Conservation Internship

Conservation Internship

Clarence Petty Internship
Conservation Intern

POSITION: Clarence Petty Conservation Intern

OFFICE: Elizabethtown, NY

TERM: Summer; June to August, 2024

HOURS: 40 hours/week

COMPENSATION: $2,750 per month

HOUSING: Housing is not provided but we can assist with the search

DEADLINE: March 1, 2024 by 12:00 PM


For almost 50 years, the Adirondack Council has been the largest environmental advocacy group working solely to protect the ecological integrity and wild character of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park and broader North Country region. Based in Elizabethtown, NY (30 miles east of Lake Placid), the Council champions an Adirondack Park that seamlessly integrates private and public lands, is renowned for its clean water, air and globally significant wilderness areas, is surrounded by working farms and forests, and supports safe, accessible, and vibrant local communities. To protect the Adirondacks, the Council uses the best science to guide regional decision making and a deep knowledge of the political landscape in Albany and the North Country to educate, inform, and motivate the public and those who make public policy. The Council believes wild places are a powerful connector for visitors and residents alike and help make the iconic Park a national treasure, now and for future generations.

The Adirondack Council is seeking a paid full-time (40 hours/week) intern to work in the Elizabethtown office for a three-month duration from June-August 2024. The intern will provide support in a fully integrated staff position, performing a wide spectrum of duties that advance the Council’s conservation program with an emphasis on climate change related topics. The Council sponsors interns to help develop the next generation of conservation professionals. The goals for the Clarence Petty Conservation Intern include helping advance the Council’s mission, vision, values, and conservation priorities while serving the state’s largest environmental advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of the Adirondack Park.


  • Analyzing new subdivisions in the Park for conservation design
  • Assessing solar project permits in the Park
  • Evaluating the Adirondack’s role in forestry with management goals such as carbon sequestration and storage, biodiversity, and habitat connectivity, and the potential for a circular economy for forestry products
  • Engaging with regulatory public notice and comment processes by researching select public and private land projects including subdivisions, solar projects or management plans within the Adirondack Park
  • Reviewing proposed climate policies and programs developed by state entities such as the New York Cap and Invest program
  • Assisting with wildlife passage and connectivity site visits, monitoring and advocacy as needed
  • Attending and reporting on stakeholder and agency meetings relating to agency policy, permitting, invasive species, climate, outdoor recreation, etc.
  • Showcasing the work of the Conservation program through blog posts and social media content, and staffing events as appropriate
  • Assisting with other Conservation team priority projects as needed


  • Interest and/or course work experience in Environmental Policy
  • Successful completion or on track to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Environmental Education, Conservation Biology, Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Outdoor Recreation, or a related field, or a demonstrated interest in the field of environmental policy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently, pay close attention to detail and remain well organized
  • Ability to work as part of a team and successfully communicate with fellow staff to achieve common goals
  • Ability to work remotely as needed
  • Vehicle and valid driver’s license required

*If you have any questions regarding how your experience aligns with the preferred qualifications, please do not hesitate to reach out at the contact email below. We are committed to ensuring fairness and equity in our hiring practices.


The Adirondack Council team is currently working in a hybrid environment as we continue to advocate for the Adirondack Park. Clarence Petty interns are expected to largely work in our Elizabethtown office in accordance with our hybrid office protocols. As our hybrid work policy continues to evolve, the Clarence Petty internship may be held remotely or only consist of part-time attendance in an office setting. In doing so, the Council will do its best to make reasonable accommodations to ensure interns have appropriate assistance in achieving a successful internship.


We are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF file no later than 12:00 pm on March 1st, 2024 to Please include the title of the internship you are applying for in the subject line (Clarence Petty Conservation Intern).

The Adirondack Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants receive equal considerations without regard to age, race, color, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, 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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