Clarence Petty Legislative Intern Position

Clarence Petty Legislative Intern Position

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
  • 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

Goals/ Opportunities

  • 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. Work with supervisor for guidance.
  • Visit the Adirondack Park
  • Specific Individual Intern Goals (to be completed by the intern and their supervisor)

Application deadline - November 7, 2018

Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and brief writing sample to Kevin Chlad - Director of Government Relations at:

For questions, call: 518-432-1770  ext. 201

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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