Grant Conservation Policy Fellow

Grant Conservation Policy Fellow

Job Description
Grant Conservation Policy Fellow

The Adirondack Council’s Eugene Grant Conservation Policy Fellowship has an opening for a recent college graduate seeking conservation experience. The multi-year Fellowship experience is designed to foster practical leadership skills, develop technical expertise, and cultivate professional contacts for new conservation policy professionals. The 2016-17 Fellowship will have a special emphasis on wilderness protection.

The Grant Conservation Fellow will be responsible for providing programmatic support, review, analysis, and research of significant conservation and environmental policy issues that the Adirondack Council engages on. She/he will regularly engage and network with academic, governmental, and non-profit entities; will monitor for emerging conservation issues; and assist in the development of related Council policies and positions. The Fellow is expected to continuously develop a greater understanding of the cultural, environmental, political, and economic policy issues that impact the Park and to serve as a knowledgeable representative of the Council at all times.

The Fellowship is a full-time, year-round salaried, entry level position with benefits (mid-$20K with appropriate taxes and deductions applied). Salary based in part on experience. The Fellow is supervised by the Conservation Director and is based out of the Council’s Adirondack headquarters office. Housing is not included.

Entrance Requirements:
1) Bachelors or Master’s Degree in environmental policy, environmental advocacy, land-use planning, resource management, natural sciences or similar fields. Experience with Adirondack Park issues is preferred.
2) One to three years of experience with a non-profit, government agency, or organization doing related conservation or environmentally focused work.
3) Excellent oral and written communication skills, and outstanding interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wider variety of people including volunteers, donors, landowners, community leaders, agency representatives and the public.
4) GIS and GPS knowledge.
5) Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
6) Ability to handle multiple assignments on short deadlines.
7) Strong attention to detail.

Policy Duties:
1) Monitor and research public land use planning and natural resource management within the Park, including the DEC Forest Preserve unit management planning process, tracking DEC State Land activities, and APA projects.
2) Represent the Council at monthly APA meetings and other regularly scheduled governmental meetings.
Job Description: Grant Conservation Policy Fellow
3) Represent the Council at public hearings, community meetings, public events, and conferences (may involve public speaking before large groups of people).
4) Research, write, and submit public comments on conservation and environmental issues often under short deadlines.
5) Provide public testimony at public hearings when such communication is invited by state agencies.

Conservation Duties:
1) Conduct timely research on relevant conservation issues.
2) Organize and identify appropriate community based conservation programs that advance the compatible use and development of the Adirondack Park’s forests, lands and waters.
3) Conduct field work to strengthen the Council’s understanding of the Park’s conservation issues and the impacts of proposed actions regarding public lands; document with photographs, GPS points and record notes.
4) Manage the GIS and mapping program.

Communication Responsibilities
1) Assist publications team with proofreading and general comments.
2) Communicate with fellow Park residents and visitors about Adirondack conservation priorities.
3) Work on newsletter and annual publications as needed.
4) Assist with mailings and other membership related tasks.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Susan Hughes at shughes@adirondackcouncil.org. Deadline to apply is October 26, 2016