Join the Cooperative

How Do You Get Involved?The Hive, Dickinson's Bee Cooperative

The Hive has three levels of involvement that are open to all Dickinsonians. Depending on which level of involvement you choose, you will be required to complete different amounts of training using the The Hive’s online Beekeeping Training Module. Anyone is welcome to view the hives (from outside the fence), but if you want to work with the bees, or even just be inside the fence, you need get trained and join the cooperative.

Please review the abilities and opportunities associated with the different member levels below and use the online training module to become a volunteer member at the level that interests you.

The Hive: Online Training Module

Drones:

Requires minimal training and participation as a safe and essential part of the active cooperative.

  • Required Training Modules:  1) Three Beekeeping Videos, 2) The Hive’s Beekeeping Safety Guidelines, and 3) The Hive’s Waiver
  • Training Time Estimate: 15 minutes
  • Experience Requirement: 0 hours

Drones are eligible to:

  • Enter the fenced area around the hives with protective equipment and work with the bees
  • ONLY enter fenced area with Worker or Queen 
  • Participate in group activities, trainings and workshops

Workers:

Requires moderate training and participation as a safe and responsible leader of the active cooperative.

  • Required Training Modules: 1) Three Beekeeping Videos, 2) The Hive’s Beekeeping Safety Guidelines, 3) Sanitary Honey Extraction, 4) Mowing and Trimming Safety Manual, and 5) The Hive’s Waiver
  • Training Time Estimate: 45 minutes
  • Experience Requirement: 2 hours or commensurate experience beekeeping and groundskeeping. Must demonstrate abilities with the string trimmer and honey extracting equipment.

Workers are eligible to:

  • Enter the fenced area around the hives with protective equipment and work with the bees
  • Enter fenced area with any other member of The Hive
  • Receive a key to The Hive equipment storage and supplies
  • Assist with group activities, trainings and workshops
  • Assist with honey harvesting, groundskeeping, snow removal etc.

Queens:

Requires extensive training and experience. The queens serve as The Hive's administration.

  • Required Training Modules: 1) Three Beekeeping Videos, 2) The Hive’s Beekeeping Safety Guidelines, 3) The Hive’s Personal Protective Equipment and Safety Slideshow, 4) Sanitary Honey Extraction, 5) Mowing and Trimming Safety Manual, 6) Honey Bee Best Management Practices in Pennsylvania, 7) Selling Honey in Pennsylvania, and 8) The Hive’s Waiver
  • Training Time Estimate: 90 minutes
  • Experience Requirement: 20 hours or commensurate experience beekeeping and groundskeeping. Must demonstrate abilities with the string trimmer and honey extracting equipment.

Queens are eligible to:

  • Enter the fenced area around the hives with protective equipment and work with the bees
  • Enter fenced area with any other member of The Hive
  • Receive a key to The Hive equipment storage and supplies
  • Organize and lead group activities, trainings and workshops
  • Organize and lead honey harvesting, groundskeeping, snow removal etc.