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We're growing and we're hiring. Come work for a farm with values!  Our goat herd is certified "Animal Welfare Approved" and our cheeses are award winning! We pay well and treat our employees with respect. Come work in a team environment that values hard work but knows how to have fun. 

We're currently looking for a cheese making assistant. Champaign Urbana is university town in east-central IL. It's an affordable place to live with an amazing culture scene (music, art) and within easy drives to Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis.  

Please take a look at the detailed job description below. If you qualify and you're interested, please complete our general application form and send us via email (click on Upload Resume Button Below):

  • a cover letter (explaining why you're interested and your qualifications for the job)

  • current resume

  • three work-related references (name, email address, phone number and how they know you).

If we decide to contact you for an interview, we will let you know within one week of receiving your application.

 
Cheese Making and Plant Sanitation Assistant

The cheese making assistant is a support role in the creamery. He/she will participate in most aspects of cheese making, with an emphasis on cleaning .  He/she will become proficient at transferring milk from the bulk tanks to pasteurizer-vats, performing all associated cleaning, pasteurizing and making fresh chevre, assisting with other styles of cheese makes, packaging cheese, organizing cheeses for wholesale and retail sales and shipping cheese. He/she will be responsible for routine daily, weekly and monthly creamery cleaning and facility maintenance.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Detail-oriented

  • Conscientious

  • Excellent personal hygiene

  • Enjoyment of cleaning and other repetitive tasks

  • Pride in a job well done

  • Ability to perform more than one task simultaneously (multi-tasking)

  • Ability to work efficiently and perform tasks (once mastered) in timely manner

  • Ability to work alone and in a small team setting

  • Honesty

  • Willingness to learn, especially the technical aspects of cheese making

  • Ability to perform basic algebra

  • Ability to be on your feet for 8-10 hours/day

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

DUTIES

  • Washing molds, racks, mats and other utensils and vessels used in cheese making

  • Milk transfer from bulk tanks to cheese vats

  • Running CIP (clean in place system for pipe cleaning)

  • Pasteurization

  • Cheese ladling, flipping

  • Cheese packing (e.g. fresh chevre, cottage cheese)

  • Bloomy rind cheese flipping, wrapping

  • Performing daily, weekly and monthly facility cleaning

  • Learning and maintaining basic food safety protocols (cleaning and managing product inventory to ensure freshness and purity)

  • Packing cheeses for wholesale and retail sales

  • Assisting with cheese shipping (both wholesale and retail orders)

  • Attending and participating in staff meetings (dairy and creamery staff)

Expectations for this position are:

  • Clear and timely communication

  • Bringing concerns to attention of farm owners as they arise

  • Punctual arrival based on seasonal hour requirements

  • Maintaining immaculate personal and facility hygienic conditions

  • Positive and professional attitude with staff and farm owners

 

CONTRIBUTING TO THE FARM’S SUCCESS

This role is essential to transforming our farm’s goat milk into high quality artisan/farmstead goat cheeses and other dairy products. This role is essential for keeping our creamery clean and food safe. There are opportunities for advancement for the right person. 

RELATIONSHIPS

This position reports to and is supervised by the Main Cheese Maker and the Farm Owners (Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband) and Head Cheese Maker (Leslie Cooperband) and works with other support staff in the creamery. 

HOURS and COMPENSATION

The position is full time year-round (40-50 hours/week March-December; may be 30 -35hours/week in winter months-January through February).  Salary:  $15/hour (lunch breaks included)

BENEFITS

Medical Insurance: As a benefit to our full-time employees, we offer health insurance with the cost split equally (50% employee-50% employer) after a probationary period of 30 days. The employee’s health insurance contribution will be deducted from his/her bi-monthly paycheck.  The employee can select plan from available group plan options during open enrollment in May.  

If the farm meets or exceeds it’s annual profitability goals, there is potential opportunity for an end of year bonus. There are also opportunities for salary increases determined in January based on employee performance and overall PFFC profitability.

Other benefits:

  • Opportuntiy for advancement in the creamery

  • Employee discount on farm products (15% of retail price)

  • Opportunity to participate in other farm activities as time permits, including goat milking, kid care, on-farm event staffing.