Career Opportunities

We love awesome people! Our team hands out high-fives, kisses babies and does back-flips (okay maybe not), but we do always go the extra mile to make sure our guests are happy! Join in on the fun, sling some wine and enjoy gorgeous views of the bay at Michigan’s largest winery!

TASTING ROOM ASSOCIATE

LOCATION:

Leelanau Cellars Tasting Room & Winery

5019 North West Bay Shore Drive, Omena, MI 49674

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Tasting Room Associate is responsible for providing the front-line guest experience. As a Tasting Room Associate you are responsible for providing the best possible experience to all of our Tasting Room guests by developing relationships that promote sales and brand loyalty. This position is the champion of customer service in creating the perfect balance of education and good times.

COMPENSATION:

  • Starting Salary: $14/ hr
  • $250 Signing Bonus (paid after 30 days)
  • Full time and part time positions available
  • Eligible for considerable cash and credit card tips

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Greet all guests to the winery and pour wines for them.
  • Create a memorable experience for the guests.
  • Describe wines and winery history; answer visitors’ questions about wines.
  • Assist with display and stocking of retail items and wines Assist in maintaining cleanliness of facilities.
  • Possesses professional appearance and demeanor.
  • Must be able to work weekends and flexible schedules.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to coordinate multiple projects or tasks.
  • The employee is regularly required to operate a register and pour wine, hear and speak to exchange information, and taste or smell wine.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand, move or walk for prolonged periods of time.
  • The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • The employee is occasionally required to sit, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk and reach with hands and arms.

Bottling Line Operator

JOB DESCRIPTION

Leelanau Cellars is seeking a candidates for the position of Bottling Line Operator. The primary work site for this position is in Omena, Michigan (located 25 minutes outside of Traverse City).

6 Month Expectations

  • Operate bottling line to the highest level of safety, quality and efficiency on a daily basis
  • Support wine production team to run the bottling line
  • Troubleshoot and perform general repairs on equipment as needed to maintain wine production standards
  • Perform and lead changeovers of equipment including cleaning and sanitizing procedures
  • Complete work orders with minimal oversight
  • Monitor production facility for cleanliness and address issues
  • Promotes and maintains a safe culture within the facility and adheres to all safety regulations and guidelines

12 Month Expectations

  • Identify and lead continuous improvement opportunities in areas of safety , quality and efficiency
  • Reduce bottling line changeover hours and scrap rate

Requirements

  • At least 3 years of experience working in the beverage industry or CPG manufacturing.
  • Previous experience in a maintenance role preferred.
  • Working knowledge of bottling lines.
  • Must be reliable, on-time, and engaged.
  • High technical/maintenance aptitude.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast paced, hardworking environment.
  • Ability to understand and comply with all safety requirements.
  • Ability to perform the physical labor necessary.
  • Ability to lift and move 50 pounds repeatedly.
  • Ability to stand or walk for long periods of time and the ability to climb up ladders.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Must be fluent in English, however proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $21.00 – $25.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance
  • 401K

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Experience:

  • Brewing/Production: 1 year (Preferred)

WINE PRODUCTION TEAM MEMBER

LOCATION:

WINERY
7161 North West Bay Shore Drive, Omena MI 49674

POSITION SUMMARY:

Leelanau Cellars is seeking a candidates for the position of Wine Production Team Member. The primary work site for this position is in Omena, Michigan (located 25 minutes outside of Traverse City). Under the direction of the Winemaker, the Wine Production Team assists with performing standard wine-making tasks. Our wine-making team works very closely together so the position requires versatility, flexibility, reliability, and accountability – a self-motivated, energetic person capable of adapting to quickly changing priorities and workload, with an interest in continual growth and improvement.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in all aspects of grape and wine processing including but not limited to: grape crushing, fermentation, filtration, stabilization, blending, bench trials, bottling, quality control and finishing of wines.
  • Aids with all aspects of grape harvest.
  • Assists in ordering and receiving grapes, fruits, wine or other ingredients for wine production.
  • Assists with monitoring a record of wine-making activities.
  • Assists with appropriate record keeping relating to all wine-making activities.
  • Operate a forklift and other machinery used in the wine production process.
  • Helps ensure the cellar is clean and organized, including sanitation of all wine surfaces.
  • Preforms other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Previous experience in cellar operations is preferred but not required.
  • Shows commitment to excellence and high standards in work product.
  • Strong communication skills, interpersonal, written and verbal.
  • Competent in using a computer and basic computer programs.
  • Willing to work extended hours at times during the year.
  • Ability to understand and accurately follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Understands and follows safety procedures.
  • Ability to lift and move 50 pounds repeatedly.
  • Ability to stand or walk for long periods of time and the ability to climb up ladders.
  • A reliable vehicle for transportation to and from work.

COMPENSATION:

  • Full-time position.
  • Competitive pay, commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits include medical and dental insurance, vacation and some paid holidays.

MARKETING INTERN

LOCATION:

WINERY
7161 North West Bay Shore Drive, Omena MI 49674

POSITION SUMMARY:

As a progressive marketing department for an emerging national brand, Leelanau Cellars is looking for a creative individual with an ability to be innovative and bring new ideas to the business. Our ideal candidate(s) will have a blend of creative and technical skills and will be confident as well as proactive. The intern should have the ability to be collaborative, with a curiosity for understanding consumer marketing.

Under the direction of the Marketing Director, the Leelanau Cellars marketing intern experience is designed to provide a broad appreciation of strategic marketing, branding, communication, customer care and business strategy development in the wine industry.

VALUABLE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

  • Photography and camera equipment
    • Photo editing, asset database creation
  • Copy-writing and communications experience
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
    • Particularly: Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom
  • Videography/ animation
    • Skits, clips, gifs, etc.
  • Online advertising & analytics
    • i.e., Google Ad Words, Bing, Yahoo, etc.
  • CRM platforms (i.e., MailChimp)
  • Social platform navigation and integration in promotional marketing
    • Pinterest, TikTok, YouTube, other evolving social channels\
  • Sound knowledge of MS Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

COMPENSATION:

  • Paid internship
  • Flexible hours
  • Casual and fun work environment

For more information or to apply, please contact: marketing@lwc.wine

WHO WE ARE:

The Jacobson family founded Leelanau Cellars in 1974 in one of its Leelanau County cherry orchards, believing Northern Michigan would be a great place to grow wine grapes and produce wine. +40 years later, the winery is still family owned and operated, the region boasts over 40 wineries, and that belief has been confirmed. Over the years, the tasting room has grown into a popular area attraction, now greeting over 60,000 visitors annually on the shores of the Grand Traverse Bay. Distributing 300,000 cases annually, the Leelanau Cellars brand is easily recognizable in retail wine stores and restaurants throughout the state of Michigan, the surrounding Great Lakes region and now nationwide.

PHOTOGRAPHY INTERN

LOCATION:

WINERY
7161 North West Bay Shore Drive, Omena MI 49674

POSITION SUMMARY:

As a progressive marketing department for an emerging national brand, Leelanau Cellars is looking for a creative individual with an ability to be innovative and bring new ideas to the business. The company is currently in the midst of a dramatic expansion, driven by significant enhancements to its platforms, brands, and offerings, with the goal of becoming the preeminent destination for the everyday wine consumer. The internship will build cross-functional expertise and allows time to develop functional, technical and leadership competencies. In addition to learning the key components of our company will be the opportunity to initiate photo shoots, create content, build a portfolio, and knowledge of customer service.

Under the direction of the Digital Brand Manager, the Leelanau Cellars photography intern experience is designed to provide a broad appreciation of strategic business content needs, product photography and its use across different environments, branding, communication, customer experience and business strategy development in the wine industry. Our ideal intern will have a blend of creative and technical skills and will be curious and proactive. They should have the ability to be collaborative, with a motivation for enhancing their portfolio, photography knowledge, and professional experience.

INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES & QUALIFICATIONS

  • Photography experience and strong knowledge of camera equipment
  • Photo editing, image formatting for responsive web sites and social platforms
  • Asset database creation and maintenance (Google Drive)
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
    • Particularly: Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator
  • Copy-writing & caption experience is a plus
  • Internet savvy with an interest in current trends and fads
  • Videography/ Animation knowledge a plus
    • Skits, clips, gifs, etc.
  • Knowledge of video editing software (Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Premier)

COMPENSATION:

  • Paid internship
  • Flexible hours
  • Casual and fun work environment

For more information or to apply, please contact: marketing@lwc.wine

WHO WE ARE:

The Jacobson family founded Leelanau Cellars in 1974 in one of its Leelanau County cherry orchards, believing Northern Michigan would be a great place to grow wine grapes and produce wine. +40 years later, the winery is still family owned and operated, the region boasts over 40 wineries, and that belief has been confirmed. Over the years, the tasting room has grown into a popular area attraction, now greeting over 60,000 visitors annually on the shores of the Grand Traverse Bay. Distributing 300,000 cases annually, the Leelanau Cellars brand is easily recognizable in retail wine stores and restaurants throughout the state of Michigan, the surrounding Great Lakes region and now nationwide.

WEB DEVELOPER INTERN

LOCATION:

WINERY
7161 North West Bay Shore Drive, Omena MI 49674

POSITION SUMMARY:

Leelanau Cellars is looking for a college student or recent graduate who wants hands-on experience in web development at an emerging national brand. As the Web Development Intern, you will gain insight into the daily responsibilities of a web development professional at a rapidly expanding company. You will assist in the coding, innovative design, layout and style of a thriving e-commerce platform as well as multiple web sites. We are looking for a creative individual with an ability to be innovative and bring new ideas to the business. Our ideal candidate will have a blend of creative and technical skills and will be confident as well as proactive. The intern should have the ability to be collaborative, with a curiosity for understanding web development in the realm of consumer marketing.

Under the direction of the Digital Brand Manager, the Leelanau Cellars Web Development Internship experience is designed to provide a broad appreciation of strategic marketing, branding, communication, customer care and business strategy development in the wine industry. There will be a variety of different projects and tasks that may include, but are not limited to creating, building, testing, maintaining and troubleshooting web sites, web applications and scripts.

INTERNSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES & QUALIFICATIONS

  • A working knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, JSP, ASP, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of WordPress web site maintenance and e-commerce platforms
  • Experience with server-side technologies (i.e., ASP, PHP, .NET, etc.) and interfacing with a database
    • (i.e., MySQL, SQL Server, Access)
  • Avid internet user with strong computer skills
  • Experience with back-end web development
  • Familiarity with UX design and a keen attention to detail
  • Write well designed, testable, efficient code by using best software development practices
  • Maintain website layout/user interface experience by using standard HTML/CSS practices
  • Integrate data from various back-end services and databases
  • A team-oriented, hardworking individual who likes to collaborate with others
  • Ability to take initiative, be resourceful and present potential solutions when necessary

COMPENSATION:

  • Paid internship
  • Flexible hours
  • Casual and fun work environment

For more information or to apply, please contact: marketing@lwc.wine

WHO WE ARE:

The Jacobson family founded Leelanau Cellars in 1974 in one of its Leelanau County cherry orchards, believing Northern Michigan would be a great place to grow wine grapes and produce wine. +40 years later, the winery is still family owned and operated, the region boasts over 40 wineries, and that belief has been confirmed. Over the years, the tasting room has grown into a popular area attraction, now greeting over 60,000 visitors annually on the shores of the Grand Traverse Bay. Distributing 300,000 cases annually, the Leelanau Cellars brand is easily recognizable in retail wine stores and restaurants throughout the state of Michigan, the surrounding Great Lakes region and now nationwide.

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