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Learn about job opportunities with Cornell Cooperative Extension!

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You'll find our staff out in the community...

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meeting our neighbors and sharing what we do.

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Staff lead workshops and classes

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and create resources to share with the community!


All applications for regular employment with Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County and other county extension associations must be submitted through the Cornell University Employment system (see information at left). Instructions for applying to temporary positions will be provided in the position announcement. We do post available job and internship opportunities on this page when they become available, with links to the Cornell website, for your convenience.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins 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. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Open Positions

Food System Grant Educator

The Tompkins County Legislature has allocated one-time funding through Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Tompkins County to support the needs of food and farming entities in the food system in accessing funding and applying for grants. CCE Tompkins is seeking an experienced grant educator to work with CCE Tompkins and the Tompkins Food Future Team in supporting food system organizations and farmers in the Tompkins County foodshed whose work advances recommendations in the Tompkins County Food System Plan. The responsible individual(s) will work closely with a designated Grant Education Advisory Committee to provide food system stakeholders with support and resources. 

  • This is a 4-5 month pilot project beginning as soon as August 19, 2024, and ending December 31, 2024, with possibility for extension for an additional 8 months pending additional funding.
  • The estimated compensation for this position is up to $22,000, pending successful completion of Deliverables and Scope of Work as outlined below by December 31, 2024.

Read the Request for Proposals for program details and application information.

Energy Team Leader

This position provides leadership to assess, develop, evaluate and deliver educational programming related to energy efficiency and renewable energy within CCE Tompkins County. The Energy Team Leader supervises other energy team members who develop and deliver programs and engage volunteers. The position is also responsible for developing and maintaining networks with a wide range of stakeholders, assessing trends related to energy, and developing reports and materials for funders and grant applications. The Energy Programs Team Leader reports to and works alongside the Environment Issue Leader to identify program needs, develop innovative programs and evaluate program impact.

  • This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, benefits eligible exempt position. 
  • Compensation starting at $62,500 per year, commensurate with experience. 
  • Qualifications include a Master's degree appropriate to the responsibilities of the position and 
    2 years volunteer or work related experience relevant to position. 
  • Must be a dynamic team leader, highly organized and motivated, with ability to manage multiple projects and create and manage complex budgets with multiple funding sources, including grants.

See full requirements, details of the position, and a link to apply online.

Primitive Pursuits Assistant Day Camp Director

The Assistant Day Camp Director works collaboratively with the Summer Leadership team to support the summer camp operations. Responsibilities include mentorship of staff, responding to emergencies, facilitating staff meetings and planning, maintaining camp resources and supplies, assisting instructors with camper supervision, and interacting with parents, campers, staff and administration as needed. Prior to the summer camp season, this position also assists the Day Camp Director with staff training preparation and implementation, site and resource organization, and other administrative tasks. This is a great role for someone who would like to become more involved with the leadership side of summer camp.

  • This is a non-exempt, temporary position offering 20 hours per week May 1-June 14 and 40 hours per week June 17 to September 11. 
  • Compensation is $16.50-18.50 per hour, depending on experience. 
  • Must be 21 years of age or older and must pass all required screenings for working at a NYS Summer Camp.
  • Minimum 1 year experience in an administrative OR supervisory experience required (does not have to be in a camp setting).
  • Must attend and assist in leading staff training June 24-28 and be able to work most of the camp season, June 24-August 30.
  • Must have RTE First Aid OR WFR Certification, and CPR for Professional Rescuer or higher OR be able to attain it before the start of camp.

See full details of the position and APPLY ONLINE.

Dryden OURS (Opportunity Understanding Respect Success) Senior Program Manager

This individual will coordinate a community- and school-based 4-H Youth Development program for a specific town within Tompkins County and in conjunction with similar programs throughout Tompkins County. A primary responsibility for this individual will be coordinating a workforce development program for youth across several communities, and direction of a large volunteer base. This person may also be responsible for the operation and direction of a certified Summer Camp, including supervisory duties of camp staff.

  • Master’s OR equivalent education required (BS/BA + 4 yrs. transferrable relevant evidence based research experience).
  • Compensation is $21 per hour.
  • Additional qualifications include experience in organizing and implementing programs to meet the identified needs of youth; ability to motivate, develop and relate to middle and secondary school-age youth, grades 5-12; and ability to actively recruit participants for programs.
  • This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, benefits-eligible position.
  • Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

See full details of the position and APPLY ONLINE.

4-H Issue Leader

The 4-H Issue Leader is responsible for the program and administrative leadership, direction, and management of 4-H Youth Development educational programming. The Issue Leader serves as a member of the organization’s Leadership Team and will provide leadership for the application of subject matter knowledge to develop educational strategies for the assigned areas of programming.

The Issue Leader will provide leadership and direction in the procurement of program support funds and the effective management of the 4-H resources and staff. They will develop program evaluation tools and provide leadership for program assessment and analysis in assigned program areas including, but not limited to Rural Youth Services, After-School Programs, 4-H Clubs, Primitive Pursuits, 4-H Community Outreach and Family and Community Development. In addition, this position will be responsible for development and oversight of any other programming that is directly related to youth and their families.

  • Required: Master’s Degree with appropriate youth development specialization and at least 4 years of progressively responsible experience in Cooperative Extension or equivalent professional education experience in an academic, human service, or industry setting. A relevant PhD may substitute for 2 years of experience.
  • Compensation is $68,000 per year, commensurate with experience.
  • Additional qualifications include ability to effectively engage a diversity of stakeholders, committees or consultants in the development of program direction; experience in facilitating community-engaged processes, building collective agreement, and achieving results, especially for underserved audiences; and ability to recognize, understand, value and incorporate diverse perspectives held by participants and collaborators/stakeholders.
  • This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, benefits-eligible position.

See full details of the position and APPLY ONLINE.

SNAP-Ed Nutritionist

Are you enthusiastic about improving the food security and health of your community? Do you love teaching both youth and adults about food and physical activity? Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County is seeking an educator with interest in these areas to serve as the county’s SNAP-Ed Nutritionist.

As a member of the six-county Southern Finger Lakes SNAP-Ed team, this person will be responsible for teaching youth and adult programming based on existing SNAP-Ed curricula to SNAP-eligible populations throughout Tompkins County. Program delivery might be in person, virtual, or a combination of both. This role will have the opportunity to partner with other community development staff both within and outside of the organization on their programming and connect with a network of other educators. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching, a history of working with diverse populations, and local connections and experience within Tompkins County. Please feel free to contact Craig Livermore, CCE Tompkins Nutrition Director at or 607-272-2292 ext. 150 with any questions.

This is a full-time, 40 hour/week, non-exempt, benefits-eligible position with compensation of $51,000/year. The search will remain open until June 30, 2024 or until a suitable candidate is found. Position closing dates may change based upon Association needs.

See full details of the position and APPLY ONLINE.

Finance Manager

This position will provide administrative direction, management, and coordination for Association Financial Operations, working with the Finance Director to liaise with Extension Administration and statewide finance leads for high-level guidance and recommendations on Finance expectations and compliance. This position will play an integral role in grant and contract financial efforts, and will work closely with the Association Executive Director and Board of Directors in financial record keeping, financial analysis, management, and decision making.

  • Qualifications include demonstrated proficiency in computerized bookkeeping/accounting systems, capability to create spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel, and ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
  • Compensation starting at $65,000.00 per year, depending on experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education (Associate’s degree and two years’ transferrable, functional experience) required.
  • This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, benefits-eligible, exempt position.
  • All applications must be received online by March 15, 2024.

See full details of the position and APPLY ONLINE.

4-H Acres Cleaner

The 4-H Acres Cleaner will be responsible for cleaning an educational facility located outside of Ithaca, NY, two evenings per week. This is a temporary position, with the possibility for being made permanent. The employee must be comfortable working evening hours in a facility with limited exterior lighting.  Additional hours may be required for special events.

  • Pay starting at $28/hour.
  • Qualifications include experience in cleaning and janitorial services, ability to effectively communicate via email, and ability to perform the physical demands of the position. 
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • This is a part-time, 6 hours per week, benefits-ineligible, non-exempt position.

See full details of the position, and apply by submitting a resume and three references to our Human Resources office, The search will remain open until a candidate is found.

Day Camp Wilderness Instructor

A Wilderness Instructor facilitates the core aim of Primitive Pursuits; bringing groups of youth into natural areas, away from facilities and without modern gear, and engaging them in a fun way that sparks a deep, meaningful connection to the natural world, themselves, and each other. The key role of a Wilderness Instructor is to assist and instruct youth on outdoor and naturalist skills, including but not limited to: primitive technology, fire making, shelter construction and procurement of food and water. Wilderness instructors act as mentors who share their naturalist skills and knowledge, promote stewardship and build healthful relationships in the outdoor environment.

  • This is a non-exempt, temporary position from June 24 to August 30, 2024. 
  • Compensation is $15-16.50 per hour, depending on experience. 
  • Must be 16 years of age or older. 
  • Other requirements include experience as a wilderness instructor/camp counselor working with youth ages 6-16 in an undeveloped setting OR working with youth ages 6-16 in an out-of-school or classroom setting. 
  • Must pass all required screenings for working at a NYS Summer Camp.
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

See full details of the position and APPLY ONLINE.

Internship Opportunities

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Last updated July 5, 2024