ARE YOU A MECHANICAL WHIZ? Join our maintenance team! Gifford’s has an immediate full-time, year-round opportunity:

Education/Essential Requirements:

  • Three to five years of experience in a related field
  • Two years of experience in a mechanical position required
  • Experience with welding and plumbing preferred
  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Trade school or college degree preferred
  • Willing to work nights and weekends when needed
  • Valid driver’s license required

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs or more
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time
  • Able to bend and twist at the waist
  • Able to push and pull up to 100 lbs or more
  • Able to sit and drive to ice cream stand locations or other destinations as needed
  • Able to withstand constant temperature changes (i.e. freezer like conditions)
  • Ability to climb ladders or scaffolding
  • Ability to crawl and work in confined spaces on occasion

Behavioral requirements:

  • Will need to be quality focused with attention to detail
  • Must maintain safe working conditions
  • Able to work in a team environment and independently
  • Have and keep a positive attitude
  • Able to work in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to communicate with team and manager
  • Ability to quickly respond to problems that may arise

Work Environment:

  • This position involves constant movement and time spent on their feet
  • Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves or hearing protection is required
  • May need to work in freezer conditions and constant temperature changes
  • The sounds and noise levels can be distracting when working on the production floor
  • Will be working both indoors and outside
  • May be subject to weather conditions if working outside
  • Exposure to chemicals that can cause irritation may occur during clean up
  • Work with machinery and moving parts occurs daily


  • Troubleshoot to quickly identify potential problems
  • Keep machines in their best condition and fix issues as quickly as possible
  • Establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with supervisors and peers

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Perform all maintenance wiring, installation of motors, switches, lighting, testing of circuits, programmable logic controllers, VFD’s and troubleshooting of all plant electrical.
  • Properly read and understand schematics and blue prints
  • Install, adjust, maintain, and overhaul all plant equipment as needed both electrically and mechanically
  • Work with boilers, ammonia and/or Freon
  • Repair conveyors, gearboxes, etc.

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent

Required experience:

  • Welding: 1 year


You can download an application here and email it back to or print and mail it to us at 25 Hathaway Street, Skowhegan, ME 04976.


Production Worker

Our dairy in Skowhegan has a full-time, year-round, hourly opening working with production. Ice in your veins, some weight-lifting abilities, a taste for really good ice cream, and a penchant for having things neat, clean, and squared-away makes you our future production team member.

Education/essential Requirements

  • High School Diploma Required
  • Experience Driving a forklift required
  • Experience using a pallet jack required
  • Must have reliable transportation

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Must be able to lift 35lbs above head
  • Must be able to handle cold temperatures
  • Must be able to occasionally lift up to 100 lbs
  • Must be able to use hands to finger and handle or feel objects with hands
  • Employee frequently is required to stand, walk, stoop, crouch or crawl
  • Must be able to reach with hands and arms
  • Must be able to accurately work at a fast pace
  • Must be able to push and pull a full pallet of ice cream using a pallet jack
  • Must be able to withstand extreme temperature changes
  • Must be able to write and record items on paper
  • Must be able to wear a hairnet and beardnet while in the production room
  • Must be able to work around moving machinery and equipment while staying safe

Behavioral requirements

  • Must be self-motivated
  • Must adhere to good manufacturing practices
  • Must be able to multitask
  • Must have basic mathematical skills
  • Must have organizational skills
  • Will need to be quality focused and pay attention to detail
  • Must be dependable
  • Must be able to manage own time
  • Must be willing to do various jobs and tasks
  • Must be able to work in a team environment
  • Must have and keep a Positive Attitude
  • Must be able to know when the environment is not safe
  • Must be able to work in a fast paced environment

Work Environment:

  • Some work is performed in a freezer—will be required to withstand time inside of a freezer up to -20 Fahrenheit
  • Fluorescent lighting used indoors
  • Work load is fast paced
  • The position uses standard warehouse equipment such as hand jacks, box cutters, tape dispensers, and markers
  • Floors in the production room will be wet for food safety
  • Production room does not reach threshold of unsafe noise level, but is loud


  • To help our production team with their daily production needs when requested
  • To help keep the Gifford’s product at a high standard of quality everyday
  • To keep accurate counts of product in inventory as needed
  • To palletize product neatly
  • To minimize product damages
  • To recognize problems in the production room and in the palletizing room
  • To maintain a neat, clean work area by adhering to Food Safety Standards

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • In the production room you will be asked to fill tubs, make tubs, and mix flavors.
  • Will perform cleanup in the production room at the end of the day as needed by: rinsing all equipment, cleaning all valves, cleaning and sanitizing all equipment
  • Palletize finished product
  • Fill in during break times
  • Help get ingredients or containers for production as needed
  • Sweep and clean palletizing area
  • Remove and take care of rubbish as needed
  • Sweep floors, clean walls and ceilings as needed
  • Help sanitation crew as needed
  • Prepare candy for production
  • Remove refuse tank from production
  • Sweep dry storage area

To ensure that your information gets to the correct department, please apply through here.