Beekeeper

Beekeepers plan, organise, control, coordinate and operate apiaries to produce honey, queen bee pollen, beeswax and royal jelly, breed queen bees and pollinate crops.
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    Overview

    Beekeepers plan, organise, control, coordinate and operate apiaries to produce honey, queen bee pollen, beeswax and royal jelly, breed queen bees and pollinate crops.

    Day-to-day

    • breeds and raises bees for the production of honey and related products and for pollination stock
    • monitors and maintains the health and condition of bees
    • maintains appropriate nutritional levels
    • organises and conducts operations
    • directs and oversees general activities such as maintaining hives and controlling pests
    • maintains equipment
    • organises the sale, purchase and transportation of stock and produce
    • maintains and evaluates records of activities, monitoring market activity and planning production accordingly
    • manages business capital including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
    • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors.

    Considerations

    • Physically demanding
    • Requires driving
    • Working outdoors

    To become a Beekeeper

    • You can work as a Beekeeper without formal qualifications, however, experience as a hobby beekeeper or work experience with a commercial beekeeper is usually needed. A certificate III in beekeeping may also be useful.

      Take a Diploma of Agriculture

    • Registration with the relevant environment or primary industries department may be needed.