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Winegrowing & Lab Intern


Rutherford, CA

Job Description:

Domestic Applicants Welcomed

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Viticulture Duties (65%):
•  Monitor shoot growth
•  Measure and record pre-dawn and mid-day leaf water potential
•  Conduct crop estimates—including shoot, cluster and berry counts, taking pictures and data entry
•  Observe and monitor phenology weekly
•  Operate a soil moisture probe for data collection
•  Conduct measurements of Fruition Sciences “smart points” and upload data
•  Sample berries for maturity purpose
•  Prepare berry samples — including count, crush and weight
•  Prepare Buffer solution for berry extraction using a modified Harbertson-Adams assay for berries
•  Report and monitor viticulture experiments
•  Assist with logistics of grape harvest
•  Provide support with integrated pest and disease management
•  Record and monitor vineyard measurements and vine counts for mapping purposes

2. Laboratory Duties (35%):
•  Obtain samples from vineyard
•  Take samples of grapes, juice or wine as requested from bins, barrels, tanks, or bottles.
•  Complete daily laboratory analysis during harvest
•  Solvent preparation and extraction for modified Harbertson-Adams assay for berries/wine
•  Record analysis correctly electronically
•  Alert supervisor to any abnormal results or those that might risk wine quality
•  Operate, monitor and calibrate lab equipment, notify supervisor if out of specifications
•  Understand SDS information sheets, hazardous material handling, wear PPE
•  Respect all safety policies and procedures; insure correct operating status of safety equipment
•  Weigh and measure using scale, volumetric pipettes or flasks, graduated cylinders

Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Job Requirements: detail-oriented, curious, scientific perspective, open minded, good relationship and teamwork ability
Education/Experience: BS Degree in Viticulture or related International equivalent; or up to three years related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of one year’s agricultural experience is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
•  Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
•  Autonomy - Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
•  Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
•  Creative - Ability to think in such a way as to produce a new concept or idea.
•  Deductive Reasoning - Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
•  Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.
•  Honesty / Integrity - Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace.
•  Initiative - Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal.
•  Reliability - The trait of being dependable and trustworthy.
•  Safety Awareness and Accountability - Ability to identify and correct conditions that affect employee safety, be responsible for personal safety and safety of others, adhere to company policies and procedures.

Physical Demands:
N (Not Applicable) - Activity is not applicable to this occupation
O (Occasionally) - Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5+hrs/day)
F (Frequently) - Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5+ hrs/day)
C(Constantly) - Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)

Stand – O, Walk – O, Sit – O, Handling – O, Reaching Outward – O, Reaching Above Shoulder – O, Climb – O, Crawl – N, Squat or Kneel – O, Bend – O, Working outdoors – O, Working at the computer - O
10 lbs or Less, F
11 – 20 lbs, F
21 – 50 lbs, F
51 – 100 lbs, O
Over 100 lbs, N
12 lbs or Less, F
13-25 lbs, F
26-40 lbs, O
41-100 lbs, O

Other Physical Requirements
Vision (Near, Distance)
Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/forklift sounds)
Sense of Touch
Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Steel toe boots, safety glasses)

Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, and outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is frequently loud. Employee works around dangerous, automatic machinery.

•  Valid U.S. Driver’s License and clean DMV record required (if applicable)
•  English and Spanish skills preferred (Bilingual)
•  Wine knowledge and Viticultural knowledge preferred
•  Computer skills: Excel, Filemaker Pro, Word
•  Must be able to lift and carry heavy objects of 40 pounds (1 case of wine)

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Monday, February 22nd
Type of Work:
Harvest Help
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