Oyster Shell Collection Coordinator

Posted by: Earth Matter NY Inc.

New York, NY, US


Earth Matter NY Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art, science, and application of composting in and around New York City. Earth Matter NY seeks to reduce the organic waste misdirected into the garbage stream by encouraging neighbor participation and leadership in composting. In partnership with the Billion Oyster Project, an ecosystem restoration and education project that aims to restore a sustainable oyster population and reignite a passion and appreciation for New York Harbor by directly engaging New Yorkers in the work of restoring one billion oysters, Earth Matter also operates the Billion Oyster Project Shell Collection Program.

Our Shell Collection Program supplies BOP with oyster shells generated and collected from restaurant and event partners in New York City. The Program transports oyster shells from restaurants to our curing sites on Staten Island, Brooklyn and Governors Island where they will be stored outside for curing. After a year, cured shells are ready to be reused as cultch and reef substrate. If you want to learn more about the Program, visit [[http:earthmatter.org/bop|earthmatter.org/bop]] and bop.nyc.


Earth Matter is seeking and Oyster Shell Collection Coordinator for the Billion Oyster Project Shell Collection Program. In this position, you will be working in the collection truck four days per week. One day per week you will coordinate and supervise operations remotely or in the field. You will supervise and coordinate a small team and work closely with the Billion Oyster Project team.

The Shell Collection team collects oyster shells from more than 60 restaurant partners throughout New York City and transports them to the Program’s transfer station in Brooklyn. The Program collects Monday – Friday mornings (hours: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) During summer and autumn, the Program also collects oyster shells from occasional weekend events and runs public programming at the Governors Island Shell Education Center on Saturdays.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and supervise all aspects of current shell collection operations.
  • Coordinate daily collection operations with a 16′ truck in Manhattan and Brooklyn according to scheduled routes collecting full wheeled bins and buckets.
  • Coordinate restaurant collection: introductory meetings and daily coordination / restaurant inquiries.
  • Coordinate operations at BOP’s partner facilities and supervise Governors Island educational curing site.
  • Track daily data, maintain databases, and prepare reports.
  • Document progress through photos and provide content for social media as-needed.
  • Perform general site and basic vehicle maintenance.
  • Determine, research, and purchase inventory needs.
  • Process and maintain accounts payable, accounts receivable, petty cash. Monthly budget and expense report preparation.
  • Maintain permits related to leased vehicle.
  • Manage team’s timesheets for payroll.
  • Assist and supervise shell collection at oyster events.
  • Assist and/or supervise on Governors Island Shell Collection Center Activities
  • Attend regular meetings with EM, BOP, and other partners.
  • Other assigned duties as-needed.

Skills required:

  • Valid driver license required. Clean driving record. CDL not required.
  • Must have 1-year of previous experience driving 14′-16′ trucks or big cargo vans and be familiar with New York City roadways.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills including Microsoft Suite and Google Sheets. Quickbooks a plus.
  • Strong writing skills. Social media experience a plus.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds and to perform physically strenuous tasks.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all seasons and on some weekends.
  • Experience managing employees and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with the public, alone and in a team, in a variety of settings – preferred.
  • Machinery operation and maintenance experience – preferred.
  • You are interested in sustainability, environment and in waste reduction in the hospitality industry. You are a problem-solving person, thorough, and creative. You can fix equipment, explore data, and write social media content. You can be the best shell collection expert and ambassador. You like working with a purpose.


  • Experience with diverse computer applications (Quickbooks, Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, GoogleDocs)
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (ideally, in a related field)
  • Environmental Educational Teaching Experience a plus.

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. No phone calls please.

Salary Range: $45,000-50,000

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