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Jobs Listing Branding
Company Taylor Pass Honey Co Ltd
Location Blenheim, Marlborough
Listed Fri 27 Jul, 4:20 pm
Type Full time, Permanent
Reference Genetics Leader
Taylor Pass Honey Co is one of the largest vertically-integrated honey operations in the South Island and we are investing in a genetic improvement program to ensure that bees can continue to thrive as we face considerable challenges.

We have partnered with AbacusBio, the University of Otago and a number of other commercial beekeeping operations in FutureBees NZ, a bee breeding research and development program that will run through to autumn 2022. FutureBees goal is to translate breeding tools and methods common in other livestock industries into beekeeping. This will allow beekeepers to access improved queen genetics and to participate in a program that we expect will grow into a national genetic improvement program.

Taylor Pass Honey Co is a key partner in developing standard procedures and defining characteristics of queens that can be improved through genetics. This means we now have a new and exciting opportunity for a senior qualified beekeeper who has a passion for genetics and the collection of data to join the Taylor Pass Honey Co team and lead the genetics division.

As our leader of the genetics division, you will be responsible for:
  • The day-to-day management of 300-500 hives including re-queening, site maintenance, swarm management, etc.
  • The collection of hive-level information to support queen evaluation and genetic improvement
  • The field-testing of remote hive monitoring units
  • The collection of drone larva samples as directed

To be successful in this role, you will have the following skills and experience:
  • A minimum of 5 years commercial beekeeping experience
  • A passion for genetics and be technically-minded
  • Be proficient with collecting and recording accurate information and data
  • Be meticulous with a high attention to detail
  • Be self-driven and enjoy working independently
  • Have good verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be able to recognise and manage disease incidents

This role will be working in conjunction with our main honey team but run as an autonomous unit. We are looking for someone that has vision and leadership skills with the ability to make decisions. As you’ll be working independently, great communication skills are essential to the success of this project.

This is a full-time permanent position, 40 to 50 hours per week throughout the season. You will be working independently and report to the Executive Director but communicate frequently with the Project Field Manager, who is based in Dunedin and will visit Blenheim for training and sample collection sessions. You will be supported with casual labour during the peak period.

Applications close 17 August 2018.

Anticipated start date early to mid-September.