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, engage on natural resource issues with partnering organizations, 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/their future professional goals. At the end of the internship, the intern will leave with a strong understanding of the conservation policies and politics that govern the Adirondack Park and how an environmental organization effectively carries out its mission.


  • Conduct research on Adirondack Park Agency land use permits and variances and Department of Environmental Conservation natural resource management plans.
  • 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.
  • Assist with outreach and education on community conservation related topics such as mitigating climate change impacts, funding of local agriculture/food hub networks, and road salt pollution.
  • 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 successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources, or a related environmental policy/science field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, and outstanding interpersonal skills. 
  • Attentive to detail, well organized, and able to multi-task 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 (40 hours per week with some flexibility).
  • 10 weeks (mid-May to the end of August), based on individual schedules.
  • Monthly stipend of $1500 (approx. $10.50)* 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. 


To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to or by mail to The Adirondack Council, PO Box D-2, Elizabethtown, NY 12932. The application deadline for the Adirondack Council Summer Clarence Petty Internship application is Friday, March 1, 2019For additional information, please call (518) 873-2240.

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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