Careers

We invite you to join the team here at Rocky Pond Estate. 

Are you interested in learning more about the hospitality business from the food and wine perspective? At Rocky Pond, you must be a team player and enjoy interacting with guests and stakeholders to provide exceptional, high touch, experiences.  We value integrity, positive results, excellence, innovation and sustainability.  You will receive hands-on training from seasoned industry professionals. Opportunity for growth and promotion based on performance. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Sous Chef

Report:  Director of Culinary 
Location: Woodinville, Washington
Hourly:  $20/hr+ DOE, tips, and employee discounts on food and wine 
Status: Full-time with benefits after 60 days
Start date: May 1, 2022
To Apply: Email resumé to chefdoug@rockypondwinery.com

Interested in learning more about the hospitality business from the food and wine perspective? We are offering a unique opportunity for someone who is passionate & thrives upon delivering outstanding guest service. You will work alongside seasoned industry professionals and have the opportunity to learn how a winery tasting room operates. Opportunity for growth and promotion based on performance.

Rocky Pond’s Sous Chef will oversee the daily culinary operations in Woodinville and support tasting room personnel and sales initiatives. This includes adequate and cost-effective ordering of the ingredients, preparation of food items, delivery of food items in a timely and personable manner and training of tasting room personnel. The candidate must be detailed oriented, enthusiastic, and passionate about health and sustainable farming. Must be a team player and enjoy interacting with guests to provide an exceptional, high-touch, experience. Required to promote a company culture that encourages integrity, positive results, excellence, an attitude of servitude, and sustainability.

Responsibilities:
· Be proficient in estimating food consumption and costs.
· Adhere to presentation techniques and quality standards.
· Ability to offer culinary instruction and/or demonstrate culinary techniques at company events.
· Responsibly maintain and repair all kitchen-related equipment.
· Strong knowledge of local, state, and federal food sanitation regulations.
· Handle food, and train kitchen personnel, in a manner that is consistent with local health department guidelines.
· Ensure safety regulations, report injuries, and maintain safe conditions and work practices.

Requirements:
· Must have at least 5+ years of experience.
· Possess an extensive understanding of professional kitchen use and workflow.
· Ability to plan, organize and direct the activities of kitchen staff effectively.
· Must be able to follow oral and written instructions.
· Fundamental understanding of sanitation, cleanliness, and personal hygiene.
· Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment.
· Attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and time management skills.
· Requires moderate physical efforts: standing, carrying, bending, stretching, stooping, pulling and pushing, lifting weights up to 50 pounds.
· Working conditions involve noise, heat, changes in temperature, kitchen elements, odors, moisture, etc.
· May be required to work additional hours as dictated by the workload and staffing.

Culinary Support 

Report:  Chef, Tasting Room 
Location: Chelan, Washington
Hourly:  $16/hr+ DOE, tips, and employee discounts on food and wine 
Status: Part-time and Full-time with benefits after 60 days
Start date: ASAP
To Apply: Email resumé to johnw@rockypondwinery.com

Interested in learning more about the hospitality business from the food and wine side? We are offering a unique opportunity for someone who is passionate & thrives upon delivering outstanding guest service. You will receive hands-on training from seasoned industry professionals and the opportunity to learn how a winery tasting room operates. Opportunity for growth and promotion based on performance.

Requirements:
• Must be able to communicate efficiently, and follow oral & written instructions
• Possess a high level of attention to detail, a positive attitude, a friendly demeanor & be a dedicated team player
• Fundamental understanding of sanitation, cleanliness, and personal hygiene
• Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
• Requires moderate physical efforts: standing/walking for long periods, carrying, bending, stretching, lifting weights up to 50 pounds, moving tables/chairs/heaters
• Must comply with current government-mandated Covid restrictions
• Must maintain a neat appearance, proper attire for a casually sophisticated tasting room
• 18 years of age with reliable transportation

Responsibilities:
· Assist chef by preparing food items as directed
· Understanding of menu items offered with the ability to deliver accurate descriptions to guests
· Maintains a clean and sanitary working area, with proper floor maintenance as needed
· Inventory and replenish food items throughout the day
· Clear tables and sanitized all surface area
· Dishwashing

Scheduling & Hours
· Must be available on weekdays & weekends
· Flexibility required with special events & other busy days

Tasting Room Associate 

Report:  Tasting Room Manager
Location: Chelan, Washington
Hourly:  $15+/hour, DOE, plus tips and bonuses
Position: Full time with benefits after 60 days or part-time, no benefits offered
To Apply: Email resumé to johnw@rockypondwinery.com 

Interested in the wine business? We are offering a unique opportunity for the right individual. Hands-on training from seasoned industry professionals on winery, culinary, and tasting room operations. Opportunity for growth and promotion based on an annual review. No experience is required but preferred; we are looking for someone ready to learn, who has a passion for wine, culinary, and delivering world-class customer service.

Requirements:
• Must be able to communicate efficiently, and follow oral & written instructions
• Must have a positive attitude, friendly demeanor & be a dedicated team player
•Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
• Requires moderate physical efforts: standing/walking for long periods, carrying, bending, stretching, lifting of weights up to 50 pounds.

Responsibilities:
· Welcome and greet guests into tasting room
· Educate guests on wine and culinary offerings and take order
· Present wine, culinary specials and private membership options
· Service guest needs, deliver wine, and clear tables professionally.
· Delivers menu items to tables with the proper accompaniments, with accurate descriptions & understanding of ingredients
· Maintains table settings by removing finished courses and replenishing utensils as necessary, sanitizing tables once guests have left
· Prepare dining room for patrons by re-setting tables and stocking all necessary supplies, and keeping glassware polished
· Supports culinary team with dishwashing operations & breakdown of kitchen
· Maintains a clean and sanitary working area, inside & outside of the tasting room

Scheduling & Hours
· Must be available on weekdays & weekends
· Hours will typically be between 12 pm to 8 pm
· Flexibility required with special events

Harvest Intern

Report:  Winemaker/ Cellar Supervisor
Location: Orondo, Washington
Salary:  Competitive Hourly Wage, DOE
Status: Temporary Position  
Estimated start date: September 15, 2022
To Apply: Email resumé to Elizabethk@rockypondwinery.com

Rocky Pond Estate Winery is a boutique winery located in the Columbia Valley of Washington State. The estate vineyards flanking the Columbia River and Lake Chelan yield a portfolio of elegant, nuanced and vineyard-driven wines. To showcase the unique terroir of each vineyard Rocky Pond employs state-of-the-art processing equipment and innovative cap management strategies.

Cellar interns will have the opportunity to assist our small but passionate and experienced team with all aspects of vinification for over 15 different varietals. This includes but is not limited to fruit processing, fermentation management, barrel work, sanitation and occasional lab analysis. Interns will have a chance to work directly with the winemaker. Strong communication skills and attention to detail are essential.

Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Sanitation
  • Fruit Processing
  • Cap Management
  • Pressing
  • Topping
  • Basic lab work
  • Winery upkeep

Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 50lbs
  • Must be able to climb ladders
  • Must be willing to work long hours (8-12hrs), including weekends
  • Must be willing to work in variable weather conditions

Experience & Education Requirements:

  • AAS or BS with a concentration in Enology preferred
    • Will consider equivalent harvest experience in lieu of degree, as well as passionate candidates eager to learn
  • Prior harvest experience desired
  • Forklift skills a plus

Successful candidates will receive intern housing in a close commuting distance to the winery and should anticipate working mid-September through November (actual start and end dates will be dependent on the growing season and confirmed prior to onboarding). 

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