Position: Cidermaker

Location: Hampton, Virginia

Status: Full-Time

We are looking for someone to join our award-winning team in crafting delicious hard ciders made from 100% Virginia apples. Sly Clyde Ciderworks has really big plans and it all starts at its Hampton, Virginia location. Just blocks from the beach and bathed by the sun, Sly Clyde is selling Virginia’s first beach-based cider in bars, restaurants, and its Tasting Room.

The Cidermaker will participate in all areas of cider development, production, and packaging. S/He will be closely mentored by our nationally acclaimed Head Cidermaker, Brent Miles, with the goal of leading day-to-day cider operations in 2019.


  • Fermentation

  • Product Development

  • Packaging

    • Bottling, Canning, Pasteurization, Racking Kegs

  • Keg Cleaning

  • Tank Cleaning

  • Filtration

  • Juice Selection

  • Cider Finishing

  • Receiving and Loading (juice and finished cider)

  • Tours and Public Education

  • Cider House Tours

  • Keg-room Maintenance

  • Organization of pallets, finished goods, and dry goods


  • Required Experience

    • At least 1 year at cidery, brewery, or winery in a production capacity. Please do not apply if you cannot meet this criteria.

  • Other Requirements

    • Practical knowledge of fermentation, sanitation, and cellar equipment. Cider production and filtration experience is preferred, but not required.

    • Imaginative and creative mind.

    • Strong work ethic, communication skills, and mechanical ability.

    • Ability to work independently to accomplish daily and weekly tasks.

    • Operate as a team player in a small and tightly-knit team.

    • Flexible schedule; ability to periodically work extremely early or extremely late in the day, sometimes at short notice.

    • Experience with forklift, pallet jack, electric pallet jack.

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl

  • Ability to physically operate a standing or sitting forklift

  • Ability to work near moving mechanical parts in moderate noise level

  • Ability to stand for long periods at a time

  • Ability to frequently and safely lift and/or move up to 160 pounds

  • Frequently exposed to strong and sometimes disagreeable odors and occasionally exposed to caustic chemicals

  • Vision: close vision, distance vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus

Compensation and Benefits

  • Compensation

    • DOE

  • Benefits

    • 401k

    • Healthcare (75% funded by Sly Clyde Ciderworks)

    • Free and Discounted Cider based on Company Policy

Application Deadline: Oct 12, 2018.

To apply, please send a short cover-letter, resume, and list of the best 3 craft beverages you have ever created to Doug Smith,

Sly Clyde Ciderworks is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. And no one else should either. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.