Head Cheesemaker / Creamery Manager

We are currently seeking a self-motivated, reliable, hard-working, and detail-oriented cheesemaker to direct the production and quality of our award-winning line of cheeses. The Head Cheesemaker will collaborate with other farm team members as we expand our creamery.

Job Responsibilities include:

Manage production in the creamery.

·         Head daily cheese production, including detailed record-keeping, inventory, and equipment management. Daily make sheets, cleaning lists, pre/post production cleaning.

·         Oversee all document related to cheese-making and remain in compliance with State and Federal dairy regulations through mandated and regular testing. Ensure that the creamery is fulfilling requirements of a HACCP plan.

·         Make cheese, and bottle milk 4 days per week, and work with support crew to manage production days.

·         Maintain consistency in the cheese and communicate directly with team about changes in procedures and production.

·         Over-see crew in daily cleaning and sanitation, Good Manufacturing Practices, and other areas of food safety.

·         Daily testing of cheese to determine quality and grade of each batch. This includes regular pH, moisture content, salt content.

·         Manage inventory of production related ingredients and supplies.

·         Manage one full time and two part time creamery employees

·         Research and implement new protocols along with equipment to enhance efficiency and quality.

·         Assist in cheese processing, packaging, and shipping, packing of wholesale orders.

Physical Requirements

Dependability, attention to detail, and a strong background in safety and sanitation are essential.

Position requires significant physical strength and endurance; candidate must be able to bend and lift 60lbs multiple times over the course of the work day.

Schedule:

Monday: 7:00am-3:00pm

Tuesday: 5:00am – 3:00pm

Wednesday: Ensure cheese is flipped and cared for by other employees– not required to come in

Thursday: 6:00am – 5:00pm

Friday: 5:30am – 3:00pm

Saturday: Ensure cheese is flipped and cared for by other employees– not required to come in

Sunday:  Ensure cheese is flipped and cared for by other employees– not required to come in

Note: more hours on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday if needed

Qualifications

We are looking for an experienced and driven cheesemaker but are willing to train the right person. More than anything we are looking for someone committed to this place and the long term goals of our farm and the local agricultural community. Candidate must be a good communicator, extremely organized, and committed to produce high quality cheese on a small Vermont dairy farm.

Intentions & Responsibilities

Set good intentions regarding community space, outside space, and be able to share work space in a positive manner with other crew members.

Understand and respect the mission of the farm, and the reverence it takes to make high quality cheese.

Compensation

Competitive pay based on experience

Benefits will include, milk, cheese and beef

Time line

Looking to get someone in to start training as soon as January 2019, full creamery responsibility will be taken over by April 2019.

Contact

Please send cover letter and resume to info@sweetrowen.com

Assistant Cheesemaker

We are currently seeking a self-motivated and reliable assistant cheesemaker to aid in the production of our award-winning cheese!

Job Responsibilities include:

·         Assist with daily cheese production, including record-keeping, inventory, and equipment management.

·         Bottle milk as needed during the week

·         Maintain consistency in the cheese and communicate with Head Cheesemaker about production.

·         Practice food safety

·         Daily testing of cheese to determine quality and grade of each batch. This includes regular pH, moisture content, salt content.

·         Pre- and post production cleaning

·         Assist in packaging cheese and packing wholesale orders.

Physical Requirements

Position requires significant physical strength and endurance; candidate must be able to bend and lift 60lbs multiple times over the course of the work day.

Qualifications

We are looking for someone to assist our Head Cheesemaker in our expanding creamery. Experience not required but helpful. We are looking for someone committed to making high quality cheese consistently. Ideal candidates will have excellent communication and organization skills and be willing to take direction.

Dependability, attention to detail, and a strong background in safety and sanitation are essential.

Intentions & Responsibilities

Set good intentions regarding community space, outside space, and be able to share work space in a positive manner with other crew members.

Understand and respect the mission of the farm, and the reverence it takes to make high quality cheese.

Compensation

Competitive pay based on experience

Benefits include, milk, cheese and beef

Time line

Looking to get someone in to start training as soon as January 2019.

Contact

Please send cover letter and resume to info@sweetrowen.com

Sweet Rowen Farmstead Internship 

The internship program at Sweet Rowen Farmstead is a multi disciplined opportunity to work and learn about small scale dairy, milk processing, and marketing. Albany is located in Vermont’s North East Kingdom, in the heart of a vibrant farm community. 

Sweet Rowen Farmstead is a small family dairy farm focused on producing high quality grass-fed milk and fresh cheese. Much of the work includes twice daily chores, animal husbandry, gardening, fencing, and milk processing.

We welcome interns to share innovative ideas, and to create a project they are interested in. We have many building projects planned for the next year so carpentry experience is a plus. We also encourage interns to take the opportunity to meet and work for other local farmers to learn about what they are doing. The internship is demanding and we support applicants with all levels of experience who have a strong work ethic and willingness to learn.

Three month internships:
We try to split up the internship into three month blocks but may be able to modify the timeline to meet your needs.  
Spring: March-May
Summer: June - August
Winter: September – January

Time Requirements:
We are flexible with scheduling. However, interns will be encouraged to work 6 days a week.

Pay:
Since the farm is a small owner-run businesses, we are not in a position to offer pay for the 3 month internship program. However, if interns express interest in staying longer than the 3 month internship then paid positions are possible.

Housing & Board:
A private cabin with water, electricity, and composting toilet will be provided. Interns are welcome to the garden and meat freezer as well as the occasional family cook out.

How to apply for internship:

  • Send cover letter and resume to info@sweetrowen.com.

  • E-mail is the fastest way to get a response. You may call or mail your information.

  • Once we have received your application we will set up a phone interview.

  • After the phone interview we require that all interns come for a visit unless distance is an issue.

  • Please contact us with any questions!