This position is part of a MassDEP grant. During the summer of 2012, the City conducted a feasibility study regarding a possible pilot program for curbside food scraps collection from residents for composting. The study included analysis of potential compost facilities within reasonable proximity to the City and acceptable material requirements; and collection costs and tip fees at potential facilities. Based on this analysis and after consulting with City and MassDEP staff, the City Manager has approved the implementation of a one year pilot program for the collection of food scraps from residents, to begin no later than April 2014. The report is online at Under the close supervision of the Director of Recycling, the organics program assistant’s duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following tasks related to the MassDEP grant:

  • Evaluate specific needs and best practices for eligibe households. Develop and recruit participants, provide educational materials, schedule info sessions, and answer questions.
  • Develop, design and produce educational content for materials and website (letter to eligible households, flyer promoting opportunity to participate in pilot, postcard to participants, and stickers for kitchen/curbside containers.
  • Order, handle delivery and distribute curbside/kitchen containers and compostable bags door to door, including at info sessions.
  • Ensure ongoing education during pilot of best practices. Develop, implement, and analyze household surveys to get feedback from participants. Conduct field observations of curbside collection and collect participation data.
  • Summarize and help present findings in a Phase 2 and final report including survey responses, pilot results, best practices and lessons learned.
  • Based on the results of the pilot, determine whether to recommend expansion of the residential curbside food scraps collection program City-wide, to continue it for targeted neighborhoods, or to discontinue it. Describe the rational for the decision and incorporate in final report.

Minimum Requirements:  Undergraduate coursework in environmental, communications, planning or other degree granting program that relates to this scope of work.  Must have experience working in an office environment and have excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills. Knowledgeable in analyzing economic and operational issues.  Strong written skills, quick learner, excellent organization skills, and highly motivated.  Must possess a positive and professional attitude, and provide diligent follow-up and attention to detail. Fluency in Microsoft Office.

Rate/Hours of Employment:  $17 per hour; 15 hours per week, 96 weeks. Position will begin in September 2013 through June 2015.

Application Procedure:  Interested applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Review of resumes begins May 28, 2013.   For a complete job description, please visit our website at and click on Jobs. We are an AA/EEO employer.