Fidelitas is seeking Laboratory Harvest Interns to join our Richland Washington team for the approaching 2019 Harvest. Fidelitas specializes in high quality, small lot red wine fermentations from Red Mountain. Candidates should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, and be willing and able to learn. Our laboratory processes a high volume of fruit and juice analyses for internal and external clients, so candidates must be dependable, accountable, efficient, and detailed in a fast-paced environment. Interns will work primarily with and report to laboratory and winemaking staff, but should be ready to participate in all aspects of cellar work and wine production when directed. Responsibilities include:
1. Assisting with grape sample preparation, analysis, and reporting: Brix, TA, pH
2. Picking up grape samples from Red Mountain daily
3. Daily fermentation readings and recording
4. Wine inoculations, nutrient and chemical additions
5. Lab and cellar maintenance and cleanliness
6. Running, calibrating, and maintaining laboratory instruments and solutions/standards/reagents
7. Daily cap management as needed
8. Carrying out various lab and cellar activities as directed
9. Ability to work with others and to manage tasks and work orders efficiently and correctly
10. Be flexible, work hard, work well, have fun.
This position demands physical activity. Candidates should expect to work long shifts/hours either on their feet or in a laboratory setting, 6 days a week, with paid overtime. This is an excellent opportunity to work with and learn from an experienced and dedicated winemaking team and to help produce high quality, premium Washington wine.
Ideally, we would like candidates to be able to start working early September, though Mid-November.
-Basic laboratory skills/knowledge
-Basic math skills
-Ability to lift and carry ~50lbs
-Ability to us a computer and process basic data entry
-Comfortable climbing ladders and/or working in confined spaces
-Excellent communication skills
-Valid drivers license
-High school diploma or equivalent
-Previous wine production experience
-Education/degree in viticulture/enology or a related science/laboratory field
-Previous chemistry/lab experience