Master Composter volunteer leading a compost education class.

Master Composter volunteer leading a compost education class.

Icebreaker at Master Composter Volunteer training session, 2009
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Icebreaker at Master Composter Volunteer training session, 2009

Become a Master Composter

Description

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 (180kb). Contact us if you would like us to mail you a copy.

Training Dates

The 2016 Master Composter volunteer training will be held each Thursday evening, 6:30 to 8:30pm from February 11 to May 12 at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue. 

To accommodate various school breaks / holidays, etc., class will not be held on four (4) Thursdays during this time period: Mar 17, Mar 31, Apr 28 and May 5. There are a total of 10 training classes, including a class that we prepare for the Compost Fair (to be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016) and graduation during the final class in May.

How to Apply

To become a Master Composter, please review the Volunteer Job Description (see above) and:

1. Apply online *NEW*

or

2. Obtain an Application form by:

a. Downloading a PDF (108kb) of the Master Composter Application Form

b. Call Cooperative Extension at (607) 272-2292

c. Pick up a copy at CCE-Tompkins, 615 Willow Avenue in Ithaca

Please complete the application (3 pages total) and either email it to Adam at acm1@cornell.edu,fax it to us at (607) 272-7088, drop it off in person, or mail to: Compost Education Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850.

When to Apply

Please apply online or return your completed application on or before Monday, February 1, 2016 to be considered for the 2016 training. After the application deadline, we will contact you and possibly schedule a short interview.

Last updated February 2, 2016