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BEEKEEPER, IN-DEPTH: Beneficial For Everyone

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Dave is a Beekeeper. He started his own Beekeeping business a couple years ago and has been making and selling honey to the public and also commercial sales as well. Dave explains that there are some very long days and nights working, but it isn't year-round. Dave also goes into detail about his key career decisions, the difficulty of his job and his work-life balance.

School: Bringham Young University
Degree: Recreation Leadership
Job Title: Beekeeper
Employer: Honeydale Beekeeping

Job Summary: Agricultural and Food Scientist

Job Description

Agricultural and food scientists work to ensure agricultural productivity and food safety. They typically do the following: conduct research and experiments concerning animal nutrition and field crops; develop ways to improve the quantity and quality of field crops and farm animals; create new food products and develop new and better ways to process, package, and deliver them; study the composition of soil as it relates to plant growth; communicate research findings to the scientific community, food producers, and the public.

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$35,000 - $105,000
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0 to 10 percent
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Full-time
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Office, Remote, Outdoor, Indoor, Military
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Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Organizational skills

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m='14680'>to</span> <span m='15820'>myself.</span> <span m='17270'>It's</span> <span m='17490'>a</span> <span m='17970'>job.</span> <span m='18430'>It's an</span> <span m='18590'>income.</span> <span m='20220'>But</span> <span m='20350'>it's</span> <span m='20580'>also</span> <span m='20950'>something</span> <span m='21270'>that's</span> <span m='21390'>beneficial</span> <span m='21910'>to</span> <span m='23160'>everyone</span> <span m='23550'>else.</span> <span m='24390'>The</span> <span m='24480'>honey</span> <span m='24790'>has</span> <span m='25010'>got</span> <span m='25190'>a</span> <span m='25230'>lot</span> <span m='25420'>of</span> <span m='25480'>medicinal</span> <span m='25940'>values.</span> <span m='26440'>It</span> <span m='26880'>helps</span> <span m='27140'>people.</span> <span m='28040'>Also,</span> <span m='28590'>when</span> <span m='28670'>I</span> <span m='28760'>do</span> <span m='28920'>pollination,</span> <span m='29630'>I'm</span> <span m='29760'>helping</span> <span m='30160'>provide</span> <span m='31050'>food</span> <span m='31400'>for</span> <span m='32009'>everybody</span> <span m='32350'>on</span> <span m='32430'>the</span> <span m='32490'>planet,</span> <span m='33110'>and</span> <span m='33380'>it's</span> <span m='34320'>a</span> <span m='34360'>good</span> <span m='34500'>feeling.</span> </p><p><span m='35180'>Key</span> <span m='35310'>decisions</span> <span m='36090'>in</span> <span m='36340'>the</span> <span m='36630'>career--</span> <span m='38870'>with</span> <span m='39670'>bees,</span> <span m='40640'>there's</span> <span m='41270'>some</span> <span m='41490'>different</span> <span m='41820'>routes</span> <span m='42090'>you</span> <span m='42240'>can</span> <span m='42380'>take.</span> <span m='42740'>You</span> <span m='42850'>can</span> <span m='43250'>just</span> <span m='43500'>be</span> <span m='44690'>small,</span> <span m='45330'>and</span> <span m='45480'>have</span> <span m='45770'>just</span> <span m='46040'>a</span> <span m='46090'>few</span> <span m='46350'>hives,</span> <span m='46850'>and</span> <span m='46970'>just</span> <span m='47070'>sell</span> <span m='47430'>it</span> <span m='47480'>at</span> <span m='47740'>farmer's</span> <span m='48110'>markets,</span> <span m='48850'>or</span> <span m='49470'>just</span> <span m='49840'>local</span> <span m='50190'>stuff,</span> <span m='51350'>and</span> <span m='51630'>not</span> <span m='51890'>get</span> <span m='52020'>into</span> <span m='52356'>pollination</span> <span m='53030'>and</span> <span m='53410'>the</span> <span m='53540'>commercial</span> <span m='54100'>side</span> <span m='54390'>of</span> <span m='54490'>beekeeping.</span> <span m='56120'>Or</span> <span m='56280'>you</span> <span m='56520'>get</span> <span m='56640'>into</span> <span m='56890'>the</span> <span m='56980'>commercial.</span> <span m='57840'>I'm</span> <span m='58570'>in</span> <span m='58760'>between</span> <span m='59280'>right</span> <span m='59470'>now.</span> <span m='60100'>I'm</span> <span m='60240'>still</span> <span m='60820'>small.</span> <span m='61280'>I've</span> <span m='61400'>only</span> <span m='61570'>got</span> <span m='61680'>about</span> <span m='61950'>40</span> <span m='62230'>hives,</span> <span m='63790'>and</span> <span m='65400'>I'm</span> <span m='65600'>still</span> <span m='66060'>in</span> <span m='66150'>between.</span> <span m='66570'>So</span> <span m='66690'>I</span> <span m='66770'>can</span> <span m='66910'>still</span> <span m='67170'>do</span> <span m='67430'>shows</span> <span m='67820'>like</span> <span m='68030'>this,</span> <span m='68270'>where</span> <span m='68360'>I</span> <span m='68400'>still have</span> <span m='68710'>time</span> <span m='69020'>to</span> <span m='69100'>come,</span> <span m='69400'>and</span> <span m='69470'>sell</span> <span m='69670'>my</span> <span m='69880'>honey</span> <span m='70150'>at</span> <span m='70230'>a</span> <span m='70260'>higher</span> <span m='70570'>price,</span> <span m='71100'>and</span> <span m='71920'>make</span> <span m='72100'>a</span> <span m='72140'>little</span> <span m='72300'>more</span> <span m='72480'>money,</span> <span m='72850'>where</span> <span m='73060'>the</span> <span m='73180'>commercial</span> <span m='73540'>guys,</span> <span m='74310'>when</span> <span m='74460'>they</span> <span m='74580'>sell</span> <span m='74880'>it</span> <span m='75010'>to</span> <span m='75250'>the</span> <span m='75590'>commercial</span> <span m='76040'>packers,</span> <span m='76560'>like</span> <span m='76720'>the</span> <span m='77160'>honey</span> <span m='77270'>you</span> <span m='77440'>get</span> <span m='77590'>at</span> <span m='77680'>the</span> <span m='77750'>grocery</span> <span m='78140'>store,</span> <span m='78755'>they</span> <span m='79010'>only</span> <span m='79310'>get</span> <span m='79430'>$2</span> <span m='79850'>a pound</span> <span m='80270'>for</span> <span m='80350'>that</span> <span m='80490'>honey.</span> </p><p><span m='81280'>And</span> <span m='81480'>it's</span> <span m='82070'>really</span> <span m='83650'>not</span> <span m='83970'>very</span> <span m='84180'>much.</span> <span m='84830'>And</span> <span m='85080'>so</span> <span m='87180'>once</span> <span m='87430'>you</span> <span m='87550'>get</span> <span m='88700'>big</span> <span m='88830'>enough,</span> <span m='89090'>and you</span> <span m='89380'>start</span> <span m='89480'>getting</span> <span m='89700'>enough</span> <span m='89900'>hives</span> <span m='90300'>that</span> <span m='91040'>basically,</span> <span m='91440'>it's</span> <span m='91610'>full</span> <span m='91900'>time</span> <span m='92260'>just</span> <span m='92470'>checking</span> <span m='92780'>on</span> <span m='92910'>your</span> <span m='92980'>hives.</span> <span m='93550'>You</span> <span m='93670'>don't</span> <span m='93860'>have</span> <span m='94030'>time</span> <span m='94330'>to</span> <span m='94400'>do</span> <span m='94540'>this</span> <span m='94750'>stuff.</span> <span m='95570'>So</span> <span m='95720'>you</span> <span m='95920'>take</span> <span m='96150'>the</span> <span m='96250'>bee. You</span> <span m='96670'>take</span> <span m='96880'>the</span> <span m='97020'>honey</span> <span m='97340'>and just</span> <span m='97450'>sell</span> <span m='97750'>it</span> <span m='97860'>for</span> <span m='97950'>the</span> <span m='98090'>$2</span> <span m='98590'>a</span> <span m='98650'>pound,</span> <span m='99110'>and</span> <span m='100300'>you</span> <span m='100690'>take</span> <span m='100920'>what</span> <span m='101060'>you</span> <span m='101200'>can</span> <span m='101380'>get.</span> <span m='102420'>Getting</span> <span m='102720'>a</span> <span m='102800'>job.</span> <span m='103850'>That</span> <span m='104120'>is</span> <span m='106980'>not</span> <span m='107370'>so</span> <span m='107520'>easy.</span> <span m='108430'>You</span> <span m='108590'>have</span> <span m='108740'>to</span> <span m='108850'>find</span> <span m='109160'>somebody</span> <span m='109480'>who's</span> <span m='110120'>hiring.</span> <span m='111250'>The</span> <span m='111470'>hours</span> <span m='111870'>are</span> <span m='111990'>not</span> <span m='112190'>always</span> <span m='112560'>great,</span> <span m='113530'>especially</span> <span m='114010'>when</span> <span m='115280'>it's</span> <span m='115460'>bee</span> <span m='115800'>season,</span> <span m='116170'>which</span> <span m='116390'>is</span> <span m='117350'>February</span> <span m='117970'>to</span> <span m='120580'>probably</span> <span m='121310'>late</span> <span m='121600'>April.</span> </p><p><span m='122630'>It's</span> <span m='122830'>a</span> <span m='122880'>lot</span> <span m='123120'>of</span> <span m='123230'>late</span> <span m='123490'>nights,</span> <span m='124070'>because</span> <span m='124250'>you</span> <span m='124320'>have</span> <span m='124430'>to</span> <span m='124520'>move</span> <span m='124810'>bees</span> <span m='125070'>at</span> <span m='125180'>night.</span> <span m='125580'>So</span> <span m='125760'>when</span> <span m='125860'>you're</span> <span m='125970'>moving</span> <span m='126310'>them to</span> <span m='126620'>the</span> <span m='126670'>orchard,</span> <span m='127190'>stuff</span> <span m='127470'>like</span> <span m='127650'>that,</span> <span m='128430'>you're</span> <span m='128979'>working</span> <span m='129380'>at</span> <span m='129479'>night.</span> <span m='130190'>And</span> <span m='130470'>quite</span> <span m='130690'>often,</span> <span m='130940'>you're</span> <span m='131030'>working</span> <span m='131400'>during</span> <span m='131680'>the</span> <span m='131770'>day,</span> <span m='132040'>as</span> <span m='132150'>well.</span> <span m='132990'>So</span> <span m='133280'>you're</span> <span m='133450'>working</span> <span m='134350'>14,</span> <span m='134960'>18</span> <span m='135360'>hour</span> <span m='135590'>days,</span> <span m='136375'>but</span> <span m='136650'>only</span> <span m='136800'>for</span> <span m='136910'>about</span> <span m='137120'>two</span> <span m='137250'>months.</span> <span m='138030'>And</span> <span m='138100'>then</span> <span m='138230'>it's</span> <span m='138660'>an</span> <span m='138790'>8:00</span> <span m='138940'>to</span> <span m='139020'>5:00</span> <span m='139660'>job.</span> <span m='140570'>But</span> <span m='140950'>whenever</span> <span m='141540'>you're</span> <span m='141740'>moving</span> <span m='142090'>them,</span> <span m='142420'>quite</span> <span m='142630'>often,</span> <span m='142930'>you</span> <span m='143060'>move</span> <span m='143330'>at</span> <span m='143450'>night.</span> <span m='143850'>And</span> <span m='143980'>then</span> <span m='144090'>you</span> <span m='144180'>go,</span> <span m='144390'>and</span> <span m='144500'>you</span> <span m='144600'>work</span> <span m='144830'>them</span> <span m='144910'>during</span> <span m='145150'>the</span> <span m='145230'>day.</span> <span m='145710'>And</span> <span m='146110'>you</span> <span m='146270'>get</span> <span m='146380'>a</span> <span m='146430'>couple</span> <span m='146730'>hours</span> <span m='146940'>of</span> <span m='147010'>sleep,</span> <span m='147330'>and</span> <span m='147500'>then you</span> <span m='147570'>go</span> <span m='147720'>move them at</span> <span m='148190'>night,</span> <span m='148910'>and</span> <span m='149220'>it's</span> <span m='150050'>grueling.</span> </p><p><span m='151270'>But</span> <span m='151590'>it's</span> <span m='152220'>not</span> <span m='152400'>all</span> <span m='152550'>year.</span> <span m='153500'>And</span> <span m='154280'>your</span> <span m='154410'>downtime</span> <span m='155000'>is</span> <span m='155120'>during</span> <span m='155330'>the</span> <span m='155420'>winter,</span> <span m='156080'>so</span> <span m='156120'>you</span> <span m='156320'>have</span> <span m='156480'>time</span> <span m='156750'>to</span> <span m='158330'>take</span> <span m='158520'>time</span> <span m='158760'>off</span> <span m='158970'>during</span> <span m='159130'>the</span> <span m='159210'>winter</span> <span m='159490'>if</span> <span m='159580'>you</span> <span m='159680'>want.</span> <span m='160270'>Work</span> <span m='160460'>life</span> <span m='160670'>balance--</span> <span m='161650'>right</span> <span m='161940'>now,</span> <span m='162340'>because</span> <span m='162580'>I'm</span> <span m='162770'>still</span> <span m='163330'>pretty</span> <span m='163630'>small,</span> <span m='164040'>I</span> <span m='164110'>don't</span> <span m='164280'>have</span> <span m='164460'>employees</span> <span m='165110'>or</span> <span m='165180'>anything</span> <span m='165460'>like</span> <span m='165680'>that.</span> <span m='165930'>I</span> <span m='166100'>run</span> <span m='166240'>my</span> <span m='166380'>own</span> <span m='166600'>business.</span> <span m='169400'>It's</span> <span m='170000'>a</span> <span m='170060'>struggle,</span> <span m='170480'>because</span> <span m='170670'>I</span> <span m='170730'>don't</span> <span m='170900'>make</span> <span m='171120'>a</span> <span m='171160'>whole</span> <span m='171350'>lot</span> <span m='171530'>of</span> <span m='171590'>money.</span> <span m='172380'>But</span> <span m='174630'>I'm</span> <span m='174980'>able</span> <span m='175260'>to</span> <span m='175310'>be</span> <span m='175440'>home</span> <span m='175770'>a</span> <span m='175820'>lot,</span> <span m='176550'>and</span> <span m='177140'>my</span> <span m='177270'>family</span> <span m='177690'>loves</span> <span m='177960'>that,</span> <span m='178380'>that I</span> <span m='178460'>can</span> <span m='179180'>pick the</span> <span m='179430'>kids</span> <span m='179640'>up</span> <span m='179770'>from</span> <span m='179910'>school.</span> <span m='181560'>It's</span> <span m='181840'>flexible.</span> </p><p><span m='184250'>If</span> <span m='184410'>something</span> <span m='184770'>comes</span> <span m='185060'>up,</span> <span m='185420'>I don't</span> <span m='185590'>have</span> <span m='185940'>to</span> <span m='186020'>go</span> <span m='186130'>work</span> <span m='186330'>my</span> <span m='186470'>bees</span> <span m='186710'>that</span> <span m='186890'>day.</span> <span m='187200'>It</span> <span m='187300'>can</span> <span m='187420'>wait</span> <span m='187650'>until</span> <span m='187780'>the</span> <span m='187860'>next</span> <span m='188100'>day.</span> <span m='189070'>You</span> <span m='189180'>just</span> <span m='189540'>don't</span> <span m='189680'>want</span> <span m='189800'>to</span> <span m='189840'>get</span> <span m='190030'>in</span> <span m='190190'>the</span> <span m='190280'>trap</span> <span m='190750'>of,</span> <span m='191210'>I'll</span> <span m='191510'>wait</span> <span m='191700'>until</span> <span m='191810'>next</span> <span m='192090'>day.</span> <span m='192390'>Oh,</span> <span m='192820'>I'll wait until</span> <span m='193010'>the</span> <span m='193200'>next</span> <span m='193500'>day.</span> <span m='193810'>And</span> <span m='193950'>then</span> <span m='194410'>you</span> <span m='194580'>haven't</span> <span m='194830'>done</span> <span m='195000'>anything,</span> <span m='195410'>and then</span> <span m='195600'>your</span> <span m='195710'>bees</span> <span m='195950'>die,</span> <span m='196120'>because</span> <span m='196410'>you</span> <span m='196520'>neglected</span> <span m='196805'>them.</span> <span m='198110'>I've</span> <span m='198270'>done</span> <span m='198460'>that.</span> <span m='198680'>It's</span> <span m='198840'>not</span> <span m='199000'>good.</span> </p>","file":{"id":657746,"video_id":"","name":"3111-Beekeeper IN-DEPTH.mp4","duration":199598,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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