Master Gardener Volunteer Program Coordinator

Location: East Meadow, NY

Number of Openings: 1

Position Summary:

The Master Gardener Volunteer Program Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Nassau County will be responsible for the overall coordination of the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. Job duties will include, but are not limited to training, providing program support, maintaining all databases and volunteer information, and providing professional development opportunities for Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV’s). The MGV Coordinator will provide guidance and direction for the overall MGV program, implement MGV guidelines and policies, promote MGV programs in the community, recruit new members, and operate overall MGV program according to the CCE Nassau MGV Manual and guidelines from the Garden Based Learning Program at CCE statewide office. Other MGV Coordinator duties include (but are not limited to) providing guidance and oversight on MGV involvement in established CCE Nassau educational programming, which includes demonstration gardens at East Meadow Farm and educational programs focusing on horticultural, sustainable food systems, natural resources, health & wellness, 4-H Youth Development and environmental issues. The MGV Coordinator will work closely with the EMF Program/Facility Manager helping to coordinate MGV involvement at our East Meadow Demonstration Farm.Duties include overseeing MGV participation in all EMF 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 of the MGV Program includes youth and adults, businesses, organizations, municipalities, community leaders, and policymakers. Using the CCE Nassau Association’s Volunteer Involvement Policies, this position will recruit, train, and manage MGV program volunteers in order to multiply outreach efforts with an emphasis on diversity equity and inclusion (DEI). This position will also assist Association Leadership in seeking out, preparing, and submitting proposals to secure additional funding through grants/contracts. 

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.

Position Details:

This is a non-exempt, part-time position, 75% FTE, 30 hours per week. The hourly rate for this position is based upon experience.

Pay Rate Type: Hourly


Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Complete Temporary Application and send with resume and cover letter to:

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Contact Erika at 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:

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 November 22, 2021