Research Assistant/Crew Leader for vegetation Sampling =96 Eastern Massachusetts

Sustainable Working Landscape (SWL)

Full Time 13-week position


The Harvard Forest is seeking an energetic person with field experience in sampling forest vegetation as part of an ongoing forest dynamics research project. The assistant will work with minimal supervision, locating pre-existing plots, sampling vegetation (trees, shrubs, herbs), entering data into spreadsheets, and establishing new plots. At the beginning of the summer the RA will help with training the field crew, and be leading the crew in the day-to-

day operations of the field sampling. This summer=92s work will serve as the ongoing long-

term ecological monitoring program in Lincoln and Concord Massachusetts, located in and around Walden Woods.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

-=09One full season of field experience sampling forest vegetation REQUIRED

-=09Experience with map and compass, GPS, plant identification, and sampling methods

-=09Understanding of New England=92s forest plant communities and succession patterns

-=09Background in ecology, forestry, and/or botany

-=09Experience in entering data into an Excel spreadsheet

-=09Ability to learn quickly, work independently, and be self-motivated in challenging conditions

-=09Access to a reliable vehicle and valid driver=92s license

Working Conditions

Applicants must be in good physical health and capable of lifting 50 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.

Compensation, Benefits and Application Process

Pay will be $20 hour/ approximately 40 hours a week, 13-week full time appointment. Possible part-time work before the summer sampling starts and after the summer sampling concludes.  No benefits.

To Apply and For More Information

Application deadline is April 20th. 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 to the attention of Jay Aylward.