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Harvard Forest - Harvard University

324 North Main Street
Website:Harvard University
Salary Range:Location:
$17.00 Per Hour PETERSHAM, MA
Job Type:Category:
Education Level:Work Experience:
High School or Equivalent
Preference: Required
Up to One Year
Preference: Nice to have
Drivers License for 2 years - Preference: Required
ability to lift 50 lbs. - Preference: Required
Comfort with working in any weather conditions - Preference: Required

Fulltime Temporary Indoor/Outdoor Facilities Assistant Harvard Forest, Petersham MA


Assist woods crew staff as needed on various projects, including but not limited to:

  • Assist with building/framing wood research structures.
  • Preparing firewood
  • Assisting with land clearing operations using a brush saw
  • Indoor painting
  • Outdoor painting (various structures such as wood road gates and research towers)
  • Marking boundaries
  • Moving livestock

Terms of employment:

  • 13-week position starting in September 2023
  • 40 hours per week 7:00 am-3:30 pm M-F (includes 30-minute unpaid lunch break)
  • $17.00 per hour (non-benefited)

Apply by sending cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 work related references to:  HFAPPS@FAS.HARVARD.EDU  

Applications are accepted via email only, SUBJECT LINE: TEMPORARY FACILITIES POSITION

No phone calls please. No walk-in applications accepted.

More information on Harvard Forest is available at http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/. 

The Harvard Forest Community 

Harvard Forest is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We have a Code of Conduct that clearly outlines expected conduct for members of our community, unacceptable conduct, and pathways for support for those who experience or witness misconduct. 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.

Harvard strongly encourages all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines. 

EEO Statement: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


  • Must have been licensed to drive for at least 2 years.
  • Age: 18 years of age as of start date with a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Comfortable working in any weather conditions either alone or in pairs in wooded locations.
  • Positive attitude, good work ethic, and responsible work habits with team member mentality required.
  • Able to prioritize daily tasks.


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