East Meadow Farm / Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator

Location:  East Meadow, NY

Position Summary:

This position will serve as the East Meadow Farm (EMF) / Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Nassau County and will be responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the East Meadow Farm operations. This includes, but is not limited to: the Educational Gardens, the Master Gardener Volunteer (MGV) Program and the Farmstand. This position will be responsible for coordinating all program delivery at EMF. Trains and provides program support and professional development for Master Gardener volunteers and Environmental Education programs at East Meadow Farm. Promotes programs according to information provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension guidelines. This includes providing input to planning established educational program delivery that can lead to measurable impact on horticultural, youth and environmental issues. This includes an emphasis on community gardens, demonstration gardens, the native plant garden project, plant diagnostic work at East Meadow Farm, along with promoting safe and reduced use of pesticides and composting. The intended audience includes youth and adults, businesses, organizations, municipalities, community leaders, and policy-makers. Using the Association’s Volunteer Involvement Policies, recruit, train and manage program volunteers in order to multiply outreach efforts. Assist Association Leadership in seeking out, preparing and submitting proposals to secure additional funding through grants/contracts. This position will provide supervision to Association Temporary Program positions in the program.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent Education (Associate’s Degree and 2 years of transferrable program/functional experience).
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
  • Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through verbal, written and visual channels using traditional methods and educational tools, as well as electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.).
  • Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
  • Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
  • Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
  • Proven experience in guiding and collaborating with volunteers.
  • Ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with internal and external partners at multiple levels within organizations and across communities.
  • Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
  • Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO,

Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


This is a non-exempt, full-time position, 100% FTE, 40 hours per week.

Pay Rate Type: Hourly


Please click here to apply.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until close of day on February 18, 2020 and until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Applicants need to attach/upload a resume to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the “Experience” section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the “Drop Files Here” box to manually drag document(s) into your application. Once the application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.

External Applicants: (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) please refer to the Applying for a Job (External Candidate) document for additional guidance.

Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants; please refer to the Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) document for additional guidance.

Contact Erika at eh482@cornell.edu with questions.

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so that you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-6120, or via email at: cce.recruitment@cornell.edu.

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 government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.


Erika Hulver
HR/Payroll/Office Coordinator
516-832-2591 Ext. 17

Last updated February 7, 2020