CCE - Nassau County 4-H Youth Development

Worksite Location
CCE - Nassau County
Faculty Sponsor
Mark Bridgen, Professor Director, Long Island Horticulture Research and Extension Center
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Greg Sandor, Association Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County
Stipend Amount
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and youth mentoring organization in the U.S.  It offers life changing programs for America’s future generation of leaders. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County has a 140-acre 4-H Camp that is nestled in one of Long Island’s most beautiful woodland forests along the Long Island Sound.  This Camp allows urban children to experience a rural co-ed sleep away camp on a working farm with horses, chickens, rabbits, and a large vegetable garden.  The summer intern will assist CCE Nassau build upon its success of educating and inspiring our young citizens.  The intern will participate with demonstration gardens and experience several learning opportunities associated with educating youth about gardening and farming.  The outdoor classroom offers the summer intern to understand important initiatives about sustainability, diversity, and inclusion.  This experiential learning environment allows hands-on irrigation of plants, identification of pests and disease, integrated pest management (IPM), organic plant production, weed identification and eradication, planting and harvesting, and farm market preparation and distribution.  The intern will learn to interpret stakeholder needs assessment and understand program development, and the importance of good communication through leadership and diverse educational programs.  In addition to the previous experiences, the intern will participate in active, applied, plant-based research programs by applying treatments, collecting data, maintaining research plants, and much more.

Roles and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the faculty and field mentors, the intern will participate in ongoing programs at the CCE-Nassau County 4-H Camp and Cornell University’s Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center.  These include, but are not limited to developing and delivering targeted educational programs for diverse audiences, enhancing educational curricula, maintaining gardens and research plots, collecting data in a variety of trials and research programs, monitoring research, and reporting and sharing results to educate and inspire others.  

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable. The candidate will need excellent written and oral communication skills. A genuine desire and documented interest in working with people is necessary. S/he should be attentive to detail and should possess a general knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, gardening and home food production; a desire to work with a variety of audiences; and an interest in, and the ability to perform, physical work in outdoor conditions.

Benefits and Skills

Increased knowledge of CCE and successful program development.  Including, basic gardening and local food production experience, volunteer development, and written and oral expression. Intern will gain significant experience in facilitating learning experiences for both adult and youth audiences in an outdoor classroom environment through the co-leadership of numerous classes and activities.