Hubbard Brook

Mirror Lake at Hubbard Brook by Sara Kaiser.
Hubbard Brook by Alisa Muniz.

The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest has been used as an outdoor laboratory for ecological studies since 1955. It consists of 3,160 ha of unbroken northern hardwood forest situated in the stunning White Mountain National Forest in central New Hampshire. It is administered by the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, which has its headquarters in the Hubbard Brook valley.

Founded in 1963, the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study is one of the longest-running and most comprehensive ecosystem studies in the world. The collaborative, multidisciplinary research efforts include long-term studies of air, water, soils, plants, and animals in the forest and associated aquatic ecosystems.

The Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study is a unique public-private partnership involving the USDA Forest Service, the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, and scientists from research institutions throughout the country.

View of Mirror Lake from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest by Alisa Muniz.

Life at Hubbard Brook

Lakeside housing on the beautiful Likens Conservation Campus at Mirror Lake is reminiscent of summer camp, with plenty of outdoor activities directly outside your front door. Wake up to spectacular sunrises and go to bed with the nocturnal chorus of yodeling Common Loons.

  • work schedule is 6 days on with 1 day off per week (crew leader must approve 2 days off for special events two weeks in advance )
  • 10-12 weeks, leaving after your last final through the 1st week of August (possibility of 2-week extension if interested in late season field work)
  • shared 6-person cottages with full kitchens and electricity
  • computer lab with Wi-Fi
  • weekly Science Night discussions with pizza
  • Monday Night Potluck at Pleasant View Farm with Hubbard Brook researchers
  • Pie Night tradition—find 10 nests and earn a pie of your choice!
  • swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing
  • lounge areas and fire pit on lawn
  • exceptional hiking, trail running, and birding
  • volleyball, soccer, frisbee at Pleasant View Farm
  • great base for day trips into the White Mountain National Forest
  • end of season float down the Pemigewasset River
Likens Conservation campus nestled at the base of the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest on Mirror Lake by David Adams.