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Apiculture Technician

Job Description

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Apiculture Technician

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with Experience ($40,000 - $43,766)

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Applied Ecology

About the Department

As part of the Land Grant University, the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is composed of over 40 faculty members who direct a diverse portfolio of programs in teaching, research, and extension components. Collectively, these strengths not only serve our clientele and our science but also provide a rich environment for graduate education and training that can be tailored to the specific career interests of the student, irrespective of whether they prefer training in the basic sciences or are preparing for a career in extension. Our education and research programs provide graduate and undergraduate students with unique hands-on learning opportunities using the latest technologies.

Essential Job Duties

This position supports the research, extension, and teaching components of the NC State Apiculture Program. This position will be in charge of logistical arrangements and delivery of extension programming, oversight of apiculture research, and coordination of a summer REU internship program.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Managing several apiaries of honey bee colonies for a total of 50 – 250 hives by ordering and assembling any new beekeeping requirement, and moving bee colonies from apiary to apiary for research.
  • Assisting students, postdoctoral researchers, and part-time employees through various beekeeper extension programs for apiculture education.
  • Overseeing data collection and colony manipulation which includes requeening colonies, preventing swarming, and making splits.
  • Maintaining the research facilities including the grounds, apiaries, and other outdoor spaces utilized, and collecting colony data.
  • Serving as a liaison with local beekeeper groups and other interested stakeholders to coordinate and conduct numerous outreach events.
  • Creating social media content and web presence to generate stakeholder engagement.

This position is time-limited for 2 years.

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Other Responsibilities

  • Successful honey bee management.
  • Multitasking and working in a team environment.
  • Communicating clearly and interact professionally with students, faculty, and staff.

Minimum Experience/Education

Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise in beekeeper education.
  • Working knowledge of social media, software, and video editing.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Adaptability and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Practical experience in apiculture science and honey bee management.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with commercial apiculture.

Required License or Certification

  • A valid NC Driver’s License and the ability to obtain an NC Driver’s License within 60 days of hire.
  • A valid Driver’s License must be maintained throughout employment.

Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License Required?


Job Open Date


Earliest Close Date---- (Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.)


Notice to Applicants

Please make sure that the information entered on the application matches what is on your resume.

Special Instructions

Please attach a Cover Letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Position Number


Position Type


Position Classification Band Title

Research Technician

Position Classification Band Level


Position Classification Salary Range

$31,200 - $66,122

Salary Grade Equivalency


Alternate Option

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Time Limited Position


Time-Limited Appointment Length (if applicable)

2 years

Department Id

112101 - Applied Ecology


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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