Senior Conservation Associate

Senior Conservation Associate

Job Description

Supervisor:  Vice President for Conservation
Location:  Elizabethtown/remote

Summary of the Senior Conservation Associate Position

The Senior Conservation Associate (SCA) is responsible for strengthening and developing Conservation programs and strategies that achieve the Council’s mission. In coordination with the Vice President for Conservation, the SCA provides programmatic support, review, analysis, and research on significant conservation and environmental policy issues. The SCA also regularly engages and networks with academic, governmental, and non-profit entities; monitors for emerging conservation issues; and assists in the development of related Council policies and positions. Prior to the pandemic, the SCA position was based out of the Council’s main office in Elizabethtown. In the future we expect the position to be based in Elizabethtown, but with additional options (in coordination with the VP for Conservation) to work from one of the Council’s satellite offices and/or remotely.


  • In coordination with and support from the Vice President for Conservation, the SCA is responsible for organizing and executing research efforts to support multi-year campaigns; coordinating and directing research efforts between Council departments, partnering organizations, and/or consultants. Such research efforts include collecting data on Wilderness overuse.
  • Represent the Council at government agency meetings, community meetings, conferences, and public events.
  • Coordinate the tracking of comment opportunities with other staff; research and draft technical comment letters regarding private and public land-use planning and natural resource management in the Adirondack Park.
  • Support policy development and advancement through research, drafting, and engagement with coalition issue leads. Support inter-department collaboration on advocacy efforts, including working with Government Relations staff on select legislative priorities.
  • Participate in public engagement opportunities, such as webinars, panel discussions, and education presentations to provide specialized knowledge on conservation issues and to share Council perspectives.
  • Provide leadership on ways to strengthen the Clarence Petty Internship Program for multiple Council departments, including hiring processes, housing, intern opportunities & experiences; coordinate the outreach and hiring process for the Elizabethtown departments; supervise and manage conservation interns, as well as ancillary individuals (ranging from high school to graduate students) engaged on remote projects.
  • Manage the Council’s Essex Farm Institute (EFI) $25,000+ year grant program for local farmers. This includes outreach; application review and ranking; coordination of review panel; preparation of media materials; check disbursement; and, response to novel challenges like Covid-19. Provide strategic planning insights and support on how to shape and strengthen the program.
  • Provide organizational support when and where necessary; other duties as requested.
  • Work with staff to strategically plan for the future of EFI in a manner that supports the Council’s mission and strategic priorities related to sustaining working farms and forests in the Park.

Entrance Requirements:

  • Three to five years of demonstrated professional and personal involvement in conservation and natural resources-related work. Experience with Adirondack Park issues and regulatory policies preferred.
  • Advanced degree in natural sciences, conservation biology, land-use planning, or similar fields.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, technology skills, and outstanding interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide variety of people at all levels.
  • Car with winter travel capability.
  • Physical ability to travel several miles into remote places on foot.
  • Experience as an advocate for environmental, conservation, or other causes.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Charlotte Staats,, with Subject: Senior Conservation Associate position. Resumes will be considered on a rolling basis as received.

Organizational Purpose/Mission Statement: Based in Elizabethtown, NY (30 miles east of Lake Placid), the mission of the Adirondack Council is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of New York’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park for current and future generations. We envision an Adirondack Park with clean water and air and large wilderness areas, surrounded by working farms and forests and vibrant local communities. To protect the Adirondacks, the Council uses the best science, the law, and an understanding of political decision making, to educate, inform, and motivate the public and those who make public policy. We are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

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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