Technical Transfer Team Job Posting – We are growing!

The Bee Informed Partnership (www.beeinformed.org) is seeking additional Technical Transfer Team  members to work with commercial beekeepers in the following states: Minnesota (serving beekeepers in MN and ND), Florida (serving beekeepers in FL and GA), Texas (serving beekeepers in TX and ND), and possibly two new teams in the northern Midwest and Northeast. Teams will serve beekeepers in the home states as well as when they move their colonies into almonds in California.  The salary range is $40,000-42,000 (based on experience) per year and will include full medical and retirement benefits.

For Minnesota, the team will be based out of the University of Minnesota. For Florida, the team will be based out of the University of Florida (Gainesville) and for Texas, the team will be situated at Texas A&M.  The home institutions for the two northern teams has not been determined yet.

 

Ben Sallmann (left), Rob Snyder (center) of the CA Technical Transfer team assist Russell Heitkam in sampling. Photo courtesy of Rachel Kruger

Ben Sallmann (left), Rob Snyder (center) of the CA Technical Transfer team assist Russell Heitkam (right) in sampling. Photo courtesy of Rachel Kruger.

The positions require at least 2 years beekeeping experience, preferably in a commercial beekeeping setting.  It entails intense fieldwork at times, extensive travel, close interaction with beekeepers and many other members of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) team.  These interactions require the applicant to be a good beekeeper, work well in a team environment, listen well, be non-judgmental, communicate effectively with team members, be self-starting, hardworking, and sensitive about privacy and security of all data collected.  The job entails the following:

Field Work:

  • Be the primary contact between BIP and the beekeepers for any virus/pest/hygienic sampling and testing and presenting results
  • Accurately, efficiently, and confidently, identify, diagnose, record, and report biotic and abiotic components of a honey bee hive through inspections and assessments
  • Lift heavy honey supers to sample the broodnest during honey production
  • Collect a wide range of samples from colonies to be tested for but not limited to the following:  parasitic mites, Nosema, viruses, pesticides, reproductive potential and hygienic testing
  • Work with and ship hazardous materials such as dry ice, liquid nitrogen, alcohol and live bees
  • Have a clean driving record and be capable of safely operating a vehicle off road in a variety of ground conditions
  • Travel is required, often to somewhat remote areas, occasionally with limited notice.  On average, 5-8 trips are made each year with time spent away from home at or exceeding 60 days/year.

Lab and Administrative Work:

  • Work with BIP scientists to develop and conduct applied experiments
  • Manage BIP lab space at the home institution, including purchasing supplies
  • Write a weekly BIP blog
  • Examine manuals to determine the use of new equipment, tools and computer programs
  • Meet at least once a quarter for a formal meeting to present BIP plan/results with BIP team and/or beekeepers
  • Process samples for Nosema and Varroa mite loads
  • Keep data and data summaries organized on a regular basis to keep up to date records of each individual beekeeper
  • Record, copy and place in binders: economic baselines, management surveys, records of receipts of purchases such as travel, gas, equipment, etc.
  • Develop and give presentations, posters and other media to communicate project related goals
  • Keep abreast of and be able to communicate new developments in relevant topics (bee science, management, legislation, etc.)
  • Willingness to adapt at a moment’s notice, enjoy a thrilling fast paced atmosphere, and have a passion for bees

Those interested should email a current resume and at least two references to Karen Rennich at krennich@umd.edu.  Application deadline is September 30, 2016.

 

 

Written By: Karen Rennich

Karen Rennich has written 19 post in this blog.

As the Project Manager of the Bee Informed Partnership and the APHIS National Survey, I am based out of the University of Maryland’s Entomology Department but also have the pleasure of working with the USDA Bee Research Lab. I am fortunate to work closely with all members of our team and other organizations throughout the U.S. and I get to tackle everything from data analysis to field work and all jobs in between to keep our goals in sight and moving toward our milestones. I have a B.S. in ocean engineering from Purdue University and an M.S. in ocean engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. I designed and worked on large, underwater Navy sensor systems when I was employed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for 14 years. I have been a beekeeper for 6 years and manage 10 colonies at home. Seeing the Bee Informed Partnership evolve from paper to reality is exciting and inspiring.

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  • Jake Landreth

    I live on the island of Moloka’i, Hawaiian Islands. I’ve seen a lot of wild honey bees in some areas. .have a few pics of some wild cones too..the only place that has this. .service..is Kaui…not much local hive owners that I know about
    Jake Landreth jakelandreth82@gmail.com

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