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Winery Technician

Lake Michigan College

Benton Harbor, MI

Job Description:

Are you passionate about Wine Science? Are you interested in shaping the future of Michigan's Wine Industry? Lake Michigan College is seeking a Winery Technician to support winery operations and assist in the instruction of the Wine and Viticulture Technology Program.

Our unique, hands-on curriculum provides students with a fully immersive wine industry education packaged neatly within a fully accredited associate degree from Lake Michigan College. Over the course of the program students manage vines at our teaching vineyard operated in association with Michigan State University Extension, learn the ins and outs of wine production at our fully licensed teaching winery, Lake Michigan Vintners, and gain insight to the sales and marketing of wine at our public tasting room.

The Winery Technician fills a vital role in supporting our mission to educate the next generation of wine industry professionals in the Midwest.

Essential Job Functions:
1. Conduct wine tastings and serve wine at the LM Vintners Tasting Room.
2. Support public and private events, extended education programs, and Wine and Viticulture Technology course programming.
3. Manage inventory by stocking tasting room shelves, coolers, and storage areas.
4. Utilize the Point-of-Sale system for wine sales transactions and promote growth of the Wine Club.
5. Teach ENOL 190 – Enology Co-Op I and ENOL 191 – Enology Co-Op II.
6. Maintain cleanliness and sanitation of the winery and all winery equipment.
7. Perform Harvest activities such as vineyard sampling, receiving, crushing, and pressing grapes, making additions, conducting fermentation, and transferring wine between tanks and barrels.
8. Perform Cellar activities such as racking, topping barrels, filtration, and finishing wines.
9. Perform Bottling tasks such as filling, corking, labeling, and packaging wines.
10. Conduct routine lab analyses to achieve values related to Brix, pH, Titratable Acidity, SO2, ABV%, and Volatile Acidity.
11. Perform Cellar and Harvest related activities as needed outside of Co-Op Classes.

Job Requirements:
- Associate’s degree in the field and/or a combination of education, training, and tested experience.
- Relevant Certificates and/or Licenses in Viticulture and Enology, Fermentation Science, Horticulture, Chemistry, and Biology preferred.
- Equivalent of two (2) years relevant, full time, non-teaching work experience. Previous experience in a tasting room or winery setting is highly desirable.
- Strong communication and customer service skills. Knowledge of wine production processes and wine tasting techniques.
- Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings.
- Frequent walking, standing, climbing, lifting, stooping, or carrying of equipment and materials may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift and carry up to 25 pounds.
- Incumbent may be exposed to extreme temperatures, close quarter situations, high and precarious places, moving mechanical parts, and vibrations.
- Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff

Interested applicants should visit the link provided for more information and to apply!

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Tuesday, July 9th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Job Level:
$44,OOO.OO ‍−‌ $49,OOO.OO