Work with Us. Cheesemonger

CHEESEMONGER position

We're a specialty cheese shop located in sunny Sarasota, 4.5 years strong, in a highly seasonal town. (No snow in Florida in the wintertime!) We're looking to bring on a key member of our staff to do some cheese-mongering with us. Before you read any further, you have to be able to work Saturdays for certain, and an occasional evening when we have a cheese class. You'll also be able to pick up shifts if people need time off. So we're looking for a pinch hitter who will help out as needed and be cheerful about it! We're in downtown Sarasota and we're looking to bring on someone mid to late August for the Season.

Please don't be lactose intolerant.

Here's who you have to be -- crazy passionate about cheese and you have to love food, and want to know where it comes from. You have to love people, and want to treat our customers like royalty to help take the intimidation away from gourmet. You must be enthusiastic so that it spills over to the customer. You have to understand that we are in the customer service business.

You must not have any kind of attitude, entitlement issues, and limit the use of "like" (as in -- "this cheese is like, really, like good") to once a day. You can be a little quirky. Maybe you loved art history, or wrote poetry instead of handing in your algebra homework? Maybe you didn't know where to fit in and you're still looking for that place to thrive? Maybe you're a hipster? You can have tattoos, but not ones all over your face that might scare our customers. You can also be a total geek nerd. You must be clean. You must be organized. You must love to keep things clean and organized. You have to feel comfortable in your own skin. You need to be able to take directions easily, and cheerfully. And you must follow through. You must play well with others. You must be a good listener and not talk too much. You must be able to take direction. It's hard work and you have to be able to work hard.

You need to be a story teller and want to talk just the right amount about cheese, small batch artisan products. You have to be flexible. You cannot be political on the job. You can't be late, or have a history of calling in sick with silly excuses. We've heard them all before. All of them. You have to be curious. If you don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese, you must want to learn. Please don't be annoying, surly, or needy. It goes without saying you have to be honest, and love to help people. We are not interested in people who are prima donnas or dons. If you have a tendency to look for the blame in others, then we won't get along.

If you are sweet, kind, happy, quirky, creative, curious, tidy, outgoing, have smarts -- then you're the one. If you love reading about food, cheese -- then you're the one. If you get excited about new restaurants, chefs, food blogs, farms, cook books -- then you're the one.

Here's a bit more -- We're looking for someone who can lift up to 25-30 lbs. Someone who is energetic, diligent. If you dabble with hard drugs, don't even think about trying to get one by us, you must be drug free. If this offends you, I am sorry, but we might not be a good fit if it does. You HAVE to be able to work on Saturday as a requisite for working with us. You'll have a set schedule every week tailored to your and our needs. Experience in retail, and/or restaurants food service desirable.

We'd like you to be proud of your appearance and want to come to work, all tidy and put together. We're a stickler for food safety, so you have to be too. You have to be able to stand on your feet for hours at a time. Former cheese experience would be excellent, but we are happy to train you.

We're a small locally owned business, this is not a negotiation, it's a pretty straight forward job posting. We can promise you a respectful and safe workplace. We can offer you a nurturing environment where you can learn and grow. We're a small business, not a franchise. We'll train you. We'll find your talents. We are fair. Kind. Happy.

Training period starts at $10+ an hour. And we really are serious about being drug free. Please no calls or drop ins. Please don't be in touch unless you have read everything above and understand all that it might mean. Send me a resume, or a couple of paragraphs about you, along with details on the last three to four jobs you've held. Basically tell me who you are and why this cheesemonger job would interest you.

But please don't call us, we are quite busy chatting with customers. Or cleaning.

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Email to cheese @ artisancheesecompany.com if you didn't read down to this line, then you missed that emailing to this email is a requirement and that's why we haven't gotten back to you.