Clarence Petty Legislative Intern Position

Clarence Petty Legislative Intern Position

The Adirondack Council is searching for a post-graduate applicant seeking a paid full-time legislative internship in the Adirondack Council’s Albany office starting December 2, 2019 and concluding June 26, 2020. The Clarence Petty Legislative Intern will support the Adirondack Council Government Relations team as an integral member of the staff by tracking and analyzing state legislation and news media relevant to the Adirondacks and the Adirondack Council’s organizational mission and vision. The intern will attend Legislative Committee meetings and hearings, schedule and participate in lobby days, and issue memos of support or opposition to relevant policy proposals. Applications will be accepted until October 18, 2019, and should include a resume, cover letter, references and a brief writing sample (2 pages maximum). Please submit all applications to

Position Description

The goals for the Adirondack Council Clarence Petty Legislative Intern include helping advance the Council mission, vision, values and government relations priorities while serving the state’s largest environmental advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of the Adirondack Park. The intern will provide Government Relations and Communications support in a fully integrated staff position, performing a wide spectrum of duties that advance the Adirondack Council’s program plan. Tasks will include everything from routine day-to-day administrative activities to regular legislative correspondence to in-depth research. The Adirondack Council sponsors interns to help develop the next generation of environmental conservation professionals.

Typical responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering the phone in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Archiving newspaper clippings in a consistent and approved format.
  • Tracking all legislation pertaining to the Adirondack Council’s mission/ vision using the NYS Legislative Retrieval System.
    • Track folder/Memo folder.
    • Meet with supervisor weekly to review legislation and prepare memos as instructed.
  • Manage legislative correspondence in partnership with supervisor.
    • Keep track of all correspondence with the legislature (memos, letters, etc.).
    • Deliver memos and letters in Legislative Office Building and Capitol.
    • Schedule meetings with legislators and staff as requested by supervisor.
    • Prep a weekly cheat sheet and calendar for reference.
  • Performing both quick research and in-depth research projects as requested by supervisor.
  • Providing team support in general functions that keep the office running.
    • Lights on/off; thermostat; lock the building and toggle night mode when first or last; Recycling.
    • Notifying coworkers if supplies need restocking; keep the photocopier supplied with paper.
    • Weekly mail delivery.


  • Study specific legislation, as approved by supervisor.
  • Learn about history of the Adirondack Park and Adirondack Council.
  • Learn about the Albany political landscape.
  • Learn about the craft of environmental advocacy.
  • Become a registered lobbyist and participate in lobby day(s).
  • Pick a specific “project bill” to support passage. Work with supervisor for guidance.
  • Visit the Adirondack Park.
  • Specific individual intern goals (to be completed by the intern and their supervisor).  

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until October 18, 2019, and should include a resume, cover letter, references and a brief writing sample (2 pages maximum). Please submit all applications to

The Adirondack Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants receive equal considerations without regard to age, race, color, religion, marital status, sexual preference, ancestry, national origin, handicap, or disability. Employees are selected on the basis of their individual qualifications and ability to fulfill the requirements of the job. The same considerations apply to promotions, pay increases, and all other conditions of employment with the Adirondack Council.

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