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Chief Apiary Inspector

Position Title: Chief Apiary Inspector

Duties and Responsibilities: Oversee all regulatory activities of the Texas Apiary Inspection Service programs and TAIS personnel. This includes quarantine counties for disease, exotic pests and undesirable races of Apis; if necessary; file charges for law violations; make decisions on problems that arise; Issue certificates of inspection for queen breeders; issue exportation/importation/intra state commerce for colonies of honey bees and pollination permits. Conduct random inspection of beekeepers/queen breeders and investigate various trouble calls (swarms, mites, etc.); establish protective/restrictive quarantine(s) because of disease or deleterious exotic species; seize bees, equipment, pollen or honey, if necessary, to enforce bee laws and regulations. The incumbent in collaborations with the TAMU Apiculture program will participate in practical research projects that will assist beekeepers with management of honey bee diseases, parasites, and pathogens. Educate the public by giving talks about all aspects of beekeeping, bee removal and the laws that regulate the honey bee industry.  Attend state and national apiculture meetings as appropriate. Report to the Department Head of Entomology by providing detailed reports and maintaining an electronic database of inspection/compliance activities performed by TAIS personnel as well as fiscal management of funds received.  Supervise Assistant Chief Apiary Inspector and Apiary Inspector(s) and develop Standard Operating Procedures Manual for the program.

Administrative Relationship: The appointee is administratively responsible to the Head of the Department of Entomology who will conduct annual program evaluations. The Department Head may assign this responsibility to a relevant faculty member in Entomology.

Qualifications: MS in Entomology or closely related field; OR, if not, a BS in Entomology or closely related field with 5 years experience working with honey bees. Prefer MS in Entomology with a focus on apiculture. The preferred candidate will have 5+ years experience in honey bee regulatory activities. The incumbent will have an excellent working knowledge of the beekeeping industry (including migratory beekeeping, queen rearing, etc.) honey bee diseases and regulatory procedures and needs to be familiar with operating extractors and other honey bee equipment. Evidence of successful grantsmanship is desired. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in English (oral and written); must not be allergic to bee stings. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license and must have a certified pesticide applicator license (or obtain within 6 months of hiring).

Anticipated Starting Date: Immediately.

Closing Date for Applications: Until position is filled.

Application Process: To receive full consideration for the position, all application materials must be received with the online application. All applicants must apply at for position NOV 07136. Applicants should include a detailed curriculum vitae, a letter of application that must include a separate statement which outlines long-term career goals and address specific issues as it relates to this position; copies of college transcripts;  the  names of four references including their title, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number, and a brief statement of how each reference knows the candidate must be included as a part of the candidate’s application materials. All materials should be submitted to .  Please follow all instructions on the website for a successful application. Any questions can be directed to Robert Jensen 979-845-9739 or