Historical Miller & Distiller

Babylonstoren is looking for a passionate team of individuals eager to work in a historical grain watermill and distillation facility. The ideal candidates have a love for history, exceptional people skills, and preferably, hands-on knowledge of milling and/or distillation.

The successful candidates will demonstrate the functioning of a historic grain watermill and a copper still to the public at a tourism site called Soetmelksvlei. Soetmelksvlei will be a living history museum where life on a Boland farm in the late 19th century will come alive through activities and demonstrations by costumed interpreters.


  • 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 Soetmelksvlei shop and maintain adequate stock levels.

Please email your CV (with references) and a covering letter to [email protected].