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2018 SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM IN ECOLOGY

ASSISTANT PROGRAM COORDINATOR/RESIDENT ADVISOR

(13-week position available beginning May 14, 2018)

For thirteen weeks in May-August 2018, twenty college-age students will join dozens of visiting and staff scientists at Harvard Forest in researching the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems. The Program Assistant works closely with the Summer Program Coordinator in organizing the various educational components to the summer program. S/he provides information, advising, support and discipline required to create a hospitable academic work environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

(work under the supervision of the Summer Program Coordinator)

  • Assistant Program Coordinator
  • Assist with student arrival and orientation (May 20th – 22nd)
  • Inform students of Harvard Forest activities, policies, and expectations
  • Coordinate weekly evening workshops and seminars
  • Work with Summer Program Coordinator to resolve student issues
  • Organize Summer Student Symposium in early-August
  • Work on various tasks as needed to facilitate summer research program

Resident Advisor

  • Responsible for day-to-day activities related to the successful operation of a student residence
  • Hold weekly house meetings
  • Plan, organize, and direct student committees (recycling, social activities, etc.)
  • Serve as advisor to student on matters concerning community development, conflict resolution and counseling 

Required Skills, Training and Experience

  • Excellent listening, negotiation, organizational, and problem solving skills
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) and computer skills, comfortable using email and list-serves
  • Capable of performing a variety of tasks simultaneously
  • Work independently with moderate supervision
  • Previous experience working with ethnically and culturally diverse population preferred
  • Must have completed undergraduate degree as of Spring 2018

Time Commitment and Compensation

Compensation is $14.25/hour for 40 hours per week for 13 weeks (May 14 to August 10, 2018). The assistant has a private room (room and board provided), shared office space with computer and access to Harvard Forest vehicles. The position requires on site residence with weeknight and weekend work. Must have a valid driver’s license. 

Application

Please send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to the address below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Additional information about Harvard Forest and the summer program is available at http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu.

For questions, please contact:

Manisha V. Patel, Summer Program Coordinator
Harvard Forest
324 N. Main Street
Petersham, MA 01366
hfapps@fas.harvard.edu 

NO PHONE CALLS, please.