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Title Seasonal Viticulture Technician
Employer Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards
Employment Location Santa Barbara County
Company Description Twenty years ago, Jim and Mary Dierberg settled in Santa Barbara County to fulfill their dream of building an estate winery capable of rivaling the greatest houses of Burgundy and Bordeaux. Today, the Dierberg and Star Lane brands capture the diverse and unique terroirs of Santa Barbara County in world-class wines. Come join our team and help contribute to the founders’ 250 year plan for continued sustainability and excellence
Type Seasonal F/T
Pay Scale DOE
Employment Start Date Immediately
Employment End Date Nov 2017
Job Description Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards are currently looking for a talented Viticulture Technician to join our team in Santa Barbara County. We farm and produce wine from 450 planted acres on three vineyards in Happy Canyon, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley AVAs. This is a very unique opportunity to join a luxury estate producing the major varieties of Santa Barbara County: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah.

The Viticulture Technician will report to the Vineyard Manager. This position will be responsible for vineyard data collection, data management and technical viticulture on all estate properties.
Contact Info Please send cover letter and CV to Tyler Thomas
Contact Address 2121 Alisos Road \r\nSanta Ynez, CA 93460
Contact Phone 8056971454
Contact E-mail
Other Information - Collect soil, vine, weather and phenology data.
- Manage vineyard data acquisition systems: Tule Actual ET, Sentek soil moisture probes, Trimble Soil Information Systems and weather stations.
- Maintain and improve vineyard database.
- IPM scouting.
- Yield estimation.
- Maturity sampling near harvest.
- Harvest Logistic Coordination.
- Support ongoing vineyard operations as needed.

Required Qualifications:
- Undergraduate degree in Viticulture, Horticulture, Enology, Agricultural Science, Soils, GIS or related field.
Note: If you are still in school but graduate soon, please apply. We are willing to work with the right candidate.
- Pest and disease identification.
- Software: Microsoft Word, Excel (advanced), Outlook and statistics.
- Excellent problem solving and analytical skills.
- Self-starter who is able to surmount reasonable obstacles creatively and independently.
- Keen interest in experimentation, new techniques and new vineyard technologies.
- Available to work long hours and weekends during peak periods of the growing season and harvest.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Appreciation for grilled cuisine.
- Deep appreciation for wine and the ability to describe and discuss wines in a group.
- Spanish fluency.

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