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Hopkins Memorial Forest Manager

Williams College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Apr 16, 2024

Job Details

Hopkins Memorial Forest Manager

Location: Williams Campus,Williamstown
Job ID: 302639
Full/Part Time: Full Time

Opening Details

Williams College seeks a full-time manager for the Hopkins Memorial Forest (HMF) with a target start date of March 1, 2024. The primary role of this position is to maintain and expand HMF as a center for cross-disciplinary research and teaching. In addition, the manager facilitates opportunities for outdoor education and community outreach, such as the annual fall festival and the spring Maplefest. Further, the manager coordinates the HMF caretaker program, which provides training in forest and land management for undergraduates. We welcome applications from candidates with grant writing experience and an interest in pursuing opportunities to expand the HMF mission. The successful candidate must be able to engage with diverse members of the Williams community and make HMF an inclusive and accessible place for all forest users.

HMF is a 2600 acre reserve centered in northwestern Massachusetts and extending into New York and Vermont. Managed by the Center for Environmental Studies (CES) with support from the HMF Users Committee of researchers, HMF has a long tradition of providing opportunities for education, research, and reflection in the liberal arts tradition. Researchers use the forest to study the interlocked crises of biodiversity loss and anthropogenic climate change and maintain decades-long observations of vegetation, meteorology, hydrology, and biogeochemistry. As a result, HMF has provided a pivotal foundation for investigations of unique scientific value while serving as a resource for Williams and surrounding communities. Further information about HMF and CES are available at:

This role is based fully on campus in Williamstown, MA.


The core responsibilities of the HMF manager are to:
  • Coordinate and promote research and teaching activities in HMF.
  • Oversee the Rosenburg Center, which includes a field lab and classroom.
  • Manage and supervise the HMF caretaker program.
  • Promote and coordinate outreach events at HMF involving faculty, students, the Williams Outing Club, and the public.
  • Maintain trails, and if needed, coordinate with outside contractors and the Williams Facilities Department to maintain infrastructure and forest resources.
  • Collaborate with Campus Safety to ensure safety at the forest, including managing the fall deer hunting season.
  • Interface with governmental agency resource managers as required. The HMF Manager is a member of CES, with offices in both CES and the Rosenburg Center at HMF.

  • Master's Degree in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, or related field required
  • At least 2 years experience with field research and in environmental education and outreach
  • Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion with the ability to work with and support groups of diverse students of various identities and who have various lived experiences.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Grant writing experience preferred, or willingness to undertake grant writing responsibilities
  • Proficiency in grounds maintenance practices and a willingness to be chainsaw certified
  • Valid Driver's License

Application review will begin on February 6, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Pay range is from $75,000 to $85,000, commensurate with experience. Job band 2-E. Please visit to apply - all applications will be reviewed by the search committee.

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at

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