IPMWG 2018, update from the UK Liaison

Dear fellow IPM nerds, geniuses & friends,

I would like to remind you all that the UK equivalent to the IPMWG meeting:  the Odyssey Group’s meeting, will take place this year at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on July 4th. Should  you wish to attend, please feel free to drop me an email. There is no fee for registration but it is a first-come, first-serve basis and places are limited.

If you are yet to read David Pinniger’s great IPM book, published by Archetype in 2015, here is a good review by our man in Vienna; Pascal Querner; to open your appetite. David will be presenting his latest publication with Dee Lauder on IPM at English Heritage in  the Spring this year, watch this space!

A new species of Silverfish has been found in the UK Museums in 2017, the Grey Silverfish, Ctenolepisma longicaudata, was found at the Museum of London, as first reported by Conservator Abby Moore in ICON news, and have since been found at the Natural History Museum, London (just by the IPM Rep for Entomology Department’s desk, somehow helpfully).  The implications of this finding should be considered serious as the species is already spreading rapidly in Europe and has also been found to survive and cause damage at ambient relative humidity (40-60%RH).

I would also like to leave here a reminder that the 4th International IPM  Conference will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on 21-23 May 2019. The call for papers is out and the deadline for abstracts submission is upon us but you still have time until 15 April 2018! I hope to see very many of you there, is going to be a fantastic conference.

If you are interested in Natural History collections, the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) will meet in Dunedin, New Zealand, 25 August to 8 September this year. Their conservation committee would welcome new members with an IPM background or interest; if you can’t travel to New Zealand, fear not, they will be back in the US in 2019 in Chicago.

2021 will be 10 years since the last Pest Odyssey conference… (opening of Richard Strauss’ Thus Spoke Zarathustra).

I’m writing this post as we wrap up this year’s meeting on a sunny and cold Friday 16th March and I am already feeling slightly melancholic that our time in snow covered and picturesque Harvard has gone so fast; but also happy that I have had a change to see old friends and meet new ones and work and learn alongside you all. Since we seem to have a knack on predicting mastondontica (that’s mammoth in Spanish, I thought you might like it) snow storms, I’m putting my money on a good one hitting Indiana next year! Prepare those snow boots Señor Kelley!

Thank you Rachael, Matt, Pat and thank you to the fantastic and welcoming local committee; Genevieve, Morgan & Jon  for such a great meeting!

Armando Mendez


Natural History Museum, London, UK

On Her Majesty’s IPM Service



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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, https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art/life/

Alternatively, applicants can send a cover letter and resume to careers@metmuseum.org 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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