We are now accepting applications to our 2016 Apprentice program. CLICK HERE for the application. Deadline: March 31, 2016 or until all spots are filled.

Are you ready to keep bees, and would like ongoing guidance? We offer intensive, year-long apprenticeships for four qualified applicants. Here’s how it works:

COST: none

LOCATION: anywhere within Seattle City limits, plus Burien and Normandy Park.


  • At least two complete hives (including bees), your own tools and protective clothing.
  • A site for your hives (if this is impossible, please inquire anyway. Your location may allow a workaround.)
  • You DO need to inspect your hives regularly, AND contribute a number of hours to other sites, the honey harvest, and off-season responsibilities. The hourly contribution is estimated to be a 1:1 match for any hours you spend learning.
  • Any honey harvest is split between us at the end of the season.


  • Monthly instruction at one of our locations between April and October. (We do not provide house calls to your hives, although we may do this from time to time.)
  • Hands-on opportunities to build woodenware, extract honey, bottle honey.
  • Access to our extraction equipment and shop, queen cells or other emergency assistance to your hives.
  • Any discounts on bees and gear to which we have access.
  • Ongoing advice at reasonable intervals.
  • Other opportunities such as potential swarm calls, potential involvement in community programs and events.

NOTE: Our practice is based in natural methods, which means slow and often frustrating. It requires patience and a goodly bit of research and experimentation. Any commitment to keep bees is significant; this apprenticeship will be more demanding than simply having a hive or two in your own backyard. Be prepared to make it a priority.


  • Our shop and home apiary is in Burien, about 10 miles south of downtown Seattle. Practical classes are most  likely to happen here or sometimes on Beacon Hill, so you should be able to travel to these locations.
  • We do much of our work during the weekdays, and visiting bees can be weather-dependent too. So flexible scheduling is a plus, although we are willing to consider any applicant.

Still interested?

We are now accepting applications to our 2016 Apprentice program. CLICK HERE for the application. Deadline: March 31, 2016 or until all spots are filled.