Hiring! Cellar Hand


Company Summary:

Western Cider is a startup cidery in Missoula, Montana – a beautifully weird mountain town in the Northern Rockies. Our venture into cider started six years ago when Michael Billingsley was infected by an obsession with apples. He planted 2,500 cider apple trees in the Bitterroot Valley – just south of Missoula. He has continued to plant hundreds of trees every year since - in his orchard and orchards throughout the valley. Now, he is finally in the process of using those apples, as well as apples from throughout Western Montana and neighboring Washington, to produce a unique line of ciders in cans, bottles and kegs. 

As a company, Western Cider aspires to create an institution of great cider, good times and a life worth living in this far-flung region of the American West. We are currently a small group committed to forming a positive workplace focused on making quality cider for the enjoyment of all.

Job Description:

The Cellar Hand position is responsible for assisting the Head Cider Maker and Assistant Cider Maker with maintaining a clean, sanitary, and organized cellar space.  This position is responsible for cleaning floors, drains, tanks, and fittings. The Cellar Hand is also responsible for operating the keg washer. This position assists with weekly inventory, restocking kegs, and building orders for distributors.  During packaging weeks the Cellar Hand assists with stacking cases of cans, bottling, labeling, and kegging cider. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic, positive and motivated individual who wants to be a part of a new cidery.

Prerequisites Required:

  • Strong mechanical aptitude and creativity

  • High school diploma

  • Experience working in manufacturing, warehousing, cidery, brewery, or winery

  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Skills and Experience prefered:

  • Forklift experience

  • Experience in packaging cider, beer or wine

  • Knowledge of sanitation principles and practices

  • Curiosity about ciders, cider styles, and cider flavors

To Apply:

Send your resume, cover letter, and references to michael@westerncider.com with the subject line “Cellar Hand”. Thanks!

Compensation: $12.00/hour

Matthew LaRubbio

Western Cider Company, 501 North California Street, Missoula, MT, 59802