June 8, 2020 at 4:15 pm #124226Michael BillingsleyParticipant
SEE westerncider.com/jobs FOR FULL JOB DESCRIPTION
Western Cider is an apple grower and cider house in Missoula, Montana. As a company, we aspire to create an institution of great cider, good times and a life worth living in this far-flung region of the American West. See what we are all about on Instagram or Facebook @westerncider or on our website – westerncider.com
The cidermaker portion of the job assists the Head Cider Maker in all tasks associated with cider production and overall maintenance of the cellar. The primary responsibility is care and oversight of the active ferments and maturing ciders. This means direct involvement with the ferments, but also immaculate sanitation practices, maintenance of equipment used, knowledge of the general fermentation process, curiosity, creativity, and dedication. There will be planning and scheduling of logistics, but the ability and willingness to change strategy and troubleshoot unforeseen circumstances is crucial. Ferments are alive and ever changing. This position requires thought and a thorough understanding of Western’s methods of production. Although some tasks may be tedious, the Cidermaker must be aware of the smallest details and how they can impact the bigger picture. Time management and a mind for efficiency is necessary. The Cidermaker will assume all responsibility when Head Cider Maker is not on premise, but the two positions will work closely together.
This position also fills the packaging manager roll and is responsible for all aspects of packaging. We are currently canning, bottling, and kegging. The primary responsibility for this position is operation, sanitation, maintenance, and proper storage of the Wild Goose Can Line, Meheen 6 fill bottler, hand bottler, and keg fillers. These pieces of equipment are highly valuable and must be treated with the utmost care to ensure their efficiency, efficacy and longevity. In addition to this, the Packaging Manager is responsible for the cider going into any package. Sanitation of equipment and the surrounding area is critical. With every package run, cider must be set aside for QA/QC testing. Record keeping is crucial for traceability and recall. With the help of the Head Cidermaker, the packaging manager is responsible for determining tank schedule, finished cider transfers, final SO2 additions, and accurate carbonation levels. This position will create a packaging schedule for each run, set the crew’s schedule, and execute the plan accordingly. As with any production, planning is imperative, but willingness to adjust scheduling to get the job done while ensuring the highest quality and care of the final product is the primary concern. The Assistant Packaging Manager will assist with operation of the equipment.
Minimum of one year previous work experience in a cidery, winery, or brewery
Minimum of one year previous work experience on can or bottle line
Basic understanding of chemical and microbiological processes relevant to fermentation and alcohol production
Knowledge of sanitation principles and practices
High School diploma including computer competency and effective written communication
Clean and valid drivers license
Ability to work rotating shifts and adjust schedule to meet production demands
Ability to work both independently and with a team
Mechanical aptitude and creativity
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Cidermaker Primary Responsibilities
Inoculation of ciders
Enzyme and Nutrient Additions
Basic laboratory analysis (pH, So2)
Daily Monitoring of Ferments
Racking and Transfers of juice/cider
Filtration – operation of x-flow and pre filter. Knowledge of cleaning and maintenance.
Carbonation – understanding force carbonation and methods of natural carbonation (bottle conditioning, method champenoise, pet nat, etc…)
Troubleshooting fermentation issues when necessary
Barrel Program – monitoring maturations, maintenance and cleanliness of barrels and the surrounding area, filling and emptying, transfers, topping off, storage, and recordkeeping
Preparation for packaging
Overall cleanliness of cellar
Ensure proper sanitation and storage of all equipment associated with cider making process
Packaging Manager Responsibilities
Operation of Wild Goose can line for all packaging days (assisted by assistant packaging manager)
Operation of Meheen bottler for all packaging days (assisted by assistant packaging manager)
Maintenance, upkeep and cleaning of all packaging equipment.
In depth knowledge is required. Ability to set up, breakdown, operate, clean, perform necessary maintenance, and troubleshoot necessary repairs.
Works closely with the packaging team and leads crew during packaging days.
Training and Scheduling of packaging team.
Works closely with Head Cider Maker to determine tank schedule, preparation for canning (cleaning of tanks, transfers, carbonation, SO2 additions).
Ensures proper record keeping for finished, packaged cider. Enters numbers into packaging log in computer or delegates this to Assistant Packaging Manager.
Regular checking of CO2, O2, and air compressor. Communication and ordering with Norco.
Responsible for organization of tool shelves and pegboards. Must remain clean and organized, easy access.
Send a cover letter, resume and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Cidermaker/Packaging Manager” in the subject line. Thanks!
Compensation and benefits package: DOE
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