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Bioprocess Technician



San Leandro, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2024

About Us
Dandelion Chocolate is a bean-to-bar chocolate factory based in San Francisco’s Mission District and has since expanded to the Venetian in Las Vegas. We make chocolate from only two ingredients, cocoa beans and cane sugar, and travel to origins as often as we can to build good, trusting relationships with the producers who grow and ferment the beans we buy. Every chocolate bar we make starts with the bean, and now we’re looking for a Pastry Assistant to help us showcase our single origin chocolate in our drinks and pastries at our Venetian Cafe.

About the Job
Our pastries are inspired by the distinct flavor profiles of the cocoa beans we source, which means our recipes are continually evolving within a unique creative constraint. You will learn each of our recipes in detail and support the café’s changing needs by making new batches of drinks and pastries. Every day in the commissary kitchen (5010 S. Decatur Blvd.) starts early and ends with preparation of batters and doughs for the next day’s bake. We are looking for a pastry assistant who is excited about contributing to our beverage and pastry production and who takes delight working with a well-run, creative, and drama-free team. We especially welcome professionals who have the intention to commit to the role for at least a year and a half. This is a full time position and the shifts are Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm and pay starts at $21.00/ hour.

About You
You are a pro at consistency and refinement -- thorough, attentive, and precise with your work. Our kitchen’s success depends on how well we communicate with each other, take care of our own stations and messes, and keep our eyes on time-sensitive things like sugar on the burner. From preparing cookie dough and marshmallows for the upcoming day to refilling our inventory of chocolate drinks for the café, you willingly jump into the task with an eye for detail. We are looking for someone who is a good communicator, punctual, kind, fastidious, and eager to learn.


  • Prep work -- Prepare batters, doughs, and ganaches for hot chocolates so that the cafes can meet each day’s customer demand. Cut marshmallows, scoop dough, and related prep tasks.
  • Execute -- Follow through on daily assignments.
  • Cleanliness and organization -- Keep the kitchen clean and organized and abide by all hygiene and safety best practices.
  • Team player -- Willing to work hard and jump in when needed (e.g. sweep floors, wash dishes, lift heavy items.)
  • Other tasks as necessary


  • Prior experience -- At least two years of previous pastry experience.
  • Availability -- Available Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm.
  • Passion -- A passion for chocolate and pastry!
  • Proactive and detail-oriented -- You don’t take short-cuts even when others might not notice.
  • Communication skills -- You’re a good listener who asks questions when something doesn’t make sense.
  • Positive, enthusiastic attitude -- People like to work with you, you prioritize a team win over your individual gain, and you proactively help to make this a great place to work by minimizing any drama or politics.
  • Physical strength -- Comfortable doing repetitive tasks and standing for long periods of time.

The benefits and perks continue beyond a robust chocolate education. Dandelion Chocolate constantly invests in our people and culture. All team members receive medical, vision, and dental benefits as well as the option to enroll in our 401k program. All employees receive paid vacation time, holiday pay, and paid sick time. In addition, our team members enjoy commuter benefits, FSAs, local gym discounts, chocolate tasting opportunities, the chance to travel to origin and our Japan locations, and a range of opportunities to grow and develop within the company.

How to Apply
Dandelion is growing and we are invested in employees who take ownership over their role and are interested in contributing in a bigger way with us. If you are interested, we’d like to see your resume and cover letter, including a paragraph about your favorite food experience or influence and what excites you about the prospect of working in a single-origin chocolate pastry kitchen. Keep in mind that we value passion, attitude, and hard work above just experience, so tell us what inspires you in food and why you would like to work with us.