The Vineyard Field Scout is an integral member of the Viticulture team. Responsibilities include weekly pest, disease and weed monitoring; periodic soil and tissue sampling; and data compilation and reporting. This position is responsible for collecting, compiling, and analyzing vineyard data. The Vineyard Field Scout will provide support for the Viticulture team with nutrition and irrigation decisions. This position includes a company vehicle and company smart phone. The Vineyard Field Scout will understand the need to balance production and quality goals with the Company’s financial performance goals.
Basic Job Responsibilities
• Maintain an awareness of vine pests, diseases, disorders, fertility and moisture status of vines and report findings in the software program, as well as communicate observations to Director of Viticulture, Viticulturist and Area Manager.
• Responsible for collecting and managing vineyard data and statistics, including but not limited to soil samples, plant tissue samples, pruning weights, sugar samples, petiole analysis, etc.
• Attend and participate in team meetings, training sessions, and educational meetings.
• Vineyard diseases and pests
• An understanding of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
• General viticulture
• Pesticides and other farming chemicals and their use
• Industry safety practices
• Ability to plan work and achieve required results
• Ability to organize multiple tasks
• Ability to follow directions
• Ability to work independently and often alone
• Ability to use good judgment
• Ability to work well with others
• Ability to accept constructive criticism
• Good communication skills
• Ability to use a computer with good working knowledge of MS Excel and Word.
• Ability to understand and follow all Company safety rules and policies
• Bi-lingual English/Spanish helpful but not required
• Adhere to Company PPE (personal protective equipment) policies
• Frequently works outdoors in extremes of heat/humidity/cold and other weather conditions
• Exposed to dust, noise, pesticides, gasoline and diesel fuel
• Ability to walk on uneven ground
• Ability to see clearly enough to a) drive safely b) distinguish vineyard pests and grape varieties c) recognize employees Ability to work nights
• Ability to work long hours when required
• Ability to drive
• Ability to drive an ATV
• Ability to use scientific instruments and electronic devices
Licenses and Certifications
• Valid California Class C drivers license with no points
Experience and Education
• BS in Viticulture or related field
• 2 + years of general viticulture experience preferred
Benefits to include Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/AD&D/LTD, 401(k) with company match, vacation, smart phone and company truck.
Please email resume, no phone calls please.