You are here


Printer-friendly version

Field Assistant

Harvard Forest, an internationally recognized center for basic research in forest ecology, is looking for a part-time, temporary worker to assist with field work. Field work involves collecting live and dead tree measurements outdoors in forest research sites with a Harvard Forest staff scientist. Positive attitude, good work ethic, and responsible work habits required. High school and college students are especially encouraged to apply

Physical requirements: Ability to walk through rough forest conditions off-trail carrying a backpack of 15 pounds required. Must be willing to work in prevailing weather conditions. Field conditions include potential biting insects and ticks.

Schedule and salary: 25-30 hours per week for 8 weeks during Summer 2021.  $15.00 per hour.

Location: Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main St., Petersham, MA.

Application instructions: Send resume, cover letter and contact information for 2 references in one bundled document

  • Document naming convention: LAST NAME FIRST NAME Field Assistant
  • Subject line: Field Assistant Positionto
  • No phone calls


Application deadline: May 17, 2021

More information about the research project is available at

Harvard Forest, a department of Harvard University, is an internationally recognized center for basic and applied research in ecology and conservation, with 40 full-time staff. It is one of 28 Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites across the country sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The Forest includes a research and administrative complex, 4000 acres of land, and residential buildings. The Forest is located in Petersham, a rural, north-central Massachusetts town of 1,200 residents. Petersham is 1 ½ hour drive west of Cambridge.