Job: Cidery Internships

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Title Cidery Internships
Salary Internship
Location Geneva, NY 14456
Job Information

The Empire Cider Company LLC (“ECC”) is now seeking best-in-class talent for part-time, paid cider-making internships. ECC is a premium craft hard cider company whose ciders are produced exclusively from Finger Lakes region apples.

ECC recently moved to the Technology Farm in Geneva, NY to create The Cider Lab for cider research & development and 5-gallon batch production, and the Empire Cider Center for 100-500 gallon batch production, bottling and storage.

Our facility supports our company’s growth and is a cider venture incubator for others that will drive innovation, higher quality standards and expectations in the hard cider segment resulting in job creation and economic growth in the Finger Lakes region.

Interns will report directly to ECC’s Chief Cidermaker, Rob Deignan, an experienced professional wine and cider maker, and a graduate of the FLCC-Viticulture program. Common Intern duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting daily in managing, monitoring, analyzing and recording cidermaking trials
  • Managing fermenter Brix and Temp tracking and general quality checks
  • Organizing inventory, data management and distribution of information
  • Preparing and maintaining regulatory reports and records relating to operations
  • Preparing special ingredient additions
  • Using small batch cider processing equipment and small batch lab equipment
  • Assisting receipt and pressing fruit in collaboration with Cornell Pilot Plant
  • Maintaining high level of cleanliness and sanitation
  • Other tasks requested by Chief Cidermaker and/or ECC management

Compensation will be $15-20/hour with benefits depending on experience and performance of duties. College credit available. ECC is an equal opportunity employer. Previous experience in and/or pursuit of an education in a wine or cider related degree program (Enology, Microbiology, Chemistry), is a plus. Background check required. All interns must sign agreements covering confidentiality, proprietary technology and work product ownership. Successful interns may be offered full-time employment.

For more information, please send a cover letter and resume to Rob Deignan, Chief Cidermaker ( and James Chuck, Principal (

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