Tassel Ridge Winery is now hiring for the following positions:
Now hiring a Sales Representative—Floater
The ability to lift 40 pounds and possess a clean driving record is required. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
Tassel Ridge Winery is seeking to hire a team-oriented individual who has a solid work history with previous sales experience who lives in or around the Oskaloosa area.
As a Sales Representative—Floater, you will assist the Sales Team by making deliveries and providing sales support throughout the State of Iowa. You will typically begin and end your day at the winery in Leighton, IA, but may have the need to stay overnight for some territories. You will be responsible for checking the inventory in the van, driving to and supplying product to specific retailers, returning to the winery to complete the required paperwork and restocking the van for the following day’s route.
When you are not covering someone’s route, you will be assisting other areas of the winery or working inside the office assisting the Sales Support Coordinator with administrative duties, including making sales calls, completing reports, or scheduling wine tastings, to name a few.
The ideal candidate will possess:
- Valid drivers license
- 4 year degree preferred
- Ability to work independently
- Proven work ethic
- Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
- Excellent presentation skills
- Experience providing sales support within a retail environment
- Experience in the wine industry (preferred)
- Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, e-mail and internet)
- Proven ability to build working relationship
- Successful candidates may not be employed by, or have any direct or indirect interest in any other liquor, wine or beer manufacturer, bottler, importer, wholesaler (distributor), broker, or retailer in Iowa, the United States, or outside the United States.
Check out our website at www.tasselridge.com to learn more about us, as well as other employment opportunities.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Pre-employment physical and drug screen required
Background check conducted prior to job offer
Now hiring a Tasting Room Staff (Part-Time)
Tassel Ridge Winery is seeking team-oriented individuals who are passionate about wine to join our Tasting Room staff. The successful candidate must be able to work varying hours for special events (Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evenings) as well as normal business hours on Saturday (9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.) and/or Sunday (noon–6:00 p.m.).
The ideal candidates will be comfortable conducting detailed tours for guests and understands the importance of creating customer relationships. Primary responsibilities include conducting wine tastings that educate and delight, processing gift shop transactions, and ensuring the visitor areas are clean and well kept.
Position starts at $10/hour and increases to $12/hour once training is complete.
Attributes that are needed to perform these responsibilities include:
- Interest in wine and a desire to learn about wine by tasting and consuming it with meals
- Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
- Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse customer base
- Team-oriented with the ability to work in an environment that requires flexibility
- Professional demeanor and appearance
- Some computer and/or cash register knowledge
The capability to lift 40 lbs. and stand/walk for long periods of time is required.
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Previous restaurant, waitress/waiter, food prep experience is highly preferred.
If you are a team player with a dynamic personality and are looking for a part-time position, we would like to hear from you! All part-time employees are eligible for our 401(k) retirement plan.
Candidates may not be employed by, or have any direct or indirect interest in any liquor, wine or beer manufacturer, bottler, importer, wholesaler (distributor), broker, or retailer in Iowa, the United States, or outside the United States.
Now hiring a Cellar Technician
Tassel Ridge Winery is seeking a team-oriented, quality-minded, and results-driven individual to join us as a Cellar Technician. The successful candidate will typically work Monday through Friday, but must be committed to working varying hours, including weekends, early mornings, and/or late nights, as dictated by the season and cellar activities.
Key responsibilities for the position include, but are not limited to:
- Actively participates in wine making and performs crush pad and cellar operations, including weighing grapes, using the forklift, operating the press and destemmer-crusher, performing pump overs, racking, filtering, and bottling
- Maintains and troubleshoots all cellar/crush pad equipment
- Performs all sanitation operations in the cellar and on the crush pad
- Assures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations regarding wine production, safety, record-keeping, and reporting
- Trains others in all cellar and crush pad operations, maintenance, safety, and sanitation
The ideal candidate will possess:
- Minimum of a 2-year degree in a science-based program – preferably related to food or life sciences
- Clean driving record
- CDL license or the ability to obtain within a 90-day period
Preferred qualifications include:
- Previous food and/or production experience
- Leadership experience
- A consistent work history in the past 18 or more months.
This position requires an individual who is self-motivated and self-directed; adapts to changing work requirements with multiple priorities; has strong attention to detail; mechanical aptitude; able to operate machinery and heavy equipment; and has good math skills.
The positions requires the ability to repeatedly lift 40 lbs., safely operate a forklift, climb ladders, bend/stoop, and stand for prolonged periods of time in varying climatic conditions.
Interested in Wine? Like to Meet People?
If you’re interested in wine, like to talk about wine, and like to meet people, become a Tassel Ridge Winery Wine Ambassador—host wine tastings at Tassel Ridge retailers located near your home. It can be very gratifying to introduce someone to a new wine, have that person enjoy it, and subsequently buy a bottle of it.
Through a Wine Ambassador, people can try Tassel Ridge wines at a location where they can purchase the wines they taste. In addition to discussing flavor profiles, Ambassadors can recommend foods that pair well with individual wines. They can also make suggestions for ways to serve Tassel Ridge wines at events that range from family dinners to an evening on the deck watching the world go by.
The part-time Wine Ambassador position involves conducting two to three tastings per week at designated Tassel Ridge Winery retailers. Each tasting lasts approximately two hours, and set-up and take-down time is paid. Tastings happen mostly on Thursday and Friday evenings and on Saturdays. Since the tastings are determined and prepared in advance by the Sales Support Coordinator, the main focus of the Ambassador is to introduce people to Tassel Ridge wines by pouring tastes and talking about the wines.
Comprehensive training is included, beginning with a 4-hour training session at the Winery. To ensure that an Ambassador knows how to do an actual wine tasting, two tastings are conducted under the leadership of one of the Tassel Ridge sales reps or an experienced Ambassador.
Also included in the training is detailed information about Tassel Ridge wines, so that an Ambassador can confidently discuss them with others and encourage prospective customers to discover a Tassel Ridge wine that they like.
Ambassador Days happen on a quarterly basis at the Winery. They allow Ambassadors to see what is happening in the vineyards, cellar, and tasting room. Ambassadors can also taste wines that have not been tried before as well as soon-to-be-released wines.
Wine tastings give people the chance to discover that there are wonderful Iowa wines. When Tassel Ridge Winery began over ten years ago, the perception was that wines made in Iowa were inferior to domestic or imported wines. When first trying an Iowa wine, many people are pleasantly surprised at the exceptional quality. The huge variety of Tassel Ridge wines, ranging from dry to sweet, offer many choices to meet people’s preferences.
Become an Ambassador!
Being a Tassel Ridge Ambassador can be personally rewarding! For more information, contact the Winery or download an application below.
If you live in or around the following areas, we’d enjoy hearing from you!
- Cedar Rapids
- Mason City
- Sioux Center/Orange City
This position will work 6–8 wine-tasting events per month. Events take place in the late afternoon or early evening on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for wine and a desire to converse with patrons about our wine. We will provide full training so that our Ambassadors can represent the winery at promotional and wine-tasting events, and knowledgeably converse with attendees about the winery and its wines.
Applications, resumes, and cover letters can be submitted via mail, fax, or e-mail to the following:
Tassel Ridge Winery
P.O. Box 115
Oskaloosa, IA 52577-0115
Click here to download an application.
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