Iowa City Cider Maker

Wilson's Orchard is a fast-growing orchard and cider business located in one of the true gems of the Midwest. We have the leading brand of hard cider in Iowa but also run a renown farm to table restaurant, a much beloved u-pick orchard and an event center. We have recently planted 5 acres of apples specifically for cider making.

Main Responsibilities:
• Become an expert on the 100+ varieties of apples grown at the orchard and use them to produce outstanding ciders
• Develop recipes and production processes to make consistently great products
• Help to develop and foster a learning culture in the cider production team
• Find ways to minimize waste and keep costs low
• Work with Sales and Marketing to understand what the market demands and to test and evaluate new products
• Assure proper quality controls in production processes
• Develop small batch ciders for trial and sale at Rapid Creek Cidery
• Work with RCC staff to develop successful cider/food pairings

Other Responsibilities:
• Assist the rest of the Cider Production Team to assure timely production of Wilson’s hard and sweet ciders;
• Keep work areas clean and sanitary

Job Requirements:
• At least 3 years of commercial cider, wine or beer making experience
• Proven track record of working with a production team
• Ability to use computer for spreadsheets, word documents & emails
• Strong team attitude and ability to work with others

Preferred Skills:
• Experience with recipe development in alcoholic beverages
• Experience and understanding of yeast management
• Ability to operate forklifts

Job Listings: Full-Time

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