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Assistant Program Coordinator/RA | Part-Time C# Programmer

Assistant Program Coordinator / Resident Advisor (13-week position)

(13-week position beginning May 15, 2017)

For eleven weeks in May-August 2017, 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 as part of the HF Summer Research Program. The Program Assistant works closely with the Summer Program Coordinator in organizing the various educational components of 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 21st – 23th)
  • 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

Time Commitment and Compensation
Compensation is $14.25/hour for 40 hours per week for 13 weeks (May 15 to August 11, 2017). The assistant has a private room, shared office space with computer and access to Forest vehicles. The position requires on site residence (room and board provided) with weeknight and weekend work.

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. 

For questions, please contact:

Manisha V. Patel, Summer Program Coordinator
Harvard Forest
324 N. Main Street
Petersham, MA 01366


Part-Time C# Programmer - 15 hours/week

The Thompson Landscape Ecology lab at the Harvard Forest is seeking a part time C# programmer to modify portions of the LANDIS-II Forest Landscape Model. We use LANDIS to conduct landscape simulations of climate and land-use to assess their potential impact on forest ecosystems. Landis-ii code is freely available under an open-source license at GitHub. We have several coding tasks that need to be accomplished during the next six months, and then may have other opportunities in to the future. The programmer can be hired as either a part-time (~15hrs/week) employee of Harvard University or as a contractor (must be an established contractor). We are based at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, which is about 30min from Amherst and 60 min from Cambridge. The programmer will work closely with our team to test changes made to the model but we are flexible with regard to telecommuting.

The candidate must be able to work independently to meet deadlines without much supervision but also has the ability to work well with a team to present and test their work. The ideal candidate has an interest in using computer science and programming to further scientific research. This work will add functionality that is integral to future research with the LANDIS-II model.

Core Responsibilities:

- Make requested changes to and create features for the LANDIS-II model using the C# programming language.
- Work with the users to test the changes to the model and assess future modifications.

- Intermediate to Advanced knowledge of C# programming language.
- Experience working with and modifying existing source code.
- Must have a Massachusetts address.
- Patience and a sense of humor in working with scientists who do not have conventional computer programming backgrounds!

- Experience working on Linux (specifically using Mono to implement C#) is ideal but not required.

- Hourly wage commensurate with experience.
- Up to 17 hours/week, with a flexible schedule.
- Working from home is acceptable
- Help improve a model that is at the cutting edge of ecological modeling

Please email your CV along with a cover letter explaining why you feel you are a good fit for this position to Dr. Jonathan Thompson and Luca Morreale