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Integrated Pest Management Intern
Category: Horticulture

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014


Integrated Pest Management Intern

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Esteemed as 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 an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Intern 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 throughout the Phipps campus.  Essential duties and responsibilities will include:
  • Working closely with the IPM Specialist to monitor and diagnose 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 control measures implemented and the associated monetary costs.
  • 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.
Applicants should have a strong interest in entomology, plant pathology or a related field and must be at the junior year of college or above, majoring in a relevant field.  Requirements also include a minimum of one year’s experience (academic or applied) with IPM, as well as experience with research, experimental design or statistical analysis.
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to 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:
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is an equal opportunity employer.

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