Environmental Urban Forestry Educator

Environmental Urban Forestry Educator - East Meadow, NY

Job Description Summary

The Environmental Educator is primarily responsible for Urban Forestry education and program delivery under the Asian Long Horned Beetle (ALB) grant. The Environmental Educator will also deliver programs in the areas of environmental science and marine science and present learning opportunities to residents in Nassau County with an emphasis on urban programming. Under the guidance of the Supervisor, the Educator also collaborates with other Association staff, Master Gardner volunteers, County and town representatives, schools, agencies and other partners in Nassau County. The Educator will also assist with CCE 4-H environmental program delivery at East Meadow Farm (EMF) and the DPF 4-H camp. The Educator also performs general administrative responsibilities including program direction, management and coordination.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Environmental Science or related field (Associate’s degree in Environmental Science or related field plus 2 years transferrable program/functional experience may substitute for a Bachelor’s degree) and experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • Ability to meet the frequent travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver’s license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check requirements.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
  • Strong interpersonal and public relations skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
  • Ability to deliver and coordinate informal educational programs to targeted audiences, especially urban youth.
  • Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
  • Commitment to working in limited income urban settings with diverse program participants and the community based agencies that serve them.
  • Ability to market the program including through the use of social media.
  • Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with team members and immediate Supervisor.
  • Ability to regularly lift, move or transport supplies and equipment, including climbing stairs and/or in outdoors/garden based settings with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to frequently work in outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat and cold, especially during growing season/during 4-H camp program.
  • Ability to demonstrate environmental garden based education techniques, especially during the growing season, by regularly standing; walking; sitting; using hands to finger, handle, dig soil or feel; reaching with hands and arms; stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling and ability to talk and hear.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in public settings and with a variety of community groups and businesses.


Program Responsibilities:

Program Delivery - 70%

  • Teach/deliver the existing Urban Forestry Environmental educational programs as defined. Occasionally apply existing Urban Forestry knowledge and program materials to create lesson plans to deliver program.
  • Under the direction and oversight of the Supervisor, occasionally adapt already established curriculum and materials as needed to meet established program objectives.
  • Teach and deliver 4-H environmental programs at East Meadow Farm (EMF) and DPF 4-H summer camp.
  • Teach/deliver the Urban Forestry environmental educational program to diverse audiences, including youth, volunteers, and other community members.
  • Serve as Urban Forestry Educator environmental science subject matter resource.
  • Provide information and answers to community questions based on subject matter knowledge and available resources.
  • Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell as part of environmental education and gardening program delivery. Interact and communicate with program participants in a variety of ways, including face to face, e-mail, telephone and social media in order to answer questions, facilitate learning and develop and maintain good rapport. Utilize highly developed interpersonal skills to relate effectively with youth, co-workers, community professionals, and faculty.
  • Occasionally participate as a team member with other educators to deliver program.
  • Utilize a variety of educational methodologies that are proven for effective youth and adult learning.
  • Assist Supervisor in ensuring program delivery is within scope of the local and statewide Plan of Work through discussion and periodic review of program assessment and development materials.


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

Pay Rate Type: Hourly


Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until 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 Dionne at dam72@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) 255-2117, 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.

Last updated March 7, 2018