Position: Temporary Field Assistant / SES Recruiter
Date: May 3, 2013
A temporary (~9 months) full-time position split between work as a recruiter for the Semester in Environmental Science (SES), a fall-semester off-campus program for undergraduates, and work as a field assistant at the Harvard Forest is available at the Marine Biological Laboratory.
Field Assistant Responsibilities: Conduct routine measurements of tree growth, forest biomass and soil processes, including soil respiration using Infrared Gas Analysis at long-term soil warming plots and control sites in the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. Work may also include construction and maintenance of the plot infrastructure (e.g. heater cables and control equipment).
Recruiter Responsibilities: Work with the Director of SES and the senior faculty, to contact and inform faculty members and undergraduate students at selected colleges about the Semester in Environmental Science at the MBL, with the goal of encouraging students to participate in the semester. Develop and update mailing list of faculty contacts at the target colleges. Travel to selected colleges to present informational seminars about the SES, and to represent the SES at off-campus studies fairs, and to present information sessions about the program to students. Develop a schedule for seminars and recruiting visits to the colleges, including visits by faculty members in the SES program and help coordinate these visits. Keep track of all inquiries about the program and follow-up to encourage students inquiring to apply. Help develop informational materials about the SES and maintain social networking sites for the program.
Bachelors degree in biology, chemistry, engineering or environmental studies is required. Must have familiarity with personal computers; experience with Windows, MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel necessary. Good interpersonal communication skills, public speaking ability, organizational skills required.
Experience with basic techniques of forestry, soil and plant science helpful. Enthusiasm and interest in environmental science education, and experience with off-campus study programs valuable. Prior experience with the SES program especially helpful.
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