Beekeeper Volunteers


We’re looking for Beekeeper Volunteers to join our team.

We’re looking for people with experience or who are interested in beekeeping. The beekeeping volunteers meet on Wednesday mornings at Rowcroft Hospice and at other pre-arranged times.

As a volunteer beekeeper, you will be responsible for building and maintaining beehives, inducting wild swarms, collecting honey and royal jelly, removing hive parasites, and maintaining the health of the hive. You may also be required to sterilize or destroy hives and cultivate queen bees for commercial purposes.

You should have a passion for beekeeping, the ability to stay calm under pressure, and a desire to work outdoors. Ultimately, a top-class beekeeper maintains healthy hives and produces high-quality honeybee products.

Beekeeping responsibilities:

  • Assembling beehives to desired specifications.
  • Inserting honeycombs and inducting wild swarms into prepared hives.
  • Forcing bees from a hive using a smoke pot to inspect the hive and retrieve honey.
  • Collecting honey and royal jelly.
  • Destroying excess queen bee cells to prevent the division of a colony.
  • Scraping out hive parasites and removing vermin.
  • Destroying diseased bee colonies.
  • Cultivating queen bees for sale to other Apiarists.
  • Arranging the sale of honey to local buyers.
  • Splitting colonies.

If you’d like to volunteer or find out more, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 01803 210852.

Rowcroft Hospice is an Equal Opportunities Employer
Rowcroft Hospice – Rowcroft House Foundation Ltd
Avenue Road, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5LS
Registered Charity No. 282723


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