Assistant Cannabis Winemaker
Dope job title huh? Well before I get into that, I’ll tell you a little about Rebel Coast and the guy (me) you’ll be working with every day. I spent 5 years studying Wine & Vit. at Cal Poly, and apprenticed under 5 different winemakers while there. Once I graduated, I started the Sexual Chocolate Winery. I grew it and sold it by 2012. Then I started Rebel Coast Winery and began focusing on cannabis wine in 2017. Both were virtual wineries, but because of a stupid law, we couldn’t combine alcohol with cannabis.
Either way, things are getting really busy (on the winemaking side), and I’m pretty sure we’re going to need at least one more person working on it full time. So basically, Im looking for a sidekick. Oh, and before you continue, go to our Instagram and see if we would get along. We are not for everybody. I don’t want you thinking this is your dream job, only to be let down.
So here’s the deal, (because of a federal law) alcohol and cannabis can’t be made under the same roof, or even in the same bottle. So, my buddy makes the wine and we remove the alcohol. Then, we infuse it with THC. There are 4 major moving parts of making our alcohol removed, cannabis infusesd wines. Now that I’ve figured them out, I’m looking to delegate most of them to you.
Scope of the work?
I need you to oversee and manage the purchasing, transport, de-alc., purchasing of dry goods and finally, bottling. I know that sounds like a lot for an “assistant” winemaker, but we have already done it twice and have everything streamlined. We just need it managed and streamlined.
We just got the green light from the BCC and CDPH to restart selling our wines to dispensaries. We can’t 100% predict the demand, but we know it’s going to be a lot. We are currently set up to bottle 4,000 cases a month, but want to get to 2,700 cases a week. This way we can buy, transport and bottle full tanker trucks of the stuff. We are still the only ones making and selling cannabis wine in California, so we think it’s not long before we have to upgrade all of our equipment to match the increase in production.
Moving on up?
While getting alcohol removed cannabis wine into a bottle takes a lot of planning and time, it’s not a full-time job. However, doing that and launching a CBD wine is. I will need you learn the ropes of the THC side of things first, but also help me out with creating a CBD wine. The R&D is done, and we know how to do it, while making it taste great. Now need to build out the infrastructure to do it. I don’t know every detail required to make happen, but once the operation is running smoothly, I want to hand that work over to you too. Oh, I don’t remember if I said this at first, but I plan on turning the whole cannabis winemaking operation over. (Possibly to you, if you’re around in 6 months). Because if you last 6 months, that means you’re a freaking rock star and are totally capable of handling both operations. Think promotion, pay raise and bragging rights. You could be the 2nd cannabis wine maker in the world.
Ok, are you ready for this one? Bay Area, then Southern California. Here’s why. We are buying a 12k square foot cannabis warehouse in Desert Hot Springs. Haven’t heard of the place? You’re not alone. Its 15 minutes from Palm Springs. The warehouse is still all dirt, but it’s in a huge 9-building cannabis complex. But the freaking thing won’t be ready to move into for 4 to 6 months. That is why we are bottling all of our wine in Oakland, for now. So for the first six months, we need you near Oakland, then permanently in LA or near Desert Hot Springs. We like the weather and warmer waters in Los Angeles. We live and have our office here.
1+ year in a wine lab & 2+ years as an assistant winemaker. (And no, cellar rat is not the same thing as an assistant winemaker).
You need to have a science background, or at least have taken organic chemistry. You also must have in-depth knowledge of the chemical makeup of wine. If you are thinking to yourself: “Man this sounds awesome! I bet I could fake the science part.” Don’t. Your first interview question is going to be me sliding you a wine analysis spreadsheet with some incorrect numbers on it. I’ll ask you which ones look off. I’m taking that trick from an interview I had once in college, btw. Hahaha, and I freaking guessed what the wrong data was (thinking I’ll learn it all on the fly), HAHA, NOPE. The winemaker totally called me out and asked why the pH of white wine should not be 3.52. Hahaha yeah, I did not get the job. But that saved them from giving me responsibilities that I wasn’t ready for (and possibly fucking up their wines).
How are your organization skills?? Seriously, are you super on top of that type of stuff? If reading that question made you laugh a little (because you are OCD about planning and organization), then perfect! That is a super important skill. Again, you need to prove it. Screenshot something in your application email, that you use to stay organized on a project you manage now. I know winemaking sounds sexy and some people picture an older, happily drunk French guy in a cave wandering around, (but that’s just the Hollywood version). You will have to forecast and plan every day. If just one little part of the puzzle is missing, the whole operation falls apart. No joke! The last time we bottled, we lost a single 1.5-inch tri-clover gasket. That $.60 thing cost us $500 in freight wait-charges, b/c we could not get a tank cleaned in time to receive the wine. So annoying, but we still got the wine in the bottle.
Are you a problem solver? Well, you’ll have to be. With as many moving parts at this operation has, something always goes wrong. But no matter what; once the wine shows up, it needs to get into the bottle. This n eds to happen in a very, very (I cannot stress this enough), very specific way. So when something goes wrong, can you fix it and get it done?
Ok, I don’t care if your close friends think you’re great, or you tell your roommate “Hey you may be getting a call from a winemaker and I need you to say that I ______.” Your references need to be your direct report for the lab you worked for and the winemakers you worked under. If they didn’t like you, then we probably won’t (just saying).
Start date and Pay?
If you have rich parents or a trust fund, then you’re starting tomorrow. If not, no worries, we don’t have those either. But here is the deal: We are releasing our wine to dispensaries March 15th, and fundraising for our Series A. Most of the wine is already pre-sold but we need to use that cash for our next 4k case bottling, beginning in April. So it will most likely be 1-3 months, before we can officially bring on more people. However, if you are down to start now and work on a deferred salary (until we get the cash flowing in), then let’s do this. I know that is a crazy thing to ask… BUT, if you can make it happen while we don’t have cash today, we do have equity. So if you are worth it, we can talk about an equity package, in addition to deferred salary. It is our way of thanking you for taking a risk with us.
But the starting salary will be $55k a year with full medical benefits (and obviously unlimited wine and cannabis). When you are promoted to winemaker, probably $100k? It honestly depends on your abilities and how well you get the job done. If you are invaluable in 6 months (and we are selling a shit load of wine), everyone will know it, and we will pay you what you’re worth in cash and equity 🙂
Holy shit did you get all the way to the bottom of this ramble of mine? Epic. Ok don’t click the apply button on this website. It goes to some email that rick rolls people. Send a screenshot of some wine lab analysis you’ve had down and the other things I asked for. Include a little about yourself and why you are going to kill it here. Oh and I almost forgot, your resume. I’ll go through everyone’s stuff in a week and either ignore you or set up a facetime interview.
(SD, LA, SF, NorCal) Territory Sales Manager for a Cannabis Winery
Sounds cool right? Well, that’s because it absolutely is.
So here’s the deal. We founded a traditional winery in Sonoma 6 years ago, it’s rocking and rolling now, and selling wine in 32 states. We are now looking for four people to help with the cannabis side of things in California.
So here is the long (that’s what she said) and short of things. We make the wine in Sonoma, remove the alcohol and replace it with THC. Sounds simple enough right? Well, it’s absolutely not. There is a reason cannabis has been legal in California for the last 11 months and no one else has been able to do this. Either way, we bottled a bunch of this wine and now we need five champions to help sell the stuff.
It is illegal for alcohol and cannabis to be sold in the same product, or even under the same roof, which is why we have to remove the alcohol. This also means cannabis cannot be sold in restaurants, grocery stores or liquor stores, only dispensaries.
Right now we are building out our cannabis winery in Northern California, and when it’s finished in December we will be able to crack out 30,000 bottles a week. We also just bought a building in Desert Hot Springs, and when that is finished we will have unlimited production capability, which is dope.
Ok so that is what you’ll be walking into. Now here is what we need from you:
Sell as much of this infused goodness as possible. If you have any experience with sales (which is a 2+ year requirement for this job) you’ll know what that entails. We will give you all the marketing and sales support you can handle. We have done this successfully with our first two wineries (www.recklesslovewines.com, www.slodownwines.com) so you won’t be on your own. If you have done sales before (again; absolute requirement) then you love the “Eat what you kill” mentality. You already know that the starting base salaries are low, meaning the commissions and bonuses are what paid for your vacation house in Tahoe anyway. However, if the thought of that is scary to you, then you’ve never done sales at the level we are looking for, so forward this to your boss who does.
Now I know there are hundreds of you reading this right now thinking to yourself:
“I would love to sell weed wine in California, it sounds epic! I am a go-getter, I hate my current job, I can learn how to sell to dispensaries! Even though I have no experience, I’ll just send my resume and kill it on the interview!”
Well Karen from Ohio, get bent. Not joking. If you think we have nothing better to do then read resumes from folks like you, you’re dumber than a toddler trying to pet a wild goose for the first time.
We are a startup. We don’t have a training manual, just sales goals. We are going to hire someone who took the training wheels off years ago, and who knows what the end of prohibition for alcohol brought on, and what the end of prohibition for cannabis means.
- 2+ years experience selling cannabis. If you are currently in the industry (which is a job requirement) let us know how many doors you walk into a month, monthly sales revenue, and anything else the is impressive.
- Live in your territory
- If you have a motorcycle or facial hair (guys only) then you have an obvious advantage when applying. And for the interview, you will have to sell us something on the spot. We will probably do something lame and copy “The Wolf of Wall Street” and ask you to sell us a pen. We are not very creative.
The sooner the better. We have wine waiting to be sold. If you are as good as you need to be, you’re probably going to be leaving a higher base salary job (as we all did,) so if you have to put in a 2-4 week notice nbd.
But before you send a resume, Google us. Read a few of the 3k articles out there about us, and please dear 8-pound, 6-ounce newborn infant baby Jesus, stalk us on Instagram. We are absolutely not for everybody.
Wait, did you read all the way to the bottom here? Well, our first way to weed out lazy people is to not even look at the resumes sent to whatever email the “apply” button is hooked to. Now onto the step two of getting this job. Send iWantToSellWine at RebelCoast.com a one paragraph bullet point list of your accomplishments in the cannabis space and that relate to this job. We don’t care if you won a bikini contest in Cabo the same year our girlfriends graduated college. Oh oh oh and don’t waste time answering a hypothetical “Why do you want to work here” question. We make the world’s first weed wine and are ~12 months ahead of any competitor 🙂
I promise we are not dicks in real life. No joke, we once wrote a formal job description and had to spend weeks weeding through the thousands of unqualified shotgunned out resumes. Turns out it is better to be real about what’s up now, and save folks an embarrassing phone call to their mom about why they did not get an interview for a job that was “So perfect for me.” Either way, if anything we said offends you, shoot us an email with your home address and we will send a bouquet of flowers to apologize.
BRAND AMBASSADORS (SF & Bay Area)
Then this is the perfect job for you! (and possibly your friends!)
Rebel Coast Winery is seeking fun, reliable, and enthusiastic brand ambassadors to represent our company at promotional events.
In this role, you will serve as the face and voice of Rebel Coast, build brand recognition, and successfully promote our products.
You will communicate and engage with customers to increase our company’s brand awareness, while giving away tons of free stuff!
– 3+ Years experience as a Brand Ambassador, Promoter, Influencer or Similar role.
– Engaging, outgoing, and approachable personality.
– Passion for meeting new people and evangelizing great products.
– Don’t be a dick.
If this sounds like you, then we want to get in touch with you asap!
Email us a quick “Hello” to ComeWork@RebelCoast.com and you’ll get a response on how to apply!