Healthy bees. Resilient communities.

Founded in 2009, Urban Bee Company cultivates healthy environments for bees and humans. We look to the hive as both inspiration and hub: for care of the earth; for dynamic art, culture, and education; and for a delicious harvest to share.

With small-scale apiaries, hyper-local honeybicycle delivery, Permaculture bee gardens and more, we are working to grow healthy bees and resilient communities in the Pacific Northwest.

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We’re hiring!

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Urban Bee Company seeks a skilled, motivated beekeeper who wants to be part of one of the most environmentally-conscious beekeeping organizations in the region. See below; reply to drone -at- urbanbee -dot- com with any questions. Please note: our offices are in Seattle, Capitol Hill neighborhood.

POSTED:     October 15, 2014

CLOSES:     November 7, 2014

INQUIRE:     To Bob Redmond, Proprietor. drone -at- urbanbee -dot- com

INCLUDE:     Cover letter and resume

SCOPE:

  • Manage woodenware inventory (Langstroth), including sourcing, building, repairing and cleaning hive parts, and keeping shop in order
  • Assist identifying apiary sites and building physical infrastructure
  • Manage selected beehives and apiaries, including occasional transport of hives
  • Assist with honey harvest including extracting, bottling, processing wax
  • Assist with delivery (may be via bicycle)
  • Assist with native bee surveys
  • Other duties as assigned and qualified: may include community partnerships, staffing events, teaching classes, and/or posting blogs

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Beekeeping experience, 3 years minimum, with successful chemical-free approaches such as drone brood trapping and summer splitting.
  • Organized, self-managing, takes pride and ownership in work, able to work fast and mistake-free. Detail oriented and capable of recording and tracking myriad info with the hives.
  • Light carpentry
  • Customer relations
  • Food service experience a plus; cleanliness a necessity
  • Computer savvy, WordPress a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Community engaged with knowledge and experience of local organizations and farms
  • Landscape, Plant I.D., Native Pollinator knowledge and other agricultural experience is desirable
  • Bee-friendly vehicle is a necessity; a truck is a plus

OFFER:

  • $15/hour DOE, straight time
  • Average of 15-20 hours/week, variable given seasonal peaks and lulls, also requires some schedule flexibility due to weather
  • Travel allowance negotiable, no health insurance or retirement benefits at this time
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