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Assistant Vineyard Manager

St. Helena, CA

Job Description:

General Description of Duties:

All Applicants with Related Experience will be Considered. Pay determined upon skill set. All resumes/applications will be handled discreetly.

Under the direction of the Vineyard Manager, supervises and coordinates all of the various farming activities for the vineyards. Assignments involve the execution of general vineyard management work requiring broad skills and knowledge in the areas of pruning, irrigation management, weed control, chemical applications, disease and pest control, cultivation and canopy management and harvest. Assists in all vineyard development activities including land preparation, trellis and irrigation system installation, planting and grafting, equipment selection, etc. Directs work assignments, delegating work to field labor supervisors in an effective manner. Trains any personnel in the areas of scheduling, procedures, safety and regulations related to vineyard functions.

Maintains close supervision of field crews, assuring proper procedures and quality of work.

Specific Duties:
Directs a workforce consisting mainly of labor crews, but also equipment operators, mechanics, or contractors.

Monitors crops for insect & disease pressure; upon approval of direct supervisor, plans and implements fungicide, pesticide and irrigation programs; keeps accurate records of pesticide & chemical usage and inventories.

Assists in requisitioning, operating and maintaining all tools, equipment and vehicles.

Interprets and enforces company policies to workers and enforces safety regulations.

Assists in the implementation of employee safety training programs.

Successfully manages people. Provides performance feedback on employees to manager as needed. May help Vineyard Manager address communications, performance, employee relations issues that occur with Vineyard workforce.

Represents Vineyards and Vineyard Manager in absence of VM and/or deals with outside vendors, at meetings in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

Works nights and weekends as required throughout the year.

Takes on special projects as assigned by the Vineyard Manager.

Other duties as assigned.

Background/Experience/Skills Required:
A minimum of two years of direct experience in vineyard management and/or development is required.

Strong communication skills are essential with the ability to speak and write clearly; proficiency in Spanish and English is highly desirable.

Must have a valid California Driver’s License.

Degree in Viticulture or related field and/or equivalent, and/or relevant experience is required.

Must know how to operate and be able to show others how to operate:
Equipment: Tractor, Quad, Pickup, Disc, Mower, Sprayer

Knows/Learns how to: complete simple repairs and/or service equipment.

Experienced/Ability to learn to operate: Machine Harvesters, Mechanical Leafers, Hedgers

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and or move up to 50 pounds. Employee is exposed to wet and or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, farming chemicals and fertilizers. The employee will be exposed to seasonal weather conditions (summer heat, cold weather, rain).

This job description is not limited to the duties described and may be subject to change as needed.

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Tuesday, January 12th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Job Category:
Salary Information:
$75,000