Junior Meat Cutter/Butcher
Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing
76 Depot Rd.
Ferrisburgh, VT 05456
Title: Junior Meat Cutter/Butcher
Type: Full Time
Reports to: Master Meat Cutter/Butcher
Location: Ferrisburgh, Vermont
About Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing:
Vermont Livestock Slaughter & Processing (VLSP) is a small family-owned business, and our mission is to provide quality service to the livestock industry. As one of the few USDA-inspected facilities in Vermont, we are equipped to slaughter and process beef, lamb, and pork for clients from both in and out of state. We cater to a wide range of clients from private individuals with a few head each year, to commercial producers who require multiple animals processed with regularity. We are a critical part of the forward-thinking farming and food community in Vermont, and across the New England landscape, that supports and celebrates farmers who raise livestock locally through humane practices and pasture-based systems.
We believe that for local food systems to thrive, it is of utmost importance to operate and support independent, small, local processing facilities. The success of small, adaptable facilities like ours is in many ways the keystone of distributed food systems. By being inextricably linked with small livestock farms in New England, our small slaughter and processing business is a critical part of New England’s sustainable food system.
Who We Are:
We are a dynamic team with a wide range of backgrounds who have come together with the shared mission of strengthening the small slaughter and processing industry. We value honesty, hard work, a good sense of humor, and integrity among our team members. We recognize our mistakes and support growth among ourselves. We show up for each other and strive to be the best for our clients.
With nearly 50 years of experience meeting clients’ needs, we have built strong relationships with the farming community and our peers. We are located in Addison County, an area with strong agricultural roots, and are competitively located near the New York border and road system. On a weekly basis, we are currently processing 35-40 animals and we are undergoing a renovation to modernize our facility and increase our throughput.
Who We Are Looking For:
Considering a career in meat processing? While this is a specialized industry, we are well suited to provide technical training to new employees who have little to no experience. We are looking for team- and safety-oriented individuals with a keen eye for detail and organization.
As a growing facility and business, we are looking for a team member that is inspired by the work that we do, and our role in New England’s food system. We are looking for a team member who has an interest in learning, is comfortable with teamwork settings, and can contribute to a positive and friendly work environment. We are looking for candidates with an eagerness to contribute to our continued growth and evolution.
Duties and Responsibilities:
As a Junior Meat Cutter, you will report to the Master Meat Cutter and perform many processing-related tasks. Each day, you will work within a team to accomplish or determine pre-operational sanitation inspection and inspect all carcasses that are to be processed that day for defects, as well as bacterial and antimicrobial treatment completion.
We are seeking qualified candidates who meet the following descriptors:
- Accuracy and attention to detail to meet our food-safety requirements, and to handle multiple producer’s cutting requirements while keeping an organized work environment.
- Safe handling of sharp knives, hand saws, saw blades, and meat processing equipment.
- An eagerness to learn
- Ability to receive constructive reviews of work performed
Junior Meat Cutters will be expected to:
- Process a variety of meats including beef, lamb and pork. Techniques include sawing, splitting, and cutting into smaller portions to facilitate handling. Our team of meat cutters remove bones and cut meat into standards cuts for marketing.
- Value-added processing to prepare burgers, sausages, and other meat products.
- Work will be conducted in a refrigerated environment.
- This position requires the ability to lift up to 50-100 pounds, regularly.
Compensation and Schedule:
$15 hourly rate
The current hours for this position are roughly between 7:00am and 3:30pm including lunch and breaks and may be modified as our production throughput increases. This position may require overtime in the fall when harvest is at its peak.
Benefits & Perks:
Benefits for full-time staff include a health and retirement plans starting in 2023, sick leave, paid time off and paid company-recognized holidays, as well as a weekly meat benefit.
VLSP is committed to creating an inclusive environment. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment is decided based on merit and business need. If this job inspires you, we encourage you to apply.
Candidates should send an email with “Junior Meat Cutter/Butcher” in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the following information in your submission:
- Cover letter explaining interest in this job
- Available start date
- Three professional references with contact information
Qualified candidates will be contacted directly.