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Laboratory Technician I

Don Sebastiani & Sons

Napa, CA

Job Description:

Don Sebastiani & Sons is recruiting for a Laboratory Technician I to join the Winemaking team at our production facility in Napa, CA. We offer competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, 401K, paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, wine discounts, and more.

Position Summary: Under close supervision, the Laboratory Technician I performs chemical analyses and product quality assessments on our wines. This position works directly with Winemaking, Cellar and Production.

Schedule: Day Shift. Four 10-hour days. Monday through Thursday from 4:00 am to 2:30 pm.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
•  Performs all routine analyses of musts and wines in a timely and accurate manner. Analysis include: Free sulfur dioxide, total sulfur dioxide, titratable acidity, pH, alcohol, residual sugar, malic acid, volatile acidity, turbidity, density, dissolved oxygen, carbon dioxide, conductivity, protein stability.
•  Performs packaging audits on the bottling lines, including cork extraction, torque measurement, headspace vacuum, microbiological plating, package appearance evaluation, equipment pressures, non-conformities evaluation.
•  Actively maintains a clean, orderly, and safe laboratory work area while observing all safety rules.
•  Prepares and maintains accurate records of all analyses and quality assurance audits.
•  Collects samples for analysis and trials.
•  Prepares microbiology and sensory evaluations.
•  Communicates any “out of range” results to cellar lead and winemaking team.
•  Assists in identifying non-conforming product or materials.
•  Enters data and maintains data files.
•  Utilizes specific software for managing processes including Microsoft Excel and Outlook.
•  Actively participates in and abides by all HACCP and ISO programs as part of DSS compliance.
•  Performs special assignments, projects, and other duties as requested.

Education and Experience:
•  Associate’s Degree in a scientific discipline (Enology or Chemistry preferred).
•  Good understanding of laboratory methodology.
•  Working knowledge of MS Office.

Physical Requirements:
•  Requires ability to use up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently and/or 10 pounds continuously to move objects.
•  Requires ability to walk, stand and sit, sometimes for prolonged periods of time.
•  Requires sufficient good health to properly discharge duties.
•  If applicable, requires ability to drive assigned vehicle(s) or personal vehicle, with appropriate state license, following all laws applicable; must provide proof of liability insurance and must be eligible to be insured under DSS’s insurance policy.

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Wednesday, August 14th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Salary Information:
DOE please inquire
Reference No:
2019-08 Lab Tech I