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Monforte is hiring! We currently have two positions open at the Dairy in Stratford, and we’d love to find some folks who are passionate about cheese and local food. Could that be you? Perhaps a friend or family member? Scroll down to see the full descriptions.

Working for Monforte
Monforte Dairy has been making cheese in the Stratford area for over 20 years. We are a small, locally owned business who’s first priority is making good, ethical food. Making good food means we care about all those involved: the animals, our producers, customers and, of course, our staff. This is good honest work: you will take a simple product (milk!) and turn it into one of the country’s best-known cheeses. You’ll get some healthy exercise and learn an important craft along the way.

Production Staff

Position Summary
Dairy production staff play a number of important roles at Monforte: making cheese, cleaning vats and tools, cutting and wrapping cheese, and preparing orders. The work is physical and provides a good mix of mental stimulation: some days you can get into the zone and listen to music while you process orders, other times you need to think on your toes and work quickly as a team. As a result, this job is loaded with transferable skills, and it’s also a great entry position for those who want to develop a craft or enter the food production and culinary industries.

What You Can Expect

  • Physical work—you’ll be on your feet much of the day, lifting and using your hands
  • Rewarding work—you’ll learn how to make something out of very little (you may learn some important tools for starting your own business, too!)
  • A silly outfit—hair nets and hospital scrubs!
  • Being surrounded by good food—There are lots of opportunities to develop your interest in food, you might choose to help at a farmer’s market, work some extra hours out at the farm, or help prepare new dishes for our on-site food truck!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in cheese production and dairy work
  • Cut and wrap cheeses for wholesale and retail orders
  • Assemble and pack orders for delivery and market
  • Follow lists and complete forms for inventory and orders
  • Sanitize dairy floor and workspaces
  • Maintain a clean working environment
  • Safely operate and clean all cheese care equipment

Qualities and Skills

  • Work quickly and efficiently (you are detail-oriented and process-oriented)
  • Practice discipline and care (you take pride in your work)
  • Able to work independently and with a team (you ask questions when necessary)

Physical Requirements
Production Staff must be able to stand all day and be able to bend, kneel, and regularly lift 40+ pounds.

Hours and Pay
Generally shifts are 8am-4pm Monday to Friday, but some flexibility may be necessary (sometimes we have to accommodate farmer’s schedules). Pay starts at $16/hr. There is plenty of room to take on more responsibility at Monforte and this position could transition into other roles with increased compensation.

How to Apply
Email us at ruth@monfortedairy.com to submit your resumé. Be sure to include Production Staff Position in the subject line and have 3 references ready for follow-up calls.

Entry Level Cheesemaker

Position Summary
The cheesemaker is at the heart of the dairy operations. Primary responsibilities are around the production and ripening of various cheeses (Monforte produces over 30 varieties throughout the year), but you will also help perform maintenance, pack orders, and take inventory. Cheesemakers dance the line between art and science, and applicants should have experience in cheesemaking, food production, or running a kitchen. This is a physical role, but it also provides a good mix of mental stimulation: some days you can turn on a podcast while you manage the ripening room, but on production days you need to think on your toes and lead the team. This position is an incredible opportunity to develop your trade, learn from one of Canada’s influential cheesemakers, and make an impact on the local food industry.

What You Can Expect

  • Pressure—when the milk is running, you can be efficient, thoughtful and effective
  • Physical work—you’ll be on your feet much of the day, lifting and using your hands
  • Rewarding work—you will leave work knowing you’ve made something pure and honest (you may learn some important tools for starting your own business, too!)
  • Being surrounded by good food—There are lots of opportunities to develop your interest in food, you might choose to help at a farmer’s market, work some extra hours out at the farm, or help prepare new dishes for our on-site food truck!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead cheese production and manage the make floor
  • Safely operate and clean equipment
  • Follow established protocols for cheese quality and food safety
  • Operate pH meter, moisture analyzer, and other technical equipment
  • Manage the ripening rooms and take inventory
  • Keep records to maintain make sheets and inventory
  • Contribute to other dairy tasks as needed (cut and wrap, packing, cleaning, etc.)
  • Maintain a clean working environment


Qualities and Skills

  • Work quickly and efficiently (you are detail-oriented and process-oriented)
  • Problem Solving (you can think outside the box, when needed)
  • Practice discipline and care (you take pride in your work)
  • Able to work independently and with a team (you ask questions when necessary)
  • Two years of production work or culinary experience preferred
  • Chemistry, microbiology or culinary studies preferred

Physical Requirements
The cheesemaker must be able to stand all day and be able to bend, kneel, and regularly lift 60+ pounds.

Hours and Pay
Generally shifts are 8am-4pm Monday to Friday, but some flexibility may be necessary (sometimes we have to accommodate farmer’s schedules). Pay starts at $16/hr. There is plenty of room to take on more responsibility at Monforte and this position could transition into other roles with increased compensation.

How to Apply
Email us at ruth@monfortedairy.com to submit your resumé. Be sure to include Entry Level Cheesemaker in the subject line and have 3 references ready for follow-up calls.