Pastoral Employees Hard At Work On The Sandwich Line


When Pastoral opened its doors in Lakeview in 2004 we had four employees not including ourselves. Over 10 years later, we have two additional stores plus wholesale and online businesses, so we have grown a great deal in staff from those original four. Despite our growth, we are proud to have maintained a working environment befitting a small, local business. While we are a professional environment, we never forget to have a little fun!

Pastoral employees are a community amongst themselves, and our shared passion is food. Beyond that, our diversity is endless. In addition to professionally trained chefs and bakers, Pastoral has employed neuroscientists, actors, former Congressional aides, haunted house aficionados, attorneys, professors, and martial arts experts, among others.

We expect all prospective employees to be responsible, motivated, self-starters who show initiative and a strong sense of personal and professional responsibility.

We welcome resume submissions for Counter Associates and Sandwich Bar Associates at all times, though the majority of our interviewing and hiring happens during February, April, September and November.

Read about each position below.

Line Cook - Bar Pastoral

Bar Pastoral is currently accepting resumes for experienced Line Cooks.


  • 1 year experience working in a from scratch restaurant kitchen required; minimum 2 years in a food preparation position
  • Experience with preparing items for broiling, grilling, frying, sautéing or other cooking methods 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of kitchen conduct; excellent knife skills
  • Open availability - able to work days and/or night shifts
  • Must obtain ServSafe/Food Handler license upon employment
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and withstand exposure to cold, heat, and water


  • Perform daily duties such as prep, cook, and clean up 
  • Prepare foods according to recipes and perform prep work as assigned
  • Ensure that food quality, quantity, freshness, and presentation meet demands
  • Ensure that walk-ins, freezers, and all food prep areas are kept clean and organized
  • Prepare, handle, and store food in accordance with Chicago Health Department regulations 
  • Other duties as assigned

To apply, please send resumes WITH cover letters to


The Cheese Counter Sales Associate will deliver impeccable customer service while educating Pastoral's customers about the fascinating world of artisan cheese, charcuterie, bread, and wines. The Counter Associate will assist with opening and closing procedures, and will assist with catering and gifting needs as needed.


  • Prior education in or professional experience with small-batch, artisan food (particularly cheese and/or wine) is strongly preferred
  • Willingness to study and learn about our always-changing mix of artisan cheese, wine, charcuterie, bread and accompaniments
  • Proficient knife skills
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and throughout the holiday season
  • Must obtain Food Handler license upon employment
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and lift up to 30 pounds 
  • Starting pay is $10.00/hr. Additionally, employees receive a 25% store discount.

To apply, please send resumes WITH cover letters to

social media intern

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine is seeking a Social Media Intern to intern. Pastoral strongly encourages current students who are seeking college credit to apply.


  • Current student seeking a degree in marketing, communications, advertising, or related field
  • Attention to detail
  • Knowledge of the social media landscape 
  • Experience with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, Pinterest and LinkedIn. 
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Photoshop experience helpful but not necessary


  • Scheduling content based on established schedule
  • Social media monitoring of brand and industry specific conversations using listening tools
  • Proactive outreach to join in discussions relevant to the Pastoral / Bar Pastoral brand 
  • Monitoring of websites to ensure consistency of brand information (ie, yelp, trip advisor etc)

Please send a resume and cover letter to

Your cover letter should include the following:

  • Your interest in why you want to intern for Pastoral
  • Your availability for an internship. Please be specific (i.e. days of week, times, and how many hours your are available per week)
  • A paragraph detailing what brand (in your opinion) uses social media most effectively and how.
  • Links to your social media sites
  • Anything else you would like to share with us to aid in the selection process