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At Girl Meets Dirt, we make single-varietal preserves with heritage fruit, to celebrate this special terroir (the 'girl' in our logo holds the native Orcas pear-discovered growing wild on Orcas). The legacy of orchards in the San Juan Islands and their capacity to feed this community for over 135 years is our inspiration. To keep the agricultural history alive we steward island orchards with the most deeply-rooted trees, offering a depth of taste not found in commercially-grown fruits. We have a growing wholesale and distribution business with specialty food, cheese shops, & grocers across the country. We also have a retail shop, a growing online store and do weekly seasonal farmers markets in San Juan County. We are a proud 7x Good Food Awards Winner and pride ourselves in making exceptional, unique, handcrafted preserves. Woman-owned and operated, island grown.


 

production team member

 

Reports to: Production Manager & Audra Lawlor, Founder & President
Classification: 24-40 hours/week (hourly, nonexempt)
Location: Eastsound, Washington (Orcas Island)
Pay Range: DOE, employee discount, & jam perks

 

benefits

 

We offer medical and dental benefits after a short grace period to full time employees as well generous paid holiday/PTO benefits. This position is based on a car ferry serviced island and not appropriate for commuters. It is not suitable for working remotely.

 

job summary

 

We are looking to hire an enthusiastic Production Team member to work full-time in our kitchen facility in Eastsound. This is an all hands on deck job assisting with every aspect of our production process - from harvesting to prepping fruit to cooking to shipping. The job entails fruit intake and prep, cooking, packaging and labeling our preserves line, cleaning, and assisting with product fulfillment. This is a great opportunity to learn about the art of preservation and small business, exercise your commercial kitchen experience, and work with a fun team of people committed to making an exceptional local product.

 

Ideally, you have the following qualities/skills:

 

• Commercial kitchen, farm, or food production experience (we’ll train the right person)

  • • Ability to lift 50 pounds (sugar & fruit are heavy!)
  • • Love working with your hands and can be on your feet up to 8 hours a day
  • • A can-do hustle attitude/you thrive on conquering tasks and strive for perfection
  • • Has own vehicle to get to work or reliable transportation
  • • Flexible and willing to accommodate frequently changing tasks (multitaskers who enjoy being busy are welcome)
  • • Committed, hard-working, detail oriented team player.
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job requirements

 

This is a physically-demanding position that will offer an opportunity to work on your biceps and endurance. Repeated lifting of bins of 30-50 lbs is required (jam, fruit, and sugar are heavy!) Time on your feet may range from 4-8 hours per shift.

 

Hours: The kitchen is in operation M-F from 8am to 4:30pm. We can offer a tailored, regular schedule for the right person within this window. Increased hours and/or responsibilities are available upon demonstration of a willingness to take on a greater role in kitchen operations & a strong work ethic.

 

Interested? Excellent! Please send us (or drop by with) your resume & short cover letter explaining why you’d like to work for us and why you think you’re a fit for this position. Email jobs@girlmeetsdirt.com with subject line: Production Team member position. Please specify your availability.

 

 


 

jam maker

 

Reports to: Production Manager & Audra Lawlor, Founder & President
Classification: Full time
Location: Eastsound, Washington (Orcas Island)
Pay Range: DOE, commensurate with experience

 

benefits

 

We offer medical and dental benefits after a short grace period to full time employees as well generous paid holiday/PTO benefits. This position is based on a car ferry serviced island and not appropriate for commuters. It is not suitable for working remotely.

 

job summary

 

Girl Meets Dirt seeks a Jam Maker to serve a dedicated role on our Production team and serve as point-person and pacesetter for day-to-day ‘making’ related activities. This is an ideal position for a hard-working, hands on, production-experienced individual looking to grow with an exciting food company in a beautiful, active, island community.

The Jam Maker position will be responsible for prepping, cooking and packaging all varietals in our preserves lines not limited to but including Spoon Preserves, Cutting Preserves, Shrubs, & Bitters. Participation in other kitchen related support activities will be dependent on season and need (as determined by the Production Manager) and may include: cleaning and sanitizing, labeling, fruit processing, organization and storage optimization, recipe development and other production related needs and priorities.

The Jam Maker will set the standard for how we craft our exceptional product with an eye to continual refinements and improvements, to ensure we consistently produce product of the highest quality. The Jam Maker will also participate in training junior jam makers to support production efforts.

Success in this role relies not only on culinary skills, knowledge, attention to detail and endurance, but also on the ability to communicate in a positive, team-centric, pro-business & pro-community minded way.

You do not need to know how to make jam but you must have at least 2-3 years of demonstrated success in cooking roles or food product production and an eagerness to learn new methods. Applicable backgrounds could be commercial kitchen or manufacturing/management experience, pastry chef, sous chef, jam maker, line cook with aptitude and desire to lead, learn and grow.

 

desired experience

 

Minimum of 2-3 years in a food manufacturing or commercial kitchen or other production role

 

 

essential job functions

 

Jam Maker will spend majority of time on feet in an active production role producing all lines of our preserves

· Additional responsibilities will include documenting, cleaning and sanitizing, labeling, fruit processing and storage

· Ensure detailed written logs and labeling of production activities: batch log, freezer log, etc.

· Assist founder in developing products or refining recipes

· Assist with production related inventory and tracking for ingredients and packaging materials as required by Production Manager

· Test products to ensure quality and food safety standards are met or exceeded

 

 

knowledge, skills & abilities

 

· Ability to multi-task, anticipate, & manage changing objectives in an all-hands-on-deck, fast paced environment

· A can-do hustle attitude/you thrive on conquering tasks and strive for perfection

· Ability to apply and understand basic mathematics

· Technical competency or aptitude (read/learn measuring tools & report in appropriate units, etc.)

· Excellent cook with discerning palate

· Strong commitment to sustainability, quality processes, safety, and cleanliness

· Strong interpersonal communication skills

· Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs from ground to tables or shelving, or into and out of trucks, on occasion repeatedly.

 

To apply please send us your resume & cover letter explaining why you’d like to work for us and why you think you’re a fit for this position. Email jobs@girlmeetsdirt.com with subject line: Jam Maker position. Please specify your availability.

 

 


 

labeling assistant

 

Reports to: Operations Manager

Classification: Hourly, nonexempt, Part time to Full time options/flexible schedule
Location: Eastsound, Washington (Orcas Island)
Pay Range: Entry level, employee discount, & jam perks

 

job summary

 

We are seeking an enthusiastic team member to help us label our product in our Eastsound-based warehouse. While we typically operate M-F 8-4:30, once you are fully trained, extending shifts outside of these hours would be considered.

 

Ideally, you have the following qualities/skills:

· Strong attention to detail – we take pride in our perfectly labeled product

· Have a knack for problem solving

· Thrive working independently, are responsible, reliable and committed to what you do

· Can give a 3-month commitment

 

job requirements

 

 

· Consistent weekday availability within the hours of 8am-4:30pm.

· Dates: Starting immediately

· Ability to stand for entirety of shift

· Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs from ground to tables or shelving

· Ability to apply and understand basic mathematics

 

INTERESTED?
Excellent! Please send us your resume & short cover letter or email explaining why you’d like to work for us and why you think you’re a fit for this position. Email to us at jobs@girlmeetsdirt.com with subject line: "Labeling Assistant position". Please include availability.

 

 


 

shipping & fulfillment team member

 

Reports to: Operations Manager

Classification: Hourly, nonexempt, Part time to Full time options (24-40 hours per week)
Location: Eastsound, Washington (Orcas Island)
Pay Range: Entry level, employee discount, & jam perks

 

job summary

 

We are looking to hire an enthusiastic Shipping and Fulfillment Team Member to work in our production facility in Eastsound. This is an entry level position with growth opportunities great for someone ready to roll up their sleeves and learn on the job about small business operations, and specifically fulfillment. The role entails working closely with our Operations Manager and Fulfillment Lead to assist with product shipping and fulfillment, as well as packaging and labeling our preserves line as needed. You will assist with everything from producing shipping labels to physically packing orders from small online retail orders to pallets going out to our distributors. This is a great opportunity to get small business experience, and work with a fun team of people committed to making and shipping out an exceptional local product.

 

You have the following qualities/skills:

  • · Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs from ground to tables or shelving, or into and out of trucks, on occasion repeatedly (packages are heavy!)
  • · Enjoy working with your hands and can be on your feet up to 8 hours a day
  • · Basic math and writing skills
  • · Detail oriented with a knack for anticipating needs and prioritizing tasks
  • · A can-do hustle attitude/you thrive on conquering tasks and strive for perfection
  • · Flexible and willing to accommodate frequently changing tasks (multitaskers who enjoy being busy are welcome)
  • · Committed, hard-working, detail oriented team player
  • · Current driver’s license.
  •  

job requirements

 

 

· Consistent weekday availability within the hours of 8am-4:30pm.

· Dates: Starting immediately

· Ability to stand for entirety of shift

· Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs from ground to tables or shelving

· Ability to apply and understand basic mathematics

 

This is a physically-demanding position that will offer an opportunity to work on your biceps and endurance. Repeated lifting of 30-50 lbs is required. Time on your feet may range from 3-8 hours per shift.

Ideally we are looking for someone for 5-6 hour shifts Mondays-Friday starting at 8am with additional availability for special projects as needed

 

INTERESTED?
Excellent! Please send us your resume & short cover letter or email explaining why you’d like to work for us and why you think you’re a fit for this position. Email to us at jobs@girlmeetsdirt.com with subject line: "Shipping & Fulfillment position". Please include availability.