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A Vermont Family Company since 1983. Vermont is more than an address for Lake Champlain Chocolates. It's home — where we live, who we are, and how we do business. It's also where we make our chocolates — right here in Burlington by the shores of Lake Champlain. And from the first truffle in 1983 to present day, Vermont has inspired us to take a craftsman’s approach to chocolate: creativity, patience, and mastery.

Lake Champlain Chocolates uses business as a force for good. We listen, learn, and adapt to ensure that we provide an equitable and inclusive work environment where all people experience belonging, opportunity, respect, and dignity. We seek team members who want to join us in that effort!

Join us in our pursuit of extraordinary chocolate moments!

Current Openings at Lake Champlain Chocolates:

  • RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATES (AKA CHOCOLATE AMBASSADORS)
  • MOULDING LINE OPERATOR
  • SANITATION TECHNICIAN
  • CAFÉ MANAGER
  • ICE CREAM TRUCK MANAGER

  • RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATES (AKA CHOCOLATE AMBASSADORS)

    Let chocolate change your world! It’s a great time to join Lake Champlain Chocolates(LCC) and bring happiness to our amazing customers! We seek team members who care about providing an exceptional and welcoming in-store experience for the diverse community of chocolate-lovers who enter our doors. You’ll spend your days with a great group of co-workers, educating customers, making life-altering hot chocolates, and eating some of the best chocolate and ice cream around! Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you receive the training you need to delight and impress our guests. You need to bring a passion for chocolate, curiosity for learning, flexibility in a safe & fast-paced environment,and cooperation with team members.

    LCC uses business as a force for good. We listen, learn, and adapt to ensure that we provide an equitable and inclusive work environment where all people experience belonging, opportunity, respect, and dignity. We seek team members who want to join us in that effort! If you enjoy working with the public and have some prior retail, barista, and/or food service experience, we’d love to meet you.

    Sales Associates – Church St (Full and Part Time)
    Sales Associates – Pine St (Full and Part-Time)



    MOULDING LINE OPERATOR

    We are seeking an experienced Moulding Line Operator. As an operator, you will be responsible for the day-to-day machine operations including set-up, change-over, monitoring & adjusting and shut-down of our chocolate moulding line. In addition, you will perform other duties as assigned, such as documentation of key production and packaging information: product weights, time on job, quantities made, essential production and QA related checks.

    Essential Functions and Basic Duties:
    • Starts up moulding line. This includes starting chillers, air compressors, chocolate tanks, pumps, and tempering units.
    • Ensures settings are correct in moulding Line PLC for product to be made.
    • Ensures temperatures are correct on moulding line chocolate temperors and monitors them throughout shift.
    • Changes molds in moulding line based on product being made.
    • Collects and evaluates test samples and checks them for proper specifications.
    • Observes functioning of machine parts and adjust, if necessary, based on machine knowledge.
    • Monitor and record weights and perform quality checks on a periodic basis.
    • Reports any process and equipment problems. Calls the Maintenance technician and/or Production Supervisor for assistance.
    • Reports promptly to department Supervisor when delays occur. Estimates time of delay and when operations will be resumed.
    • Ensures the Quality and Standards for product are consistently achieved.
    • Monitors chocolate levels in tanks and takes appropriate actions when needed. Actions may include filling chocolate, switching tanks, or notifying department manager of chocolate filling needs.
    • Records amount of product made in the shift as well as amounts for scrap and seconds.
    • Ensures continuity of production through breaks and lunches by staggering personnel or communicating personnel needs to department manager.
    • Responsible for shutdown of moulding line and related equipment, cleaning and sanitizing various parts as needed.
    • Ensures that work area is clean, orderly, and well maintained.
    • Follows established policies, rules, regulations, and safety procedures.

    Physical Demands:
    Must be able to lift up to 50lbs consistently. While performing the duties of this job, you will be regularly required to stand, walk and to evaluate product by handling and/or feeling and will be occasionally required to sit, climb, or balance.

    Work Environment:
    This is a fast-paced, moderate noise level environment with exposure to the following allergens: milk, peanuts, soybean, tree nut, and wheat.

    Education and/or Experience:
    High School Diploma or GED. Must have basic English reading/writing skills, and basic math skills. At least three years of experience working with mechanical line operations in a manufacturing environment.

    Schedule: Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at our 290 Boyer Circle facility in Williston, VT.



    SANITATION TECHNICIAN

    Under the direction of the Sanitation Manager, the Sanitation Technician is responsible for the cleaning and sanitizing of the building, equipment, fixtures and furnishings to ensure sanitary conditions at all times. Cleaning duties will include general custodial work such as vacuuming, sweeping and mopping floors, dusting, washing walls, doors and windows, emptying waste bins, and basic upkeep of most areas in and around the facility. The candidate should have the ability to work independently and follow detailed procedures and checklists. The work requires frequent lifting, bending, stooping, reaching, and working from ladders and elevated platforms such as scissor lifts. This position will also perform minor preventative maintenance and repairs and assist both Maintenance and Quality Assurance departments as needed.
    The work schedule will be second shift with hours from 2 – 10:30 p.m.

    Essential Functions and Basic Duties:
    Assumes responsibility for the effective performance of assigned cleaning and maintenance functions:
    • Vacuums, scrapes, sweeps, and mops floors
    • Washes and dusts walls, tables, doors, light fixtures, and windows
    • Cleans and disinfects toilets, urinals, showers, tile floors, and other fixtures
    • Manages soap, toilet paper, and towel dispensers regularly
    • Empties trash, recycling, and compost containers as scheduled. Maintains cleanliness of waste bins
    • Picks up litter (inside and outside) as necessary
    • Completes snow removal as needed
    • Operates Auto-Scrubber and other power-related cleaning equipment
    • Manages dusting and window cleaning using appropriate tools
    • May be required to perform tasks on ladders or scissor lifts
    Assumes responsibility for establishing and maintaining effective communication, coordination, and working relationships with Company personnel, management, and service providers:
    • Assists Company personnel and service providers as needed
    • Keeps management informed of area activities, any significant problems, and maintenance concerns
    • Attends and participates in meetings as required
    • Completes required paperwork and checklists of area cleaning and maintenance
    Assumes responsibility for maintaining courteous, professional relations with clients and the public.
    Assumes responsibility for related duties as required or assigned.
    • Performs miscellaneous cleaning and specially requested tasks as assigned
    • Maintains facility security

    QUALIFICATIONS

    Education/Certifications: High School or equivalent certification.

    Required Knowledge: Knowledge of basic cleaning techniques and maintenance procedures.
    Understanding of related safety and OSHA requirements.

    Experience: Previous cleaning/janitorial experience helpful.

    Skills/Abilities: Attentive to detail.
    Able to follow directions and work well independently.
    Ability to work weekends and evenings.
    Able to use basic cleaning tools, including vacuums, mops, brooms, etc.

    Wage: $16.25/hour



    CAFÉ MANAGER

    We are seeking a dynamic Café Manager to amaze our customers with life-altering lattes, espressos, chocolate drinks, and award-winning ice cream! Focus is heavily on ice cream in the summer months in our café. Must enjoy working with the public, provide exceptional customer service, and have a passion for making hand-crafted, quality beverages. Prior restaurant, café or food service experience necessary. Role is not limited to the café and will also include retail sales in our flagship store. Year-round, full-time position available at our Pine Street Factory location. Ability to work weekdays, nights, and weekend hours, a must. Competitive pay and generous benefits.

    Essential Functions and Basic Duties:
    Assumes responsibility for the effective performance of assigned cleaning and maintenance functions:
    • Upholds company policies, standards, and philosophy.
    • Assists the Retail Sales Assistant Store Manager and Retail Sales Store Manager in implementing policies and procedures for the store.
    • Maintains a safe, clean, and organized (café) work environment.
    • Regularly conducts staff meetings and training sessions.
    • Ensures appropriate inventory levels of all raw and finished goods to include milk, bases, and whipped cream.
    • Ensures appropriate inventory levels of all café supplies.
    • Responsible for placing orders on Monday and Wednesday of each week.
    • Assists the Retail Sales Store Assistant Manager and Retail Sales Store Manager in attaining or exceeding sales goals.
    • Will oversee the daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance of all equipment involved in the café.
    • Responsible for maintaining a clean and organized cage/seconds area.
    • Must maintain consistent, timely and accurate communication with the Retail Sales Store Assistant Manager and Retail Sales Store Manager at all times regarding specific needs and/or concerns.



    ICE CREAM TRUCK MANAGER

    Spend the summer serving up Lake Champlain Chocolates award-winning ice cream cones, sundaes, and more at local events, neighborhood pop-ups, and other catering events. As our Ice Cream Truck Manager, you’ll be responsible for managing the day to day operations, placing orders, execution of service, procedures, and overall staff supervision.
    Full and part-time positions available from May through August. Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.


    To apply for any position: Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: employment@lakechamplainchocolates.com.  We offer a generous total compensation package. Yes, chocolate included!

    Lake Champlain Chocolates is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, place of birth, disability, ethnicity, genetic information, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, crime victim status, health coverage status, HIV status, military or veteran status, and any other protected classification under applicable federal, state or local protected class.