At Guardian Brewing Company we work by the mantra, “Quality. Innovation. Destination.” Providing quality experiences with quality ingredients from quality people, is what we’re all about. We also strive to innovate, finding new ways to do old things, and seeking to experience new things we’ve never tried. Finally, we are a brewery destination for West Michigan and the USA.

We are open-minded and welcoming, willing to break down barriers and encourage all types of people to join our Guardian team. Guardian is for everyone. We are more than beer! Guardian is a safe space where our team can grow and challenge one another. Quite simply, we believe that our diverse team can make the world a better place – and Guardian a better company.

Team Guardian believes in fostering an atmosphere of empowerment and where every team member can belong…bringing their full, authentic selves to work each and every day. It’s the Guardian way. Sound interesting? If so, take the next step in becoming a member of the Guardian family by checking out our open positions.


  • Free staff shirts when hired and a new one each 6 months
  • Free shift meal for all kitchen and brewery staff after 4 hour shift
  • 50% off shift meal for all Front of House staff after 4 hour shift
  • Free TiPS training for all Front of House employees and managers
  • Paid Certified Food Manager training and certification for Head Chef and Kitchen Managers
  • Paid and continuous in-house training related to your work area, our products, and the craft beer industry
  • Free shift beverage after each shift
  • Free weekly Howler (32 oz bottle) of Guardian beer each week (must be 21+)
  • Monthly allotment earned for food, drinks, merch, and Beer School (amount is dependent on hours worked)
  • 25% discount on all food, beverages, merch, and classes for all staff, everyday
  • Staff trips earned after one, four, and seven years employed
  • If you’re a Maker or artist, you are able to sell your work in our taproom and on Maker’s Market days (3-4 times a year) while keeping all profits (minus state tax)
  • When you work for Guardian, you’re more than your position and job, you’re a member of a team and one of our family! We look out for one another and help one another succeed.

We are currently hiring for the positions below for seasonal or year-round employment!

HEAD CHEF ($45,000-50,000/year)

We are currently seeking applicants that are:

  • Responsible for selecting, hiring, training, supervising, and developing the culinary staff members (assisted by the Chief of Operations if/when necessary)
  • Chef will manage day-to-day shifts, weekly schedules, oversee food inventories and labor, closely monitor all safety and sanitation procedures, and maintain equipment
  • Directly responsible for all kitchen functions including food purchasing, preparation and maintenance of quality standards, sanitation, and cleanliness
  • Responsible for training of employees in methods of cooking, preparation, plate presentation, portion, cost control, sanitation, and cleanliness
  • Ensures that all customers have the best possible culinary experience in the taproom and restaurant
  • Exhibit excitement about the opportunity to be involved in a growing business
  • Ability to plan and lead special restaurant events and creative projects, including pairing food with beverages
  • 40-50 hours per week, 50 weeks per year
  • Opportunity to take gratuities occurs during some custom events and is encouraged
  • Health insurance stipend after 30 days of employment in the position
  • Accrue 10 days of paid leave in the first 12 months, 14 days paid leave in second 12 months (Including sick time, vacation time, etc., and paid leave accrues at 0.8 days per month worked)
  • Brewery workplace perks (shifty, weekly howler fill, shift meal, and more! SEE FULL LIST ABOVE.)
  • To see a full job description, click the link below!
  • Interested in applying? Please send an email with the subject line “Head Chef,” along with a resume to kimc@guardianbrewingco.com. Please address the email to our owner, Kim Collins.

LINE COOKS ($16-18*/hour)

We are currently seeking applicants that are interested in:

  • Flexible hours
  • Part-time or Full-time shifts (both available)
  • Learning and growth opportunities
  • Helping to maintain a clean and orderly kitchen
  • Inventory management
  • A little bit of everything – food prep, line work, dishes – we share all the work depending on the day!
  • Good manual dexterity (able to operate cutting tools and kitchen utensils)
  • Willing to do what needs to be done for the good of the team (doing dishes, mopping floors, helping in brewery or front-of-house)
  • Required to follow Covid-19 protocols, including, but not limited to mask-wearing, social distancing, cleaning, and sanitizing
  • Brewery workplace perks (shifty, weekly howler fill, shift meal, and more! SEE FULL LIST ABOVE.)
  • *Must work 30-40 hrs a week to earn $18 per hour wage

DISHWASHERS ($13-14/hour)

We are currently seeking applicants that are interested in:

  • Scrape, rinse, and load dishes and utensils into dish machine
  • Wash and sanitize all pans, utensils, and dishes
  • Clean, sanitize, assemble, and maintain dish machine
  • Unload dishes and utensils from dish machine and organize them properly
  • Taking garbage, compost, and trash to dumpster area
  • Washing work areas, refrigerators, cooking equipment, walls and floors
  • Brewery workplace perks (shifty, weekly howler fill, shift meal, and more! SEE FULL LIST ABOVE.)

SERVER / BARTENDER ($7-10*/hour plus tips)

  • Flexible hours
  • Willingness to serve multiple tables and assist other servers as needed
  • Ability to take orders and enter orders into a Point-of-Sale system in timely manner
  • Ability to answer questions about the beer, wine, cider, spirits, brewery, history, etc.
  • Enforce all federal, state, and local regulations
  • Willingness to engage taproom guests in conversation
  • Follow alcohol awareness procedures for preventing intoxication and dealing with intoxicated guests
  • Ensure all financial transactions are accurate
  • Product knowledge and tasting is key to providing great service and sales.
  • Brewery workplace perks (shifty, weekly howler fill, 50% off shift meal, and more! SEE FULL LIST ABOVE.)
  • *$10 hourly wage earned after training is complete
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