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Submission #1901

2024 Harvest Vineyard Internship
Seasonal F/T
Talley Vineyards
Arroyo Grande
Talley Vineyards is a family-owned and operated California wine estate producing primarily Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. The winery is located in Arroyo Grande Valley, near the town of Arroyo Grande in the southern corner of San Luis Obispo County. Talley farms 120
acres of wine grapes in six unique vineyards located in the Arroyo Grande Valley and Edna Valley AVAs. Talley Vineyards produces 25,000 cases annually
Talley Vineyards is seeking a full-time vineyard intern for the 2024 season. The position would be mid-June through November. At Talley Vineyards we produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Grenache, Gruner Veltliner, and Sauvignon Blanc from our 130-acre vineyard. As the vineyard intern you will assist in monitoring and management of the vineyard, assist with the harvest crews as well as perform grape sampling and juice analysis. This internship provides the unique opportunity to also participate in harvest cellar work as needed. This could include processing fruit, cleaning equipment, punchdowns etc. Being a strong member of our team means that you must take initiative and are willing to do whatever tasks are needed for smooth operation of our facility. This position requires punctuality, schedule flexibility and early mornings depending on the pick schedule.
• Visiting and monitoring vineyards for vine & grape maturity
• Vineyard scouting for powdery mildew, mold, pests & disease
• Maintaining and updating vineyard evaluation binder with Maps, Vineyard contacts & pictures
• Sampling grapes in vineyards for maturity & ripeness
• Analysis of grapes for maturity controls
• Data entry and reporting of laboratory analysis
• Collect grape samples from our Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley Vineyards.

Potentially, when not in the vineyard, there will be this kind of work
• Clean, sanitize, and sterilize all winery equipment and facilities.
• Fermentation: operate Punch Downs, Pump Overs
• Rack and pump grape juice and wine; moving hoses and equipment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Ability to read maps, and basic geographical knowledge
• Physical Requirements: ability to reach with hands and arms, sit, walk, climb, stoop and kneel, and be able to regularly lift and carry up to 50 pounds
• Ability to walk on uneven terrain and exposure to the elements
• Ability to work flexible hours (up to 12 hours daily, 6 Days per week) and work the entire harvest season. Available for early morning harvests
• Ability to do basic math and have good verbal and written English communication skills.
• Ability to read and interpret documents, such as safety rules and procedures, cellar work orders, count barrels, record times and dates
• Participate in safety training programs to ensure personal and team members’ safety

Experience and Qualifications:
• A valid Driver's License and clean DMV record
• Previous vineyard grape sampling or winery harvest experience preferred but not required
• Maintain reliable, punctual, organized behaviors and possess a strong work ethic.

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