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Community Composting Program Associate (Part-time) 

Job Description

About Sunshine Community Compost

Sunshine Community Compost is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on growing the local composting movement. We are working to increase awareness, education opportunities and program services that grow community composting in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. We develop and deliver education and action programs, and volunteer opportunities. We focus on growing relationships, growing soil for a healthier local environment and local food, and meeting people where they are at in their learning curve related to their understanding and practice of composting and its web of relations. We are a growing start-up organization and our mission is to strengthen community connections and give back to the planet through accessible education and action programs that increase local composting, resource recovery and zero waste efforts. While our current work is to develop composting infrastructure in our region, we also aim to host an education and demonstration center in future years where we can showcase the natural systems, food growing and ecological balance that can be created from the ground up - beginning with compost and healthy soil. 

Working for Sunshine Community Compost

Sunshine Community Compost is always learning, growing, and evolving. There are many needs in our niche of work and we work hard to meet needs while also creating a culture of care. Team members must be willing to listen, learn, communicate effectively, respectfully, and reflectively while also being able to shift and co-create our work in and with the community. We strive to be an organization that supports the well-being of our team while recognizing the demands of cultivating, seeding, and growing a demanding start-up organization. Our board and our staff all actively participate in our equity guidance and development plan to evolve our organization’s equity, inclusion, and diversity work.

 

Location of position: Remote and in-person, 80% in Sarasota County, 20% or less in Manatee County

Open until the position is filled with the right candidate. 

 

To Apply: Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@sunshinecommunitycompost.org

Successful candidates will need to supply proof of car insurance and will be subject to a background investigation that includes motor vehicle records and a screening for drugs that are illegal in the state of Florida.

 

Position Overview

The Community Compost Program Associate (CCPA) will assist the Executive Director in all operational aspects of our community composting food scrap drop-off program. This includes  a range of tasks including administrative work, food scrap and community composting hub site management, program coordination, community education and outreach and partner relations. The CCPA will service existing and emerging food scrap drop-off sites located in city parks, in apartments and at select small businesses as well as host our one-stop drop-off sites when they are scheduled. The CCPA will interface with the public while in the community, frequently answering questions and sharing educational information about our programs during site visits. They will maintain optimal function, aesthetics, and cleanliness of each of our sites around the city of Sarasota (with potential for occasional site visits to Manatee) through maintenance, by processing community scale batches of compost at designated sites and recovering and transferring excess food scraps from each site to a local landscape company on a weekly basis.  

 

Position Responsibilities 

  • Assist the E.D. in administrative tasks related to the program.

  • Ensure the community compost program is operating in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Support program participant and customer relationships in the most optimal manner to retain and grow customer base.

  • Ensure daily route is completed, tracking stops, impact numbers and tasks in work log. 

  • Enter and submit program data reports on a weekly or monthly basis to the E.D.

  • Safely manage tools and materials and carefully transfer sealed 21-gallon bins of food scraps (~80 lbs. when full) to and from our partner food scrap processor. 

  • Manage a small number of onsite composting bins at each site according to community composter “Best Management Practices” (BMPs) and utilize basic principles of composting to facilitate that part of the daily workflow.

  • Accountable to wear closed toed leather or steel toe safety boots, glasses, gloves, face mask during direct contact service visits and sanitize hands between sites, while following procedures for effective workflow and safety related to personal injury and accident prevention. 

  • Responsible for tracking data about program activities and impact numbers on a daily and weekly basis.

  • Responding in a timely manner to emails and communications about their work and the program. 

  • Manage a truck with attached trailer for transporting food scrap bins to and from our partner composter. 

  • On occasion the CCPA may also be required to offer education opportunities to the public by attending outreach events, community presentations, offering online and in-person classes. 

Attend a weekly staff meeting and/or supervisor meeting on zoom or in person.

 

Qualifications

  • Passion for our mission and community building in alignment with sustainability, regenerative agriculture, composting, youth, and community education, environmental or social justice, local food, waste reduction, and an understanding of the interconnections that tie together the health and wellness of humans with the health and wellness of the planet.

  • Self-motivated, high Integrity work ethic, proven examples of commitment to personal and community safety and excellence in customer service

  • Willingness to be flexible with tasks and assist the Executive Director with a wide range of program assistance needs while the program is in a growing phase and the role is expanding.

  • Ability to educate and engage patiently with the public during site maintenance and management, using effective and inclusive communication about the benefits of composting and how to get involved with SCC.

  • Interest in expanding our reach to new audiences, service areas and clientele by being an overall advocate of our work. 

  • Ability to lift 40 pounds regularly and up to 80 on occasion and use proper body mechanics., 

  • Demonstrated interest in community building, climate change, local food growing, environmental justice, fair food access, food and solid waste prevention and interest in making meaningful contributions that further our vision of creating a safe, inclusive, and equitable organization.

  • Be a team player who can offer and receive clear feedback on the operational flow of programs as they grow, making recommendations to improve systems, procedures, increase efficiency, save resources, and improve the employee’s experience.

  • Excellent interpersonal, phone, and written communications skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.

  • Attention to detail in project management while also learning and mastering new tasks, workflows, and programs quickly.

  • Availability to work on occasional evenings and weekends.

  • Basic carpentry skills to help build compost bins and experience with safe tool handling.

 

Salary: 

  • This position is currently a 12-month, 20 hour per week position with potential for growth based on program development. 3-month probationary period to begin with. Pay is $15-16/hr. 

  • CCPA will drive the company vehicle exclusively for the transport of compost materials and any resulting operational or program needs. As a result, the successful candidate will need to provide evidence of their own automobile insurance. 

 

Benefits:

  • PTO for PT employees - eligible for up to 80 hrs/year accrued based on hours worked.

  • Be part of a small team dedicated to positive change-making.

  • Access to abundant local craft compost.

  • Up to $500 per year in professional development and/or continuing education opportunities 

  • $100 2X per year stipend for steel toed boots and safety glasses 


 

Sunshine Community Compost provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We also work to expand the culture and reach of our organization and encourage folks from all backgrounds to apply, even if you do not meet all the preferred qualifications.