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Harvest Enologist


Rutherford, CA

Job Description:

For the right person, there may be a potential to convert to regular full time employment

Job Summary: The Harvest Enologist is a temporary position that works in all facets of the laboratory related to harvest conditions: accurate analyses of grapes, juice, and wine; monitoring fermentations; maintaining a safe and clean laboratory.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (List the primary duties and responsibilities that are a critical part of this job. For each major responsibility, indicate the estimated percentage of time spent.)

Laboratory Duties (100%)

1. Accurately run analyses on grapes, juice, and wine, including but not limited to FSO2, Brix, TA, pH, RS, malic, VA, alcohol and phenolics
2. Calibrate machinery weekly and daily
3. Standardize chemicals
4. Count, weigh, and crush berry samples
5. Evaluate one’s own analysis against previous; if not correct, troubleshoot the cause and re-run the analysis
6. Competent on computer programs and databases, especially with MS Office, FileMakerPro, WMDB, VinX2
7. Work in a safe manner in a fast-paced environment
8. Accurate data entry
9. Alerts QC Manager to any analysis out of specifications
10. Accurately weigh and measure dry chemicals for the cellar and assist in its preparation
11. Sample tanks and barrels as needed
12. Set up lab trials and tastings
13. Maintain current QC lab protocols
14. Monitor all fermentations and alert QC Manager to any off odors or slow ferments
15. Maintain clean, organized, and safe laboratory
16. Perform calculations for additions
17. Follow all Inglenook safety procedures and wears required PPE for each chemical used

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Job Requirements: high end Californian winemaking, high quality wine tasting, open minded, good relationship and teamwork ability, motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized, strong analytical background

Education/Experience: BS Degree in Enology, Fermentation Science, Chemistry or other related field
Experience a plus
Spanish language skills a plus

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

• Accuracy - Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.

• Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.

• Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.

• Communication, Written - Ability to communicate in writing clearly and concisely.

• Deductive Reasoning - Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.

• Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.

• Honesty / Integrity - Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace

• Organized – Possessing the trait of being organized or following a systematic method of performing a task.

• Reliability - The trait of being dependable and trustworthy.

• Safety Awareness and Accountability - Ability to identify and correct conditions that affect employee safety, be responsible for personal safety and safety of others, adhere to company policies and procedures.

Physical Demands:
Stand F Lift/Carry
Walk F 10 lbs or Less F
Sit O 11 – 20 lbs F
Handling/Fingering F 21 – 50 lbs F
Reaching Outward F 51 – 100 lbs O
Reaching Above Shoulder O Over 100 lbs N
Climb O Push/Pull
Crawl O 12 lbs or Less F
Squat or Kneel O 13 – 25 lbs F
Bend O 26 – 40 lbs O
Working at the computer F 41 – 100 lbs N

N (Not Applicable) Activity is not applicable to this occupation.
O (Occasionally) Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5+hrs/day)
F (Frequently) Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5+ hrs/day)
C(Constantly) Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)

Other Physical Requirements
Vision (Near, Distance)
Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/tractor sounds)
Sense of Smell (Ability to recognize healthy and unhealthy wine aromas)
Sense of Taste (Ability to recognize healthy and unhealthy wine flavors)
Sense of Touch
Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Steel toe boots, safety glasses, safety fall harness)

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently standing for five hours or more per day while they perform their analyses. They are exposed to hazardous and toxic chemicals; frequently use personal safety equipment including gloves, smock/apron, and eye protection. They are occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid environments while sampling. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places, fumes or airborne particles and broken glass.

Other: (Includes licenses, certificates, age, etc.)
• Valid U.S. Driver’s License and clean DMV record required (if applicable)
• English and Spanish skills preferred (Bilingual)
• Experience in the wine industry preferred
• Computer skills: Lotus Notes, Excel, Winemaker’s Database, Filemaker Pro, Word, Oenostudio, VinX2
• Must be able to lift and carry heavy objects of 40 pounds (1 case of wine)
• Flexible harvest schedule including early mornings, over-time, and weekend work

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Thursday, June 19th
Type of Work:
Harvest Help