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Horticulture, & Environmental Educator
CCE of Schenectady County is seeking a qualified and
experienced educator who works as part of a team to deliver agriculture,
horticulture, environmental, youth development, and other programs for CCE of
Schenectady County.The Educator teaches
primarily through hands on learning and demonstration techniques; strengthening
youth development and leadership skills through teaching, modeling and
This position frequently collaborates with program
staff, volunteers and community organizations such as the Schenectady County
Department of Social Services, Schenectady Job Training Agency, Schenectady
ARC, local schools, and other organizations that serve target audiences in
order to effectively implement programs for impact. The Educator connects with
Capital Region Agriculture and Horticulture Program staff, Eastern New York
Commercial Horticulture program specialists, and Cornell faculty for latest updates
in research and field production.
The Educator spends most of the growing season
working out of the Sustainable Living Center and Fehr Ave gardens, branching
out to schools, community organizations, and other programs during other times
of the year.
The Educator directly supervises seasonal youth crew
leaders as part of the Roots & Wisdom program each summer.
position has FTE varies based on program season. 1.0 FTE (full-time) typically
from March through October and .60 FTE (part-time) typically from November
degree in agriculture, horticulture, environment, youth development, or related
fields. An Associate’s degree in related field plus 2 years transferrable
program/functional experience may substitute for a Bachelor’s degree.
relevant to the role of the position including propagating, cultivating,
harvesting, packing and storage of various vegetables and herbs; integrated
pest management; composting and recycling techniques; teaching in
environmental, youth development or related programs.
Requirements - Ability to meet occasional travel requirements associated with
this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and
driving record acceptable for Association insurance coverage are required. Uses
personal and/or Association vehicles to transport self and occasionally youth
- Ability to meet
acceptable background check requirements.
- Ability to work
flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
- Program Skills –
Ability to effectively deliver related programs and trainings. Ability
demonstrate and teach agriculture and horticulture techniques. Serve as an
effective subject matter resource. Maintain program data confidentiality.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts, including
frequent collaboration with staff, volunteers, and outside organizations.
- Work Environment
– In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics
described here are representative of those an employee encounters while
performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may
be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position
frequently work in outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat,
precipitation and cold; frequently lifts, moves or transports program &
facility /gardening materials and produce; constantly performs and demonstrates
agriculture and horticulture techniques (preparing and winterizing garden beds,
planting, weeding, harvesting and washing vegetables and herbs, pest
management, composting); use gardening tools and equipment, irrigation systems,
small machinery; frequently positions self (for example, pulling, bending, reaching,
touching, kneeling, using hands to feel/reach) in greenhouses, garden beds and
other program areas. This position works in a typical office environment during
the non-growing season.
& Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in
writing with presenters, program participants, employees and others through a
variety of media.Ability to effectively
market programs through social, print and other media, resulting in robust program
participation. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, volunteers,
advisors, community and professional leaders.
Skills – Ability to effectively coordinate program efforts including data
management and reporting, scheduling and coordinating programs and events,
compiling and maintaining materials and resources, following financial
- Computer Skills
- Proficiency or ability to learn and effectively use software including use of
the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including
Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel
- Experience with
community based agriculture, horticulture or environmental programs.
supervising youth development programs and seasonal staff.
benefits, based on eligibility, including:
- Vacation, Sick
and Personal time
- Paid Holidays
- NYS Health
Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
- NYS Retirement
- Voluntary Tax
Flexible Spending Accounts
- Voluntary Group
Universal Life Insurance
Personal Accidental Insurance
- Voluntary Legal
- Voluntary Long
Term Care Insurance
- Voluntary Auto
and Homeowner’s Insurance
- Voluntary Pet
- Voluntary New
York’s College Savings Program
All applications must be received on-line by March 22, 2019.Position closing dates may change based
on Association needs.
To Apply & For Further Details:
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a
collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of
Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State.
Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate
governmental agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities
listed and not with Cornell University.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an
employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and
Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse
perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
Last updated March 12, 2019