Recycling & Composting Educator

Posted: 01/25/17 | SHARE:


CCE of Schenectady County is seeking a full time, 35 hours per week qualified and experienced educator primarily responsible primarily responsible for program delivery in the areas of recycling and composting. Under the guidance of the supervisor, the educator also partners with the Schenectady County Planning Department and the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (SCEAC) Recycling committee on a recycling project funded through New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Under the guidance of the supervisor, the educator assists in program development on recycling and composting for Schenectady County residents, community groups, schools, neighborhood associations, 4-H and other interested groups as identified.

The educator also performs administrative responsibilities including program direction, management and coordination with particular emphasis on coordinating the Master Composter/Recycler training (delivered by Cornell University) and oversight of the Master Composter/Recycler volunteers.

Program Responsibilities:

Program Development - 15%

  • Under the guidance of the supervisor, uses existing knowledge of recycling/composting, work alongside supervisor to create innovative educational programs for diverse Schenectady County residents.
  • Assist supervisor in research, identification and selection of existing resources for the program.
  • Assist supervisor in creation of program materials to address identified needs.
  • Assist supervisor in making programmatic changes based on program evaluation outcomes and to meet changing local priorities.
  • Assist with program development by participating in Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (SCEAC)
  • May assist in structuring programs to meet the need of diverse program participants. May assist in maintaining direct linkage with Cornell University faculty and program units (including but not limited to the Master Recycler/Composter units) for program development guidance.
  • Assist with identifying activities and resources necessary to implement initiatives and projects.

Program Delivery - 45%

  • Apply existing subject matter knowledge to create lessons plans to deliver recycling and composting educational programs.
  • Teach the existing educational programs as defined.
  • Teach the innovative educational program with discretion.
  • Foster acceptance of program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
  • Provide educational program efforts via mass media including utilizing emails, phone messages and website postings.
  • Apply established subject matter knowledge to deliver recycling and composting educational programs to groups including: community groups, neighborhood associations and schools.
  • Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, newsletters, electronic technology, internet and social media to deliver programming related to composting and/or recycling.
  • Serve as a subject matter resource for composting and recycling issues, utilizing existing subject matter resources and connection to Cornell faculty, Regional Cornell Teams as applicable, local organizations and partner agencies to provide resources for consumers.
  • Contribute actively to the total CCE program effort through joint planning and implementation of multi-disciplinary programs and Association activities.
  • Interact with program participants representing CCE in a professional manner at all times.
  • Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land-grant universities as part of program delivery

Program Evaluation - 10%

  • Assist in the creation of program evaluation framework. 
  • Interact with program participants, Association staff, county/community leaders and other key stakeholders to collect evaluation data for improving programs.
  • May assist in making recommended program changes to strengthen and improve programs.
  • Communicate evaluation results and findings

Administrative Responsibilities:

Direction - 10%

  • Assist supervisor in establishing program goals and priorities.
  • Provide input into the development of marketing strategies to reach target audiences and meet program objectives
  • Assist in identifying community and fiscal resources for program continuance and enhancement.
  • Provide supervisor with program related information to assist the budget development process.
  • Make recommendations to Supervisor regarding program budgetary needs.

Management - 5%

  • Assist in monitoring program to ensure that educational content conforms to objectives of the Association and is research-based.
  • Assist with monitoring program financial status to ensure compliance with funding requirements, program budget, grant specifications, and adherence to Association strategies/plan of work.
  • Assist with identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association.
  • Provide programmatic guidance, as needed, to volunteers and staff on topics related to recycling/composting education.
  • Implement the existing Volunteer recruitment, enrollment, orientation and selection process. 
  • Assist supervisor with volunteer management.

Coordination/Operation - 10%

  • Coordinate Master Composter/Recycler Training utilizing Cornell University faculty and staff for interested Schenectady County residents.
  • Maintain communication with constituents and the community through a variety of methods such as contributing educational articles to program newsletters, emails, electronic technology, internet, social media, website postings to increase program visibility and to address composting and recycling issues.
  • Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
  • Schedules educational outreach directly with community and constituent groups.
  • On regular basis transports self, also regularly carrying program materials and resources to community based settings.
  • Purchase approved program materials by traveling to area stores on an occasional basis.
  • Compile, organize and inventory educational materials such as training aids, fact sheets, newsletters, exhibits, and demonstration projects.
  • Implement established program schedule.
  • Collect evaluation data from program participants based on existing framework.
  • May provide complex administrative tasks support the implementation of communication strategies, including social and print media, on particular program/function.
  • Collect applied research data based on existing framework.
  • Collect program needs assessment data based on existing framework.
  • Assist in coordinating program implementation activities and planning efforts.
  • Submit program report to meet funding agency requirement.
  • May provide a limited amount of complex administrative support to accomplish financial goals within assigned program/function.
  • Submit grant or funding proposals.
  • Complete required financial documentation to meet the grant or budget requirement.
  • Performs general coordination activities including but not limited to attending staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff and general marketing of Extension programs.

Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 5%

  • In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and Association priorities.
  • Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in natural resource related field including but not limited to environmental science or education, biology, natural resources or conservation. A Bachelor’s degree in a natural resource related field including but not limited to environmental science or education, biology, natural resources or conservation plus 4 years transferrable relevant evidence-based research experience may substitute for a Master’s degree.
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and present effective and relevant educational lessons to participants and work with diverse audiences of all ages.
  • Ability to carry supplies and equipment, climb stairs with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Proficiency in the use of modern electronic technology and software (e.g., video, audio, computers, texting, Microsoft Office Programs, social media, internet and database software, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Ability to read and write in English.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. 
  • Ability to plan and organize work responsibilities according to priorities developed with immediate supervisor.
  • Ability to meet 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 standards.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, and occasional overnight travel.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with recycling and/or composting education.
  • Experience in guiding and collaborating with volunteers.
  • Experience working with an advisory committee.
  • Familiarity with the community in which the work will take place and ability to utilize program resources within the community.
  • Familiarity with a variety of program delivery methods to reach individuals and groups in youth and adult audiences and ability to integrate youth and adult development principles into educational activities.

Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal time
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
  • Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
  • Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Voluntary New York’s College Savings Program

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 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:

For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail or phone (518) 765-3503.

Job Title:

Association Subject Educator II



Pay Rate Type:



Contract College

Contact Name:

Jim McNaughton

Number of Openings:


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.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.  Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.



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