Bee Wrangler/Beekeeper

Website We Save Bees

Saving the world one beehive at a time.

We Save Bees specializes in 100% live bee removals – this means no chemicals and no vacuums. All of our removals are done by hand. We are based in San Diego County but service San Diego, Orange, and Riverside Counties. We handle a variety of projects ranging from swarms and irrigation boxes, to drywall and roofs. All of the bees from our removals are rehabilitated and relocated – usually to local agricultural properties. As a locally owned company, We Save Bees has made a commitment to save and preserve our fragile bee population. We believe that with the correct approach, any hive whether Africanized or European, can be removed live, by hand, and relocated to a new home.

We are currently hiring for two positions: Bee Wrangler and Beekeeper
All positions are seasonal part-time with the potential for full-time for the right candidates.

Bee Wrangler: San Diego or Orange County based
Job Description – starting $18.50-$25 DOE
The bee wrangler position is responsible for performing live bee removals – this means removing bees, by hand, from an undesired location and bringing them back to homebase to be rehabilitated and relocated. We have three tiers of projects that we work on and the wrangler payscale is determined based on one’s ability to perform at a given tier. As on-the-job training continues, upward mobility is possible. Light-duty projects typically involve ground-level only projects (or anything under 6′). These projects include removing bees from irrigation boxes, cable boxes, and water meter boxes, and catching swarms. Medium-duty projects typically involve rudimentary construction and the use of a ladder. These projects include removing bees from stucco walls, wood panels, drywall, sheds, and storage containers, and setting up our signature traps. This tier requires a basic understanding of residential and commercial construction and the ability to repair a removal site and understand how to bee-proof a structure. Heavy-duty projects typically involve no height limitations, a working knowledge of knots, safety equipment, and climbing gear, and the ability to maneuver and operate boom lifts, scissor lifts, and bucket lifts. These projects include removing bees from trees, owl boxes, and all types of roofs. Being a Bee Wrangler is both mentally and physically challenging. Each project we encounter is different and requires someone who is able to evaluate each situation and make decisions on how best to proceed. It requires a sense of creativity and ingenuity – we are always looking for ways to improve our methods. It is fun and exciting work that will keep you on your toes, and working with the ferral bees in their natural state is something most people will never experience. There is so much to learn and we are more than willing to teach the right people!

Qualifications –
Construction Experience preferred, but not required
No fear of heights/ladders preferred, but not required
Adaptable
Flexible
Decisive
Resourceful
Quick learner and willingness to learn
Independent worker
Team player
Problem solver
Attention to detail
Must be able to lift 50 lbs
Need to be able to work outdoors
Comfortable with extended exposure to heat
Must love bugs, especially bees!

 

Beekeeper: San Diego or possibly Orange County based
Job Description – starting $18.50-$25 DOE
Once our bees are removed from a site, they are brought back to be cared for by our beekeepers. Our bees get relocated either to agricultural properties around Southern California or to clients who wish to maintain beehives in their backyards, but either way it is our beekeepers who look after the bees.  Beekeeping duties include apiary setups, hive box inspections, beehive maintenance, relocation of removed bees into hive boxes, and apiary maintenance. Opportunities to assist with honey extraction may occur.
Apiary Set Up – includes proper location assessment, water station setup, ant prevention initial set up (water troughs for hive stand feet.), hive box setup
Hive Inspection – includes evaluating eggs/queen, brood pattern, comb creation and pattern, the signs of wax moth and larvae, varroa mites, honey and pollen stores, ant prevention maintenance, and trough maintenance
Hive Rehabilitation – includes checking for queens and eggs, proper comb orientation (growing straight, growing across frames), honey and pollen stores, and determine necessary supplemental feeding (if necessary), and for signs of unwelcome pests (ants, varroa mites, etc.)
No prior experience is needed, but a love (or tolerance) of honeybees is required in order to succeed! Must be easy to train, patient, dedicated and open to working and communicating with clients. Must have a reliable vehicle.

Qualifications –
Use of basic power tools, helpful but not required
Willingness to learn
Troubleshooting
Problem solver
Independent worker
Team player
Must be able to lift 50 lbs
Need to be able to work outdoors
Comfortable with extended exposure to heat
Must love bugs, especially bees!

Additional Information:
This is hard work and is not for the faint of heart. While the work we do is highly rewarding, it can also be both physically and mentally exhausting. We work outdoors and in the heat of summer, you can expect the work to be a hot and sticky mess. Working with bees, you should also expect to get stung, it comes with the territory.
On a different note, we are a small but growing company. With over 16 years of experience, we are a leader in the industry of live bee removals, but there is still so much more we want to be doing. We have a larger vision for our organization and are always looking for passionate people to grow with our company. After working in the field, there are always more opportunities to help both us and you grow. We are entrepreneurs ourselves and love to see and support that same drive in others.

To see more of our work check out our instagram accounts @wesavebees and @bee_man_dan. To apply, email a copy of your cover letter AND resume to info@wesavebees.com.

To apply for this job email your details to dan@beemandan.com