Honey Bee Tech Position

Beekeeping Technician
Title: Research Assistant III/IV or Research Associate I/II/III/IV
Application deadline: Review of applications will begin on 1 August 2023; the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified
Job Summary: The Auburn University Bee Lab seeks a highly motivated individual to lead our beekeeping team. Most work will occur within a 1-hour drive of Auburn, Alabama; however, some travel to other parts of the state or country may be required; overnight travel will be limited to a few times per year. Questions concerning the position should be directed to Dr. Geoff Williams (williams@auburn.edu); please include ‘Honey Bee Technician’ in the subject header.

Essential functions:

  • Lead beekeeping operations that involves appropriately managing 200-400 colonies for research and extension activities
  • Build, operate, and repair beekeeping equipment (e.g., equipment for honey extraction, feeding pumps, forklifts, woodenware)
  • Possess, or ability to possess, a pesticide applicators license
  • Direct junior technicians and undergraduate students, and provide mentorship and skills development
  • Support field and laboratory experiments, especially alongside post-doctoral scientists and graduate students
  • Communicate to stakeholders through hands-on workshops and classroom presentations
  • Work under challenging conditions (e.g., ability to lift >60 lbs and operate in hot/humid conditions with stinging insects)

Minimum requirements
Education level: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Field of study: Agriculture, Entomology, Biology, or related natural or social sciences field
Areas of experience: Experience and foundational knowledge concerning honey bee biology and management. Several years of sideline or commercial beekeeping experience, especially concerning swarm management, splitting, queen rearing, disease and nutrition management, and honey production. Experience using woodworking tools (e.g., power tools like table saws, circular saws, and drill presses), as well as ability to troubleshoot and solve the practical and organizational problems involved in beekeeping and research (e.g., equipment setup and maintenance, scheduling, and planning for weather and contingencies).

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE POSITION AND TO APPLY PLEASE VISIT: https://www.auemployment.com/postings/39244
Only applications submitted via the Auburn University Human Resources page will be considered.

Required application documents:
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
3. Contact information for 3 references
4. Copies of post-secondary transcripts or other relevant qualifications

If you are interested in learning more about this position, please see the full opportunity brief by clicking here to download the PDF.