Jobs and Internships

JOB TITLE:              Part-time Segment Producer/Videographer

DEPARTMENT:      Production

REPORTS TO:         Director of Production & Content

STATUS:                   Hourly, (six completed stories by Nov 1 – hours not to exceed 10 per story at a rate of $25/hr)

Must apply by August 27, 2014.

Summary of Job:  Primary responsibility is to produce and video-record short-form broadcast news segments for inclusion on Mountain Lake Journal. Also responsible for operating a XDCAM video production equipment in the field.

Responsible for working independently to successfully complete assignments on time and within budget.

Operation on High-definition ENG/EFP video equipment on an as-needed basis.

Ability to research stories and write scripts.

Display ability to rapidly and effectively light field locations in a manner consistent with PBS broadcast standards.

Ability to use wired and wireless microphones and audio recording equipment in the field to record audio consistent with PBS broadcast standards.

Ability to coordinate with story assignments with Director of Production & Content and Producer/Host of Mountain Lake Journal.

Ability to supervise an editor to complete news segments during post-production.

Ability to provide written summaries of stories for inclusion in station communications and broadcast schedules.

The following qualifications are needed to perform this job successfully:

·           Ability to meet aggressive deadlines and coordinate other editors in compiling weekly public affairs programming.

·            Ability to record top-quality audio in interview, studio and field production.

·            Excellent knowledge of television production techniques, including studio and location production and recording.

·       Detail oriented with an eye for visual and audio presentation.

·           Organized with strong written, visual and oral communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills.

Minimum qualifications

Education & Training: Bachelor's degree from four-year College or university; or 3-4 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred qualifications

Education & Training: degree in a television-related field and

Work-Related Experience: 5+ years as a producer/videographer at an established television station or production facility. 

Required certification\registrations or licensure

Valid US driver’s license with good driving record.

Physical requirements

Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.

Applicants who provide demo reels and work samples will be given priority. Reels and samples should be submitted online via a link to YouTube, Vimeo or other common video platform.

Apply by August 27, 2014 by mailing your resume to:

Human Resources

Mountain Lake PBS

One Sesame Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

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Email your resume to:


President/CEO/General Manager

Located in the beautiful Adirondacks, Mountain Lake PBS is seeking an energetic and visionary CEO to lead a respected, award-winning station serving over 3.9 million viewers in Northern New York, Vermont, Quebec, and Ontario.  Mountain Lake PBS is recognized as a key resource in regional development and educational programming, with a cohesive, motivated staff. The President/CEO directs general operations of the station, leads strategic planning, oversees the budget, engages in community development and fundraising. The successful candidate must demonstrate ability to manage and institute change within the fast-paced dynamics of public television.

Minimum qualifications include Bachelor’s Degree, 5 years+ executive leadership in public broadcasting, not for profit, or progressive success in senior management.  Financial acumen, ability to manage/ implement multi-department budgets, successful fundraising, collaboration with community and superior communication skills are essential for success.  French a plus. Interest will be kept confidential. Equal Opportunity Employer. Position to be filled by November 1, 2014.

To learn more about the position read the full job description below.

JOB TITLE:                       President/CEO and General Manager

DEPARTMENT:                  General Administration

REPORTS TO:                     Mountain Lake PBS Board of Trustees

STATUS:                               Exempt, Full Time

SALARY RANGE:              TBD upon experience


Summary of Job:   The President/CEO and General Manager executes station operating policies set forth by the Mountain Lake PBS (MLPBS) Board of Trustees; oversees day-to-day operations of the station; is responsible for the organization’s financial well being, strategic planning, and the morale and performance of staff.  Working with the Board, the President/CEO and General Manager devises and implements the strategies and provides the leadership that ensures MLPBS’ successful execution of its mission.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:


The President/CEO and General Manager, in his or her leadership role are expected to:

  1. With an entrepreneurial outlook, identify and develop opportunities that financially benefit MLPBS;
  2. Navigate MLPBS through the challenging new environment facing public broadcasting, aware of the new global media and telecommunication environment, while committed to localism;
  3. Advance throughout the organization a market sensitivity to MLPBS’ unique bi-national service area.
  4. Maintain personal working relationship with major cable and satellite companies within our service area to enhance MLPBS’ value to its subscribers.


      Board Related

  1. Is accountable and directly responsible to the Board of Trustees for the overall direction and well-being of the organization;
  2. Consults with the Chair or other Board members as their approval, help or advice may be needed;
  3. Assists the Chair and other officers in preparing for Board or Board Committee meetings;
  4. Informs the Board of important industry, national/state, market and station issues, trends and activities;
  5. Brings to the attention of the Board and its committees the need for policies or policy changes pertaining to station operation.  As appropriate, makes recommendations accordingly;
  6. Acts as liaison between Board and staff;
  7. Is a Board member on the Canadian Friends of WCFE-TV Board;
  8. Is a Board member on the Centralcast LLC Board.


  1. Takes leadership in developing, implementing and evaluating a strategic plan embodying MLPBS’ mission and in addressing, on both a short-term and long-term basis, MLPBS’ position and services to its market;
  2. With the appropriate staff, develops and provides financial management of MLPBS’ operating budget, which is formulated on an annual basis, to meet station goals and objectives.
  3. Seeks short-term and long-term private, federal, state and corporate sources of revenue;
  4. Establishes an organizational structure and staffing plan. Selects, develops and evaluates a team of employees and elicits a high quality, professional performance.  Administers wage and salary structure.  Delegates authority to senior staff;
  5. Maintains a regular flow of communications to and from the Board, staff, members, advisory boards and important constituencies;
  6. Maintains a managerial framework that enhances the smooth and efficient operation of MLPBS services.  Ensures that all operating units and key staff contribute to fulfillment of station goals.  Ensures that senior staff, as appropriate, is kept informed of station issues and on-going executive initiatives;
  7. Oversees maintenance of physical plant and equipment;
  8. Negotiates and executes agreements and contracts.  Oversees compliance with federal, state and local statutory and regulatory requirements.


  1. Cultivates and maintains relationship with members, advisory board, and important station constituencies: Major donors, business/corporate supporters and partners, government officials, industry related associations, and other non-profits;
  2. Positions organization as a respected and valued service to, and citizen of, MLPBS’ service area, particularly Plattsburgh, the North Country region and Montreal/Quebec;
  3. Represents station and advocates its value.


Education & Training: Bachelor’s Degree

Work-Related Experience: Five years + executive leadership in public broadcasting, not for profit, or progressive success in senior management.  Financial acumen, ability to manage/implement multi-department budgets, successful fundraising, collaboration with community and superior communication skills are essential for success.  Bilingual in French a plus.

REQUIRED CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATIONS OR LICENSURE: Driver’s license and ability to obtain enhanced driver’s license or passport for travel into Canada.

Human Resources

Mountain Lake PBS

One Sesame Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

- or –

2014 New York State Broadcasters Association Intern Program.

DEADLINE has closed.  Please consider us again next year.

Attention high school seniors and undergraduate college students interested in a career in radio and television broadcasting - would you like to work at Mountain Lake PBS? If you’re between 17 and 22 years old and a career in broadcasting sounds interesting, send us a letter and resume telling us why you’d like to work for us. We’ll review your letter and perhaps call you in for an interview. The intern will be expected to complete up to 180 hours at the station and will be paid $8.00/hour for their time. At the conclusion of the internship the intern will be expected to complete a written evaluation of the experience including the intern’s intentions to further a career in broadcasting. Send your letter to the NYSBA Intern Program, WCFE- Mountain Lake PBS; One Sesame Street; Plattsburgh, NY 12901.


- at least 17 years of age;

- high school or undergraduate college students;

- resident of New York State or attending school in New York State;

- first time entrant into the program;

- relatives of station or NYSBA employees are ineligible to participate.

Mountain Lake PBS is an equal opportunity employer, and offers employment opportunities in a variety of disciplines including production, programming, development, communications, engineering, information technology and many other areas.

If you are interested in applying for a position, please email or mail your salary requirements, cover letter and resume to:

Mountain Lake PBS
ATTN: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901roduction Assistant

Duties may include studio setup and camera operation, logging video, transcribing field interviews, working for production during live studio events (debates, specials, fund raising, etc.) Flexible hours but must work agreed minimum per semester.


This position is coordinated through the SUNY Plattsburgh Mass Communications Department and is full time for one semester. An academic internship is dependent on department approval, required courses, and GPA, and is normally done in senior year. Interns assist in local productions as production assistant, videotape editor, videographer, or researcher. When appropriate and in collaboration with a producer interns serve as writer or field interviewer. This internship is for credit hours only and is unpaid.

Marketing & Promotions

Opportunities to become involved might include assisting with the writing press releases, researching media opportunities, creating and placing advertising, planning and executing special events, assist with mailings, as well as handling details of a wide range of projects and activities related to the promotion of Mountain Lake PBS. Minimum 6 hours per week. This internship can be for credit hours or as a volunteer position.


Internships in this field allow you to expand your knowledge of non-profit administration and improve your communication skills in various forms. As an intern you would assist with: letter writing and/or design for appeals, thank you letters to donors and volunteers, budget development, revenue analysis, information and data management, expanding the overall mission of Mountain Lake PBS with creative ingenuity, and events and member drives.

If you are interested in an internship with Mountain Lake PBS, please send your cover letter and resume to:

Mountain Lake PBS
Attn: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY, 12901

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