Having Policies and Rules (P&R) are not only good for being successful in general, they are called for as part of an Integrated Pest Management plan.
If nothing else P&R help maintain continuity and consistency.
G/Y/R stands for Green, Yellow, and Red.
The Green “Zone” is a status position indicating that things are in a “safe” condition. Meaning in regards to IPM that hive pest issues are either not present or are within colony tolerances and the bees have it under control.
The Yellow “zone” indicates early intervention methods are required to prevent or reduce a problem that is getting to the low tolerance abilities of the colony. The Yellow zone correlates with the “Treatment” threshold in an IPM plan.
The Red “zone” indicates critical intervention and that the pest issues of the hive have overwhelmed the colony's tolerance level, placing the colony in a condition to fail soon if not immediately. The Red zone correlates with the Economic Threshold in an IPM plan.
Within the business structure of BBE-Tech Apiary Services, there are three professional roles and two trainee roles.
The Intern is a voluntary, unpaid position which exists to acclimate and familiarize people new to beekeeping. This role works in a general support role to aid and assist Apiarists and Apprentices. The Intern is expected to learn terminology, get tools, transport equipment and materials, hold things and operate tools and equipment.
Apprentices are trainees paying to become educated, trained and certified as a professional in one of the categories of a professional apiarist. In general, the Apprentice is the “right hand” to the Journeyman and Apiarist they are assigned to work with.
The Apprentice will learn, perform and practice everything the apiarist they are working with needs to do to the expectations of the trainer.
A Journeyman is familiar with basic beekeeping practices and information. They are learning advanced information and skills as they assist the Apiarist.
Journeymen work with hives, performing tasks as assigned by the Apiarist on their own. They also assist Apiarists in more advanced tasks.
Journeymen help guide and tutor Interns and Apprentices while they are working with them.
The Apiarist is the “in the field” professional. They perform the day to day tasks and operations necessary to be successful in keeping hives alive, healthy and productive.
The Apiarist is also a trainer. They are the primary person guiding Interns and first level Apprentices over the general activities of working hives in a professional manner.
Apiarists answer to the Apiary Manager.
An Apiary Manager is the second level of professional apiarist and takes on more responsibility for an entire large apiary or a network of small apiaries.
The Apiary Manager is responsible for ensuring the overall success and production of all the hives in their charge. They do the Pre-inspection planning and the Post-Inspection planning. They must follow up to ensure all hives are properly documented and meeting established goals and objectives. Furthermore, the Apiary Manager is responsible for ensuring that all Policies, Rules and Procedures are being followed by Interns, Apprentices and Apiarists.
The Apiary Manager answers to the Master Apiarist
A Master Apiarist carries the responsibility for establishing goals, objectives, strategies and tactics for each account and apiary.
The Master Apiarist oversees and guides all training and education of Apprentices and Interns.
The Master Apiarist teaches classes, coaches trainee and runs the certification process.
The Master Apiarist often is the business owner or contractor managing an apiary or multiple apiaries for clients.