How to properly compost brush and other stalky materials.

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 class sessions, as well as practical education through class projects and volunteering in the community. In the classes, trained Master Composters or experts provide in-depth instruction about a variety of compost topics 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 (880kb). Contact us if you would like us to mail you a copy.

Training Dates

The 2021 Master Composter volunteer training will be held each Thursday evening, 6:00 to 8:00pm from March 4 to May 13, 2021. The first half of training will be conducted virtually over Zoom, while the second half will be a mix of in-person and virtual.

To accommodate the school break, class will not be on Thursday, April 8. There are a total of 10 training classes, with additional volunteer and learning opportunities in between classes.

How to Apply

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

1.  a. Complete the fillable PDF:  2021 Master Composter Application

          (3 pages, 630kb)

     b. Make sure you *SAVE* your filled-out PDF file*!

          *Note: you will need to have a PDF reader installed on your device to open your PDF

            If you do not have one, Acrobat Reader is available for free through Adobe

       c. Email your completed application to Adam Michaelides at acm1@cornell.edu

or

2. Obtain a hard copy of the Application form by:

a. Downloading and printing the PDF*:  2021 Master Composter Application

     (3 pages, 630kb)

            *Note: you will need to have a PDF reader installed on your device to open your PDF

              If you do not have one, Acrobat Reader is available for free through Adobe

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), scan and email it to Adam at acm1@cornell.edu, 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 return your completed application by 11:59pm on Friday, February 19, 2021 to be considered for the 2021 training program.

After the application deadline, we will contact you and possibly schedule a short interview.

Last updated January 26, 2021