Apiary Inspector

CT Agricultural Experiment Station   New Haven, CT   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on May 26, 2024

The CT Agricultural Experiment Station has an immediate opening for an Apiary Inspector.

A full-time (35 hour/week) position at the Research Technician I level is available in the Department of Entomology, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, as the State Apiary Inspector. The Apiary Inspector is responsible for examination of honeybees and apiaries for infections caused by parasites, bacteria, invasive insects, and other pathogens. The Apiary Inspector will also assist beekeepers in developing best practices for hive health, good neighbor relationships, and pollinator health and habitat. The position requires state outreach activities with in-state travel; applicants must have a valid driver's license. Duties include, but are not limited to opening hives, handling honeybees, examining specimens, registering beekeepers and their apiaries, and interacting with the public. The position requires extensive driving within state to conduct inspections and site visits, and applicants must have a valid driver’s license. The Apiary Inspector may also be called upon to assist in other horticultural or export inspections not related to honeybees. The Apiary Inspector is expected to possess sufficient physical strength to open and move hives for inspection, work with beekeepers of various skill levels, and sufficient beekeeping skills and knowledge to be able to conduct inspections and assist beekeepers. The applicant should possess good interpersonal skills, be well organized and able to take direction, have the ability to plan and manage various tasks, and be able to cope with an evolving work environment. Qualifications include a BA/BS degree in biology, agriculture, or entomology, and experience with beekeeping.