observing high standards for environmental stewardship, even when such standards require detailed menial work like sweeping or picking up litter 

  • Demonstrated interest/skill in improving one’s performance, learning and applying operational standards of working productively with colleagues/volunteers, and getting the job done well

About Green City Force

Green City Force (GCF) is in its second decade having celebrated over 20 cohorts of our award-winning AmeriCorps program. Green City Force (GCF) engages young adults from New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) communities in service years related to the environment. In doing so, we prepare them for sustainable careers, while serving to make public housing communities more sustainable and healthier, creating the green city we want to see. 

Our 600+ graduates are working in all areas of the green economy, from energy efficiency to composting, and construction to hydroponic farming. A recent report documents the multiple benefits of GCF’s holistic model, through which young adults in public housing grow change in their communities and their own lives. 

To learn more about GCF’s impact in NYCHA communities please visit www.greencityforce.org 

Green City Force is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to apply. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law. GCF is an Employer of Service. 

Benefits: paid safe and sick leave, paid holidays

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and a cover letter through TriNet. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We are looking to fill this position immediately.