1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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1312-25

      Apiarist
      Beekeeper

Plans, directs, coordinates and operates apiaries to produce honey, queen bee pollen, beeswax, royal jelly and to pollinate crops.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:
  • purchases, assembles, maintains and repairs beehives, protective clothing and associated equipment
  • transports beehives to apiary sites which have been assessed for honey production potential and re-queens colonies as appropriate
  • inserts honeycombs into beehives
  • removes bees from beehives, removes honey from honeycombs and packages honey for sale
  • organises the sale of honey and other produce, and negotiates the sale and purchase of bees
  • maintains and evaluates records of apiary activities, monitors market activity and plans production accordingly
  • manages business capital, including budgeting, taxation, debt and loan management
  • may negotiate with farmers to provide pollination services and lease beehives for crop pollination
  • may process and clean beeswax
  • may select, train and supervise staff and contractors

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