Wine and Viticulture

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Submission #549

Vineyard Intern
Winemakers LLC
Prosser, WA
Winemakers LLC owns vineyards in and sells grapes to wineries in the states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. This position will be responsible for our two vineyard sites in the state of Washington located in the Horse Heaven Hills and the Yakima Valley. We farm around 1200 acres of premium wine grapes for both large and small producers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Our customers are located in well-known wine producing areas such as Walla Walla, the Willamette Valley, Idaho, Seattle, and the Yakima Valley. We grow a variety of cultivars including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Sangiovese, and many others.
May 15, 2021
August 15, 2021
Job Description
You will be responsible for assisting in growing quality wine grapes during the summer of 2021. Our duties will include the identification of insect pests, biotic and abiotic diseases, nutrient deficiencies, and fungal infections. We also will perform tasks related to yield estimation such as cluster counts and weights. This position is a standard 40 hour, 5 day work week. The majority of our time will be spent at Alder Ridge Vineyard with some days at Phil Church Vineyard. We require our interns to start in mid-May and work until Mid-August. There is the potential to stay on through harvest if we need extra help and scheduling permits. This normally runs until the end of October.
Job Requirements
-Be enrolled in or be a recent graduate of a viticulture and/or enology program or a similar area of study.
-Possess an interest in and enthusiasm for the agricultural side of the wine industry.
-Possess an ability and willingness to learn.
-Be able to or learn how to safely ride an ATV over rough terrain.
-Learn, understand, and follow pesticide safety measures (mainly restricted entry intervals).
-Be aware of and work safely around farm equipment.
-Learn how to identify insects, diseases, animals, and weeds that have an economic impact in a vineyard.
-Be able to work outdoors for extended periods of time in all types of weather
-Be able to lift up to 40 pounds if necessary.
-Be comfortable with working alone and complete tasks with little or no supervision.
-Have reliable transportation (the vineyard is in the middle of nowhere).
-Possess a reliable cell phone for communication due to the large acreage of our vineyards.
-Basic Spanish knowledge is helpful but not required.
-Must be able to secure housing for the duration of the internship as we are unable to offer assistance.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Frank Shughrou;

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