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Works on a commercial honey farm looking after hives of bees where honey is made, collected and sold.
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Apiarists maintain bee hives, collect the honey they produce and retail it. The work includes a variety of seasonal jobs. For example they make sure that the bees have access to trees and plants that produce sufficient nectar for the production of honey.
They ensure that the bees are kept free from disease and parasites. They create new hives when the bees swarm and take care to prevent the bees swarming away from the farm.
They feed the bees with a sugar solution during the winter and they regularly inspect the hives and remove the honeycombs. It is important that they adhere strictly to the rules and regulations regarding hygiene and health and safety.
Duties also include extracting the honey from honeycombs, bottling it and labeling it. They may also produce related products such as confectionary, cosmetics, candles and royal jelly.
You must be fit, strong and willing to work outdoors in all types of weather. You will have to be prepared to work early in the morning or late at night to make sure that the bees do not swarm away from the farm.
|Organisation:||Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations|
|Address:||Ballinakill, Enfield, Co. Meath|
|Tel:||(046) 954 1433|
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