Student Opportunities

No matter what your interest, there may be an opportunity awaiting you this school year or summer in Hopkins Forest.

School Year Positions

Property Caretakers

Help take care of the Hopkins Memorial Forest’s 2600 acre reserve through various duties, including gardening, trail maintenance, woodlot management, vegetation control, grounds-keeping, curatorial duties, educational programming, equipment maintenance and more. Shifts run from 1-4pm every week day, although there is some flexibility with hours within that time. Contact the Forest  Manager or check out CARETAKERS for more information or to join the crew.

Educators

Work with the Hopkins Memorial Forest Manager (Drew Jones) to develop field trip curricula and host field trips for area elementary schools. Students may also support Drew in facilitating additional education opportunities utilizing Hopkins Forest’s natural and historical resources. All Williams students will be fully trained and no science background is needed. 2-5 hours a week, generally Thursday and Friday mornings. Contact the Forest Manager for more information or apply using the link below.  Note: due to public health concerns stemming from Covid-19, there are no plans to host on-site field trips this semester; all Educator work will be virtual/remote.

Details & Application

Summer Positions

We are now hiring several positions — including Property Caretakers and Environmental Analysis Lab Assistants — for summer 2020.  All are eight to ten week, full time positions. Preference in selection will be given to Williams College students. Anyone interested in pursuing his/her own (self-funded) project is encouraged to contact the Forest Manager.

Property Caretakers

Hopkins Forest Caretakers have a wide range of duties including gardening, trail maintenance, woodlot management, vegetation control, grounds-keeping, curatorial duties, educational programming, equipment maintenance and more. This is an 8 to 10 week, full time position. Contact the Forest  Manager for more information or apply using the link below.

Details & Application

Students in RiverEnvironmental Analysis Lab Assistants

Work on the Forest’s Environmental and Climatological monitoring program–from the field to the lab. Collect data, analyze samples in the lab, and maintain instruments and databases. Questions? Contact Lab Supervisor Jay Racela.  You can apply using the link below.

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Research Positions

Undergraduates at Williams have undertaken numerous research projects, including honors thesis research, on a variety of topics over the past thirty years. Other opportunities for undergraduates include research assistantships, independent studies, Winter Study projects. Although funded positions are generally reserved for Williams College students, consideration would be given to individuals from other areas where feasible. Contact the Forest  Manager for more information.