CATCH THE BUZZ – Help Wanted at Bee Informed. What an Opportunity!

The Bee Informed Partnership (www.beeinformed.org) is seeking additional Technical Transfer Team  members to work with commercial beekeepers in the following states: Minnesota (serving beekeepers in MN and ND), Florida (serving beekeepers in FL and GA), Texas (serving beekeepers in TX and ND), and possibly two new teams in the northern Midwest and northeast states. Teams will serve beekeepers in the home states as well as when they move their colonies into almonds in California.  The salary range is $40,000-42,000 (based on experience) per year and will include full medical and retirement benefits. For Minnesota, the team will be based out of the University of Minnesota. For Florida, the team will be based out of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and for Texas, the team will be situated at Texas A&M.  The home institutions for the two northern teams has not been determined yet. The positions require at least 2 years beekeeping experience, preferably in a commercial beekeeping setting.  It entails intense fieldwork at times, extensive travel, close interaction with beekeepers and many other members of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) team.  These interactions require the applicant to be a good beekeeper, work well in a team environment, listen well, be non-judgmental, communicate effectively with team members, be self-starting, hardworking, and sensitive about privacy and security of all data collected.  The job entails the following: Field Work:
  • Be the primary contact between BIP and the beekeepers for any virus/pest/hygienic sampling and testing and presenting results
  • Accurately, efficiently, and confidently, identify, diagnose, record, and report biotic and abiotic components of a honey bee hive through inspections and assessments
  • Lift heavy honey supers to sample the broodnest during honey production
  • Collect a wide range of samples from colonies to be tested for but not limited to the following:  parasitic mites, Nosema, viruses, pesticides, reproductive potential and hygienic testing
  • Work with and ship hazardous materials such as dry ice, liquid nitrogen, alcohol and live bees
  • Have a clean driving record and be capable of safely operating a vehicle off road in a variety of ground conditions
  • Travel is required, often to somewhat remote areas, occasionally with limited notice.  On average, 5-8 trips are made each year with time spent away from home at or exceeding 60 days/year.
Lab and Administrative Work
  • Work with BIP scientists to develop and conduct applied experiments
  • Manage BIP lab space at the home institution, including purchasing supplies
  • Write a weekly BIP blog
  • Examine manuals to determine the use of new equipment, tools and computer programs
  • Meet at least once a quarter for a formal meeting to present BIP plan/results with BIP team and/or beekeepers
  • Process samples for Nosema and Varroa mite loads
  • Print data and data summaries and keep them organized on a regular basis to keep up to date records of each individual beekeeper
  • Record, copy and place in binders: economic baselines, management surveys, records of receipts of purchases such as travel, gas, equipment, etc.
  • Develop and give presentations, posters and other media to communicate project related goals
  • Keep abreast of and be able to communicate new developments in relevant topics (bee science, management, legislation, etc.)
  • Willingness to adapt at a moment’s notice, enjoy a thrilling fast paced atmosphere, and have a passion for bees
Those interested should email a current resume and at least two references to Karen Rennich at krennich@umd.edu.  Application deadline is September 30, 2016.