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2019 Legal Internship

The Agricultural Stewardship Association, Inc. (ASA) is a nonprofit land trust that protects farm and forest land in Rensselaer and Washington counties in upstate New York. ASA is committed to supporting conservation landowners to become part of the renewable energy solution—for farm viability as well as transitioning away from fossil fuel dependence for farm and community energy needs. We plan to update our conservation easement template to address responsible renewable energy siting, on-farm needs such as methane production and control, permitting carbon sequestration techniques, adaptation responses to climate change such as water demands, technology changes and on-farm responses to extreme weather and changing growing conditions while ensuring the protection of the property’s conservation attributes.

ASA is pleased to offer one (1) paid summer legal internship opportunity to aid our land protection team.  The intern will be supervised by ASA’s Executive Director and spend most of his or her time working independently and will also attend several meetings with program staff at ASA’s office located in Greenwich, New York.

The legal intern position is designed to provide research and conservation easement drafting experience for current law students.  The position is ideal for a law student interested in agriculture, conservation and renewable energy.  The legal intern will primarily undertake 1) research on how other rural, agricultural and working forest-oriented land trusts are, or could, address climate mitigation and adaptation in conservation easements, and 2) proposing draft language to incorporate into ASA’s conservation easement template.

Examples of Intern Responsibilities:

  • Research the leading land trusts that have updated their conservation easement templates to address climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Interview several of these land trusts to determine how and why they addressed climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Compile and discuss findings with ASA staff and attorney
  • Assist with drafting suggested language for ASA’s conservation easement template(s)
  • Present findings to ASA’s Board of Directors

 

Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled as a student in an accredited law school obtaining a J.D.
  • Ability to do independent research
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and willingness to travel occasionally to ASA’s office
  • Understanding and interest in the mission of ASA
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, research, writing and communication skills

 

Employment Terms:

  • Ability to work the equivalent of 40 hours per week for 5 weeks, with flexibility offered in determining work schedule
  • Ability to work between May and mid-August
  • $20 to $25 per hour depending on experience

If you have any questions about ASA’s 2019 internship opportunity, and/or would like to apply for the internship, please submit a resume and cover letter to Teri Ptacek, Executive Director at teri@agstewardship.org.  Resumes and cover letters must be received by May 1, 2019 for consideration.

ASA was founded 29 years ago as a non-profit land trust focusing on farmland conservation in Washington and Rensselaer counties.  Today, ASA has conserved close to 22,000 acres and 131 properties.

 

2019 Special Project Assistant

ASA is pleased to offer one paid summer internship opportunity to provide assistance with the creation of the Cambridge Community Forest, a new pilot project being implemented by ASA.  The summer intern will be supervised by ASA’s Associate Director and spend the majority of his or her time working at ASA’s office located in Greenwich, New York with periodic site visits and meetings at the Cambridge Community Forest in Cambridge, New York.

The Special Project Assistant intern position is designed for an undergraduate student to gain hands-on experience in coordinating, researching and implementing components to help with the creation of the Cambridge Community Forest; a 145-acre working forest that will also serve educational and recreational needs to both ASA as well as community residents, the local school, daycares/preschools, youth programs, etc.  The intern will also provide assistance at ASA programs and events as well as general office support in a fast-paced nonprofit environment.  The position is ideal for a student interested in community conservation, forestry, planning, and land trusts.  The Special Project Assistant intern will primarily work on the following: 1) assist the Associate Director with aspects related to implementing a community forest; 2) assist with other ASA programs and events, including the July 20th Forever Farmland Supper; 3) assist the Easement Steward with field checking conserved properties; and 4) provide general support for the office and other staff, as time permits.

Examples of Possible Intern Tasks:

  • Research examples of management plans for community forests/public conservation areas
  • Help with site improvements, including trail work and posting boundaries
  • Provide fundraising assistance on the Cambridge Community Forest Campaign
  • Accompany field staff on site visits to farms
  • Assist with preparation of ASA’s “Forever Farmland Supper” event

 

Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate program (and must have completed at least one year by end of Spring 2019) or a graduate program;
  • Understanding of, and enthusiastic interest in, the mission of ASA;
  • Demonstrated strong organizational, research and project management skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite; GIS and GPS skills a plus;
  • Ability to sit and work on a computer up to 8 hours a day; ability to walk and work in the woods on steep terrain for hours at a time;
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transport.  Willingness to travel with mileage reimbursement included; and
  • Knowledge of working forests, community conservation, land management, a plus

 

Employment Terms:

  • Ability to work 4-5 days a week for 35-40 hours per week which may include an occasional evening or weekend, or as arranged in advance; and
  • Ability to work between June and mid-August or as arranged in advance.

If you have any questions about ASA’s summer 2019 internship opportunity, and/or would like to apply for the internship, please submit a resume and cover letter to Renee Bouplon, Associate Director, at renee@agstewardship.org.  Resumes and cover letters must be received by May 6th, 2019 for consideration.  A select group of candidates will be interviewed starting in late April and early May either in person or by phone.

ASA protects our community’s working landscape of farms and forests, connects people to the land, and promotes a vibrant future for agriculture in the region.