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Help Wanted: Assistant Cleanup Coordinator

Keep Rockland Beautiful is seeking a highly motivated individual with a general interest in the environment to assist with the Great American Cleanup, a county-wide campaign during the months of April and May that engages thousands of volunteers throughout the county in removing tons of debris from our streets, parks, and waterways.    Candidates should have a desire to improve local communities through litter prevention, cleanups, waste reduction, and water protection efforts.

The Assistant Cleanup Coordinator will provide assistance to the Cleanup Coordinator with volunteer outreach and support for cleanup events.  This position is an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in organizing community events, providing environmental education, and managing a not-for-profit organization.

The selected candidate must be an Orangetown Resident.  This position requires some weekend availability April-June as per the scheduling of events.


Reports To: Cleanup Coordinator & Executive Director

Major Areas of Position:

  • Volunteer Outreach
  • Supply Distribution and Inventory
  • Data Entry & Analysis
  • Environmental Education

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Conduct and track volunteer outreach
  • Provide cleanup orientations and education on waste reduction, recycling, storm water runoff and other environmental issues
  • Distribute supplies and educational materials to volunteers
  • Assess cleanup sites in accordance with the Keep America Beautiful Litter Index & determine required volunteer power.
  • Respond to inquiries relating to cleanup registration and reporting via phone, email, and in-person
  • Assist with logistics, check-in and reporting at Community Cleanup Events ; engage, assist, & direct volunteers accordingly.
  • Data entry & database maintenance. Familiarity with Insightly CRM a plus.

Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Effective communication, both written and verbal.
  • Comfortable leading and speaking in front of groups.
  • Ability to collect, evaluate, & interpret data.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, and familiarity with Google Applications.
  • Familiarity with environmental issues and willingness to learn. Capable of educating volunteers on environmental issues & sustainable practices, particularly recycling.  Teaching experience a plus.
  • Ability to determine work priorities and ensure timely and effective completion of assignments.
  • Comfortable working outdoors and ability to lift at least 20 lbs.

Education & Experience:

BA/BS or college student preferred.  Candidate should have a general interest in the environment and/or the not-for-profit sector.  Coursework in Environmental Science and sustainability issues a plus.


Flexible schedule – to be discussed with Cleanup Coordinator & Executive Director

Some weekend availability required between April-June

Compensation: $11.75/hr

Contact: with subject line: Last Name, Assistant Cleanup Coordinator Position


It is the policy of Keep Rockland Beautiful not to discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, genetic information, or because he or she is a protected veteran.  Keep Rockland Beautiful is dedicated to a fair and equal workplace; people of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

2018 Annual Meeting: Success!

Keep Rockland Beautiful is grateful for all the guests, artists, environmentalists, & members, old & new, who turned up to learn more about Keep Rockland Beautiful, get involved, & support our mission to make Rockland a cleaner, greener county.

We hope everyone enjoyed the evening: the food, the wonderful photos by Steve Aaron, and the preview of RoCA’s environmentally inspired exhibits coming this spring.  

We welcomed four new board members to the Keep Rockland Beautiful team, and can’t wait to see what 2018 has in-store for our organization, our members, our volunteers, & the environment!

Couldn’t make it to the meeting, but still want to get involved?  Email to learn how!  Or, visit Membership Central and join the KRB-family!




Enjoy the Thaw

This lovely photo of a snowy Kennedy Dells Park comes from Peggy Opalek and appears this month in KRB’s “BEAUTIFUL ROCKLAND” Calendar. To get to this magical location (355 North Main Street, New City – then follow Trail B)


1. Skating in Tallman State Park — There are shallow ponds that quickly freeze – and a group of skate-enthusiasts who usually shovel the snow (and sometimes even build a fire nearby!) Use the entrance to the park north of the Filling Station/9W Market @ 243 RT 9W, Palisades, NY. Walk for about 10 minutes and grab the larger trailhead that goes off on your left. After walking another 10 minutes or so, the ponds will be off to the right – follow one of the raised trails to get there.

2. Dutchtown for Cross Country Skiing – scoot along the Hudson, starting on the trail in Dutchtown (just south of Haverstraw, follow road past Tilcon quarry, past a small playground; there is a parking area at trailhead) and head on into Hook Mountain State Park. The hearty can end up at Rockland Lake or in Upper Nyack. Map

3. Strap on Some Snowshoes in Harriman – Here are some fun tips for taking on the Kakiat Trail in Harriman.

4. Gaze at Ice Sculptures at Buttermilk Falls – As things freeze and thaw, take a short (and possibly slippery – so consider taking a pole) hike up to Buttermilk Falls @ 199 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack) Directions

5. Bear Mountain Ice Skating Rink – Great music, skates to rent, and a killer view. Always a bonus! Getting there


These tips brought to you through support from January’s sponsor: Orange & Rockland 

To get the KRB 20th Anniversary Calendar (and help support our environmental education & cleanup programs), go here. There are still a few available!

To reach Peggy Opalek:

Order Your 2018 “BEAUTIFUL ROCKLAND” Calendar Today!

Thanks to a supporting grant from Rockland County Tourism, KRB is offering its first art-house calendar. It is filled to the brim with amazing images of Rockland’s natural wonders, thanks to the contributions of several wonderful local photographers. The calendar is on sale now through our website and at local retailers. Buy one for yourself, or order in bulk to give to friends, family, clients, customers, employees etc. Bonus: These are tax-deductible gifts that express how much you care about your community and the environment!

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Lovely Hike & A Cleanup: Round 2

After successfully restoring the natural beauty of Pine Meadow Lake, KRB, Rockland Conservation and Service Corps, and NY/NJ Trail Conference volunteers are teaming up again to Take Back the Trail, this time at Bear Mountain State Park, on September 10th.  To help us clean a section of the Appalachian Trail meet at 9:00am at the parking lot near the Bear Mountain Inn.

To sign up and get details



2017 Great American Cleanup – Highlights!

Every year, we produce a summary booklet about our biggest cleanup campaign of the year. We try and capture the flavor and unique moments enjoyed along the way – in every corner of Rockland! It’s also a way for us to thank our Cleanup Leaders, Volunteers, Partners and Sponsors who make this entire coordinated effort possible. It was penned by KRB’s Cleanup Coordinator Kevin Lowenwirth and put together by Susan Wilmink, our Development Officer. Thanks to all who contributed images and information…and of course all the down & dirty work that went into the campaign! Here’s the PDF file of the printed piece. If you’d like a paper version, please email:

The Suite-est Sponsors

Thank you so much to Jordan Craig Machinery who is our new Event Sponsor for our upcoming night with the Boulders on 6/22! Their support will be helping us to provide food and drink in our suite – and support our environmental education and cleanup programs. The suite was donated by Sterling Bank as part of Active International’s Charity Challenge. Our Board Vice President, Spencer Lauterbach (The Lauterbach Law Firm), will be the suite’s host that evening, where he’ll be joined by other Suite Sponsors, including Duke of OilGary’s Gutters, SolarCity and the law firm of Peña & Kahn. Thanks so much for supporting Keep Rockland Beautiful’s programs…by having a night of fun!

Tree Posers Spotted at Rockland Lake!

So it was indeed cloudy with a chance of rainbows on 5/14 – apparently ideal growing weather for trees! Thank you to all who came out for our first ever “Mother’s Day for Mother Earth” event, where a whole bunch of trees lined up for a moment of community and to be photographed by drone. To see drone footage  Thanks to everyone who laughed at the elements and all our sponsors. With support from Orange & Rockland, Wegmans, Ascape Landscape & the JCC, everyone left with lots of goodies – a very small token of KRB’s appreciation for all you fantastic trees in our life!!!  Here’s a nice article by the Journal News on the event – more pics will follow on our website and can already be found on our Facebook pages.  (Thanks for sharing this swell pic, Lauren Lopez!)