Apiary Inspector are a valuable resource to the beekeeping community and especially to new beekeepers who want guidance and advice about the health of their bees. If you have the opportunity to participate with the Inspector during the inspection, it is a tremendous learning opportunity.
In Ohio, the Apiary Inspector is a county-level paid part-time position with a degree of latitude for the number and frequency of colonies inspected each year.
Current Medina County Apiary Inspector
Medina has a new Apiary Inspector. He is Dustin Thompson from the Columbus area. His contact information is: Dustin Thompson, 2108 Luka Avenue, Columbus, OH, 43210.
Phone is 740-272-2828, 614-230-2868. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacancy - Medina County Apiary Inspector
As of January 2011, Medina County has one inspector handles approximately half the county. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is looking for another candidate to handle the other half of the county or other surrounding counties in the NE. Interested candidates should contact Barbara Bloetscher, the State Apiarist at 614-644-5839 or .
Job Description for a County Apiary Inspector in Ohio
Requirements for the job is to be professional, honest and courteous; have reliable transportation, and a good knowledge of bees and beekeeping. The person is representing The State of Ohio, the county in which he/she works and the beekeeping industry, so should be responsible and respectful of people and the environment.
Each county pays differently. Some counties pay mileage and time, others pay a lump sum. The minimum requirement to be a County Apiary Inspector is to inspect businesses that sell or transport packages, hives, queens, or other bee equipment from other states into Ohio for serious bee diseases and pests. The inspector should also inspect new beekeepers and operations that have had problems in prior years.
The advantages of the job is that the person gets to know other beekeepers in the county and help them become better beekeepers. They will learn a great deal from being an inspector and gain the trust of other beekeepers. It is a fun and rewarding job if you like honey bees and are concerned about honey bee health and the Ohio Beekeeping Industry.