Employment

Get To Know Us

Celebrating the beauty and spirit of northern Michigan in everything we make and do, Cherry Republic is the world's largest exclusive retailer of specialty cherry products and gifts, offering more than 200 items including cherry salsas, sauces, candies, dried cherries, baked goods, soda pop, and wine.

Headquartered in the heart of Cherry Country in the village of Glen Arbor, Cherry Republic was founded in 1989 based on the core values of 'Life, Liberty, Beaches, Pie' -- a genuine, heartfelt description of who we are and who we strive to be each day. With six Michigan retail stores/wineries (Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Frankenmuth, Holland, and Charlevoix), hundreds of wholesale distributors, a popular mail order gift catalog, and a thriving e-commerce site, Cherry Republic has helped spread the good news of cherries around the world!

Whistle While You Work!

At Cherry Republic we believe work should be fun! In fact, each of our Core Values touches on not only making our customers happy, but making our employees happy, as well.
So in addition to a competitive medical benefits package, options for employee housing and your usual list of bennies (paid time off, paid holidays, 401K, etc.), we offer our staff extra perks that make our work environment a bit unique:
  • Leaf Day! We take off the 3rd Monday in October to celebrate fall in Northern Michigan!
  • Enjoy a paid ½ day off on your birthday each year. Just because.
  • Free (non-alcoholic) drinks at work. Sip coffee, tea, cherry lemonade and pop.
  • Fun events like CR family lunches, Harvest Dinner, holiday party and more.
  • Generous employee discounts (40% for FT and 25% for PT) on Cherry Republic products.
  • 40% off meals at The Public House while you’re on the clock!
  • College Match Program for students enrolled in a Michigan Education Savings Plan and meet certain requirements.
  • Sound like your kind of place? Then we invite you to check out our current job openings, and throw your hat in the ring!

How to Apply

Our current job openings are listed below. If you find one you think you'd be perfect for, apply on Indeed or fill out an application and email it to us at employment@cherryrepublic.com along with your résumé and cover letter. Put the job title of the position you're applying for in the subject of the email.
Even if you don't see a job you like, get in touch with us. We're always looking for fun-loving go-getters. If that's you, don't be a stranger!
Cherry Republic would be an Equal-Opportunity Employer even if it wasn't required by law.

Available Positions

Positions listed in order of date posted.

Cherry Republic’s HR Director provides comprehensive support to Human Resources practices and objectives that will provide an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity, standards and goal attainment. Specific duties include, but are not limited to: Back-up Payroll Administration, Assistance with Appropriate Hiring Practices, Assistance with Maintenance of Employee Relations, Support with Benefits Administration and Open Enrollment, Support in the Facilitation of Worker’s Compensation Claims and takes the leads on Internal Committees.

Vision:

  • Responsible for keeping company 5 years in front of “the curve.”
  • Accountable for processes to keep the company in compliance.
  • Create, execute and maintain a longevity program for all staff.
  • Lead Wellness Committee for employee health and well-being.
  • Build community partnerships with other employers.
  • Research and implement solutions to an ever changing benefits environment.
  • Organize and manage top tier Safety programs.
  • Implement competitive Compensation Program.
  • Oversee CR Professional Development program.

Payroll:

  • Process payroll for all locations on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Audit timecards for authenticity and accuracy.
  • Create solutions to timekeeping problems / increasing efficiency for employee tracking.
  • Facilitate and Monitor wage garnishments.
  • Bi-weekly 401K tracking.
  • Calculate & submit payments Payroll taxes.
  • Creation & distribution of W2’s, 1095C’s (annual).
  • Perform Michigan withholding (monthly).
  • Track employee hours for benefit and ACA eligibility and compliance.
  • Proactive Unemployment Employment management.

Employee Relations:

  • Assist with the flow of communication between employees, to Payroll and Benefits and Talent Acquisition personnel.
  • Assist Talent Acquisition with employee concerns, questions and other issues involving Cherry Republic.
  • Assist Payroll & Benefits Administrator with payroll concerns, questions and other issues involving Cherry Republic.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all employee and CR information.
  • Provide HR representation on Events Committee.
  • Provide employee lists for special events.
  • Responsible for the ordering and posting of all Labor Law posters for each location.

Work Compensation:

  • Maintain First Aid Kits and supplies for all locations.
  • Provide current Safety Posters for all locations.
  • File all WC claims.
  • Manage all on-going WC claims.
  • Prepare reports and assist in all audits.

Benefits:

  • Maintain all insurance/ benefit invoicing.
  • Coordinate Annual Open Enrollment Meeting & follow-up.
  • Assist newly eligible employees with insurance registration.
  • Submit annual 401K reports.
  • Set up insurance deductions.
  • Submit and track COBRA.
  • Complete all necessary compliance recording and reporting.
  • Provide recommendations for updating CR benefits.

Hiring:

  • Provide support to the Talent Acquisition in employee selection process.
  • Update current job descriptions.
  • Posting of open positions to top Job Boards.
  • Draft Offer Letters and send to final candidates.
  • Assist with the electronic distribution of new hire paperwork.

Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in any related field to Human Resources with PHR or SPHR Certification and 5+ years experience in HR/ Business Office environment required.

Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Glen Arbor

Cherry Republic’s Warehouse Packer is responsible for the picking products from inventory by hand, packing them them securely and preparing for shipment.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Place products or materials into boxes, using hands.
  • Arrange products and materials appropriately to ensure safe delivery.
  • Verify products contained within the box is what is listed on the invoice or order form.
  • Seal boxes, using tape or other required tools.
  • Ensure products and boxes are packed tightly.
  • Perform necessary labeling in preparation for shipment.
  • Complete any required paperwork for proper inventory control.
  • Maintain a clean work area.
  • Properly dispose of any packing materials or packing equipment after each shift.
  • Report any defective products, tools, or equipment to shift manager.

Necessary Skills:

  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Strong communication skills and desire to work with other team members.
  • Ability to listen for comprehension and understanding.
  • Attention to detail relative to packing instructions.
  • Ability to keep up with shipping orders and pack with accuracy.
  • Desire to exceed customer expectations.

Education and/or Experience: High School Diploma / GED. Previous packing experience within a warehouse environment preferred.

Position Type: Part-Time Seasonal
Location: Glen Arbor

Cherry Republic’s Dishwasher is responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and sanitation of dishes, tableware, glassware, pots, pans, and utensils though manual and machine cleaning methods. The Dishwasher is also expected to keep the dishwashing area clean and safe.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring the availability of clean dishes by busing tables, washing dishes, pots, pans, and flatware, and restocking to its appropriate place in the Back of the House.
  • Preparing for peak periods and sequential shifts by cleaning and restocking cook stations.
  • Cleaning machines and appliances used in kitchen, such as coffee makers, pots, pans, mixers, etc.
  • Sweeping and mopping floors, special attention to items that are spilled or broken.
  • Taking out the trash and maintenance of all garbage receptacles.
  • Reporting kitchen accidents or violations of food safety codes and procedures.
  • Support all other areas within the Back of the House as needed.

Necessary Skills:

  • Exceptional time management skills.
  • Ability to keep up with the flow of incoming and outgoing service ware.
  • Attention to detail when washing and sanitizing kitchen items.
  • Strong communication and problem solving skills.
  • Willingness to comply with all food safety procedures.
  • Quick and able to adapt if called upon to complete additional tasks.
  • Positive attitude, desire to learn several positions within the kitchen.
  • TEAM player, willing to jump in when / where necessary.

Education and/or Experience: High School Diploma or G.E.D and 1 year kitchen experience preferred, or willingness to train & learn on the job required.

Position Type: Part-Time
Location: Glen Arbor

We are looking for year-round, energetic, motivated servers and beer tenders to work in our Brewery & Restaurant. Our ideal candidates will be empowered to deliver superior customer service to all of our visitors and have a deep knowledge base of our delicious food items and specialty beers.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the day-to-day flow of the Brewery & Restaurant.
  • Greet guests while delivering superior customer service.
  • Ensuring ideal guest experience.
  • Ability to take customer orders using Point of Sale system.
  • Delivering of delicious food and beverages.
  • Busing tables in indoor / outdoor seating areas.
  • Providing a clean, safe environment for everyone.
  • Ability to answer guest related questions and problem solve accordingly.

Our Brewery & Restaurant is open year round.Therefore, we have full time and part time shifts available. No formal experience is required. If you are willing to learn, we are willing to train!

Time to have FUN at work again. Excellent career growth potential too!

Position Type: Part-Time & Full-Time
Location: Glen Arbor

Need 30 Seasonal Mail Order Ambassadors for Glen Arbor and Traverse City locations!

Cherry Republic is looking for "30" Seasonal Mail Order Ambassadors to work from November 1st through the Holiday season to assist with order taking of our delicious cherry products at both our Glen Arbor and Traverse City locations. We are in need of individuals who are able to work flexible shifts, interested to earn extra money for the holidays with a generous discount on all products and enjoy working within a FUN, festive environment.

Our Mail Order Ambassadors engage with customers via phone and website chat offering superior customer service and work on order entry with precision, not speed to ensure all data is accurate, including credit card, mailing and shipping information. Previous computer experience is preferred,but not required. We are willing to train all motivated candidates!

If you are an organized person and able to multi-task and looking for a supplemental position during the Holidays, please contact Cherry Republic. Our Human Resources Dept. is waiting to hear from you! Please forward your resume for early consideration as this is a very popular position during this time of the year.

Flexible shifts include 6-8 hours each day over a 7 day work week. Days, Evenings and Night time shifts during the peak season! Work as much as you want. Up to 40 hours a week if interested.

Position Type: Part-Time
Location: Glen Arbor & Traverse City

Are you highly energetic, highly motivated and LOVE to meet new people? Do you want to work in a fast-paced, really FUN environment??

The Retail Sales Associate's main job function is to sell cherry products to customers in the store and to provide excellent service to Cherry Republic customers by informing them of product information and resolving any issues.

Essential Duties Include:

Assist the Retail Managers as directed in accomplishing operational and customer service oriented tasks and responsibilities.

  • Work in a face-paced environment with a SMILE.
  • Acting as a representative who genuinely cares about helping people.
  • Complete sales transactions through Point of Sale system.
  • Arrange and Stock Shelves.
  • Maintain cleanliness of both inside and outside of store.
  • Wash windows, doors and bathrooms.
  • Provide EXCELLENT customer service to all Cherry Republic customers!
  • Quickly learn product information and convey to customers.
  • Have general knowledge of computers and use of the Internet.
  • Have knowledge of geographical area in order to assist tourists.
  • Have ability to lift a minimum of 25 lbs.

Position Type: Part-Time
Location: Ann Arbor, Holland & Traverse City

IMMEDIATE OPENINGS!

We are in need of full-time LINE COOKS to fill positions in the Back of the House in Glen Arbor! If you have a passion for delicious cuisine and have line experience, apply now! $17/hour with sign on bonus and end of season bonus. Must be able to work days, evenings, and weekends until Labor Day.

Essential Duties Include:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment!
  • Set-up and stock stations with all necessary supplies.
  • Prepare a variety of foods; meat, poultry, vegetable, and cold food items.
  • Cook menu items in cooperation with the rest of the kitchen staff.
  • Cover, date, and correctly store all pieces and food prep items.
  • Use food preparation tools in accordance to safety regulations.
  • Returns dirty food preparation utensils to the appropriate areas.
  • Maintain a prepared and sanitary work area at all times.
  • Constantly use safe and hygienic food handling practices.
  • Open/Close kitchen correctly and follow checklist for kitchen stations.
  • Answer, report, and follow Culinary Manager’s instructions.

Required Experience/Education:

  • Previous experience in the food industry required with an emphasis on the BOH.
  • Industry related certifications greatly preferred.
  • Willingness to learn new skills.

Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Glen Arbor