Packaging and Farm Assistant

We are seeking part-time and full-time Packaging & Farm Assistants to join our team!

Are you interested in a career in cidermaking, winemaking or brewing? Do you love the idea of working either in the orchard or on the packaging line for a farm-based cidery that produces award-winning cider? Then we’d love to hear from you!

The Job

Packaging & Farm Assistants work mainly on Sea Cider’s packaging line. They bottle, cap, pasteurize, label, case, palletize, forklift and warehouse finished goods. They also work regularly in the orchard, helping to pick and press apples during harvest season and helping with other orchard-related tasks depending on the season. Performance is assessed against daily production targets, product quality, maintaining a safe workspace, following packaging protocols, and contributing to a positive team culture. Team health & safety are always top priorities.

The work week is week days, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Pay is $18.50 per hour + 4% vacation pay.

Comprehensive training is provided, including training on beverage packaging, forklift operations, warehousing, cleaning and sanitation, apple pressing, apple harvesting, WHMIS, and of course, cider!

Other benefits include:

  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Dental care**
  • Discounted or free food and beverages (farm fresh eggs and cider!)
  • Extended health care**
  • Free on site parking
  • Life insurance **
  • No late nights
  • On farm housing (optional; discounted from market rate)
  • Paid time off for sickness, bereavement or extreme weather events
  • Store discount
  • Training in beverage packaging, forklift operations, cleaning and sanitation, apple picking and pressing, and cider!
  • Weekends off!
  • Wellness program (discounted on site yoga classes!)

** After three months of full time employment

About Us

Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse grows certified organic cider apples and produces award-winning cider and sparkling juice near Victoria, BC. We strive to create exceptional cider experiences while supporting local food security, providing safe and fulfilling work for staff, and operating as a value-driven business. We have a sense of humour and a positive outlook; we are kind, conscientious and reliable; we enjoy collaborating and learning from one another; and we are tenacious in our efforts to produce award-winning cider and positive customer experiences. We offer competitive pay, extra perks, a flexible schedule and more.

About You

This position is suited to someone new to manufacturing, orcharding or the brewing or winemaking or cidermaking beverage industry that is keen to grow their skills and experience. It requires a hands-on problem solver who loves physical labour and pitching in to help colleagues. In addition, the position requires:

  • Education: High school diploma is preferred.
  • Industry experience: Experience in manufacturing, farming or construction – an asset
  • Vocational experience: Experience as a general labourer or similar – required.
  • Equipment experience: Experience with a forklift and industrial equipment – an asset. The ability to learn how to operate packaging and farming equipment.
  • Communication skills: Able to understand instructions in English and contribute to a positive team environment.
  • Personal aptitude: A willingness to “roll up your sleeves” to get the job done. Curiosity, great listening skills and an openness to feedback.
  • Work week availability: able to work weekday daytime shifts, part time or full time hours.
  • Physical requirements: The physical strength to safely lift and carry 25 kg bags of ingredients and cases of cider frequently throughout the day, the physical stamina to work on your feet for hours at a time and operate manufacturing equipment while standing all day.
  • Health and safety: Up to date communicable disease vaccinations, including for COVID.
  • Continuous improvement: A desire to work for a business that is growing and seeking to continually improve.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply in confidence with a resume plus a cover letter that describes how you meet the requirements for the position. We thank all applicants for applying; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.