Historical Miller & Distiller

Monday, 24 June, 2024
Sandra May     +27833250158

Our client is looking for a passionate individual, eager to work in a historical grain watermill and distillation facility. The ideal candidate should have a love for history, exceptional people skills, and preferably, hands-on knowledge of milling and/or distillation and will demonstrate the functioning of a historic grain watermill and a copper still to the public at a tourism site on a Boland farm dating back to the late 19th century.


  • Formal or informal training in grain milling and/or distillation is preferred, although we welcome applicants with a background in any technical craft or practice that would be interested to learn the art of milling and distilling.
  • Matric or a relevant higher qualification would be advantageous.
  • Experience with working in a small team.
  • Fluent in both written and spoken Afrikaans and English.
  • Exceptional people skills – both public-facing in a hospitality context and working within a small team internally. Previous experience in a hospitality, tourism or theatre context would be beneficial.
  • Reliable and well organised.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, guest-facing environment, according to hospitality hours (including weekends), in historical costume.
  • Creative mindset.


  • Perform daily demonstrations of grain milling and basic distillation tasks and activities to the public and school groups.
  • Prepare the milling and distilling areas for daily demonstrations, production and de-briefing after daily activities: prep the fire for the still, check the mechanical elements of the mill, stock the supplies, tidy and clean demonstration areas, perform general maintenance, and liaise with the activities manager.
  • Engage with visitors by explaining the work being carried out, as well as the historical context, and answer any questions that they might have.
  • Package flour and liquor made in demonstration areas for sale in the shop and maintain adequate stock levels.

If you are interested, please email your CV to Sandra@jsmbs.co.za and indicate your salary expectation and availability.