Position: Tech Transfer Lead
Organization: BC Honey Producers Association
Location: Anywhere in BC, but applicant may need to travel frequently to a partner institution lab (location TBD) and throughout the province to facilitate program activities.
The BC Honey Producers Association is seeking to hire a Tech Transfer Lead!
LEAD POSITION DESCRIPTION
BC Honey Producers Association is initiating a multi-year Technology Transfer Program to benefit the bee industry of the province. We are seeking someone to lead the effort, starting this summer. This lead will have and maintain knowledge of bee industry challenges and potential solutions, and as directed by a steering committee, will pursue and implement appropriate solutions in fields which may include Integrated Management of bee pests and diseases, advancements in queen rearing, increased success in winter survival of colonies, develop training and BMPs for British Columbia beekeepers to become more self-sufficient and profitable. Details are provided below. Applications will be welcomed until June 30, 2021.
BEEKEEPING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
British Columbia has a diverse beekeeping industry, made up largely of small-scale and backyard beekeepers, with a growing number of commercial operators. The province has the largest number of beekeepers in Canada by province, (27%), representing 2,763 as of the last Statistics Canada report in 2019. However, it has a comparatively low number of colonies (55,781).
British Columbia’s diverse geographic regions, with its mountain ranges, central plateau and coastal wet areas account for much of this fractured beekeeping landscape. Much of the province’s beekeeping communities are located in its major population centres of Metro Vancouver, southern Vancouver Island and the fertile Okanagan Valley, with significant honey-producing regions in the Peace River, central plateau and eastern parts of the province. It produces annually about 3.9 million tonnes of honey worth about $6.2 million. Honey bees have an outsized impact on B.C.’s agriculture, contributing an estimated $538 million to Canada’s economy, largely because of the need by province’s extensive berry and tree fruit sectors for pollination services.
The province’s temperate climate is also ideally suited to an annual early start in beekeeping; while Canada’s main honey-producing regions in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario are still feeling the effects of winter, B.C. has milder winters and earlier springs, leading to ideal early production of queens and nucleus colonies for export to other provinces.
The province’s strong hobbyist and small-scale producer beekeepers also have an outsized impact on local consumer demand for fresh extracted honey, comb honey, pollen and other hive-related products available through the province’s diverse farmers’ markets, local stores and growing whole food providers.
This dynamic not only brings value to the industry through diverse honey production but also through greater public interest, pollinator advocacy and value-added innovation.
The main focus of B.C.’s new Tech Transfer Program Lead will be to provide leadership and expertise to facilitate the enhancement, sustainment and growth in the province’s beekeeping industry. This program, which has initial funding from the Province of B.C. and the B.C. Honey Producers Association, is being developed to support B.C.’s beekeepers, and to help develop the industry through education, demonstrative research, integrated pest management (IPM) monitoring, best management practices (BMPs) and industry development and communication. Our Lead will work towards bridging the knowledge gap between research and its practical adaptation in order to develop training and BMPs for British Columbia beekeepers to become more self-sufficient and profitable. This position involves working with a wide and diverse group of stakeholders, which include the beekeeping industry, all levels of government, different commodity groups and universities.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES
The main responsibility of the program Lead will be to develop and deliver training and demonstrative research activities that the Executive of the BCHPA and its TTP steering committee deem important for the advancement of beekeeping in the province.
The BC TTP lead will:
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Remuneration: Salary range: $60,000-$75,000, based on level of education and commercial and research experience
Please submit your resume with references to:
Michalina Hunter, Secretary,
BC Honey Producers Association
Please indicate you saw this posting at FoodWork.
Questions may be sent to:
Heather Higo, President, BCHPA
Deadline for Applications is June 30, 2021
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Jun 8 2021 ID: 60193