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Work For Us!

Who we are

Meadow Creek Dairy is a seasonal grazing dairy producing award-winning raw milk artisanal cheeses in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. For over a quarter-century, we have worked to create rich mountain pastures, the sturdy, healthy cattle that would thrive on them, and finally the cheeses that would compliment both.

 

We are committed to a sustainable system that matches the natural cycle of the pastures to the natural cycle of the cows. However, making cheese from seasonal milk does have unique challenges that have shaped the characteristics of our cheeses. Over the years we have honed our craft to create a truly unique catalogue of cheeses which change with the seasons.

 

None of this would have been possible without a great deal of hard work and dedication. Over the years, we’ve grown to be less a team than a community, with over half of us living on the farm itself. This April will mark our 36th year of farming and our 26th season of cheesemaking. We are an evolving business looking for new challenges: join us!

Where we are

Our home county of Grayson has some of the most stunning scenery in Virginia from Mt Rogers(the tallest mountain in the state) to the New River(the oldest river in the country). There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails, canoe, kayaking, mountain bike trails, and the Blue Ridge Parkway to access all we have to offer. It is an hour drive from the larger cities of Winston Salem and Blacksburg, as well as Charlotte and Roanoke. While our little town is not the most exciting, it has a lot to offer, including one of the lowest costs of living in the state. 

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Who We're Looking For

Enthusiastic workers with an interest in challenging their knowledge and learning new skills, a willingness to handle physically rigorous and hands-on tasks, and a dedication to both personal achievement and the team’s success. 

 

Our ideal candidate is passionate, disciplined, and has a strong interest in learning. They take pride in their work and are willing to go above and beyond to achieve excellence. They work well under the pressure of a production environment and have good time management skills; they are resilient and able to adapt to changing circumstances.An ability to work in a team environment is essential; prior experience with food safety standards is a plus.

Benefits and Perks

  • Freshly-made hot lunch with the crew every weekday

  • On-farm housing available

  • Farm vehicle available for local use

Current Positions

All currently available positions require that applicants

  • Be able to routinely lift up to 50lbs

  • Have a valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation

Please note that due to the nature of our product, Meadow Creek Dairy is a tobacco-free facility.

All Meadow Creek Dairy staff have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Applicants should either be vaccinated or have an appointment to be vaccinated to be considered for employment.

Farm Assistant -- CURRENTLY HIRING!

A unique chance to learn about grass-based, seasonal dairy farming!  This is a seasonal, entry-level position with opportunity for advancement.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Daily milking

  • Assisting with animal care

  • Performing farm maintenance and general dairy chores

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Over 18 with a valid driver's license

  • Able to work outside for multiple hours and in various weather conditions

  • Able to lift 100 lbs. 

  • Strong teamwork skills

  • Good attention to detail

  • Previous experience in agriculture or construction is preferred

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Pay starts at $13/hr. This is a full time position; part time hours may also be available. This is a seasonal job lasting until December 2024, at which time your status for 2025 will be discussed. 

Interested in this job? Send your contact information and work history to to jim@meadowcreekdairy.com. 

 

Please note that only applications via email will be considered. DO NOT call or apply in person. 

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Cheesehouse Worker -- CURRENTLY HIRING!

Come work for us! This is an entry-level position with exposure to many aspects of our operation and multiple paths for advancement.

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JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Daily care of cheeses in cellar

  • Daily sanitation and cleaning of cheesehouse and cellars as required by the food safety plan

  • Assisting with shipping, cheeseroom, and general cheesehouse tasks as required

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Able to work in both cool (50ºF) and hot, humid environments

  • Strong teamwork skills

  • Clean, efficient work habits

  • Good attention to detail

  • Food handling experience is preferred; a passion for food is essential.

Pay starts at $13/hr. This is a full time or position starting in April 2024; part time hours may also be available. 

Interested in this job? Send your cover letter and resume to jobs@meadowcreekdairy.com!

Worker
Cheesemake Trainee -- applications open in fall

An opportunity to develop and expand cheesemaking skills and garner experience with raw, seasonal, grass-based milk. As a trainee in the cheeseroom you will assist the cheesemakers in all aspects of make, from production to quality management to managing the cleanliness of the cheeseroom. 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Setting up the cheeseroom for daily makes

  • Assisting cheesemakers during makes

  • Daily breakdown and cleanup

  • Assistance in the aging cellars, shipping, and general cheesehouse tasks as required

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Able to work in a hot, humid environment

  • Great teamwork skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Food handling experience preferred; passion for food essential.

SKILLS YOU’LL TAKE AWAY FROM THIS JOB

  • The fundamentals of making cheese with seasonal raw milk

  • Hands-on experience with food science, principles of sanitation, and HAACP

  • An understanding of small-scale dairy processing

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Pay starts at $13/hr. This is a full time position running from April 2024 - November 2024, with opportunities for ongoing employment for suitable candidates.

Interested in this job? Send your cover letter and resume to jobs@meadowcreekdairy.com!

Cheesemake Trainee
Cheesehouse Intern -- applications open in fall

 As cheesehouse intern you will assist in all aspects of cheese production: the cheeseroom itself, in our aging facilities, and in our shipping and receiving department. You will learn good work habits and get the chance to observe a successful small agricultural business firsthand.

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SKILLS YOU’LL TAKE AWAY FROM THIS JOB

  • The fundamentals of making and aging cheese with seasonal raw milk

  • Experience with food science, the principles of sanitation, and HACCP

  • An understanding of the importance of detail in a production setting

  • Ability to see the whole picture and pick up whatever job most needs doing

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assisting cheesemakers in daily production of cheese, including set-up and put-away

  • Maintaining washed and natural rind cheeses through their aging cycle

  • Daily cleaning and sanitation of cheesehouse and cheesemaking equipment as required by the food safety plan

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong teamwork skills

  • Good attention to detail

  • Food handling experience preferred

For International Applicants

We have been hosting international students for over 15 years and are always thrilled to add more to our team, but the intricacies of securing a trainee work visa are beyond our small farm's ability to handle. To apply from abroad, you must first submit an application to the Ohio State University Agricultural Internship Program. This will allow you to not only be considered for an internship with us, but a large number of of agricultural and agriculture-adjacent opportunities across the United States.

This is a full-time position running from April - December. 


Pay: $12-$13 per hour

Interested in this job? Send your cover letter and resume to jobs@meadowcreekdairy.com!

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