WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Suffolk County, NY


The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor is a part of Peer Counselor Team

Following the NYS DOH WIC Loving Support model, she performs optimally and meets the program's needs.Routine quality assessments (QA) are performed on each PC to promote constant improvement.Coordination will take place at WIC centers. Collect and Manage participant data ensuring confidentiality at all times.

  • Provide counseling and support throughout the pregnancy and while breastfeeding, utilizing counseling skills acquired during training.
  • Be a resource for participants and make connections with other community services.
  • Prepare a participant for what to expect in the first few hours and days of breastfeeding.
  • Be available to participants after delivery and when they return home.

This position is grant-funded for a limited time through the WIC office and Suffolk County Department of Health Services.


  • Associate's degree and one-year volunteer or work-related experience or high school diploma or equivalency with 2 years of volunteer or work experience.
  • Proficiency with windows-based software, including use of the internet and navigation with various browsers, and Microsoft Office proficiency, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and Publisher.
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the position.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings, weekends, and occasional overnight travel.
  • Ability to carry supplies and equipment.
  • Ability to communicate and to read and write in English.
  • Experience with breastfeeding - at least one baby (does not have to be currently breastfeeding).
  • Have good organizational skills, enabling her to manage her assigned caseload, keep track of her scheduled hours, meetings, and training, and meet necessary deadlines.


  • Experience in adult and youth education or other relevant work experience
  • Enthusiastic about breastfeeding and want to help other mothers enjoy a positive experience.
  • Familiarity with the community in which the work will take place.
  • Experience working with the target audience.
  • Ability to present effective and relevant educational lessons to target audiences (one-on-one and group) and work with diverse audiences of all ages.
  • Ability and willingness to collaborate with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
  • Sound judgment, problem-solving skills, and the ability to keep the information confidential.
  • Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a team.
  • Current or previous WIC participants are preferred.
  • Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish)

    Equal Opportunity Employment

    Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO,

    Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.


    Salary: $16.50 per hour

    Schedule: Non-exempt (28 hours per week)

    Date Position Available: Position open until filled – 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.


    A review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

    Applicants need to:

    • Attach/upload a resume to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
    • Attach/upload contact info for three references to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

    In the "Experience" section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the "Drop Files Here" box to manually drag document(s) into your application.Once the application is submitted, you will be unable to change your submission or add attachments.

    Apply HERE

    No relocation or VISA Sponsorship is available.

    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 of Suffolk County Human Resources at (631) 727-7850 ext 242 or via email at HR-CCESuffolk@cornell.edu

    Cornell Cooperative Extension collaborates with 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 January 24, 2023