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.

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.

Occupation snapshot
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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.

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