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Volunteers are the backbone of the work that Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties does in the community. Please consider sharing your time and talents with us through the volunteer opportunities listed below.  We follow the volunteer procedures set forth by Cornell University.

For a volunteer application, or for more information about becoming a volunteer, contact (607) 547-2536, or (518) 234-4303/296-8310.

Board of Directors

Please contact Don Smyers, Executive Director, for more information.

Program Advisory Committees 

Share your expertise guiding our Agriculture, Nutrition, or 4-H Youth Development programs.

4-H Leaders & Issue Committees

4-H offers youth aged 5 to 19 from throughout Schoharie and Otsego Counties a variety of special interest clubs, afterschool programs, summer programs, and an experience at the Schoharie or Otsego County Fair. There are many short and long-term opportunities for volunteer involvement, depending upon the skills you care to share and the time you wish to commit to volunteering.  To volunteer, please contact Patti Zellmer at

Master Gardeners Volunteers

Master Gardener Volunteer Training is offered in alternate years; call for information. The Master Gardener Volunteer program, offered throughout the U.S. and Canada, provides avid gardeners with many hours of intensive home horticulture training. In return, they share their knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening with others by volunteering to assist with gardening classes and demonstrations, school and community gardening, phone diagnostic service, research, and many other projects. Master Gardener Volunteers in Schoharie and Otsego Counties answer gardening questions for callers.  For more information, please contact David Cox for Schoharie County (518) 234-4303/296-8310 or e-mail, Don Smyers for Otsego County (607) 547-2536 ext 233, Schoharie County (518) 234-4303 or 296-8310 or e-mail



Last updated November 2, 2018