Lead Camp Farm Assistant

Location: Riverhead, NY

Number of Openings: 1

Position Summary:

This position will serve as the Lead Camp Farm Assistant for DPF 4-H Camp, a residential summer camp owned and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Nassau County, located in Riverhead, New York. The primary responsibilities of this position will include, but not be limited to: planting and harvesting vegetables, assisting with providing upkeep of farm grounds and buildings to maintain a safe and neat looking facility, and assisting with performing basic maintenance and custodial responsibilities at DPF 4-H Camp as directed. This position will assist the supervisor from time to time with daily coordination of farm responsibilities. This position will assist with supervision of employees and oversight of volunteers as needed. This position accepts and performs all position duties outlined in this position description, and performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned and deemed appropriate by the DPF 4-H Camp Director. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate’s Degree or Equivalent Education (GED/High School Diploma and one (1) year transferrable/functional experience).
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated knowledge/experience in one or all of the following areas: vegetable production and animal care. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge/experience with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
  • Knowledge/experience with safely using lawn maintenance equipment, including tractor/mower/weed whip operation/safety.
  • Knowledge/experience in one or all: general construction, plumbing and/or masonry.
  • Demonstrated ability to accept direction, guidance and supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and address safety concerns in the work place.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to initiate, organize, and implement established goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
  • Ability to accept direction, guidance and supervision.
  • Good character, patience, and self-control.

Administrative Responsibilities:


  • Assist Farm Supervisor with planning for the farm season.


  • Assist in providing supervision (including guidance and performance feedback) to designated staff as needed and assist in providing oversight for program volunteers as needed in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocol.
  • Assist in the management of staff and volunteer schedule to ensure program needs are met.
  • Provide regular staffing updates to the Farm Supervisor as needed.


  • Preform planting, weeding and harvesting of vegetables.
  • Assist with farm stand operations.
  • Assist with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) operations.
  • Collection of eggs and preparing for sale.
  • Care and feeding of animals.
  • Assist with the coordination of the production of food crops and rotation for the farm(s).
  • Assist with creating a maintenance schedule for crops including planting, watering and harvest.
  • Maintain records of harvests for the Farm Supervisor.
  • Assist with coordinating livestock schedule.
  • Provide input to implement soil management plan.
  • Assist in the upkeep of farm grounds (cleaning, mowing, weed whipping, etc.) to maintain a safe and neat look facility.
  • Make repairs and/or alterations as needed to farm facilities and/or grounds.
  • Assist in conducting daily inspections to ensure equipment is safe, clean and in good repair.
  • Drive Association van with produce.
  • Dispose of garbage and/or recyclables as needed.
  • Perform other maintenance duties as assigned by the Camp Director and/or Farm Supervisor for the efficient upkeep of the DPF 4-H Camp facilities. 

Position Details:

This is a temporary, seasonal non-exempt, full-time position, 100% FTE, 40 hours per week. The hourly rate for this position is $19.00 - $20.00 depending upon experience.  This position will run from March to the end of October.  

Pay Rate Type: Hourly


Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until close of day on February 28, 2023 and until a qualified pool of candidates is identified.

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

Last updated January 19, 2023