Packaging Specialist I

Modern Times Beer

San Diego, CA, USA

Full time

Jul 2

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STATUS: Full Time, Non-Exempt

REPORTS TO: Packaging Manager


The Packaging Specialist I reports to the Packaging Manager and is responsible for assisting with many aspects of the day-to-day operations of the packaging team, including canning and kegging of beer and coffee. Candidates must share Modern Times’ commitments to quality, safety, business ethics, and continuous innovation.


  • Assist on the canning line which includes assembly of case trays, feeding empty cans into depalletizer, packing cans, palletizing cases, and moving completed pallets to the warehouse via a pallet jack and forklift
  • Assist on the kegging line which includes loading and unloading empty and filled kegs onto pallets and into
  • warehouses according to pack plans
  • Perform safe handling of cleaning chemicals, gases, pressurized vessels, hot liquor, etc. and always promote safety and quality culture within the brewery
  • Clean and maintain the canning line, kegging line, and packaging work area
  • General cleaning of horizontal, vertical, and sub-grate surfaces
  • Ensure with team members that the product meets all quality standards and product specifications prior to packaging
  • Accurately complete and update daily information forms and production logs
  • Participate in regular departmental meetings to review issues and propose solutions
  • Follow all established SOP’s and maintain a safe and clean working environment
  • Adhere to food safety regulations and PPE always
  • Be a team player and able to interact with all levels within the organization
  • Adhere to and enforce all applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Other tasks as needed


  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Able to pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check
  • Previous experience in a manufacturing environment preferred
  • Previous experience in operating automated high-speed filling and packing or similar equipment preferred
  • Certified Forklift Driver preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a love for meeting and interacting with people
  • Thorough attention to detail and desire to take initiative
  • Must adhere to company’s policies and procedures
  • The desire to work in a fast-paced, growing company


  • Evening, weekend, and holiday availability required
  • Able to comply with safe chemical handling procedure, including personal protective equipment such as gloves and goggles
  • Able to stand, walk, and be on your feet for prolonged periods
  • Able to read and follow written English instructions
  • Able to regularly twist, turn, kneel, climb, stoop, bend, crawl, lift and carry supplies and equipment weighing up to 55 pounds using appropriate techniques and tools
  • Able to safely navigate the tasting room and snack bar areas, including crowded spaces
  • Able to maneuver packages of any weight above 75 pounds with appropriate equipment and/or assistance
  • Able to move 165-pounds, using appropriate techniques and tools
  • Able to work in a factory/production environment that may be loud, slick, humid, cold, and hot
  • Able to work in indoor and outdoor environments with moderate noise, crowded spaces, and occasionally slippery floors
  • Able to comply with and enforce all health, safety, and personal hygiene policies and standards

**Applications accepted until the role has been filled**


  • Modern Times is a partially employee-owned company, with 30% of our equity held in an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), guaranteeing employees the opportunity to earn equity in the company over time
  • Health, Chiropractic & Acupuncture benefits (with a CA-$159.00 per month employer contribution towards any plan)
  • Dental benefits (with a 100% employer contribution option)
  • Vision benefits (with a 100% employer contribution)
  • Life insurance (with a 100% employer contribution)
  • Long-term disability (with a 100% employer contribution)
  • Unlimited paid time off (pending manager approval)
  • Eligible to participate in 401(k)
  • Eligible for a 2-month paid sabbatical after 5 years
  • Radical beer and coffee perks

Full-time employees become eligible for health benefits on the first 1st after 30 days of employment (For instance, if your start date is May 15th, you’d be eligible for benefits July 1st).


Modern Times began as a 30bbl production brewery in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. Modern Times is named after a beautifully crazy utopian community founded in 1850, and many of our beers are named after real utopian experiments or mythological utopias. Today, we're distributed throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Maui, the Pacific Northwest, and select international markets. We operate a tasting room at the brewery, as well as in San Diego’s North Park community, and opened brewery/restaurant locations in Portland, Los Angeles, and Encinitas in 2018, Santa Barbara and Oakland in 2019, and Anaheim in 2020. We brewed our first batch on May 18th, 2013; our beer went on tap for the first time on June 24th, 2013; we held the soft opening for the Lomaland Fermentorium tasting room on August 9th, 2013; and our Grand Opening was September 7th, 2013.

In the summer of 2017, we became California’s first-ever employee-owned brewery, with 30% of the company now owned by our employees and the goal of 100% employee ownership in the future. We think that’s pretty radical.

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Modern Times Beer strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

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