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APIARY INSPECTOR

Class Title: APIARY INSPECTOR
Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 032220

Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in a biological science and experience equivalent to two years of full-time professional apiary inspection, beekeeping, or closely related work.

Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full-time professional experience in apiary inspection, beekeeping, or a closely related field may be substituted for the required education, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of four years.

Substitution of Education for Experience: Additional graduate coursework in a biological science may be substituted for the required experience, on a year-for-year basis, to a maximum of one year.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: A valid motor vehicle operator license is required.

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Career Service positions.

Job Overview: Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for supervisory and administrative work of average difficulty in planning and administering statewide inspection and enforcement activity related to apiarian laws and regulations; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: An employee in this class administers the statewide apiarian inspection and enforcement program.
Work Activities: 1. Inspects apiaries for proper beekeeping practices and presence of disease to ensure the quality and safety of honey to be sold for commercial and private use; issues appropriate health certificates or quarantine orders; prepares written reports on inspections and their findings.

2. Develops and recommends rules, regulations, policy and procedures for the apiary section.

3. Develops and administers the Beekeeper Certification program for Tennessee beekeepers; trains and certifies apiary inspectors for public and private operations.

4. Plans and participates in registration and mapping of apiaries; issues permits for movement of bees into the State of Tennessee and advises apiarists on requirements for moving bees into other states.

5. Instructs apiary owners and operators in proper procedures and safety measures to use to eradicate bee diseases from the hive; assists in the fumigation process through use of a variety of methods and equipment, such as fumigation chambers, smokers, chemicals, gloves, and veils.

6. Conducts workshops on beekeeping practices and potential problems; provides interested persons with educational materials on the subject; may answer correspondence concerning beekeeping procedures.

7. Manages the apiary budget; prepares and maintains weekly inspection, activity, and expense reports.

8. Writes articles for publications; supervises the publishing of a pollinator directory; serves as chairman of the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee.

9. Conducts research projects on honeybees concerning chemicals and other methods of helping protect honeybees from disease, pests, and other threats that could seriously reduce the availability of honeybee pollinators.

10. Participates in pest control and eradication procedures such as aerial sprayings or implacing insect trappings.

11. Operates a motor vehicle in performance of duties.

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