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Integrated Pest Management Specialist
Category: Horticulture

Naples Botanical Garden
Naples, FL

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Position Title:  Integrated Pest Management Specialist
Department:  Conservation Department
Reports to:  Natural Areas Manager

Organizational Description
Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class paradise, featuring the flora and cultures of the tropics and sub-tropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees north and 26 degrees south, including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Florida.  The Garden’s mission is to connect people and plants through display, education, conservation, and science.  The Garden’s hands-on interactive Smith Children’s Garden, along with 90 acres of beautifully restored native habitats, formal Gardens, walking trails and public programming offer education and enjoyment for people of all ages.  Naples Botanical Garden is a 501(c)3 organization.

Position Summary
Naples Botanical Garden is seeking an organized and motivated Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist.  This position requires a strong background in invasive exotic plant management techniques and use of sustainable practices to manage and maintain healthy plant collections and displays throughout the Garden. The primary responsibility of the IPM Specialist is the management of invasive exotic vegetation in the Garden’s Preserve areas and created ecosystems.  Secondarily, the Specialist is responsible for development and implementation of an Integrated Pest Management plan to ensure the highest quality plant collections, including preventive, biological, cultural and chemical control methods.  The position is a full-time permanent position in the Garden’s Conservation Department. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
• Monitor, identify, and determine appropriate control measures for pest activities throughout the Preserves and Garden, including insects, diseases, weeds and animals.
• Carry out treatments in a safe and legal manner using best management practices, organic methods (when possible) and IPM principles, including but not limited to applications of herbicides, insecticides, miticides, fungicides and repellents.
• Correctly identify Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) Category I & II invasive exotic plant species with minimal review and discriminate invasive exotic plants from native vegetation of similar appearance.  
• Mix, handle and apply herbicides in accordance with label direction to manage weedy exotic vegetation in sensitive Preserve areas and created ecosystems.
• Exercise sound academic knowledge of ecological principles as they relate to vegetation management.
• Survey and inspect landscape trees, shrubs, turf, ornamentals and natural areas for evidence of various plant, insect and animal pests and related damage, natural pest predators, and conditions that may contribute to pest problems, and collaborate with staff to take appropriate steps to resolve issues.
• Utilize traps, chemical and non-chemical methods to manage a range of pests, including management of insects and nuisance wildlife, in an ethical, safe, and legal manner with emphasis on the least toxic approach. 
• Mix, apply, and monitor various recommended chemicals, fertilizers, compounds and baits to be used for the treatment, elimination or control of specific conditions found throughout the Gardens.
• Maintain detailed records of all activities related to pest control, including but not limited to daily spray logs and MSDS Sheets.
• Maintain pesticide storage area in accordance with all State and Local requirements and guidelines.
• Assist and provide expertise in the development of integrated pest management program strategy.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities continued
• Provide technical expertise, assistance and training to staff and volunteers about pest biology, best management practices, and IPM strategies.
• Safely operate and maintain specialized equipment, including sprayers and spray equipment.

Additional Qualifications
• Knowledge of tropical and sub-tropical plant species, plant nutrient deficiencies, plant pests, and nuisance wildlife.
• Experience using natural or organic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides is beneficial. 
• Knowledge of sustainable best management practices or IPM principles. 
• Knowledge, ability and willingness to handle fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides in the course of landscape management.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision under adverse physical and weather conditions, including high humidity and temperatures, inclement weather, exposure to poisonous plants, biting insects, wild animals and difficult terrain.
• Two to five years’ experience in field techniques of mechanical and chemical treatment of invasive plants.
• Minimum of 2 years experience applying organic and/or synthetic pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers in landscape plant, turf, fruit and vegetable areas.
• Must possess required licenses for all disciplines required for the position or be willing to obtain licenses.  All licenses must be active and continuously maintained. 
• Valid Florida Drivers License.
• Ability to function effectively as a member of a team as well as work independently to see projects through to completion.

Additional Responsibilities
• Participate in Garden-wide events, exhibitions and projects as required or needed
• Will include some evening or weekend hours, depending on the needs of the organization or program
• Performs other duties as assigned and required

To Apply
Please provide a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references by email to

To find out more about Naples Botanical Garden, please visit our website at  Naples Botanical Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Naples Botanical Garden has a long-standing policy of employment and advancement based solely upon qualifications to perform the essential elements of a position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin (ancestry), or disability.

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