Category: Wanted

Position: Staff Beekeeper and Educator Organization: Appalachian Headwaters Location: Lewisburg, West Virginia Position Overview: Appalachian Headwaters is a nonprofit organization focused on sustainable economic development and restoration of native ecosystems in central Appalachia. The organization is home to the Appalachian Pollinator Center and Appalachian Beekeeping Collective, both of which are major initiatives dedicated to the advancement of sustainable beekeeping and pollinator education in central Appalachia. We are hiring a Staff Beekeeper and Educator to join our team. This position will focus on work with the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective (ABC), a beekeeping training and support program throughout the region. Our program provides education, technical assistance, and a collective distribution and marketing program for new and experienced beekeepers in our region. The ABC is dedicated to following a natural/chemical-free beekeeping protocol. We support approximately 100 partner beekeepers in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia each year. Headwaters staff also manage several breeding yards and a queen rearing program. The program operates from a site in Summers County, West Virginia, in the big bend of the Greenbrier River. The site serves as the primary extraction and distribution hub, an education center, and a location for conferences and events. The new hire will work with the ABC to help educate people in our region, analyze beekeeping data, and assess/further develop our natural beekeeping protocol. The new hire will work closely with current staff of experienced staff beekeepers and consultants considered to be national experts in apiculture, including Dr. Rick Fell (Virginia Tech) and Dr. Debbie Delaney (University of Delaware). In addition to working with the ABC, this position may help as we develop programs to protect and support native pollinators in our region through the newly formed Appalachian Pollinator Center. Our ideal candidate will have a Masters level education, but we will consider strong candidates without graduate degrees. The candidate must be compatible with our program mission, including a dedication to environmental protection, natural beekeeping methods, organic plant growing and restoration of native ecosystems. The candidate should also be able to work closely and respectfully with our members and communities throughout rural West Virginia and Virginia. Responsibilities: Work with team to implement the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective program Analyze data to help team refine our natural beekeeping methodology and program protocols Help to conduct educational programming on the art and science of beekeeping throughout central Appalachia Help develop educational programming and other projects focused on native pollinators in our region Travel to, visit, and advise individual beekeepers throughout the region Recruit and educate new beekeepers to Appalachian Beekeeping Collective Help maintain apiaries with beekeeping team Qualifications: Masters in entomology, apiculture, or related field Significant beekeeping experience required, preferably without chemicals Commercial beekeeping experience preferred Facility with basic data analysis Experience with social media preferred but not required Teaching experience preferred but not required Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple and diverse tasks Willingness to commit to natural, low-chemical beekeeping methods Salary: DOE, includes strong benefits package Website: Please submit a resume, two or three references and cover letter to Position open until filled Start date: ASAP