Coordinator of Integrated Pest Management

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Compensation: $53K to $67K

Reports to:  Manager of Parkwide Support
Department:  Landscape Management
Status: Full-time, Non-exempt

About Central Park Conservancy:
Central Park is one of the most famous and beloved urban public spaces in the world. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1857, the 843-acre park was the first purpose-built public park in the country and is a National Historic Landmark. The Central Park Conservancy, a private not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1980 to rescue the Park which had fallen into serious disrepair. Since that time, the Conservancy has overseen the investment of approximately $1 billion in the restoration of the Park, and now hosts over 40 million visitors a year. 

The Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and celebrate Central Park as a sanctuary from the pace and pressures of city life, enhancing the enjoyment and wellbeing of all. The City of New York has formally entrusted the care of the Park to the Conservancy which is responsible for every aspect of the Park’s care, including landscape maintenance, capital improvements, and the visitor experience. Committed to sharing the best practices in urban park management, the Conservancy also serves as a resource for other NYC parks and for public-private partnerships around the world. The Conservancy employs 325 people and has an operating budget of $80 million.

The Position
The Coordinator of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the IPM program set forth by the Landscape Management Department.  Working under the general direction of the Manager of Parkwide Support, the Coordinator of IPM is primarily responsible for coordinating and conducting IPM program activities.  It is expected that the Coordinator of IPM will work across departments and with other staff in Park Operations to perform their primary tasks.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Provide all manner of support for the IPM program researching and initiating procedures, protocols, and activities for rodent, insect, weed and disease pests in the landscapes
  • Coordinate IPM program activities with sectional and other department staff and ensure IPM priorities are performed consistently throughout the Park
  • Communicates with and supports section staff in identification and monitoring of insect, weed, and disease pests in landscapes
  • Schedule, prepare, apply and assist with rodent baiting, trapping, monitoring, burrow harassment and other rodent mitigation techniques
  • Assist with in-house pesticide applications ensuring compliance with all federal, state, and local laws including record keeping requirements
  • Manage contracted IPM services ensuring contractor compliance and maintaining records for services provided
  • Provide pesticide application posting, notification, and record keeping in compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies and guidelines
  • Inspect and monitor work to ensure compliance of organizational standards of methods and practices, safety and other established requirements
  • Maintain tools and equipment in good working order and report items that require repair
  • Operate various types of equipment including utility vehicle, light or medium weight trucks and tractors
  • Displays the necessary initiative and dependability to work alone or in groups
  • Interact with Park patrons in a professional manner
  • Daily reports of malfunctioning infrastructure, furnishings, safety hazards, quality of life issues
  • Perform related work as assigned

Qualifications/Requirements

Minimum Requirements 

  1. Bachelor’s or Associate Degree from accredited college in a related field; 3 years of increasingly responsible full-time experience in maintenance work in the field of Landscape Management; demonstrated ability to work well and collaborate with others: or
  2. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” above.  However, all candidates must have demonstrated the ability to work well and collaborate with others
  3. Valid Drivers’ License that must be maintained for duration of employment
  4. Possess a fundamental understanding and knowledge of urban park landscape maintenance using modern integrated pest management practices
  5. NYS Commercial Pesticide Applicators License category 3A and 7A obtained within 3 months of hire and maintained for duration of employment

Abilities Required 

  1. Ability to provide both oral and written communication that is easily understood and direct in its content
  2. Ability to engage in critical thinking skills that allow for prioritizing issues, coordinating multiple projects and problem solve
  3. Knowledge of computer equipment and Microsoft Office applications
  4. Ability to work overtime, weekends, and holidays as part of regularly scheduled shifts and ability to work overtime as needed
  5. Ability to lift 50 lbs. and perform heavy physical labor on a daily basis in all weather conditions

Salary range: $53,000 to $67,000 (based on experience)

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
The Central Park Conservancy’s work is guided by the belief that Central Park, and all public parks, must be managed and actively protected as an inclusive and democratic space for all. Working closely with our New York City partners, we will always strive towards creating and sustaining a sense of belonging for all visitors and advocating for equitable and accessible public use of the Park. In service of this belief, we are committed to fostering a workforce and organizational culture that is as diverse as Central Park itself and the dynamic city it serves.

Safety Requirements
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations.  Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities.  Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways, etc.).  If an employee discovers a potential dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.

Additional Information

Disclaimer
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Contact Information

Central Park Conservancy
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