join our compost pickup service team

It takes a great team of people to do the work of Collective Resource Compost.

As our composting community grows, our workforce needs to grow too!

We’re always looking for the right people whose values and work ethic match ours. While our team includes specialists in customer service, operations, sales, events, and other support functions, the majority of our people are drivers and washers who work out of our garage in Skokie.

  • Are you dependable and hardworking?
  • Are you willing to learn new things and ideas?
  • Do you believe in team spirit?
  • Do you care about the environment?
  • Do you take pride in your work?
  • Are you capable of both heavy lifting and paying attention to details?

If you’ve answered yes to those questions, Collective Resource Compost might be the place for you

We offer COMPETITIVE WAGES, HEALTH INSURANCE, PAID TIME OFF, HOLIDAY PAY, 3% RETIREMENT SAVINGS MATCH and the opportunity to see your work contribute toward a healthier and more sustainable planet.

We always welcome applicants for Compost Service Specialists/Drivers and Container Washers. Here are the details:


Overview of tasks:

  • Load containers (5-gallon buckets and 32-gallon wheeled totes) on and off trucks.
  • Empty containers at a commercial composting facility.
  • Drive safely following an assigned route.
  • Deliver excellent care and consideration to customers while swapping out compost containers.
  • Become an expert on what is acceptable at commercial composting facilities and remove contamination (anything that’s not compostable).
  • Follow instructions in a web-based app on your phone, complete assigned tasks and record your progress.
  • Demonstrate excellent support and respect to co-workers.

These 10 things will help you to have a successful time with us:

  1. Driving safely and having at least 2 years of driving experience.
  2. Great attention to detail.
  3. A can-do attitude, self-starter and independent worker.
  4. Being a positive thinker with good problem-solving skills.
  5. Always looking for ways to make our workflow smarter, safer and more efficient.
  6. Reliably showing up on time, and taking on extra work when needed.
  7. Good communication with supervisors about customer and vehicle issues.
  8. Adherence to standards of personal and community health and safety. (Full COVID-19 vaccination required.)
  9. Excellent care and consideration to customers and coworkers.
  10. Able to lift 50 pounds comfortably, and handle wheeled totes weighing up to 250 pounds.

All driving happens in and around the city of Chicago and Northern/Western suburbs; no CDL is required.

It’s demanding, all-weather work, but you will be working with fun, friendly, hard-working people, your schedule will be dynamic and flexible, and you will be doing tangible good for the environment all day long.

Starting pay $17.50 per hour.

Hours: We operate Monday through Friday, year-round. Shifts generally start between 6AM and 8AM and end mid-afternoon. Most drivers are full-time (30-40 hours per week), but part-time drivers help keep our team flexible!

Send your résumé with a cover letter to the email or postal address below. Please answer these questions while applying:

  • Do you have a clean driving record (including speeding tickets, etc.)?
  • Are you able to drive safely and lift 50 pounds on a regular basis?
  • Would you give Collective Resource Compost permission to do a background check on you?


Because we pick up our customers’ full buckets and totes and leave empty ones behind, hundreds of containers come back to our garage every day dirty from food waste. We need to wash them so they’re fresh and ready to go back out the next day.  The wash crew comes in for about four hours each weekday afternoon to make this happen.

No specific experience is necessary, but it’s similar to working in a carwash, washing dishes in a restaurant, or being on a housecleaning crew. We are looking for people who aren't afraid of getting a little wet and dirty in the course of a day's work. The schedule is very flexible from week to week. Up to 20 hours per week are available.

Because our work depends on having lots of clean containers ready to go every day, it is critical for our wash crew to be able to:

  • Show up reliably
  • Learn and follow best practices for efficiency and great results
  • Stay on task for a few hours
  • Work well as a team
  • Demonstrate great attention to detail
  • Follow health and safety practices (COVID-19 vaccination required)

Starts at $14.50 per hour, with the potential for more based on prior experience and success on the job.

Hours: We operate Monday through Friday, year-round.  Shifts start at 1PM or 2PM and go for about four hours.

Send your résumé (or brief work history) and a cover note to the email or postal address below. Please answer these questions while applying:

  • Are you able to lift 50 pounds regularly?
  • Would you give Collective Resource Compost permission to do a background check on you?



Or mail:

Collective Resource Compost
838 Brown Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202

We’ll keep your information on file and review it whenever we need new recruits.

Thank you for your interest in Collective Resource Compost!