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Job Opportunity: Apprentice Beekeeper at Honeyfields Bee Farm

Location: Bulkington, Warwickshire, Near Coventry, UK

Applicants must be aged 16-24 to apply. Apprenticeship training will be through the Rowse / Bee Farmers Association and will run for three years. Those who successfully complete the program are awarded a diploma of excellence in Bee Farming.

Your Role:

Apprentice beekeepers will be expected to get involved with various tasks at different times of the season:

  • Assist in the management of 600 honey producing Hives and 400 nucs.
  • Regular health inspections and applying swarm control methods as needed.
  • Honey Harvesting and Extraction.
  • Equipment Maintenance and assembly.
  • Be involved in large scale nucleus production and queen rearing.
  • Driving to and between apiaries.
  • Moving nucs and hives between apiaries as needed (sometimes during unsociable hours).
  • Honey house upkeep.
  • Honey packing.
  • Occasionally be involved in dispatching honey and queen bee orders.
  • Customer correspondence.

Seasonal Dynamics of the Role:

Spring and Summer: This period is all about active beekeeping. You'll spend most of your time outdoors, moving from one apiary to another, engaging directly with our bees. These months will require you to be away from our main HQ, immersed in the hands-on aspects of bee management.

Autumn and Winter: While there will still be some hands-on beekeeping, these cooler months are focused on preparing for the upcoming season. You'll be based mainly at Honeyfields HQ, assembling and preparing equipment, and getting everything in tip-top shape for the spring.

Further details on Apprentice training can be found here:

Rowse/BFA Apprenticeships 

What we are looking for:

Most of all we are looking for a hardworking, team player, with a passion for honey bees who is keen to learn.

Applicants for this role must have/be:

  • Aged between 16-24.
  • UK residency or authorised for work in the UK.
  • Registered with the Rowse/BFA apprenticeship scheme. (We can assist with this) 

What We Offer:

  • Salary: To be discussed. 
  • Working hours:
    • 40-48 hour week during peak season, with days running around 8:30am – 5:00pm in the spring and summer.
    • 32-35 hour week during the off season, with days running around 9:30am – 4:00pm in the Autumn and Winter.
  • Optional Saturday morning work, while available in nucleus production/collection season and during the honey harvest. 
  • 28 days annual leave.
  • A company pension scheme.
  • Employee discount on all our products.

How to Apply:

Email your CV and cover letter to with the subject "Apprentice Beekeeper". Alternatively, call 02476490311 to arrange dropping your CV and cover letter over in person, or post it to Honeyfields Bee Farm, Mile Tree Lane, Aldermans Green, Coventry, CV2 1NT.

Deadline: We're looking to fill this position for the start of the coming beekeeping season around the beginning of march 2024 or as soon as a successful applicant can start. Don't wait too long to apply!

Contact: Sam Barber at or call 02476490311.


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