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Assistant District Attorney Positions

The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office is a busy prosecutor’s office just north of the Albany capital, serving over two hundred and fifteen thousand people in 19 towns and two cities.   Led by District Attorney Karen A. Heggen, the office works closely with the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, community based not for profits, Skidmore College and the Saratoga County community.  The District Attorney’s Office enjoys an excellent working relationship with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, the New York State Police, and the 12 other local law enforcement agencies in Saratoga County.

Each year hundreds of graduates of law schools apply to the office for assistant district attorney positions.  Applicants should demonstrate a commitment and duty to work as a public servant, consider it an honor to represent the People of the State of New York and exercise judicious discretion in the evaluation of criminal cases and investigations.  The position of assistant district attorney includes responsibilities in town and village courts, county court and presentations before the grand jury.  All assistant district attorneys are required to live within the county of Saratoga.

Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office is currently seeking experienced candidates for an Assistant District Attorney position. Starting salary is $82,415.  The successful candidate should have a minimum of two plus years experience handling criminal cases, including experience with preliminary hearings, grand jury presentations and trial work. Duties and responsibilities will include vertical prosecution of a wide range of cases. Admission to the New York State Bar required. 


Application Process

Interested applicants should forward a cover letter, resume, writing sample, statement of interest and names of references and a description of the reference’s relationship to the applicant.  Your statement of interest should illustrate your reason for seeking a position in public service with our office as well as information about your academic experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Please include with some degree of specificity the two years of prosecutorial experience.  In addition, please detail, the kinds of cases you have tried;  the bureau to which you were assigned, if any, and other relevant information.  Once we have received your information it will be reviewed for completion, conformance with the directions of the application process, and rated in order to determine whether the application will advance to the next phase.  The following phases generally include interviews with prosecutors in groups, which often can be with a panel of two or more.  Assuming successful completion of the phases, the final interview is with the District Attorney.

The District Attorney’s Office requires at least two (2) years of prosecutorial experience in a district attorney’s office or in a similar government agency, prior to being considered for employment as an assistant district attorney. 

Your application for assistant district attorney (for internships see below) must include:

  1. cover letter
  2. resume
  3. writing sample
  4. statement of interest
  5. A detailed explanation of the 2 years of prior prosecutorial experience
  6. References with detail

Karen A. Heggen, Esq
Saratoga County District Attorney
Municipal Center, Building #4
25 West High Street
Ballston Spa, New York 12020



Qualifications/General Information:

  • law_studentThe Saratoga County DA’s Office hires law school and limited college interns during the summer, Fall and Spring semesters. Students with any major may apply.
  • Summer law Interns are expected to work 35 hours a week over the course of ten weeks.
  • Fall and spring  law interns are expected to work 14 hours a week over the course of the semester and be currently enrolled in a law school and provide appropriate forms for course credit.  If selected you will be certified by the Appellate Division, Third Department to handle limited court appearances while being supervised by an attorney.
  • Law and college interns are unpaid.

Your application for law or college intern (for assistant district attorney see above) must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample and statement of interest.  Mail to:

Jesse L. Ashdown, Esq.
Assistant District Attorney
Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office
Municipal Center, Building #4
25 West High Street
Ballston Spa, New York 12020


Investigations, Crime Victim Unit and Support Staff positions


Position Available:

A position is available in the Investigations Division of the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office for those individuals who do not require a Section 211 waiver.  Please send a statement of interest, your resume, qualifications, references and detailed summary of cases you have handled.  Please also advise as to whether you are seeking a Section 211 Waiver from the Civil Service Board.  The position qualifications are available from the office.  Please make inquiries for qualifications to Ms. Pam Hall by email at

The minimum qualifications are:  (A).  Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State College or University with an Associate’s Degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice, Political Science or Public Administration or closely related field; and (B) Ten years of full-time experience as a police officer, five of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.

All applications for employment should be mailed by U.S. Postal Service to the address below and to the attention of the District Attorney by written submission:

Karen A. Heggen, Esq
Saratoga County District Attorney
Municipal Center, Building #4
25 West High Street
Ballston Spa, New York 12020

Please note that an extensive investigation into the applicants background, character and history is conducted prior to consideration for employment which would include, among other things, a fingerprint submission, DNA submission, and DCJS criminal history request, waiver for non-disclosure and processing fee, together with personal and professional references. 

The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on a person’s age, marital status, disability, genetic predisposition or carrier status, race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, sex or national origin, or status as a victim of domestic violence.

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