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    Default Looking for work in So Cal

    Hello,

    I am currently looking for a beekeeping related job. I am 23 and have 3 years experience working in a pollination ecology lab, two years experience in beekeeping, and have both assisted commercial beekeepers in most aspects of their work, and have six of my own hives which I manage. I have also interned at Associates Insectary, an insectary and IPM workplace so I am familiar with pests, beneficials, and pesticides. I have some college under my belt, but haven't finished my degree at California State Channel Islands yet. I may be willing to relocate if the place and price is right. Depending on the cost of living I would like to be paid appropriately. Double the cost of rent is desirable, but I am open to any offers. I have some college experience in Biology with an Ecology and Entomology focus, but no degree yet.

    Bryan Castro
    bryan.castro846@myci.csuci.edu

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    Default Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    Can you lift heavy boxes all day in the heat, dressed in a full bee suit, while being stung by angry bees?

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    Default Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    It depends on how heavy the lift is. I am 5"4 and 130 lbs so up to 1 Deep and 1 Med I can lift, but I struggle a bit more lifting 2 deeps+ onto the back of a pickup without a buddy. I have worked in Kern when it was about 110 degrees in a full bee suit studying African bees, so the heat isn't really a problem.

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    Default Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Can you lift heavy boxes all day in the heat, dressed in a full bee suit, while being stung by angry bees?
    Can you?
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Can you?
    Definitely not.

    Twenty three years ago, when I was diagnosed with MS, the neurologist told me to plan on being in a wheelchair in 10-15 years. Luckily, maybe due to regular stings of bee venom, I am still walking today. But I can not walk and carry, handle stairs or inclines, or lift heavy weights. Nor take any form of direct hot sun or heat, it brings on the MS deterioration symptoms. My bees rarely require me to don much more than a veil, I could not take the stuffiness of a bee suit. I pay labor to do all my heavy work. My day is spent walking from chair to chair and watching them work. Or standing on wobbly legs watching them work. Last week one day we pulled three crops to help a friend. Just the walking and getting in and out of the truck all day exhausted me. I didn't touch a box.

    I was just trying to point out the reality which becomes quickly evident to anyone taking up beekeeping, especially commercial beekeeping. I just wanted to let Verick ponder on what he might be getting into. Commercial beekeepers could comment on how many laborers have come and gone quickly in their operations due to these realities.

    In the next few years you will see many of the millions of new beekeepers dropping the hobby and giving up their hives for free or pennies on the dollar. First off, their bees will die and they will tire of renovating the moth and SHB damage and buying new bees. But more ever, like those who get inspired to garden, they will quit because bee keeping requires hard, uncomfortable physical labor. You work in hot sun, wearing a hot suit, carrying heavy boxes while being stung by angry bees. You make a huge sticky mess of your car and kitchen. This whole back to the earth, grow vegetables, get bees, get chickens, all already happened in the '70s. I have a thousands of dollars of bee equipment donated to me from the quitters of that era.

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    Default Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    In Bryan's first post, he mentioned he worked with a commercial beekeeper. Seemed he had an idea what he was wanting to get into.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    He sounds more like a college educated person seeking the salary commensurate with his education. How many entry positions are there available in commercial beekeeping for a person like that? Aren't most entry level positions for physical labors? Maybe he is willing to work his way up?

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    Default Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    Maybe he is willing to work his way up?

    I doubt if he's interested in the $7 per hour-burrito/Pepsi compensation package that you provide...
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    I doubt if he's interested in the $7 per hour-burrito/Pepsi compensation package that you provide...
    So maybe that is why I have been having trouble getting college educated employees? I will offer $9 to the next guy. And a Churro for dessert. And a Coke in the Mexican bottle, not just a Pepsi in a can.

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    Default Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    Pay is negotiable depending on the area. I would like to start at roughly twice what it would cost for rent in the area. For example here in Ventura County if you wanted to live on your own in apartment you would be paying around $1.5k/month, so I would like to be making at least $16 an hour to maintain a reasonable standard of living. If I were to be somewhere like Bakersfield that same quality of living would be around $500 per month, so the pay could be lower.

    I have plenty of training and experience in Entomology, Pesticides, Agriculture, Business, Beekeeping, and many other aspects of the business, but that doesn't mean I think I deserve more than anyone else. When I was a freshman I had to completely remake a research project which was left for me by the graduating seniors because they frankly did everything wrong. On the other hand I have met individuals in my time at an insectary raising beneficial insects, and they are better at their jobs than anyone else in the world, and many of them did not graduate high school. Also, I learned more in a month at every internship that I took part in than I did in three years of biology training from the university.

    On the physical side I know I am not the biggest and strongest guy around, but I will do everything I can to keep up and will get in better shape as the beekeeping season goes on. Also, depending on the company I know many people use forklifts and other equipment because even the biggest man will struggle to load a few thousand beehives on or off a truck by just muscling through it. Regular hive inspections, feeding, ect. are no problem.

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    Default Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    I am a strong and healthy 33 year old looking for a career in bee keeping. I am college educated and I dont mind the hard work. In Serbia where I currently reside the weather is extreme and have worked in full gear in over 100 degree weather. I am looking for someone who is willing to sponsor me for a work visa. If i am given this opportunity I will work hard to make sure I have earned the privilege to work in the US

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    Default Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    sorry i forgot to mention that I am helping my friend Dusan Mancic look for a job.

    you can call me at 323) 309-1199 anytime cell

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