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All applications for employment with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schenectady County and other county extension associations must be submitted through the Cornell University Employment system. We do post available job and internship opportunities on this page when they become available, with links to the Cornell website, for your convenience.


Agriculture, 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 coaching.

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.

This 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 through February.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s 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.
  • Experience 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.
  • Travel 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 participants.
  • 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.
  • Communication & 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.
  • Coordination 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 reporting requirements.
  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with community based agriculture, horticulture or environmental programs.
  • Experience supervising youth development programs and seasonal staff.

Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal time
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
  • Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
  • Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • 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