The IPM Intern works in an exciting and diverse work environment. In a given day the intern may scout an indoor/outdoor display or growing area for pests, help manage an aquatic environment, discourage nuisance wildlife pests, rear and release beneficial insects, hang pheromone traps to monitor invasive insect pests, or track growing degree days.
The intern will apply the three pillars of IPM: cultural, biological, and chemical control. He or she will use innovative technology to scout for pests, release beneficial insects, perform IPM educational programs for guests, and use various spray equipment to apply chemical pesticide treatments. Additionally the intern will conduct a research project that strengthens Longwood’s IPM program. The intern must obtain a pesticide applicator’s license and will apply pesticides with an emphasis on safety, focusing on the least toxic yet effective methods of control. The ability to lift 50 lbs, willingness to work in adverse weather conditions, and a valid driver’s license are required. On a given task he or she may work as part of a team, lead a group of students rotating through IPM, or work independently.
This is a 12 month internship. Housing and a stipend are provided.
The application deadline is February 1st. Application and program details are found at http://longwoodgardens.org/education/college-and-university-programs/internships-for-us-students.