Integrated Pest Management Specialist
Integrated pest management specialists are responsible for developing and managing a financially sound and environmentally safe pest management strategy for customers. They work to develop an integrated pest management (IPM) treatment plan that combines common sense and current, comprehensive information on the life cycle of the identified pests (such as insects and rodents) and how they interact with their environment to manage the pests.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?
- Have an in-depth knowledge of common pesticides and insecticides, their uses and the application processes
- Oversee a team of IPM specialists or technicians for actions such as scouting (looking for pests and signs of pests), treating, planning treatment schedules and conducting research
- Lead team trainings on common pest identification, treatment and diseases
- Assist the company in budgeting for the department while continually monitoring and controlling project costs
- Ensure that application processes and all IPM plans under your supervision comply with local, state, and federal pesticide application laws and regulations
- Apply pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and/or fertilizers on specified areas
- Closely follow label directions on how to prepare and apply pesticides
- Be able to identify necessary PPE for pesticide application and properly operate and wear all personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Maintain and operate application equipment such as sprayers and tractors
- Communicate with customers to identify their pest control needs and develop a IPM plan while considering financial and environmental factors
- Explain to customer(s) the service that is being conducted during each visit, answering any questions about the service before or afterwards
- Maintain a safe and orderly workspace and work vehicle for mixing chemicals and storing equipment
- Maintain accurate and detailed pesticide application records
Recommended High School Courses:
- agricultural education
- plant science
- agricultural mechanics
A bachelor’s degree in plant science, agribusiness or a related field is required. Integrated pest management specialists must have extensive, relevant work experience for this higher-level role.
They are also required to have a license from the federal government (United States Environmental Protection Agency) and from the state that they will be working in. The licensure process includes classroom education, hands-on training and supervised work experience. Regular continuing education courses must be completed to keep all licenses up to date. IPM Specialists must also keep a valid driver’s license.