The Assistant Vineyard Manager reports directly to the Vineyard Manager and is responsible for helping to maintain the established 105 acre vineyard and installing future estate vineyards. This is predominantly a hands-on position, but with some supervisory duties. This position works in close accordance with the Vineyard Manager. This candidate should be proficient in tractor operation. This is a full-time hourly position.
Job Duties Include:
o Responsible for operating tractors and equipment for grounds maintenance, pruning and pulling leaves
o Assist the Vineyard Manager with planning & management of vineyard operations including: Oversight and application of Canopy Management, Pest/Disease Management to include: scouting for pest damage, order pesticides as needed and within given budget, supervise mixing and application of pesticides, apply pesticides as needed, maintain records of pesticide application. Additionally this position involves oversight and application of Nutrient Management including: collecting and processing soil and plant tissue samples, supervise application of lime and fertilizers, oversight and application of Vineyard Floor Management, oversight and execution of harvest, assist with fruit weighing, handling and loading, assist with new & replacement installation and management of vines.
Responsible for operating tractors and other equipment for distribution of chemicals and fertilizers (and overseeing their operation by others)
Assist the Vineyard Manager with Resource management: Project future needs for labor, supplies and equipment necessary to carry out vineyard and grounds operations on a timely basis, coordinate labor schedules, maintain record for workers and equipment
o Assist with worker supervision:
• Describe and demonstrate vineyard tasks for laborers.
• Monitor crew to ensure tasks are carried out safely, properly and quickly
o Insure adherence to safety standards and protocols (OSHA)
• Equipment Management:
o Insure proper and safe use of all equipment
• Perform other duties as needed.
• Practical experience in viticulture is required for this position
• Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
o Mechanical skills (tractor operation experience is required)
o Ability to adapt to unforeseen constraints of weather, labor and equipment , ability to work a flexible schedule during critical times of the season
o A positive attitude and team cooperation
o A Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicators License as required to meet the operations needs for chemical applications.
o Valid driver’s license and insurability by company
• Desired skills and abilities:
o The ability to communicate in English and Spanish is highly desired
o Leadership experience
o Strong project planning skills
o Solid computer skills including MS Office applications
• Physical Demands:
o The ability to walk 2-5 miles per day in acreage with flat and hilly terrain required.
o The ability to work in various weather conditions required.
o The ability to repeatedly lift and carry 40 pounds desired.
o The ability to excel in a high stress and highly fatiguing work environment caused by constraints of weather, labor and equipment.