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Sensory Intern

Voyage Foods
Oakland, California, US
Closing date
Jun 14, 2024

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Who We Are

We're a food company using sustainable ingredients and thoughtful food science to replicate our favorite foods in ways that make them more affordable, less harmful, and really, truly just as delicious. We believe that in our best future, the best foods - the ones we love the most - will not just be earth-friendly, but also easy to afford and hard to resist.

We've taken some of your favorite foods - think peanut butter, coffee & chocolate - and recreated them using upcycled ingredients and innovative food science. From food allergies to climate change and unjust labor practices, the foods you love are in serious need of an upgrade. Our Nut-Free Spreads, Bean-Free Coffee & Cocoa-Free Chocolate are top 9 allergen-free, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, affordable and most importantly, utterly delicious.

Earlier this year, we were proud to announce our global B2B partnership with Cargill and our $52 million Series A+ raise, in a round co-led by Level One Fund and Horizons Ventures, bringing our total funding raised to over $94 million. This funding is earmarked for hiring additional headcount, meeting greater than anticipated consumer and commercial demand, funding expanded manufacturing facilities, and building out our foodservice channel. It is a great time to join us on our voyage!

How We Work

We're a rapidly growing team who value diversity in all its forms. We love adding new perspectives and appreciate those who ask questions that help us challenge assumptions, explore new directions, bias towards action, and improve what we've already built. We are a group of like-minded difference makers. Curiosity drives our development. We have tenacity and a risk-taking mentality at every level of our organization to keep challenging normalcy. We believe it's our responsibility to create an environment in which every person can bring their full, authentic selves to work. We push each other to be our best and make every stakeholder proud. Read more about us by visiting our careers page, learn more about our recent news, and follow along on LinkedIn and Instagram.

About the Role

We are looking for individuals who are detail oriented and thrive in dynamic environments, enjoy interacting with others, and possess exceptional interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, approachable, and capable of building positive relationships with colleagues and panelists. As a Sensory Intern, you will assist in conducting sensory evaluations and tests to assess the quality, taste, texture, and aroma of our products. Your primary responsibilities will include organizing sensory panels, preparing samples for evaluation, recording and analyzing data, and providing insightful observations and recommendations.

This is a remote hourly position.

What You'll Do
  • Assist in the organization and execution of sensory tests and evaluations.
  • Prepare samples for sensory analysis, ensuring accuracy and consistency.
  • Support the setup and maintenance of sensory testing facilities and equipment.
  • Record and analyze sensory data, including taste preferences, product attributes, and consumer feedback.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to communicate sensory findings and contribute to product improvement initiatives.
  • Maintain detailed records of sensory tests, results, and observations.
  • Participate in training sessions to enhance sensory evaluation skills and knowledge.
  • Adhere to company policies and procedures regarding product safety, quality, and confidentiality.

What Makes You Successful / What Makes a Great Candidate
  • Currently pursuing a degree with coursework related to Food Science, Nutrition, Sensory Science, or a related field.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy in sensory evaluation processes.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Clear communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Prior experience in sensory evaluation or food science research is a plus but not required.
  • Enthusiasm for food and beverage products and a keen interest in sensory science.


United States-based roles only: This is a termed, non-exempt position with an hourly range of $22.00-$25.00 per hour. At Voyage Foods, we approach each individual's compensation with a promise of fair market value and internal equity commensurate with experience and specific skill set.

Physical Demands
  • Tasting and comparing the tastes of a full range of foods and food products (including dairy, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, grains, nuts, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, spices, and other foods) for different characteristics, such as appearance, smell, taste, flavor, and quality of ingredients.
  • Prolonged periods of standing and serving samples

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