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Project Assistant/Curator of Ecological Archive, Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Campton, NH



Job title: Project Assistant: Curator of Ecological Archive


The objective of this position is to determine the most efficient way to house a sample collection for ecological studies at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.


Duration: June 3, 2019-August 2, 2019 (some flexibility in start date and duration)


Site background: Hubbard Brook is the oldest long-term ecological research site in the US and has a large collection of archived samples housed in a dedicated archive building ( The ultimate goal is to barcode and link all samples to a database that contains meta-data and analytical data (mostly chemical) which would facilitate identification of the most useful samples for a given study. The water samples in the collection (from streams, lakes and rain) are well organized and are in the process of being bar-coded and linked to the meta-data. The main challenge of our project is in dealing with the solid samples, which range from soils in large containers to small vials of ground plant material to tree branches to rocks.


Duties: The project assistant would develop a plan for how best to organize and catalog this collection. This project provides an unusual opportunity for creative input and design of an archive.

The project assistant would

  • assess the current and projected collection,
  • develop a plan of how best to group and organize the samples (based on size, sample type etc.),
  • work with the Data Manager to improve the meta-data form for sample submission,
  • and possibly help supervise the moving of the collection.


The project assistant will work with US Forest Service scientist Linda Pardo.


Compensation: commensurate with experience


Location: Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Campton, NH

(located in the heart of the White Mountains)

Housing provided


Qualifications: The candidate should:

  • have advanced archival skills (including work/internship experience)
  • have excellent organizational skills
  • have strong spatial organization skills
  • be able to work independently and communicate clearly

Background in environmental science or familiarity with databases would be useful.


Please contact Dr. Linda Pardo, US Forest Service, if you have any questions: 802-656-1712.



December 10, 2018 or until filled.



Please complete an online application at and include a single PDF file consisting of a cover letter which includes Job Code 18033-I a resume, and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. 

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