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 33rd year of farming and our 23rd 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.
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.
Cheesehouse Intern 2021
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. We have several positions available and as candidates show interest and ability in particular areas they will be promoted up into more specific jobs.
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
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
Able to lift up to 50 lbs, and work in a humid environment
Must have reliable transportation
Capable of working as part of a team
Able to pay attention to detail
Food handling experience preferred
Please note that due to the nature of our product, Meadow Creek Dairy is a tobacco-free facility.
We are doing our best to manage our employees safely in this time. All employees are required to check temperatures before they enter any building, hand sanitizers are strictly used and masks worn.
Pay: $11.00 - $13.50 per hour
All positions start in spring and go through December, when contracts will be reviewed. Benefits for permanent employees include paid vacation time and full health insurance.
Interested in this job? Send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org!