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Winemaking Intern


Rutherford, CA

Job Description:

Domestic Applicants Welcomed

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Laboratory Duties (60%):
•  Assist in obtaining samples requested from production staff
•  Experiment monitoring and report
•  Take samples of grapes, juice or wine as requested from bins, barrels, tanks, or bottles.
•  Run routine analysis based on requests, including but not limited to: Temperature, Brix, TA, pH, Malic acid, RS, CO2, O2, Density, VA, T&FSO2, modified Harbertson-Adams assay for grapes/wine with repeatability and accuracy
•  Record analysis accurately on paper and electronically
•  Check one’s own analysis numbers against previous analysis and repeat if necessary
•  Alert supervisor to any abnormal results or those that might risk wine quality
•  Taste wines with winemaking team
•  Monitor equipment, calibrate, notify supervisor if out of specifications
•  Make additions, sample tanks for QC as needed
•  Understand MSDS information sheets, hazardous material handling, and wear PPE
•  Respect all safety policies and procedures; insure correct operating status of safety equipment
•  Weigh, measure, using scale, volumetric pipettes or flasks, graduated cylinders
•  Monitor and record data for all white wine fermentations
•  Operating equipment to include: scale, centrifuge, spectrophotometer, water bath, titration, pH meter, aspirator, micro-pipette, UV-Vis spectrophotometer

2. Viticulture (35%)
•  Collects vineyard samples and manages sample data.
•  Designs and executes an experimental plan for a few pre-determined areas of interest
•  Collects and records all the necessary data in all areas affecting the experiments
•  Presents the data in a logical and meaningful manner, with interpretations of results
•  Assists the vineyard team as necessary to ensure that the experiment parameters are met

3. Cellar Duties (5%)
•  Assist the cellar staff by ensuring the procedures for experimental fermentations are followed
•  Cleaning and organization of equipment after use [added in to make cellar duties section longer]

Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Job Requirements:
Education/Experience: BS Degree in Oenology or related International equivalent; or up to three years related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
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/Fingering – O, Reaching Outward – O, Reaching Above Shoulder – O, Climb – N, Crawl – N, Squat or Kneel –O, Bend – O, Working at the computer - O
10 lbs or Less, F
11 – 20 lbs, F
21 – 50 lbs, O
51 – 100 lbs, O
Over 100 lbs, N

12 lbs or Less, F
13-25 lbs, F
26-40 lbs, O
41-100 lbs, N

Other Physical Requirements
Vision (Near, Distance)
Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/tractor 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)
•  Forklift License or knowledge is a preferred but not essential
•  English and Spanish skills preferred (Bilingual)
•  Wine knowledge, Oenology and some Viticultural knowledge preferred
•  Computer skills, Excel, Winemaker’s Database, 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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