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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Entomology Program Assistant in Riverhead, New York

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Entomology Program is seeking a Seasonal Program Assistant to provide full-time support for agriculture-related research trials and assist in day-to-day operations at the Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center (LIHREC). This includes performing such duties as, but is not limited to, maintaining on-site research trials (e.g., planting, potting, weeding, watering, and cleaning greenhouse and/or farm equipment), assisting with data collection and entry, and maintaining program files and records. The Seasonal Program Assistant will be expected to work 8 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The position will start in May 2023 and end in September 2023, with the option of continuing part-time work in the fall if available.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent GED, plus 6 months of volunteer or work experience.
  • Ability to work outdoors and perform various field activities.
  • Ability to work with and handle live insects (i.e., aphids, caterpillars, mealybugs, and other common garden insects).
  • Ability to understand and implement written and oral communication.
  • Ability to work well independently or as a team; reliable, punctual, and trustworthy.
  • Ability to lift 20-30 lbs. unassisted.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as appropriate or defined in the offer letter.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (ex., Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or equivalent software.
  • Is comfortable working in an agricultural setting near various farming operations, tools, and equipment.
  • Fully vaccinated by NYS COVID-19 guidelines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience volunteering or working in agriculture.
  • Interest in entomology, agriculture, horticulture, environmental science, or other related life science.
  • Pay-Rate: Temp - non-exempt $16.05-$18.00 per hour (depending on experience)

Closing Date: Until the position is filled

Download the temporary application at

Send application, cover letter, and resume to:


Jared Dyer

3059 Sound Ave

Riverhead, NY 11901