Become a Master Composter


Master Composter training includes ten classroom sessions or field trips, as well as practical education through volunteering in the community.  In the classes, trained Master Composters or experts provide in-depth instruction about various aspects of composting and the importance of composting in waste management. Additionally, trainees receive instruction on how to be effective teachers for a variety of age groups and in a range of settings.

The Volunteer Job Description provides additional details about the program, including qualifications for trainees and descriptions of the components of the program and volunteer activities. The job description is also available as a PDF (227kb). Contact us if you would like us to mail you a copy.

Training Dates

The 2015 Master Composter Training will be held each Wednesday from February 4 to April 29 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue. Class will NOT be held on 3 Wednesdays (Feb 18, Mar 11 & Apr 1) during this training period. In total, there are 10 training classes, including a prep night for the Compost Fair (date TBD) and graduation.

How to Apply

To become a Master Composter, please review the Volunteer Job Description and obtain an Application Form by:
1. Downloading a PDF (212kb) of the Master Composter Application Form
2. Call Cooperative Extension at (607) 272-2292
3. Pick up a copy at CCE-Tompkins, 615 Willow Avenue in Ithaca


Please complete the application (4 pages total) and drop it off in person, or mail to:  Compost Education Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850. You may also fax it to us at (607) 272-7088, or email the completed application to Adam at  Please return on or before Friday, January 23, 2015. to be considered for the 2015 training class. After the application deadline, we will contact you and possibly schedule a short interview.


Last Updated: December 19, 2014

Last updated: December 19th 2014 - 3:02pm