Volunteer Job with the Victorian Apiarists' Association


The Victorian Apiarist Association was founded over 125years ago to support Victorian Beekeepers. Its role has been to deal with Federal, State and Local government over the years to ensure that beekeepers had a voice in decision making that would affect their lively hood and the right to keep bees.

The VAA created the first code of conduct for recreational beekeepers, that was put into state law so that recreational beekeepers could keep bees without having to deal with individual councils.

Volunteers run the organisation. This role is initially a volunteer role, with the potential to lead to paid work opportunities. The position could start three days a week, the intention with the right funding to increase this.

The Association has a number of projects that it is trying to run:

  1. Education
  2. Biosecurity
  3. Supporting recreational beekeepers and their clubs
  4. Government reviews of legislation on topics like access to Forests state and federal
  5. Logging and the effects on bee foraging areas
  6. Preparedness for Varroa.
  7. Conferences
  8. The Royal Melbourne show
  9. Fundraising (outside of the two areas above)

All of these areas are significant projects. The Association has 500 members and at various times calls on over 100 volunteers that give their time to support the VAA.

Our greatest weakness is being able to coordinate and drive these projects.

The Association is looking for a Melbourne-based person that has the drive and energy to manage and support the successful completion of projects.

Attributes needed :

  1. Organisational skills
  2. People skills
  3. Creativity
  4. Problem solver
  5. Result orientated
  6. Be able to generate funding.


Please respond with expression of interest to John McCaskill on john@jmcresources.com.au including current circumstances, relevant skills and experience and a brief resume or personal summary including time availability.