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.

WINE CLUB & MARKETING MANAGER

LOCATION:

WINERY PRODUCTION FACILITY
7161 North West Bay Shore Drive, Omena MI 49674

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Wine Club & Marketing Manager is responsible for communications, events, and all things related to the Wine Club program, including but not limited to, the execution of club shipments public announcements, email newsletters and customer correspondence. This position will also manage day-to-day marketing activities and long-term strategies, thriving under tight deadlines and spontaneous requests.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Wine Club & Events
    • Process quarterly shipments per year for the Leelanau Cellars Wine Club
    • End-to-end wine club and eCommerce customer service representative
    • Perform outbound sales and pro-actively up-sell to existing members
    • Manage all order returns, resolve weather holds, re-routes, subscription or account cancellations, and missed delivery attempts
    • Educate tasting room staff on wine club offerings, shipping regulations, up-selling talking points, and club costs and benefits
    • Process orders for club members and perform adequate follow-up to ensure proper billing
    • Coordinate and assist with wine club event planning and execution
    • Develop marketing programs and campaigns to increase wine club enrollment and enhance club member loyalty and following
  • Marketing
    • Work with the marketing team to develop and guide creative direction to meet objectives for all advertising and public-facing advertisements, including print, digital, and video assets
    • Manage content and updates for customer and internal touch points, establish budget guidelines, participate in events, document business processes, and provide sales data
    • Identify effectiveness and impact of current marketing initiatives with tracking and analysis, and optimize accordingly
    • Present ideas and final deliverables to internal and external teams, and communicate with senior leaders about marketing programs, strategies, and budgets
  • Social Media
    • Manage and execute unique communications across a variety of platforms to create and maintain the company’s brand(s) including, but not limited to:
      • Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, Yelp, Google, LinkedIn, etc.
    • Generate, edit, publish, and share engaging content daily through original text, photos, videos, and news
    • Communicate with followers, respond to queries in a timely manner and monitor customer reviews (always-on-duty mentality)
    • Monitor SEO and web traffic metrics generated from social events and posts
    • Creatively engage with marketing team to develop and implement social media strategies to align with business goals
    • Set key performance indicators for social media campaigns, such as targets for a certain number of shares or likes and measuring a campaign’s performance and effectiveness

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Essential Skills, Experience, and Education:

    • Consistently demonstrates outstanding customer service skills and poise and tact in working with customers
    • Demonstrated experience in content management
    • Excellent copy-writing skills and ability to flex tone for different brands
    • Proven work experience with social media management
    • Proficiency with photography preferred
    • Experience with event and hospitality management
    • Very strong PC and software skills (Microsoft Office)
    • Demonstrates ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, and percentages

COMPENSATION:

  • Full-time position 40hrs/week.
  • Competitive pay, commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits include medical and dental insurance, vacation and some paid holidays.
  • Fun and casual work environment.
  • Employee discount.

WINE-MAKER INTERNSHIP

LOCATION:

WINERY PRODUCTION FACILITY
7161 North West Bay Shore Drive, Omena MI 49674

POSITION SUMMARY:​​

Leelanau Cellars is seeking a wine-making intern to assist its core wine-making team for the 2022 harvest. Our wine-making internship is an opportunity to spend the harvest immersed in all facets of grape processing, fermentation management, and pressing. The intern will gain exposure to the full spectrum of wine-making practices for our wines which originate from 150 acres of estate vineyards across the Leelanau Peninsula. Successful candidates will share a passion for wine and viticulture, and an interest in grape growing, wine-making and the bottling and production process.

VALUABLE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

  • A passion for terroir and the connection between the vineyard and wine quality
  • Previous winery and/or vineyard experience a plus
  • Enthusiasm to engage in all winery and vineyard tasks
  • Deep attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills; competency in Spanish a plus
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Studies in viticulture or (o)enology or related sciences preferred
  • Prior winery work and fork-lift experience is a plus
  • Must be able work on your feet throughout the day and climb stairs
  • This internship will require long, concentrated hours at the winery including some weekends and evenings/early mornings

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Operating and maintaining winery equipment including crush, press, pumps, and barrel washer
  • Grape maturity sampling in the vineyard
  • Fermentation management, monitoring, and analysis
  • Aid Lab QA/QC
  • Maintaining winery sanitation
  • Winery organization
  • Racking, transfers, inoculations, ingredient adds, filtration’s
  • Bottling line work
  • Follow and observe safety guidelines

DETAILS

  • Paid internship 
  • Casual and fun work environment

CONTACT

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COMPENSATION:

  • Full-time position 40hrs/week.
  • Competitive pay, commensurate with experience.
  • Fun and casual work environment.
  • Employee discount.

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