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Urban Beekeeping Apprenticeship

NYCBA's Urban Beekeeping Apprenticeship is the only program in the New York City area that offers a full season of urban beekeeping education and field work.


The NYCBA is proud to announce our continue our apprenticeship program in 2018. It is designed to provide a complete urban beekeeping & educational experience from start to finish of the beekeeping season.

Our Urban beekeeping program will begin on January 27th, 2018.  We will ‘cluster’ in a classroom setting in Manhattan and start covering the basics of beginner beekeeping. This will include lessons about the Langstroth hive,  about the honey bee,  bee biology,  as well as pests & disease awareness. The classes will also include guest beekeeper speakers providing insightful lectures and perspectives.

From April through October, apprentices will have the opportunity to learn how to manage honey bee colonies in an urban rooftop educational apiary.  Apprentices will be provided regular opportunities to learn and help to manage bee colonies on rooftops all over New York City at hotels, restaurants, retail stores, private residences, community gardens and such.

Hands on opportunities will include:

  • Hive Building

  • Hive and Bee installations

  • Hive Inspections & maintenance

  • Swarm management & capture

  • Disease prevention & treatment

  • Splitting & combining hives

  • Hive relocation

  • Feral bee hive removal

  • Honey harvesting

  • Honey extracting


On average, our apprenticeship offers 250 hours of hands-on beekeeping experience throughout a given season! The nature of the apprenticeship will require its apprentices to have flexibility in their schedules. While apprentices are not required to attend all meetings, the actual timing of meetings can change—sometimes with short notice—due to weather, the changing needs of the bees, and traffic conditions in the City. Most meeting dates will occur on Sunday mornings, but other opportunities will arise during regular weekdays, often beginning very early in the morning. The schedule for our meetings, therefore, is approximate and fluctuating at all times. 


Apprenticeship dues are $2000 for the full January through October term, to be paid by accepted applicants prior to admission to the first meeting.

The Application Process:

A limited number of applicants have been accepted into the apprenticeship. To apply, please download and complete the PDF application and email to info [at]  Applications may be sent in any time on a rolling basis until May 1, with the understanding that the theoretical aspect of the apprenticeship has already begun, and the hands-on aspect is set to begin in late March. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Accepted applicants will be offered the opportunity to hold their seat for a $500 deposit payable by check or PayPal. Remaining program fees are due prior to beginning the NYCBA Apprenticeship on January 27th, 2018. If you are accepted after this date, the program fee is due before attending any meetings of the apprenticeship.