Farmstead Cheeses and Wines is looking for a few experienced, motivated, charming, and passionate people to sell Wine and Cheese in our Alameda and Montclair Village (Oakland) locations, part or full time.
This position also includes non-sales duties, like cheese cleaning and care, opening and/or closing the store, stocking shelves, clean up prior to opening, during the business day, and at closing.
Knowledge of wine is an absolute necessity.
Working at Farmstead is fun, friendly, and rewarding. Wages are commensurate with experience and achievement.
* Real world experience in Retail, Food Service, Restaurant, or Hospitality industries (with experience in wine)
* An enthusiastic passion for great food and wine, and the cultures that produce them, etc.
* Great communications skills (We're looking for the ability to communicate about wine and cheese without snobbery or attitude.)
* A sense of personal responsibility that includes punctuality and a healthy, old-fashioned work ethic.
* Ability to follow directions
* Basic math skills
* Reliable transportation to and from Alameda and the Montclair Village section of Oakland
* Proven sales and customer service competence
* Ability to lift 40-65 pounds (wine and cheese crates) perhaps many times during the day
* Windows computer savvy
* A flexible schedule -- with availability to work weekends, evenings, opening and/or closing shifts. Weekend work is mandatory
* Verifiable references
We're seeking someone who can work up to 40 hours per week, including weekend and evening shifts.
We offer a collegial and fun work environment, a SIMPLE IRA plan, health care for full timers, and generous staff discounts.
Along with your resume, send us an email, telling us about yourself and why you'd be the perfect candidate to work in a great cheese and wine store; and how your work history, qualifications for the job, and personality would fit in with our shop. No cover letter, no response.
Farmstead Cheeses and Wines is an award-winning cheese and wine store that features over 75 cheeses and 650 different wines, as well as a selection of other specialty food products - oils and vinegars, olives, chocolates and crackers. Our team members are an eclectic group who love serving the public and who love helping them to find the right cheese and wine without attitude or snobbery. We enjoy working with each other and serving the public, and are looking for a dynamic person with real world wine experience to join our team.
*Carrying/transporting of loads greater than 35 lbs
*Intermittent standing, walking, reaching, sitting
*Occasional climbing, stooping, twisting and fine manipulation.
*Occasional environmental exposure to cold, heat and water, and rare exposure to dust and fumes.
*Use of machinery including, but not limited to, hand trucks/dollies, commercial dishwashers, knives, cheese cutter and wrapper, scales, computers, printers and other office equipment.
*Use of knives is required.
*Ability to perform physical requirements of a position that requires lifting, stacking of boxes, and repetitive cutting of cheeses.
*Ability to work well with others.
*Ability to communicate and teach product knowledge to fellow staff members.
Farmstead Cheeses and Wines was founded in 2003 in order to provide the finest in boutique and bargain wines, hand cut artisan cheeses, oils, vinegars and accessories from around the world.
We strive to provide superlative customer service in a convivial and educational environment.
We dislike food and wine snobs as much as you do, but that doesn't stop us from finding under the radar and hard-to-find wines and perfectly presented artisan cheeses.
Every week we conduct educational wine tastings in each shop, and always have a good supply of artisan oils on hand at the store.
Farmstead's owners and operators, husband and wife team Carol Huntington and Jeff Diamond, bring a passion and knowledge of food and wine that is deep, pervasive, engaging, and fun.
Jeff brings more than twenty years of marketing and public relations experience to Farmstead, while Carol teaches at a public school in Berkeley. Both have traveled extensively, always stopping to sample and discover (and re-discover) local wines and cheeses.
Recent wine trips trips have taken them to many of the winemaking regions worldwide, both domestic and international, where they have walked the vineyards, met with winemakers, shared meals with them, checked out the winemaking facilities, tasted barrel samples, bottle samples, finished product, and tasted, tasted, tasted and tasted again in order to find you the best wines in the world.
We're on first name basis with winemakers, Master Sommeliers, tastemakers, cheesemakers, chefs, journalists, bloggers and importers around the globe who tip us off to the best wine and cheese selections possible.
Our employees are an interesting lot - foodies who eschew snobbery and attitude as much as you do, and who live to help you find the right selection for your dinner party, wedding, picnic, or snack.
Our first shop is located in the Alameda Marketplace along with nine other fine food purveyors and eateries. Our second store is located in the heart of the charming Montclair Village shopping district of Oakland.
We have a fantastic selection of cheeses and wines with over 100 artisan, hand cut cheeses and over 600 hard to find, under the radar wines, as well as artisan oils, vinegars and gift items.
We administer several Wine Clubs that feature great wines from wine regions all over the globe.