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Regional Conservation Communication ManagerAssistant Program CoordinatorSummer Vegetation Sampling Field Crew

Regional Conservation Communication Manager


Wildlands and Woodlands, a New England-wide conservation initiative of the Harvard Forest and Highstead, seeks a talented communication professional with a background in conservation or other environmental field. The Regional Conservation Communication Manager will work as part of a team to develop and implement communication strategies that inform and inspire conservationists, policymakers, foresters, scientists, funders, and public audiences to work together to protect New England’s forests and farms and to promote livable cities and towns that are sustained by thriving natural infrastructure.


Supervised by the Harvard Forest Director of Outreach & Development, this person is responsible for print and digital media production, events management, and communications planning and implementation as part of a strategic working group. Projects will include publication roll-outs to the media, policymakers, conservation professionals, and the public; and amplification of Wildlands and Woodlands products and ideas (including policy documents, conservation finance reports, scientific papers, and conservation stories and events) across print and digital platforms, leveraging a wide range of organizational partners. This work must be balanced with daily tasks of editing, proofreading, updating websites, managing contact lists, and posting on social media platforms.


Basic Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a communication-related or environmental field.
• 3-5 years of related professional experience.

Additional Requirements:

* Demonstrated success in generating effective, issue-based print and digital communication products that target multiple audiences including the media and/or decision makers.
* Superb writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
* Experience collaborating on communication strategy and brand development.
* Experience with event management and publicity.
* Experience overseeing consultants in design, video production, web development, etc.
* Highly motivated personality with an ability to manage multiple deadlines and maintain strong attention to detail and quality.
* Interest in working collaboratively as part of a team while also advancing projects independently; ability to consider multiple perspectives with diplomacy and a sense of humor.
* Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), basic website content development (via Drupal or other content management system), and social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
* Ability to deliver public presentations and tours, which may be in outdoor environments.
* Ability and willingness to work occasional evening and weekends and do some regional travel.
* Valid US driver’s license for at least 2 years and a clean driving record.

Preferred Experience

• Familiarity with the New England landscape and a commitment to its conservation.
• Facility with desktop publishing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.
• Experience with one or more of the following:
* Data visualization
* Video or podcast production
* Website development and/or graphic design
* Surveys, program evaluation, or impacts assessment
* Fundraising, grant-writing, and donor relations
* Focus group management / stakeholder engagement


* Full-time 1 year term position. Grant funded position with likelihood of continuation based upon performance and funding.
* Excellent benefits.
* Position based at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Massachusetts.
* Anticipated starting salary of $58,000. (Grade 56 Exempt)

Application Apply on line at Requisition 42024BR. Please submit one PDF document containing your cover letter, resume, names and contact information for 3 relevant references, short appropriate writing sample and link to an example of a web or print product you have produced. Anticipated starting time summer 2017.

About the Harvard Forest: The Forest, a department of Harvard University with 40 year-round staff, is located 30 min from Amherst, 45 min from Worcester. Scientists, students, and collaborators at the Forest explore topics ranging from conservation and environmental change to land-use history and the ways in which physical, biological and human systems interact to change our earth.

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

Summer Vegetation Sampling Field Crew – Southeast NH


The Harvard Forest is seeking two energetic people with field experience in sampling forest vegetation as part of an ongoing forest dynamics research project. The two crew members will work together with minimal supervision, locating pre-existing plots, sampling vegetation (trees, shrubs, herbs), entering data into spreadsheets, and establishing new plots. This summer’s work will serve as the second census of a long-term ecological monitoring program for the 7,000 acres of forest protected and managed by the Blue Hills Foundation in Strafford, New Hampshire.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Past field experience sampling forest vegetation
  • Experience with map and compass, GPS, plant identification, and sampling methods
  • Understanding of New England’s forest plant communities and succession patterns
  • College background in ecology, forestry, and/or botany
  • Experience in entering data into an Excel spreadsheet
  • Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and be self-motivated in challenging conditions
  • One of the two crew members must have a valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle

Working Conditions

Applicants must be in good physical health and capable of lifting 75 pounds. The ability to use a map and compass and a GPS unit to find sample plots that are located off trails and through dense understory vegetation is a must. Must be willing to work outdoors all day and under most weather conditions while maintaining a positive attitude. This project will involve minimal amounts of indoor work.

The crew members will be living in a furnished cabin at the Blue Hills Foundation in Strafford, New Hampshire, a rural town 30 miles from Concord, NH and 1 1/2 hour drive from Boston.

Supervision will include several days of intensive on-site training at the beginning of the summer followed by biweekly visits on work days with supervisors. The crew will communicate with supervisors a couple of times per week or as questions arise.

Compensation, Benefits and Application Process

  • Pay will be $14 per hour for a forty-hour week, for a ten-week appointment starting mid-June. No benefits.
  • Free furnished housing with WiFi.

To Apply and For More Information

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit: to learn more about the overall project goals and field methods.

Please send your cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to, by April 3rd 2017. For remaining questions please email Jay Aylward at