We are seeking a full-time IPM Coordinator for Environmental Concern’s (EC) native plant nursery located in St. Michaels, MD. EC’s nursery specializes in growing species of the Mid-Atlantic region for the wholesale & retail markets, and for use in EC’s restoration projects. Under the supervision of the nursery manager, the IPM specialist will implement EC’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program.

Qualifications include:

  • Theory and practice of integrated pest management.
  • Basic plant healthcare and integrated pest management practices and procedures.
  • Equipment, methods, tools, practices, and procedures utilized in the safe and effective management of pest programs.
  • Federal, state, and local EPA regulations for pesticide use and application, including continuing knowledge of associated human and environmental toxicity and exposure risks.
  • Safe pesticide work practices, procedures, and applications.
  • Identification and control measures of pests and disease.
  • Standard office practices and procedures, including the operation of standard office equipment such as computers and computer software programs relevant to assigned duties, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations.
  • Pest control prevention and eradication techniques.

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Ensure compliance with all application policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Manage database of information to ensure compliance.
  • Research and recommend successful least-toxic methods, including less toxic chemical, and cultural methods.
  • Native plant processes including seed-sowing, -collecting, and -processing, asexual propagation, inventory assistance, transplanting, container-filling, watering, weeding; pulling, packaging, and delivering orders; pruning/cutting-back, assisting our restoration dept. with planting days, and customer assistance.
  • Oversee a monitoring program for pests.
  • Plan, coordinate, and train employees in integrated pest management principles and in the operation of equipment associated with the application of products.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence, procedures, and other written materials.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, employees, and contractors.
  • Provide training where needed to maintain an acute awareness of safety hazards and maintain a safe working environment.
  • Tolerate being dirty, hot, cold, wet, around bugs, bending, squatting, lifting (30+ lbs.), repetitive tasks, etc. for extended periods, year-round.
  • Work outside or in a greenhouse most of the time.


Start times vary from 6:00 AM to 8 AM depending on the time of year.  Currently, periodic weekend work is required February to November.


Education: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the Biological, Agricultural or Environmental Sciences, or related field.

Experience: at least one-year prior work in the horticulture industry performing IPM-related tasks; greenhouse/nursery IPM work preferred; familiarity with native species of the northeastern U.S. is preferred.

Pesticide applicator license or willingness/ability to acquire one within 6 months of hire required. CPR/First Aid & Safety training is preferred.


Compensation based on experience and education.


  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 10 vacation days; 15 days after 5 years
  • Five sick/safe days annually
  • Individual health insurance for employee (company pays ½ of monthly premium)
  • Short term disability
  • Life insurance
  • 401K retirement plan

Send resume’ to John Sandkuhler