The Clarence Petty Conservation Internship

The Clarence Petty Conservation Internship


The Clarence Petty Conservation Intern will assist the Conservation Department with policy research and writing, advocacy efforts, and education and outreach activities. Interns will represent the Council at public hearings and meetings, assist with review of state lands management practices, and assist on related fundraising and membership projects. Whenever possible, the internship will be tailored to match individual interests and backgrounds to help interns achieve her/his future professional goals. The Adirondack Council sponsors interns to help develop the next generation of environmental conservation professionals.


  • Complete a capstone project on an Adirondack issue identified in collaboration with Council staff.
  • Research, craft and/or submit comment letters on Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation policies, plans, regulations, etc.
  • Contribute content to the Council’s blog and social media platforms.
  • Provide general programmatic support on a wide range of Forest Preserve management issues including visitor use impacts, stewardship of park lands, recreation planning, invasive species, etc.
  • Maintain conservation databases and important public comment deadline calendars. 
  • Assist Membership and Fund Development programs with relevant administrative activities.
    While limited, perform fieldwork and site visits throughout the Park as needed. 


  • Currently pursuing or recently completed a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, or a related environmental policy/science field. Experience with Adirondack Park issues is encouraged.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and outstanding interpersonal skills. 
  • Attentive to detail, well-organized, and able to multi-task effectively and respond to sudden deadlines and rapidly changing objectives.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Familiarity with GIS and GPS is useful but not required.
  • Familiarity or experience with Adirondack Park conservation issues helpful.


  • Full-time (35 hours per week with some flexibility)
  • 12 weeks (mid-May to the end of August), based on individual schedules.
  • Monthly stipend of $1500 (approx. $10.50/hour) to cover minimal housing and living costs.(Note: The stipend amount is pre-tax and includes a $500 housing allowance.) 
  • Housing is not provided and a personal vehicle is required. 


Please send your resume and cover letter by March 30, 2018 to:

Susan Hughes at
or by mail to:
The Adirondack Council
PO Box D-2
Elizabethtown, NY  12932.

In the cover letter, please note how you learned about this opportunity (social media, college portal, etc.).
For additional information, Susan may be reached at (518) 873-2240, ext 100.

The Adirondack Council values diversity within its workforce, the Adirondack Park, and beyond. We continually seek to increase diversity within our own organization and the Park to foster a holistic approach to protecting our environment by empowering everyone to get involved. We encourage people of every race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability to apply.

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