Cidermaker – 2 Fools Cider – Naperville, IL/Chicagoland Area

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    Monte Summers

    Cider Maker

    2 Fools Cider needs YOU!

    The 2 Fools production cidery in Naperville, IL is interested in expanding its family by adding a Cider Maker to its team. As our rapid growth continues, we find ourselves in need of another excellent, experienced ciderist or winemaker.
    Attention to detail and a spirit of uncompromising excellence is a hallmark of our culture. The Cider Maker will work on the cellar floor and also help with operations, so solid experience as a cider or wine maker is required. A minimum of 2-years experience in fermentation beverages is required and cider or wine would be preferred…please. Join our team!
    Cider Maker – Our Expectations:

    General Necessities:
    **Everyone needs these to work successfully in a cidery!
    • Must be 21 years of age or older
    • Excellent attendance & timeliness.
    • Is reasonable and responsible.
    • Shows respect for self & others.
    • Clean driving record. Insurable driver
    • Must be able to lift 75 lbs.+ and perform strenuous work all day. Prolonged standing, climbing, bending, and kneeling is often required.
    • Familiarity with OSHA, FDA, TTB compliance
    • Mechanical aptitude. Respect of top quality equipment & tools.
    • Familiarity with material handling equipment (pallet jack, forklift, hand truck).
    • Understanding of what “Clean” means. No exceptions.
    • Can perform tasks with little or no supervision.
    • Can think and make sound and reasonable decisions. Critical thinker and a problem solver
    • Willingness to accomplish “What Is Required” on any given day.
    • Mental flexibility.
    • Willingness to take direction.
    Cider Making Specific Skills:
    **It would be essentially great if you have these skills, and understand that we’ll re-train you anyway.
    • Open Mind.
    • Love of tracking and paperwork.
    • Love of cleaning & sanitation!
    • Fermentation Management and daily tracking
    • Knowledge of cellar operations
    • Keg washing
    • Yeast management
    • Keg racking
    • Filter setup, operation, cleaning
    • Fining practices
    • Fermenter, bright-beer tank and serving tank cleaning/sanitation
    • Materials handling (empty cases, cleaned kegs, empty bottles, palletized cider, etc.)
    • Raw materials analysis
    • Minor laboratory and QA/QC skills
    • Experience with cleaning chemicals & MSDS sheets
    • Understanding of material utilization.
    • Love of the art & science of Cider Making.
    • Knowledge of sensory analysis

    Other Niceties & Intangible Skills:
    • Shows good attitude and wants to work
    • Can follow directions well/takes notes if necessary.
    • Can keep an eye out for potential problems or maintenance issues and brings them to the attention of management and maintenance
    • Willingness to learn & learns quickly
    • Willingly accepts non-standard assignments
    • Can represent the company well when in public and at events
    • Listens to and observes supervisors without being distracted from task at hand
    • Asks pertinent questions
    • Learns from mistakes
    • Shows improving skills by regularly accomplishing more complex tasks and increasing speed and efficiency
    • Able to multi-task
    • Shows “sense of urgency” – hustles
    • Ability to share knowledge and mentor other cidery staff
    Full time, year-round, hourly/salaried position.
    *Please accompany resume with a cover letter for the position. Please email cover letter and resume to

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