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Field Technicians – Petersham, Massachusetts 


The Harvard Forest (HF) seeks up to 8 talented and enthusiastic individuals to oversee the re-sampling and data management of a large-scale (35 ha) temperate forest plot.   Reporting to the HF Forest Ecologist and supervised daily by the Field Crew Leader, the Field Technicians will work closely with scientists from the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) ( the Smithsonian Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) and the HF Megaplot Science Team to help ensure that sampling and data management are consistent with other temperate and tropical forest plots. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Crews will work in pairs to census, tag, paint, and map all woody stems ≥ 1 cm dbh within 35 ha forest plot; Crews will also enter field data daily into a CTFS database. 

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

College background in Botany, Ecology, Forestry, or Biology with 2 years of experience with vegetation sampling required.  Bachelor’s Degree is preferred. Knowledge of temperate New England forest flora and forest dynamics, skill with maps and compass, familiarity with mapping, surveying/orienteering, PC computers, database entry, and ability to work well with others required.  Successful applicants will have strong interest to work with interdisciplinary science teams and serious interest in environmental research. 

Working Conditions

Must have a cheerful attitude while working outdoors under all weather conditions including wet and rainy days. A valid driver’s license (for at least the past 2 years) and excellent driving record preferred.  Applicants must be in good physical health and capable of walking/hiking several miles each day carrying a heavy pack.  Must be able to lift 75 lbs. 

Compensation, Benefits and Application Process

Salary for these 13-week, 40 hrs./week, positions is $13/hour.  No benefits. Positions will begin on or around May 14, 2018 and extend to on or around August 17, 2018. Apply by sending cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 relevant references to

Successful applicants will have proof of employment eligibility. Harvard University policy does not allow for visa sponsorship for these temporary positions.

Subject line:  Megaplot project.  Application deadline is 4/15/18.                                                                                              

Harvard Forest

Harvard Forest, an internationally recognized center for basic research in forest ecology, is one of 28 Long Term Ecological Research sites across the country sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest facilities include a research and administrative complex, 4000 acres of land and 14 residential buildings which are located in Petersham, a small town in central Massachusetts. 

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.