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Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a Principal in A.M. Art Conservation, the e-Editor for the American Institute for Conservation and the Co-Chair of the Integrated Pest Management Working Group.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program Administrator position at The MET

Position Profile

Position Title: IPM Program Administrator
Department: Executive Offices
Reports to: Executive Offices
Salary Grade: M4
Employee Classification: Non-Union Exempt Full time
Effective Date: March 2018
End date: Permanent

Applicants should be able to see and apply for this position soon on the Met’s Linkedin page,

Alternatively, applicants can send a cover letter and resume to as Word attachments and use the following format in the subject line: position title – your name.


The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program Administrator will oversee the creation and management of an IPM program  across the  institution.  Reporting  to the Executive Offices,  the position  works in close collaboration with the IPM-Working Group and Buildings Management to establish and uphold comprehensive and unified best practice procedures and policies for pest management and prevention. The position also offers overarching support for collections  management across the institution. The successful candidate will have experience implementing and administering  an IPM program, preferably across a large and complex organization.


  • Establishes and manages a comprehensive Integrated  Pest Management (IPM) program for the
  • Drafts IPM policy and procedure documents outlining:
    • Building-wide monitoring, identification, reporting, and treatment processes
    • Departmental monitoring and documentation
    • Best practices for prevention and exclusion – building infrastructure and housekeeping
    • Quarantine systems for objects entering and exiting the museum
    • Pest identification documents
    • Equipment care and handling for quarantine and anoxic treatments
  • Researches and establishes building-wide pest monitoring software with updated maps
  • Coordinates and implements IPM response action plans across the institution
  • Leads general training on IPM best practices for all staff, including new hires
  • Leads targeted training for collections care staff and the IPM-Action and IPM-Response teams, including:
    • Annual training on pest identification
    • Annual workshops on key aspects of IPM monitoring, prevention and remediation
  • Partners with Custodial Services and The Met’s commercial pest management contractors to incorporate IPM best practices
  • Advises and consults on IPM efforts related to The Met’s food service operation
  • Advises and consults on IPM requirements for all permanent exhibition and infrastructure modifications
  • Maintains an IPM intranet site
  • Creates and maintains pest collection sites
  •  Continuing education:
    • Represents the Met at MuseumPest/IPM-WG conferences
    • Initiates research requests to the Department of Scientific Research (DSR) and/or invites external speakers to understand the effect of pesticides on art objects
    • Initiates research requests to DSR and/or  invites  external speakers to understand the range of art materials that are safe to freeze
  • Drafts reports as needed on topics above
  • Other related duties and special projects


Experience and Skills:

  • At least  3 years  of experience  in    implementing  and administering  an IPM program  across an organization
  • Ability to lead teams and work collaboratively with staff across the museum at all levels
  • Thorough  knowledge of pest monitoring software (knowledge of buildings management software preferred)
  •  IPM certification preferred
  •  Proficient in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint)
  •  Experience working with museum cataloguing systems with a strong preference for experience with The Museum System (TMS)
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and trafficking/project coordination skills
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills

Knowledge and Education:

  • Extensive experience in pest management at a cultural, academic, or similar institution preferred
  • Master’s degree preferred but not required

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IPM Working Group Meeting 2018 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

March 14 – 16, 2018

Sponsored by Harvard University Herbaria, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

The host for this year’s meeting are three of Harvard University’s museums – Harvard University Herbaria, Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. While IPM has been a long-time component of these historic museums’ preventive conservation programs, this is their first time hosting the IPM Working Group (IPM-WG). We are grateful for their willingness to provide a welcome meeting space. 

As always, the IPM-WG meetings are designed to help institutions with active IPM programs by bringing individuals together to tackle projects related to particular pest-related challenges.  All information resulting from these collaborations are placed on the website for the benefit of the cultural heritage community. 

The program is scheduled for 2.5 days, beginning the afternoon of March 14th, with optional tours held across several locations within Harvard University, including collections tours where participants will have the opportunity to take a look behind-the-scenes.

The following two days (March 15-16) will revert to the traditional IPM-WG schedule focusing on further development of the online content for the website.  Short 5-10 minute presentations by participants on IPM-related activities and/or projects at their home institutions are interspersed with the work sessions.  If you would like to present to the group, please indicate your interest when you RSVP for the meeting. 

There is no fee for attending the program; however, participants are responsible for their own travel, room, and board.  Additionally, participants are expected to take on an assignment that will result in content for the website. The two-and-a-half-day program is by invitation only as space is limited. 

To request a spot please RSVP by e-mailing: including: “IPM-WG 2018 Meeting” in the subject line. Your request must include:

Address (Company/institution)
Phone #

RSVP’s will be accepted through March 1st, 2018 or until spots are filled.  Priority will be given to returning participants on a first-come, first-served basis and to new participants who are actively involved in an IPM program in their institution.  

Please note: The IPM-WG meetings do not teach IPM and are only appropriate for individuals working with an active IPM program.  For more information on establishing a program, please consult the website. 

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