IPM Instructor and Curator

Job Number: NPC-IPM

Permanent   |  Niagara Falls, Ontario   |  Posted on Jul 21, 2016 ← Back

Established over 125 years ago, The Niagara Parks Commission has been a custodian and steward of one of the world’s natural wonders along with many of Niagara’s inspiring environmental and historical treasures. In the 1,325 hectare portfolio, Niagara Parks’ properties consist of extensive nature and heritage offerings, family attractions, golf courses, a horticultural school, retails shops, restaurants and a butterfly conservatory. There is also a 56 km recreational trail and the scenic Niagara Parkway.

Niagara Falls Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture was established with a view to improve the horticultural excellence. The students and School of Horticulture are responsible for maintaining the Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden is both a tourist attraction of national significance and an outdoor classroom for horticultural students. The Garden spreads across almost 100 acres with pathways, plants, ornamental trees, woodlands and ponds. The Botanical Garden is also home to the Butterfly Conservatory, Rock Garden, Arboretum, Aviary, Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, the famous Rose Garden as well as providing a residence area for School of Horticulture.


As the new Instructor (IPM)/Curator you will report directly to the Assistant Superintendent of the School of Horticulture. This is a key role in our organization and will have dual accountability for both teaching the IPM course curriculum within the School of Horticulture and for oversight of IPM activities within the Botanical Gardens.

From a teaching perspective you will be responsible for the development of academic policies, course curriculum and delivery of all IPM academic courses as well as general horticultural skills and techniques to full-time students at the school.

From a curator perspective you will oversee a seasonal staff up to 40 which includes parks staff, co-op students, interns, and volunteers. In addition you will be responsible for oversight and maintenance of selected garden areas within the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and in particular the IPM program.


  • Horticulture Industry Experience: Five years of related botanical gardens or horticultural industry experience, plus three years teaching experience. Demonstrated experience in selection, knowledge and use of herbaceous and woody plants.
  • Teaching Experience: At least three years experience in teaching and curriculum development at the post-secondary level coupled with instructional education techniques; ability to take a hands on approach to actively instruct students within the Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture.
  • People Management: Ability to strategically plan, organize and direct the work of students, co-ops, parks staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Integrated Pest Management: Knowledge of and experience in developing and delivering Integrated Pest Management programs and the ability to guide plant pest and disease diagnosis and plant pathology.
  • Landscaping Techniques: Knowledge and experience in landscaping techniques, design principles and an ability to approach garden development creatively.
  • Safety Practices: Extensive knowledge of industrial and horticultural safety practices and the Occupational Health & Safety Act.
  • Communication Skills: Organizational skills with the ability to communicate effectively with students, staff and horticultural industry professionals.
  • Education: Completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree or a three year Horticultural diploma and relevant botanical gardens and/or horticultural industry experience; valid Landscape Exterminators Licence. Additional certifications in related education and related horticultural trades are also an asset.


To explore this opportunity please apply via email by August 4, 2016 to careers@waterhousesearch.ca quoting project NPC-IPM Should you wish to speak to our Executive Recruiter please contact Jon Stungevicius at 416-214-9233, jon@waterhousesearch.com.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  In accordance with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005), the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.  If you require disability – related accommodations, please inform the Human Resources (HR) staff.  All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.    We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  To request an alternate format, please contact the HR Department at (905) 353-5411, or by email to accessibility@niagaraparks.com, or by TTY, Local (905) 356-5672, or Toll–free 1-855-356-5672.



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Niagara Parks Commission

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Aug 15, 2016

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