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Part-time Laboratory Assistant


Assist science staff with forest sample processing. This may include:
• Drying, weighing, and archiving leaf litter debris in the laboratory
• Sorting leaf litter in a laboratory or office setting
• Computer data entry

• Age: 18 years of age as of start date.
• High school students who meet the age requirement are encouraged to apply.
• Positive attitude, good work ethic, and responsible work habits with team member mentality required.

Terms of employment:
• 12 hours per week
• Flexible, week-day hours
• $16.50 per hour (non-benefited)

To apply:
• Send letter, resume, and contact information for 2 work related references to:HFAPPS@FAS.HARVARD.EDU (Subject line: LABORATORY POSITION)
No phone calls please. No walk-in applications accepted.

Application review will begin December 12 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Harvard Forest Community

Harvard Forest is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We have initiated an ongoing series of staff-wide trainings and formed a standing committee to build competence in DEIB in our workplace, improved physical and digital accessibility of our campus resources, and re-examined and replaced harmful artwork. We are working toward including Indigenous knowledge and communities in our research and education, land use, and public programs, improving field safety for at-risk populations, and diversifying our team of investigators and educators. The aim of this work is to collectively support and implement our mission: the investigation, understanding, and communication of the ways in which physical, biological, and human systems interact to change our Earth, while ensuring that all participants should feel that they are critical parts of the Harvard Forest community—whatever their identity groups. We welcome, recruit, develop, and advance talented staff, students, and visiting scholars from diverse backgrounds, and strive to ensure that all are included in our mission. Harvard Forest is also committed to supporting the work-life balance of its staff.

We particularly encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in the sciences (Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members) and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.


The University requires all Harvard community members, including remote workers, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage: