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 seven class sessions, one field trip and practical education through class projects and volunteering. In class, trained Master Composters and local 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 (278kb). Contact us if you would like us to mail you a copy.

Training Dates

2022 Master Composter volunteer training will be held every Wednesday evening, 6:00 to 8:30pm, from March 16 to May 4. To accommodate Cornell Spring break, class will not be held on Wednesday, April 6. (There are a total of seven 2.5-hour training classes.)

Most of the training classes will be conducted virtually over Zoom. However, 2 or 3 of the classes towards the end of training will be held outdoors and in-person.

In addition to the class sessions, one 4-hour field trip will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 1:00 - 5:00pm. In between classes, there will be additional volunteer and learning opportunities.

How to Apply

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

1.  Complete the online application

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2. a. Fill out and send a PDF version of the application (3 pages, 254kb)

     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 -

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

       a. Downloading and printing the PDF version of the application (3 pages, 254kb)

            *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

Complete the hard copy of the application (3 pages total), scan and email it to Adam at acm1@cornell.edu. You may also drop off your completed, hard copy of the application (or mail it): Compost Education Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850

When to Apply

Please complete the online application, or return your completed PDF/hard copy by close of business (5:00pm) on Friday, March 4, 2022 to be considered for the 2022 training program.

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

Last updated February 16, 2022