Compost Crew, a locally owned business based in Rockville, MD, is a high growth organics recycling company. The company was founded with the objective of rescuing unwanted food scraps from the landfill, helping to retain valuable nutrients by converting the food scraps into a rich soil amendment – compost.  The company has grown to serve thousands of homes, businesses, communities and governments throughout Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and composted tens of millions of pounds of organic material.

We are hiring a Composting Fellow to assist in composting operations at our on-farm Compost Outpostâ„  located in Poolesville, MD. This Fellowship will offer an in-depth and hands-on experience to learn about composting operations for on-farm systems trained by a MDA Certified Compost Facility Operator. In addition, the Fellow will have exposure to a variety of compost industry seminars, learning opportunities, and networking opportunities by experts in the field to receive a well-rounded experience.


Assist in weekly composting operations at our Compost Outpostâ„ (s):

  • Facility set-up and breakdown. 

  • Record composting operation metrics including, but not limited to; feedstocks received, pile temperatures, Carbon to Nitrogen ratios, bay(s) used, moisture, working hours, and any additional notes. 

  • Assist in any decontamination procedures as required in the Composting Facility Operating Plan (CFOP).

  • Assist in adding pile moisture and dust suppression techniques. 

  • Assist in feedstock mixing, pile placement, and pile turning. 

Assist in weekly composting outreach & industry updates:

  • Research and conduct outreach to local farms in the DC Metro Region that would be interested in composting operations. 

  • Attend virtual lectures, seminars, and meetings that provide composting industry updates to present to the Composting Team at Compost Crew. 

  • Support the Composting Division with any additional projects or tasks.


Key Requirements

  • Proficient in English (both reading and writing).

  • Interested in receiving experience in an environmental field, to include composting, farming, environmental education, and sales opportunities. 

  • Effective listening skills.

  • Clear communication and organizational skills.

  • Must be a self-starter, capable of taking on multiple tasks with minimal supervision.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products, Google applications, spreadsheets, and other tools.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Flexibility to adapt to a fast-changing work environment.

  • Experience operating a skid steer and driving a pickup truck with a trailer is a plus.

  • Be a team player, willing to share and learn from other members of the team, and to learn from your peers’ best practices. 

  • Enthusiasm for the mission of protecting the planet and reducing waste.

This is a non-management position
This is an internship position

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