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IVCSD Isla Vista Compost Collective Dirtrider

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Isla Vista Community Services District

970 Embarcadero del Mar Suite 101

Isla Vista, CA 93117

Wages & Hours:

$15 per hour

Employees will be scheduled to work: Six (6) hours (average) per week September - June.

Up to Ten (10) hours per week during summer operations.

Available hours may increase with staffing levels.

Minimum Employment Term Expected: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 (with possibility of extension). Dirtriders will be hired as Temporary Employees.

About the Isla Vista Compost Collective (IVCC)

Isla Vista Compost Collective provides services to approximately 96 households and has diverted over 33,000 lbs of food waste from landfills since the program began as a community/student organization in 2017. In March 2020, the Isla Vista Compost Collective became a service under the Isla Vista Community Services District, allowing IVCC to continue its composting services and make plans for expanding services throughout Isla Vista. The current staff includes 6 Dirtriders picking up compost from households, a Data Analyst measuring the program’s productivity, a Marketing Manager, and an Operations Manager.

About the Position

IVCC’s Dirtriders are responsible for picking up food waste from participating households each week and communicating with residents frequently to ensure a positive composting experience. Dirtriders pick up five-gallon compost buckets from houses in Isla Vista via bicycle and cargo trailer. When picking up the full compost buckets, Dirtriders also drop off clean buckets to participating households. Households are serviced weekly and buckets are taken to local compost piles where the food waste is sorted, weighed, and recorded. Dirtriders are responsible for inputting food waste data in Excel and maintaining frequent communication with their assigned houses via text message. After dropping off the food waste at community compost piles, Dirtriders are responsible for cleaning all dirty buckets. Dirtriders are expected to attend weekly Isla Vista Compost Collective meetings, complete assigned tasks, and communicate with the Operations Manager if any issues arise during shifts. Dirtriders are also required to maintain the Estero Park Compost pile by turning the compost when necessary, measuring the temperature of the piles, and recording it in Excel.

IVCSD Vision Statement

For Isla Vista, by Isla Vista, building the community we deserve.

About the IVCSD

Isla Vista, CA is a close-knit oceanside town along the South-Central Coast in Santa Barbara County. It is known for its youthful atmosphere and the adventurous spirit of its residents. The Isla Vista Community Services District (IVCSD) was formed in early 2017 (Pursuant to Government Code § 61250) after decades of struggles for self-governance by the residents of this unincorporated community. The District’s adopted 2020-2021 budget includes $1.3 million for community facilities and programs, public safety services, a rental housing mediation program, a community beautification program, a compost collection service, and more. We have a small staff of a General Manager, Assistant General Manager, and interns; along with many contractors and community partners. 

Job Description

  • Maintain frequent communication with designated houses and the IVCC team
  • Complete shifts per week which include: Using a bike with a cargo trailer to pick up compost buckets from designated housesWeighing, sorting and dumping compost and washing dirty compost buckets
  • Input data on Excel/Google Suite and contact designated houses after each shift
  • Attend weekly team meetings

Other Duties to support IVCSD/IVCC operations other duties, responsibilities, and activities may be assigned. 

Job Tasks Breakdown

  • Pick Up/Drop Off: 40%
  • Bucket Cleaning/Prep: 20%
  • Data Entry: 15%
  • House Communication: 15%
  • Weekly Meetings: 10%

The Ideal Candidate will be able to:

  • Ride a bicycle
  • Perform manual labor, including lifting heavy objects
  • Meet deadlines and communicate in a timely manner
  • Attend weekly meetings over Zoom or in person
  • Be passionate and positive about their work
  • Get dirty!

Important Dates:

Recruitment Opens: May 21 , 2021
Deadline for Applications: June 11, 2021
Invitations to Interview: June 12 2021
Interviews Conducted: June 16-18, 2021

Target Hire Date: July 1, 2021

How to Apply:

Submit a resume, cover letter, and application to by 11:59pm June 4, 2021: 

The Isla Vista Community Services District provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disability or veteran status.