So you want to work at Fonta Flora?

 

Fonta Flora Brewery integrates the soul of agriculture with the artisanship of zymurgy to create a menagerie of rustic and savory libations. With an emphasis on seasonal flora, Fonta Flora brings English tradition and Belgian inspiration to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Fonta Flora utilizes local artists to help conceptualize the notion that fermentation is yet another medium for creating art. This uniquely artisan approach to beer yields a sustainable product filled with culture from our very own community.

Fonta Flora Brewery is a small but thriving craft brewery where no job is too large or too small for anyone. All employees are expected to pitch in where needed and to be flexible with changing day-to-day job duties.

 

PAckaging Specialist

THE BIG PICTURE
The Packaging Specialist is responsible for operating our canning and bottling lines and ultimately, every aspect involved in the packaging process. Additionally, they will assist in cellaring and cleaning duties and will report to the Head Brewer. Candidates must share Fonta Floras’ commitments to quality, safety, business ethics, continuous innovation, local agriculture and our own unique culture.

 

ERRDAY
– Responsible for every aspect of operating and maintaining our two head Wild Goose canning line and five head Maheen bottling line

– Responsible for every aspect of operating and maintaining our can date coder

– Responsible for every aspect of operating and maintaining our Auto Labe label applicator

– Checking CO2 levels with appropriate instrumentation on forced carbonated beers prior to packaging

– Checking CO2 levels with appropriate instrumentation on bottle conditioned beers post packaging

– Checking DO levels with appropriate instrumentation while in the brite tank and in the can

– Monitoring quality control to ensure that the beer being packaged is as absolutely perfect as it can possibly be 

– Inventory management on all items relevant to packaging, including cans, lids, bottles, labels, pak techs, kegs, etc.,

– Monitoring quality control on finished labeled and waxed bottles
– Cleaning and maintaining the bottling line and packaging work area

– Clean and properly store kegs 

– Clean and sanitize keg cleaning lines prior to and post kegging

– Properly mark/identify filled kegs with appropriate collars

– Operate a forklift to transport pallets between buildings
– Maintain an orderly and safe work environment within department as well as entire facility
– Participate in regular departmental meetings to review issues and propose solutions
– Follow strict SOP’s to clean the brite tanks/fermenters post packaging

– Be a team player with ability to interact with all levels within the organization 
– Safely handle cleaning chemicals, and using the prescribed amount for each task

– Preparation of an endless array of ingredients bound for beer

– Attend and professionally represent the Fonta Flora brand at events as needed
– Other tasks as needed

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
– Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application
– Able to pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check 
– Require 1 year previous brewery experience in a packaging role

– Extreme passion for craft beer and the desire to learn
– Prefer Previous Forklift experience
Strong work ethic and self-starting attitude
– Good interpersonal skills and team spirit
– The desire to work in a fast-paced, growing company 
– Genuine enthusiasm for craft beer 
– Willingness to regularly work during evenings and weekends

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
– Able to stand for prolonged periods of time
– Able to stoop, crawl, twist, turn, lift, kneel, climb ladders and stairs
– Able to manipulate valves and clamps
– Able to read and follow written English instructions
– Able to regularly lift/carry 44 pound boxes
– Able to regularly lift/carry 55 pound bags above waist level
– Able to periodically lift/move 165 pounds
– Able to work in a factory/production environment which may be loud, slick, humid, and hot
– Able to work in indoor and outdoor environment with moderate noise, sometimes slippery floors
– Able to comply with safe chemical handling procedures, including personal protection equipment such as gloves and goggles

 

Fonta Flora Brewery is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. If you think this job was meant for you and you would love to be a part of our growing yet intimate team, please send your resume and cover letter with a subject of Packaging Specialist to [email protected].

 

ABOUT FONTA FLORA BREWERY

 Fonta Flora Brewery integrates the soul of agriculture with the artisanship of zymurgy to create a menagerie of rustic and savory libations. In business for five years and counting, we take pride in the utilization of local agriculture and foraged ingredients in the creation of our beers on a very manual 3.5Bbl PKW brewing system and a new 15Bbl PKW brewing system located on Whippoorwill Farm, an historic dairy farm under the backdrop of the Linville Gorge and on the banks of beautiful Lake James. Fonta Flora Brewery does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

 

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