As a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) Environment & Energy Program team, the Resource Educator will contribute to environmental and energy programs through the Community Energy Engagement Program funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The Environment & Energy Resource Educator is primarily responsible for providing assistance in planning, implementing and evaluating innovative environmental education programs for Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) and representing the association to the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell University. In addition, the Resource Educator takes a lead role in providing deliverables for the Environment & Energy program area working on the topic of energy/energy efficiency, and engaging community members and stakeholders in energy efficiency and clean energy education.
The Resource Educator will assist with organizational responsibilities, and related administrative activities, and may help manage and train part-time staff and program volunteers in day-to-day duties. This position will create and assist with program monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. The Resource Educator will also provide support and input into program-specific grants, contracts, outreach, communications, and marketing.
The Resource Educator will analyze and identify community and municipal education needs and develop trainings, outreach, workshops, and other programming that informs and enables residents and local officials to effectively improve environment and energy issues.
The position is based at the Farm & Home Center in Millbrook, NY.
- Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in communications, public policy, natural resources, environmental science/studies, sustainable planning and development, social sciences or other fields related with specialization appropriate to program area.
- Experience relevant to the role of the position.
- Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal adult/youth energy education programs to address diverse audiences.
- Knowledge of energy education and efficiency and able to identify appropriate programs and partner organizations.
- Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work with diverse audiences in group and one-on-one settings.
- Demonstrated effective use of a variety of program delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
- Good collaboration and cooperation skills.
- Capable of independently delivering programming.
- Excellent writing skills for a variety of audiences.
- Experience using Microsoft Office products to develop and contribute to written documents and presentations.
- Ability to manage long-term projects and deadlines within the context of day-to-day projects and deadlines. Ability to organize work and set priorities, handle multiple tasks, and work under deadlines.
- Proven ability to be diplomatic and utilize active listening skills while avoiding advocacy stances on issues pertaining to the environment, energy, agriculture and other program areas of CCEDC.
- Must learn, know, and abide by Association personnel policies.
- Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
- Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position; must be willing and able to transport education materials to various off-site locations.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, requiring some evenings and weekends, as essential job functions require.
- One-three years of relevant volunteer or professional experience.
- Local/regional contacts with various constituents/programs and knowledge of organizations serving Dutchess County and the region.
- Classes in or experience with energy and/or environmental policy.
- Knowledge of local government structure and function with regard to environmental issues.