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13 Aug 2021

Full-Time Integrated Pest Management Coordinator

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District – Posted by MROSD Los Altos, California, United States

Job Description

Do you have a passion for protecting and preserving open space?  Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) is seeking a skilled and motivated Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinator to join our team of resource management professionals working to protect and restore the natural environment within Midpen’s land in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the San Francisco Peninsula.  Ideal candidates will have a strong background in Integrated Pest Management and botany, with demonstrated experience in effectively and efficiently managing priority pest species to protect natural and cultural resources and ensures safe recreational use of the preserves.  Additionally, ideal candidates will possess excellent judgment and proactive problem-solving skills; successfully collaborate with field staff, contractors, and biologists; and able to clearly communicate with the public.

About Midpen:  Midpen is a regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz Mountain region comprised of more than 65,000 acres of land with nearly 250 miles of trails in 26 extraordinary open space preserves, permanently protected for natural resource conservation, public enjoyment, and recreation. Midpen is a public agency with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact.  If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection, natural resource restoration and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position!  Check out the Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.  View our website to gain insight to Midpen’s operations and organizational values.

About the PositionThe incumbent will be a part of a cohesive team of 14 in the Natural Resources Department, which is part of the Visitor and Field Services business line. Midpen aims to recruit and retain employees who embody professionalism, accountability, and respect, who value working in an environment focused on inclusivity, diversity, and equity.

Under the general supervision of the Senior Resource Management Specialist for Vegetation, the IPM Coordinator will implement the District’s Integrated Pest Management Program; apply IPM principles in the management of invasive, weedy and flammable plants and pest animals in natural park environments and facilities; has a working technical knowledge of a wide range of pest management techniques, including low toxicity pesticides, pesticide alternatives, measures to protect the health of people and the environment, techniques for tracking and evaluating hundreds of individual activities, and is accustomed to working independently and exercising sound judgment. This position requires familiarity with identification of plants, pests and sensitive environments, safety, monitoring, databases, GIS mapping, regulations, project management, hiring and oversight of contractors, and report writing.  The IPM Coordinator will advise and monitor field and office staff and contractors on IPM work; lead a multi-department team in reviewing and setting priorities for all IPM activities on approximately 65,000 acres according to District policy; train staff in IPM methods and safety; conduct field inspections; recommend appropriate treatment methods; monitor work; and report on progress of the program to the General Manager, Board of Directors, and public.  Additional requirements include: PC and MS Office Suite proficiency; excellent oral and written communication skills; and strong interpersonal skills.  The position will also be responsible for leading and assisting on other natural resource projects in the department as assigned.

A Few Reasons Why You May Love This Job

  • Collaborative work that directly supports Midpen’s mission to protect and restore the natural environment
  • You’ll be part of a talented and dynamic team whose work contributes to providing nature’s benefits to everyone
  • Excellent employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement, and a retirement pension through California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

Work Environment:  This position requires on-site work in an office environment at Midpen’s offices in Los Altos, California and will regularly report to the field. Field work will require driving in remote areas on dirt roads, working in temperatures ranging from cold and windy to hot and dry, and hiking through steep terrain and wildland areas. Ideal candidates will be comfortable working in these types of field conditions, as well as in an office environment.

Education and Experience:  We realize your time is valuable, so please apply only if you have at least the required minimum qualifications outlined here: any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:  equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in natural resource management, environmental design, ecology, biology, botany, horticulture, agricultural sciences or a related field, and (3) three years of professional experience in integrated pest management preferably in natural parks, open space, or related field, including at least (1) year of administrative responsibility.   One (1) year of supervisory responsibility and a master’s degree is desirable.

Licenses & Certifications Required:   Possession of a valid California Driver’s License. A California Pest Control Advisor license, Qualified Applicator License, or Qualified Applicator Certificate (or be able to obtain within one year of hire date).

Benefits:   Midpen provides an excellent benefits package including health, life & disability insurance as well as CalPERS pension. Please see the Benefits page on the District website for details.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply:   A note to applicants who currently live outside of the San Francisco Bay Area: before committing to the application process, and if you haven’t done so already, we suggest evaluating the feasibility of relocation. We recommend researching the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, the cost to relocate, and typical commute times to Los Altos from outlying areas.
  • Ready to apply?  Great!  We welcome your application online at
  • Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for an interview.

The following application items are required to be considered*:
  1. Fully completed CalOpps employment application
  2. Cover letter
  3. Resume
  4. Supplemental question responses
*Incomplete CalOpps employment applications, or applications without the required application items listed here, will not be considered for the position.
Recruitment Timeline:  TBD

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department at 650-691-1200.

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Job Categories: Environmental. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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