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Harvard Forest: Assistant Summer Program Coordinator/Resident Advisor

by Ivara J. Roth on March 29, 2019

 (13-week position available beginning May 20, 2019)

For thirteen weeks in May-August 2019, 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 2019

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     
        Petersham, MA  01366 ;
      NO PHONE CALLS, please.


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