Environmental Educator and Beekeeper - Appalachian Headwaters

Appalachian Headwaters is Seeking an Educator with strong interest in environmental science and ecology. Charlottesville, VA

Appalachian Headwaters, is a nonprofit organization focused on sustainable economic development and restoration of native ecosystems in central Appalachia. The position will initially focus on reforestation of mined land, native plant cultivation, and natural beekeeping.

Position: Environmental Educator and Beekeeper

Organization: Appalachian Headwaters

Location: Summers County, West Virginia

Position Overview:

Appalachian Headwaters is a nonprofit organization focused on sustainable economic development and restoration of native ecosystems in central Appalachia. We are hiring an Educator to our staff with a strong interest and background in environmental science and ecology. Beekeeping experience is beneficial but not required.

One of Headwaters’ major initiatives is the advancement of sustainable beekeeping in central Appalachia. This position will initially focus on work with the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective (ABC), a beekeeping training and support program throughout the region. Our program provides education, technical assistance, and a collective distribution and marketing program for new and experienced beekeepers in our region. The ABC is dedicated to following a natural/chemical-free beekeeping protocol. The program operates from a site in Summers County, West Virginia, in the big bend of the Greenbrier River. We have established apiaries with over 1200 hives in the area surrounding this site. The site serves as the primary extraction and distribution hub, an education center, and a location for conferences and events. We are developing a satellite facility in southern West Virginia this summer/fall, and seeking to fund a third facility in southwestern Virginia. We should have more than 3,000 hives within two years in Virginia and West Virginia.

The new hire will work with the ABC to refine our natural beekeeping protocol, teach our programs, and help manage our apiary. In addition to working with the ABC, this position will help as we develop programs to protect and support native pollinators in our region. This position does not require a strong background in beekeeping, but such skills would be very useful. The current staff (three of whom hold PhDs in beekeeping) includes several experienced staff beekeepers and consultants considered to be national experts in apiculture.

This position may also help us to develop a native plant growers training programs. Headwaters is creating a program to train people in our region to grow high-demand native plants for sale. This program will serve the mined land and stream restoration industries in central Appalachia, non-timber forest product industry, and mid-Atlantic native landscaping market.

Additionally, this position is likely to help with our work to reestablish native ecosystems on former mountaintop removal sites and other formerly mined lands in the region.

Out ideal candidate will have a Masters in some form of environmental science, ecology, forestry, or a related field, but we will consider strong candidates without graduate degrees. The candidate must be compatible with our program mission, including a dedication to environmental protection, natural beekeeping methods, organic plant growing and restoration of native ecosystems. The candidate should also be able to work closely and respectfully with our members and communities throughout rural West Virginia and Virginia.


  • Work with team to implement the Beekeeping Collective program
  • Help to conduct educational programming on the art and science of beekeeping throughout central Appalachia
  • Help develop policies, educational programming, and research projects focused on native pollinators in our region
  • Travel to, visit, and advise individual beekeepers throughout the region
  • Recruit and educate new beekeepers to Beekeeping Collective
  • Help maintain apiaries with beekeeping team
  • Help develop native plant growing program
  • Help with reforestation and reclamation projects


  • B.A./B.S. or Masters in environmental science, ecology, agriculture, forestry, or related field
  • Teaching experience preferred
  • Beekeeping experience or interest preferred but not required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple and diverse tasks
  • Willingness to commit to natural, low-chemical beekeeping methods

Salary: DOE, includes strong benefits package

Please submit a resume, two or three references and cover letter to
Position open until filled
Start date: ASAP

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