The Presidio Trust is seeking an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Intern to serve as a key member of our IPM team within the Natural Resources department. The Trust’s IPM program supports the management of destructive plants, animals, and other organisms, in the Presidio’s 1,400 acres and over 700 buildings. Learn more at www.presidio.gov.
• Start Date: January 27, 2020
• End Date: December 18, 2020
• Length of Position: 11 months
• Schedule: 32 hours per week, Monday - Friday schedule with flexibility including occasional holidays, weekends and evenings
• Compensation: $20.51/hour plus health and commuter benefits
• Other Requirements: This position requires a current, valid Driver’s License prior to starting work, and maintenance of a driver’s license throughout occupancy of the position. You will be subject to a driver’s license investigation.
Our ideal candidate is an individual who wants to learn basic Integrated Pest Management practices and techniques that include identifying plants and wildlife common to the Presidio. Working closely with and being mentored by the Pest Control Specialist, this internship includes assisting in insect and plant pathogen monitoring programs, and leading, teaching and motivating volunteers during weekly drop-in programs. If you want to ensure pest management in Presidio landscapes and buildings to protect park visitors, residents, wildlife, water and other natural resources, this internship is for you.
• Ability to work independently in a motivated manner, with good organizational and time management skills
• Comfortable working both outdoors and indoors
• Desire to work with a diverse group of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints
• Enthusiasm for engaging and leading the community, including volunteers
• Ability to perform lab work
• Basic computer proficiency
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Able to work safely with gardening tools
• Must possess a valid Class C Driver’s License and be capable of driving in a busy urban park. Driver’s License is necessary to haul pest control and sampling equipment, attend meetings, perform site visits and operate equipment.
• Gain professional development in a team setting
• Learn basic Integrated Pest Management practices and techniques
• Learn how to identify plants and wildlife common to the Presidio
• Develop public speaking and communication skills
• Great opportunity to work in a national park alongside people from diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in engaging the public and preserving the natural and cultural history of the Presidio
About Presidio IPM
The Presidio Trust Natural Resources department is a thought-leader within the ecological community. The staff diligently manages native plant communities and wildlife, conducts natural resources research and monitoring, and continually challenges conventional thinking to create innovative solutions which improve the Park’s ecological health. In 2018, we planted over 20,000 seedlings, removed over 6,000 32-gallon bags of invasive species, and hosted over 9,000 volunteer hours restoring natural areas.
The Presidio Trust IPM team ensures that pest management in Presidio landscapes and buildings is done effectively to maintain a healthy ecosystem and protect park visitors, residents, wildlife, water, and other natural resources. We work closely with and share ideas with other innovative leaders in ecology, and engage our local communities in community science, ecosystem restoration, and the management of biodiversity within the park. In 2019, the IPM team worked to evaluate two organic herbicides to control weeds, facilitated the use of 80 goats for vegetation management, and worked with over 30 commercial nurseries to identify those using Best Management Practices to prevent plant disease.
Driver’s License Investigation & Review
This position requires a current, valid Driver’s License prior to starting work, and maintenance of a driver’s license throughout occupancy of the position. You will be subject to a driver’s license investigation as a New Entrant. An individual’s granting of an investigation and resulting reports thereafter is voluntary, however, employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a driver’s license investigation. The Trust may refuse to hire an individual, rescind an offer of employment, or review and terminate the employment of a current employee who does not successfully complete the driver’s license investigation.
• Assist in insect and plant pathogen monitoring programs
• Assist in field trials to evaluate least-toxic pest management methods
• Lead, teach and motivate volunteers during weekly drop-in volunteer programs
• Conduct and present an independent project
• Participate in Presidio Trust public events and programs
• Preferred degree in environmental studies, natural sciences, horticulture, agriculture, or ecology; or equivalent work experience in a related field
Interested candidates should apply by email with cover letter, resume and contact information for at least two references to Internship Coordinator Karen Braseth at interns @ presidiotrust.gov. PDF format is preferred but Microsoft Word versions are acceptable. Your cover letter should provide a brief explanation of your interest in the position relative to your future educational and career goals. If you have any special skills or interests, please include those. The resume should outline the applicant’s relevant experience and include contact information for two references familiar with the applicant’s previous work or academic experience. We will review applications received and will select some or all for interviews to be conducted at a mutually arranged time. Applications will not be kept on file after a decision is made.