Wine and Viticulture

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Submission #1746

Viticulturist/Winegrowing & Lab Intern
Rutherford, CA
Inglenook is a historic Napa Valley winery, specializing in Bordeaux and Rhone varietals sourced from organically farmed estate vineyards. The variations in the estate's topography reflect the great diversity of Napa Valley itself, from the loamy soils of the rear bench to the finer soils of the front Chateau, contributing to the singularity of Inglenook's terroir.
$‌2O.OO ‍−‌ $21.OO + Overtime @1.5x
May 1st
October 31st
The Viticulture/Winegrowing and Lab Intern will be involved in all aspects of vineyard monitoring work, as well as laboratory work, with most work time spent in the vineyard. This position provides a critical supporting role for day-to-day operations of the Viticulturist, Vineyard Manager and Winemaking Team and assists with quality of the vineyard and vineyard experiments.

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
• 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

2. Laboratory Duties (35%):
• Obtain samples from vineyard
• Collect and process samples for LAMP red blotch assay
• 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 analyses 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

Reasonable Accommodations Statement: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Equity Statement: All employees shall embrace the unique contributions based on the diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, experiences, and identities of each individual as we actively create and promote a company culture that is inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of all people.

Safety Statement: All employees shall follow safe practices according to the Injury and Illness Prevention Policy (IIPP), render every possible aid to safe operations, and report all unsafe conditions or practices immediately to any management employee or People Operations.

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 activity up to 33% of time (0-2.5+hrs/day)
F (Frequently) - Occupation requires activity from 33% - 66% of time (2.5-5.5+ hrs/day)
C(Constantly) - Occupation requires activity more than 66% of 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 and Viticultural knowledge preferred
• Computer skills: Excel, Filemaker Pro, Word
• Must be able to lift and carry up to 40lbs (case of wine)
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