We are Hiring: Lead Beekeeper!



Hives for Humanity is a Non-Profit Society that seeks to create meaningful opportunities for engagement in supportive and inclusive community, through the bees.  We are looking for a beekeeper to join our team, to mentor under our Chief Beekeeper, taking over responsibility for the health of our honeybee colonies in our Urban Therapeutic Apiaries in Vancouver, and supporting colonies in Delta.

This position will work closely with our CEO and Community Engagement team to support training and work opportunities, community and public engagement at all sites, but will be primarily focused on colony health.

We are excited to have the opportunity to expand our team, building our capacity to offer our programming, through a model that demonstrates the interconnection of social and environmental justice.

Position Title: Lead Beekeeper

Posted: Feb 25th2019

Applications due:March 11th, 2019


  • Seasonal work: April – October: 3days/week.
  • November – March: 1day/week.

Wage: $22/hr, with review and basic health benefits after 3 months.

Start Date:April 1st, 2019

Skills Required:

This work is suited to someone with the following skills:

  • Five years or more of beekeeping experience, capable of independently managing colonies for health and honey production;
  • Strong leadership, communication and self-reflection skills;
  • Physical capacity to lift beekeeping equipment (50lbs), and capacity to work alone.


  • Work with openness and dedication to fulfill the vision and mission of the Society.
  • Maintain and promote the health of all assigned H4H honeybee colonies, managing:
    • Nutrition, temperament, balance, disease, loss, replacement of livestock and production of honey.
    • Cleanliness and appearance of apiaries.
  • Report on colony health to Chief Beekeeper, taking direction for management and treatment, making timely requests for support, and tracking colony health.
    • Colonies: 50 in the city, in sets of 1, 2, and 4 depending on location, with larger yards in Delta of up to 30.
    • Various locations including community gardens, rooftops of supportive housing and business partnerships, community centres, farms and fields.
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with partners and participants in programming.
  • Support delivery and facilitation of beekeeping workshops, courses and mentorship program, following Best Practices.
  • Transportation: hold a valid driver’s licence. Reimbursement based on km for use of personal vehicle.

 Please look over our website www.hivesforhumanity.comfor further information about our work.

Thank you for your consideration; we appreciate all applications, and will only be getting back to those we are calling forward.


Sarah Common
Chief Executive, 
Hives for Humanity Society


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