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Volunteering is a great way to get involved with CCE!


Volunteers are the heart of any organization and Cornell Cooperative Extension is no exception. We believe that everyone can help somewhere to make a difference for a community or in the life a child. Volunteers are a tremendous resource giving their skills and knowledge for the benefit of others in exchange for a thank you. If you have a talent or skill that you would like to share we would appreciate your help.

Prospective volunteers complete an application form. All volunteers will be asked to consent to a criminal background screening at Cooperative Extension's expense, as a means of ensuring the safety and security both of our volunteers and of the people we serve through our programs.

Ongoing opportunities appear below, with contact names for additional information.  Some programs may require specialized training to participate; upcoming training dates are listed where known.  

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Eel Project Volunteers Wanted:
Research migratory fish at the Hannacroix Creek in New Baltimore

American eels (Anguilla rostrata) are migratory fish that are hatched in the Atlantic Ocean and enter rivers as tiny “glass eels” each spring. The species is in decline over much of its range, and baseline studies are needed for conservation. Teams of scientists and students collect glass eels using net and trap devices on several Hudson River tributaries. Juvenile fish are counted, weighed, and released to better habitat upstream, often above dams. Help protect this critical species! Interns and volunteers can assist in the spring 2018 study on streams from NYC to Greene County. This requires mostly outdoor field work from late March through May, with very flexible schedules. Participants gain valuable field experience, study important species in the living environment, work with local communities, and earn recommendations from DEC staff. College students may be able to earn internship credit.

To volunteer at the Hannacroix: Email or call Tracey Testo at tet35@cornell.edu, 518-622-9820 x119.

For all other locations: Email or call Sarah Mount at sarah.mount@dec.ny.gov, 845‐889‐4745 x106.

Last updated November 20, 2023