Bee Inspector (Tech2) / Bee Inspector Assistant (Tech 1) (4 wage positions)
Government of Alberta
Saint John, NB, Canada
9d ago

Full / Part Time : Full-Time

Regular / Temporary : Temporary Scope Wage opportunity

Closing Date July 16, 2018

Classification Technologies 1 and Technologies 2 (wage seasonal positions)

Ministry Agriculture and Forestry

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Role Are you interested in Beekeeping? The Plant and Bee Health Surveillance Section has multiple seasonal wage opportunities with our Apiculture Inspection team in both Edmonton and Lethbridge.

This competition is being used to fill up to four vacancies in Edmonton and Lethbridge - please state your preference for location in your application.

This focus of these positions will be on conducting and assisting with honey bee inspection and surveillance activities in support of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry's regulatory commitments under the Bee Act, the Animal Health Act and Regulations.

These positions perform a variety of tasks in both the field and laboratory. It involves working directly with clients in the field, supports regulatory extension activities in serving Alberta beekeepers and working collaboratively with a great team of people.

Bee Inspector (Technologies 2)

Key Responsibilities :

  • Organize and schedule beekeepers for inspection
  • Conduct honey bee colony inspections for small hive beetle and other regulated diseases and pests
  • Assess operations for risks particularly for small hive beetle regarding field management and honey extraction practices
  • Provide recommendations for biosecurity practices
  • Sampling and processing samples for diagnoses of honey bee diseases
  • Prepare inspection reports
  • Implement biosecurity practices for infected bee colonies
  • Collect and prepare honey samples for analyses
  • Bee Inspector Assistant (Technologies 1)

    Key Responsibilities :

  • Assisting with honey bee colony inspections for small hive beetle and other regulated diseases and pests
  • Assist in sampling and processing samples for diagnoses of honey bee diseases
  • Assist in preparing inspection reports
  • Assist in collecting and preparing honey samples for analyses
  • Both the Bee Inspector and Inspector Assistant roles will require the incumbents to travel across Alberta with some overnight stays as a group.

    Out of town work can include single evening stays and potentially up to one week on the road.

    We are looking for individuals who have the ability to work independently, with limited supervision. Strong verbal and written communication skills as well as organizational skills are required.

    These are front-line positions with considerable client contact, and may encounter conflict situations, given the regulatory nature of the roles.

    Applicants must have a valid Class 5 Driver's license and a suitable driving history with no more than 8 demerits. Your application must include a 5 year Commercial Driver's Abstract issued within 30 days of your application submission.


  • Strong knowledge and practical skills in beekeeping management, and diagnosis of bee diseases
  • Experience in sample collection, preparation and storage of specimens
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency including experience with word processing and spreadsheets is required (MS Word, MS Excel)
  • Ability to perform physical tasks including lifting up to 40 kg.
  • Salary $19.86 - $25.05 / hour (Technologies 1)

    $21.48 - $27.12 / hour (Technologies 2)

    Notes The ability to travel within Alberta is required. Valid Class 5 driver's license is required. Valid First Aid - Level 'C' CPR certificate is required prior to commencement.

    These positions will be required to work extended hours.

    Please note these positions will be for a duration of 6 months.

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