Temporary Integrated Pest Management Technician
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Esteemed as the Green Heart of Pittsburgh and one of the world’s greenest public gardens, Phipps Conservatory is empowered by its mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-
being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.
Phipps is seeking a temporary Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Technician to assist in developing and coordinating Phipps’ IPM program in the Conservatory, production houses and outdoor gardens, including the newly installed Center for Sustainable Landscapes, with the goal of minimizing pesticide use while maintaining the health and beauty of all plants thoughout the Phipps campus. Principal duties will include, but not be limited to:
· Under the direction of the IPM Specialist, monitoring and diagnosing all plant health problems, biotic and abiotic.
· Aiding in implementing the IPM program for structural pest control.
· Keeping the IPM database current and maintaining records of all control measures implemented and the monetary costs associated with them.
· Aiding in designing, implementing, collecting and analyzing data for a research project on a relevant topic.
· Keeping abreast of current best practices regarding IPM recommendations and practices.
· Recommending the least toxic course of action for treating pests and diseases, being prepared to think outside the box.
Requirements include: B.S. degree in entomology, plant pathology or related field, or equivalent combination of skills and experience; minimum of 2 years’ experience (academic or applied) with IPM, including training in common horticultural pests and diseases; experience with research, experimental design or statistical analysis; and ability to acquire Pennsylvania pesticide applicator license within 2 months of hire.
Qualified candidates should email a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to email@example.com or mail to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. No telephone calls, please.
For more information about Phipps, please visit our website: www.phipps.conservatory.org.