Community Energy Educator

WDR-00041000 Community Energy Educator

Job Description Summary:

This position will serve as the Community Energy Educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Suffolk County. The Community Energy Educator will primarily assist with the teaching of energy efficiency and clean energy education programs in the Long Island Region, specifically in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. In addition, the Community Energy Educator will help support workforce development efforts in the region focused on clean energy jobs. This position is also responsible for working as a team member and providing input to the supervisor on implementation and evaluation of these energy programs. This position, alongside other Energy Team members, will work to inform residents, multifamily building owners, and small businesses, with an emphasis in low-to-moderate income and priority communities, of the options for adopting clean energy strategies in their homes and businesses and their options to train and develop careers in clean energy.

The Community Energy Educator will develop and maintain working relationships with community partners and local stakeholders to address energy inequities through energy efficiency improvements, clean energy programs, and workforce development opportunities. This program will deliver information and provide education in a wide variety of settings, including, but not limited to: providing educational tables/booths at community events; presenting before large audiences; making one-on-one phone calls; following up with leads/clients to provide additional information; assist leads/clients with navigating every step of applying for relevant energy efficiency and clean energy programs available to them; helping troubleshoot obstacles to adopting clean energy strategies; coordinating with local energy contractors in providing accurate information on the programs, etc. This position will work with community groups, energy contractors, workforce development programs, and supervisory and other team members to coordinate and implement engaging educational programs, including assisting with training, engaging or coordinating the work of volunteers and interns in program delivery. This position will also serve as a subject matter resource and carry out administrative tasks that support the educational program and fulfill funding requirements. Immediate oversight and direction will be provided by the Energy Specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, with additional support and leadership from senior members of the regional Energy team.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education (associate degree and 2 years of transferrable program/functional experience).
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position, may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:
    - teaching non-formal educational programs, with a preference for experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy, or related topics.
    - social work with an emphasis on housing/energy assistance.
    - assisting low-income households receiving subsidized housing services.
    - community outreach and civic engagement.
    - familiarity with delivering government services, and/or other non-profit services, including rebate programs, grants, incentives, and other financial loans and services.
  • Experience working independently, as well as an effective team member.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to build relationships with diverse audiences and work to cultivate an inclusive and supportive environment for program participants and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn added information and communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual means.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities according to those set with the team and immediate supervisor.
  • An interest in clean energy and green sustainability.
  • A passion to empower households in disadvantaged communities to create cleaner, more affordable, and more just living and working environments.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards (DMV and criminal background checks).
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish and/or other languages is highly desirable.
  • Experience establishing and working with community stakeholders, especially those with limited income.
  • Experience working as a volunteer or supervising volunteers.
  • Familiarity with local energy generation, transmission, and sourcing on Long Island.
  • Technical expertise in any of the fields of energy generation and production, transmission and delivery, solar energy production, wind energy production, housing weatherization and energy efficiency, heat pumps and geothermal energy production, electric vehicles, etc. is highly desirable.
  • Aptitude for digital technologies and strategies for educational and communication applications.
  • Empathy, sincerity, patience, and an eagerness to learn and build trust in disadvantaged communities.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


Salary: $22.00 - $24.00 per hour

Schedule: Non-Exempt (40 hours per week)

Date Position Available: Immediate vacancy

Benefits: Full Benefits include 21 days of vacation days per year, 3 personal days, accrued sick days, 16 holidays, health and dental insurance Program (NYSHIP), Employees' Retirement System (New York State Retirement System -NYSLRS), Cornell University Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan (CUTDAP), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Long-Term Disability, Auto/Home/Pet Insurance, Legal Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance (GUL), Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Long Term Care Insurance, and NY's 529 College Savings Program.

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship is available.


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The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform their essential functions. If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-6120 or via email at

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and New York State residents. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Last updated November 1, 2023