Learn about job opportunities with Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Learn about job opportunities with Cornell Cooperative Extension.


All applications for employment with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County and other county extension associations must be submitted through the Cornell University Employment system. We do post available job and internship opportunities on this page when they become available, with links to the Cornell website, for your convenience.

Current Openings

There are currently 2 job openings at CCE Onondaga.

4-H Youth Environmental Educator - 

Temporary part-time position

This position will serve as the Youth Environmental Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Onondaga County and will implement 4-H programming for a menu of existing educational programs and activities.This position will be responsible for the delivery of established 4-H programming and activities, both on-site and off-site in accordance with the 4-H Program Area’s Plan of Work utilizing in-class and hands-on stewardship programs. Program delivery will target adult and youth from school settings, the general public, and professional groups. Program delivery and coordination will require working directly with municipal, agency and other organization representatives to enhance the volunteer network and extend program impact. Delivery of stewardship education programs will involve, utilize, inform, and advise volunteers serving on program advisory committees focused on watershed education, and other programs as assigned. This position will implement a community-based 4-H program which teaches life skills via a mix of methods including project, special interest, afterschool and/or community clubs and project group as well as implement a 4-H in-school program (clubs and school enrichment). This position will coordinate all administrative aspects of the 4-H Program and will assist the Supervisor with marketing and fundraising efforts as identified. This position will provide guidance and oversight for program volunteers.

Required Qualifications:

Specify required minimum equivalency for education, experience, skills, information systems knowledge, etc.

  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent education (GED/High School Diploma and 1 year of transferrable program/functional experience).
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards (DMV and criminal background checks).
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

Specify preferred specialized education, field and/or certifications.

  • Knowledge or familiarity of local, urban, and rural communities.
  • Experience using Geographic Information Systems.
  • Spanish proficiency highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a team member working with volunteers and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize reference materials for programming purposes.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes to include but not limited to: proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and PowerPoint.

To apply, please email jmq27@cornell.edu with your application, resume and cover letter. Deadline: May 31st.

This is temporary paid position until November 2018 with potential of time extension or turning a full time position.


4-H Horse Program Summer Internship Position


The 4-H Horse Program Assistant will work with Onondaga County 4-H staff to provide Horse Program & clerical assistance. He/she will assist in coordination of events, including promotion and publicity. The 4-H Equine Educator is an opportunity to work with youth and club leaders, providing instruction in horse health, horsemanship, and equine care, as well as an opportunity to develop curriculum and professional development that can be used or adapted to meet degree requirements.

During the summer months can expect to gain significant teaching and event coordination experience in an outdoor environment during the County and New York State Fairs.

Listed below are requirements for the internship, as well as the range of duties and responsibilities that may be expected of the Assistants.

Required Qualifications

High-school, Associate or college degree student

Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position

Ability to pass criminal and motor vehicle background check

Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in the equine industry

Have some sort of 4-H background, knowledge about the Danish system

Youth Development background with school-age youth

Duties Include

Assisting with organization and setup of 4-H equine events and programs

Assisting with clerical responsibilities, including but not limited to: filing, creating reports and newsletters, and sorting and organizing supplies

Providing computer support in the form of: data collection, data entry, and organization of data for 4-H events

Providing support for 4-H activities in Onondaga County, including but not limited to: 4-H Clubs, County Fair, animal shows, clinics, and State Fair


1) Work with the superintendent for the 4-H show at the County Fair:

1.1. Support search for the judge.

1.2. Work on show entries and record results in our computer system.

1.3. In charge of getting all veterinary regulatory health records.

1.4. Organize event supplies, patterns, ribbons, and trophies, etc.

1.5. Enforce 4-H horse show rules and guidelines.

2) Promote a horse clinic throughout the summer

2.1. Organize logistics for a one-day English/Western clinic in June.

2.2. Promote activities for both youth who have horses and youth who don't own a horse.

2.3. Work on registration, insurance paperwork, ensuring safety requirements for the youth and animals, and making sure things run on time.

3) Attend horse club meetings and leader meetings

3.1. Assist 4-H staff with the organization of events and programs.

3.2. Assist in promoting network to engage more people from horse industry in the county with the 4-H Program in Onondaga County.

3.2. Assist 4-H staff with setup of events and programs, and help set up fun county events throughout the summer for the horse club members.

EEO/EPO and Policy

Applies to all duties and functions

  • Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
  • Awareness of, and adherence to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Onondaga County policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.

Health and Safety Requirements

Applies to all duties and functions

  • Support the association to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirements and standards.
  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.

Internship hours: Part-time, paid internship. The internships can be applied to internship/school credits. Minimum internship period: June 4th to Aug 3rd (Flexible time). The internship period can be planned around the school requirements.

To apply, please email jmq27@cornell.edu with your application, available dates, resume, and cover letter. Deadline: May 18th, 2018.


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 supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County provides equal program and opportunities. No person shall be denied employment on the basis of any legally prohibited discrimination involving, but not limited to, such factors as race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or qualified disability.

Last updated May 16, 2018