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Winery Technician

Jackson Family Wines

Santa Rosa, CA

Job Description:

POSITION SUMMARY: Demonstrates Craftsperson-level Winery Cellar technical skills, knowledge, and capability; consistently exercises sound judgment. Respects co-workers, equipment and the wines. Possesses solid, positive personal and team leadership skills. Meets all requirements for General and Skilled Cellar positions. Knows the What, Why, How of cellar tasks and can effectively train others.

•  Is as a role model in the Cellar and informal leader to peers. Establishes trusted and positive relationships with co-workers.
•  Is willing and able to share expertise with others.
•  Key resource for training existing staff, new hires, seasonal employees; contributes to creation of cellar SOPs.
•  Communicates well with coworkers; can speak confidently in front of a group.
•  Is organized with attention to details.
•  Plans and prioritizes work at request of Cellar Manager; can estimate duration of an assignment or specialized projects.
•  Focuses on efficient, quality processes.
•  Demonstrates good attendance, work ethic, responsibility, understands and follows company guidelines / policies.
•  Operates complex winery equipment and machinery, which will vary by site, but will typically include press programming, cross flow operations, tank heating and cooling.
•  Strong knowledge and adherence to company safety regulations related to employee, equipment and chemicals with the ability to train staff on same.
•  Diagnoses basic equipment breakdowns, provide basic repairs and communicates timely updates to cellar management of problems and resolutions.
•  Clearly understands the flow of grapes, juice and wine throughout the facility.

•  Understands, explains, trains on work orders related to winemaking from initial review to BIMs input.
•  Using solid math skills, calculates basic wine adds (S02, acids, bentonite, etc.)
•  Has educated wine palate - can detect VA, Brett, film yeast, TCA, high SO2, etc.
•  Carries out special projects requiring cellar expertise. Covers a variety of winery needs including winemaking trials, new equipment research and implementations, environmental initiatives.
•  May be temporarily assigned from time to time to other wineries for special projects.



Essential Skills, Experience, and Education

•  Demonstrates character traits of respect, ethical conduct, and good judgment.
•  Actively supports company values.

•  Has acquired broad cellar technical knowledge; can perform high level cellar technical skills in a variety of winery settings.
•  Possesses solid understanding and fluency in basic math skills and calculations.
•  Possesses effective, positive communication skills with employees at all levels of cellar expertise.
•  Understands basic press, filtration, hydrodynamics theory
•  Possesses basic computer knowledge ( Excel, Word, BIMS, Web)
•  Possesses High School Diploma or GED and minimum 5+ year's prior, relevant cellar experience.

Wage Transparency:

The base pay for this role ranges from $25.51 - 36.33 per hour. Compensation will be determined by candidate experience, skills, and location.

•  Health Benefits - Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability & Life insurance
•  401k with employer match
•  Vacation accrual; 12 paid holidays; 72 hours for Health & Wellness
•  Paid volunteer time - 16 hours per year
•  Learning & Development opportunities
•  Modern Health virtual mental health & coaching visits
•  Wine discounts!

At Jackson Family Wines, we respect, celebrate, and take pride in each other's differences. Together we nurture a culture that embraces fairness, acceptance and belonging. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion drive our best innovation, enrich our employees, and connect us to our customers and global community. We aspire to evolve in our commitment for a better future and one that is rooted for good.

This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Critical features of this job are described in the headings above. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. (Reasonable accommodation is defined as any modification or adjustment to a job or work environment that permits a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.)

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Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Thursday, July 11th
Type of Work:
Full Time
Job Level:
$‌25.51 ‍−‌ $36.33
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