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 Assistant Program Coordinator | Field Technician

2019 Summer Research Program in Ecology Assistant Program Coordinator/Resident Advisor

For thirteen weeks in May-August 2018, 25-30 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. The Program Assistant works closely with the Summer Program Coordinator in organizing the various educational components to 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 26th – 29th) 
  • 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 
  • Must have completed undergraduate degree as of Spring 2018 
Time Commitment and Compensation 
Compensation is $14.25/hour for 40 hours per week for 13 weeks (May 20 to August 16, 2019).  The assistant has a private room (room and board provided), shared office space with computer and access to Harvard Forest vehicles. The position requires on site residence with weeknight and weekend work. Must have a valid driver’s license. 

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. Additional information about Harvard Forest and the summer program is available at    
For questions, please contact: 
Manisha V. Patel, Summer Program Coordinator
Harvard Forest
324 N. Main Street

Field Technicians


The Harvard Forest (HF) seeks up to 6 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, electronic tablets, 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

Competitive salary for these 13-week, 40 hrs/week, temporary positions is $14/hour.   Positions will begin on May 20, 2019 and extend to on or around August 16, 2019. Apply by sending cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 relevant references to, Subject line:  Megaplot project.

Harvard Forest Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Harvard Forest is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community that collectively supports and implements our mission: the investigation, understanding, and communication of the ways in which physical, biological, and human systems interact to change our Earth.  All should feel that they are critical members of the Harvard Forest community—whatever their identities—while working, studying, visiting, or living here.  We will welcome, recruit, develop, and advance talented staff, students, and visitors from diverse backgrounds, and strive to ensure that all are included in our mission.

Learn more about our work in diversity and inclusion.