CELLAR PERSON POSITION DESCRIPTION

Honeygirl Meadery is growing, and we are seeking a Cellar Person to make a difference on our production team working with the Owner & Head Mead Maker. This position has the potential to grow into an Assistant Mead Maker position.

Honeygirl Meadery is an urban meadery in downtown Durham with a reputation for dry-style and lightly sweet meads that are hand-crafted and hand-bottled with attention to detail. We are poised for growth within a very creative, fun, and growing craft beverage segment. This is a great opportunity to work side by side with a leader in the industry, in a key position in our company.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to):

  • Have primary responsibility for Production, Prep and Packaging.
  • CIP (clean-in-place) of fermentation, aging tanks, and other equipment.
  • Maintain, clean, and sanitize the complete fermentation environment as needed for day-to-day mead production tasks.
  • Set up and break down the meadery equipment for specific production tasks.
  • Always follow current standard operating procedures and create/modify processes as needed, in each phase of preparation, fermentation, clarification, filtration, packaging, and serving.
  • Take a lead role in bottling.
  • Maintain kegs and draft equipment.
  • Order supplies as needed and manage production inventory and storage.
    • Perform preventative maintenance on all meadery and cellar equipment.
    • Perform routine deep cleaning projects.
    • Assist with lab testing and other Quality Assurance activities.
    • Assist Head Mead Maker in various aspects of mead production, such as new batches, transfers, filtrations, yeast management, fermentation monitoring, clarification, and more.
    • Perform front of house tasks as needed, including shifts in the tasting room and representing the Meadery at special events offsite as needed.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Degree in related field preferred. Formal brewing and/or enology education strongly preferred. Understanding of wine-making, mead making, or brewery operations, with demonstrated knowledge of CIP, sanitization, and the steps/processes and science of fermentation and production, is desired, along with:

  • Familiarity with variety of wine fermentation and lab equipment, and willingness to learn new systems.
  • Strong organizational habits, a self-motivated work ethic, critical thinking/problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Flexibility in terms of hours and a willingness to work weekends.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office/spreadsheet programs.
  • Comfortable with following recipes, taking measurements, taking readings, and using converters and formulas on worksheets.
  • Basic knowledge of chemistry and biology.
  • Familiarity with lab analytical instruments including ebulliometer, SO2 monitor, hydrometer, refractometer is strongly preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Capable of heavy physical work in a warehouse setting.
  • Able to frequently lift and/or move up to 40 lbs & occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 lbs.
  • Able to climb a ladder and work safely from a ladder.
  • Able to stand and work for extended periods.

OTHER INFORMATION:

This is a salaried, full-time position with an average of 40 hours per week depending on the production schedule. Hours will vary to align with staffing and production team needs. Production days are longer than others, and typically the heavy production falls on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Timing of the work will be primarily centered around 10am-6pm.

 

TO APPLY:

Send cover letter and resume to: honeygirlmeadery@gmail.com

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