CCE of Columbia & Greene Counties Taste NY Market Store Associates – New Baltimore, NY

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Taste NY highlights the quality, diversity, and economic impact of food and beverages grown, produced, or processed in New York State. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties Capital Region Welcome Center Taste NY Market (the “Market”) promotes the region’s local tourism industry, rich history, food and beverages. The Market showcases a broad selection of fresh made breakfast and lunch items, including soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts using ingredients sourced from Capital Region growers and producers. It also offers grab-and-go snacks and specialty local gift items for sale. The Market is a partnership between CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties, Cornell University, NYS Agriculture and Markets and the NYS Empire State Development Corporation.

Taste NY Market Store Associate responsibilities include assisting with management of inventory, operation of cash register, cash controls, transportation of inventory to the store, customer service, food service and record keeping. Helps to keep the store visually distinctive and impeccably maintained – cleaning, preparing product demonstrations, restocking, refilling supplies, etc. Associates also discuss NYS agriculture and local foods with customers to engage them in these areas and to provide information upon request about the food and farm products sold in the store.

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Include a resume and at least three references (at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher). To attach documents, under the My Experience section use the Select Files button to search for files or use the Drop Files Here box to drag documents into your application. If you plan to upload more than one document, click the Upload icon for each additional document. Please note, once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments. If you would like to add or update documents to your online application after submission, please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, via e-mail


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Required Qualifications
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to effectively work in an informal, educational-based retail environment, ensuring positive public educational and customer service experiences.
  • Ability to maintain an inclusive, diverse environment for staff and customers.
  • Communication Skills – Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and tactfully through verbal, written and electronic methods. Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to constantly work flexible hours related to the Market schedule, including early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Work Environment – In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works constantly in a retail setting – ability to maneuver around the sales floor, stockroom, and office, ability to operate point of sale register, office computer, and other equipment. This position frequently lifts, moves and/or transports Market products, supplies and equipment (typically 20-50 lbs.).
Preferred Qualifications
  • One (1) year retail sales experience.
  • Experience working in customer service and retail environments.
  • Understanding of basic marketing.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks.
  • Proficiency with internet based communications.
  • Knowledge of the organization, operation, philosophy and objectives of Cooperative Extension.
  • Knowledge of agriculture and agricultural practices.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Coordination/Operation – 95%
  • Provides customer service – greets, assists and serves the needs of Taste NY store customers. Describe the local farms, produce, food and products displayed.
  • Prepares and serves fresh made breakfast and lunch items, including soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and hot and cold beverages.
  • Cleans and prepares food prep areas.
  • Operates point of sale cash register, makes change, etc. Cash Controls – follow all procedures for proper management and handling of cash.
  • Stock and replenish store supplies and inventory. Track product inventory.
  • Prepares product and food demonstrations.
  • Assist in cleaning and maintaining a visually distinctive and impeccably maintained store.
  • Assist with store opening and closing procedures.
  • Quickly notifies supervisors of any unique or emergency situations.
  • Assist with store inspection, organization and recordkeeping.
  • Receive and log scheduled deliveries.
  • Assist with promotion of agri-tourism in Columbia & Greene Counties.
  • Maintain equipment, troubleshoot if necessary and call for repair as directed.
  • Frequently lift, move and/or transport Market products, supplies, and equipment.
  • Prepare and submit accurate expense reports, receipts/supporting documentation, and/or vouchers in a timely manner per established policy and procedures.
Professional Improvement – 5%
  • In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
  • Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety – Applied to all duties and functions.
  • Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy – Applied to all duties and functions.
  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
  • Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
  • Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Columbia and Greene Counties policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
Position Details
Multiple positions may be available, including temporary (seasonal) positions. Hours may vary (part-time and full-time). Compensation paid at the rate of $17.00 per hour. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
  • Paid Time Off
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including FREE Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Total Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
  • Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
  • Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Voluntary New York’s College Savings Program
  • ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail

or phone (518) 765-3503.
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Association Admin Asst I



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Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. 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.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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