Community Energy Educator - Full Time

Location: East Meadow, NY

Position Summary:

This position will serve as the Community Energy Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Nassau County. The Community Energy Educator will primarily assist with the teaching of energy efficiency and clean energy education programs in the Long Island Region, specifically in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. This position is also responsible for working as a team member and providing input to the supervisor on implementation and evaluation of these energy programs. This position, alongside other Energy Team members, will work to inform residents, multifamily building owners, and small businesses, with an emphasis in low-to-moderate income and priority communities, of the options for adopting clean energy strategies in their homes and businesses.

The Community Energy Educator will develop and maintain working relationships with community partners and local stakeholders to address energy inequities through energy efficiency and clean energy programs and workshops. This program will deliver information and provide education in a wide variety of settings, including, but not limited to: providing educational tables/booths at community events; presenting before large audiences; making one-on-one phone calls; following up with leads/clients to provide additional information; assist leads/clients with navigating every step of applying for relevant energy efficiency and clean energy programs available to them; helping troubleshoot obstacles to adopting clean energy strategies; coordinating with local energy contractors in providing accurate information on the programs, etc. This position will work with community groups, energy contractors, supervisor and other team members to coordinate and implement engaging educational programs, including assisting with training, engaging or coordinating the work of volunteers and interns in program delivery. This position will also serve as a subject matter resource and carry out administrative tasks that support the educational program and fulfill funding requirements. Program oversight and direction will be provided by the Natural Resource Program Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, with additional support and leadership from senior members of the regional Energy team.

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, including but not limited to, any of the following:
    • teaching non-formal educational programs, with a preference for experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy, or related topics.
    • social work with an emphasis on housing/energy assistance.
    • assisting low-income households receiving subsidized housing services.
  • Experience working independently, as well as an effective team member.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to build relationships with diverse audiences and work to cultivate an inclusive and supportive environment for program participants and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new information and communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities according to those set with the team and immediate supervisor.
  • An earnest desire to empower households and communities to create change and a matching patience to move at the speed of trust.
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish and/or other languages is highly desirable.
  • Experience establishing and working with community stakeholders, especially those with limited income.
  • Experience working with, and assisting in developing institutional relationships in Nassau or Suffolk Counties
  • Experience working as a volunteer or supervising volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
  • Aptitude for digital technologies and strategies for educational and communication applications.
  • Empathy, sincerity, and an ability to find a silver lining when faced with challenges.

Equal Opportunity Employment

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

Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


There are 2 temporary, full-time, non-exempt positions, 40 hours per week. The hourly rate for this position is between $28.00 - $30.00 an hour, commensurate with experience. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, NYS retirement, vacation and sick leave.

Pay Rate Type: Hourly


Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until close of day on April 30, 2024 and until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Click here to Apply.

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 with questions.

Sponsorship for employment visa status is not available for this position. 

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
Human Resources/Payroll Manager
516-832-2591 Ext. 104

Last updated March 19, 2024