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Title Winery Lab Technician
Employer Napa Valley College
Employment Location Napa
Company Description
Type Full Time
Pay Scale $44,376.00 - $59,508.00 Annually
Employment Start Date N/A
Employment End Date N/A
Job Description Napa Valley College

Winery Lab Technician
Salary: $44,376.00 - $59,508.00 Annually

Complete job description and application available online at:

OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Initial Application Review: January 2, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: Napa Valley College offices are closed December 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

Napa Valley College is seeking a Winery Lab Technician to support the Viticulture & Winery Technology (VWT) program. The VWT Program offers courses to prepare students for entry-level positions and help current industry employees to advance in their careers. Students learn to apply viticulture and winemaking theory for decision-making in actual production situations. College facilities include classroom and laboratory buildings, vineyards, and a teaching winery. The incumbent in this position will serve in the capacity of assistant winemaker by assisting faculty and providing support services for laboratory and classroom instruction within the Viticulture and Winery Program. The position reports to the Dean, Career Technical Education and Workforce Development.

This is a full-time, 12-months-per-year, classified position. The salary will be appropriately placed at range 20.5 of the current Classified Salary Schedule. The starting salary range is $3,698 to $4,281/month, with future steps up to $4,959/month. Placement is made based on experience. The college offers a fringe benefit package including medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, employee assistance program, and public employee retirement system membership.

Provide Instructional Support
Maintain instructional and student records; check student work and grade papers; follow appropriate lab protocol and enforce lab safety rules; train and supervise student assistants and interns; assist faculty and staff with lab procedures, materials, and equipment; write and ensure the execution of work orders.

Provide Programmatic Support
Assist in maintaining a program by providing technical or academic problem-solving and troubleshooting in assigned instructional area; perform quality assurance activities, including all lab analysis, documentation of wine chemistry and appropriate adjustments. Assist in supporting wine sales and marketing functions.

Prepare Lab Materials
Prepare and distribute lab and instructional materials; set up and operate equipment, computers, and peripherals; under direction, develop class/lab exercises; order, inventory, maintain, and repair winery equipment and supplies; select vendors for equipment and materials.

Work with Students
Tutor students, answer questions, clarify assignments; demonstrate and instruct in the use of lab and winery equipment and proper and safe lab procedures; supervise testing; monitor progress.

General Duties
Coordinate general lab and support functions; perform some clerical duties, such as typing, filing, help keep lab and workrooms clean and orderly; adhere to OSHA regulations; perform public relations activities in cooperation with relevant campus departments; perform other related duties as assigned. Often requires working nights and weekends.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of:
Subject matter terminology, techniques, equipment, and materials used in the Viticulture and Winery Technology Department, as demonstrated through college-level coursework, experience, and/or other assessment;
Industry standards for winemaking;
Basic wine chemistry;
Basic elements of the learning-teaching process;
Principles of employee training and supervision;
General needs and behaviors of students.

Ability to:
Plan, organize, and implement essential functions of a winemaking facility;
Learn the procedures, functions, and requirements of assigned duties;
Recognize student progress and take effective measures to enhance continued achievement;
Understand and carry out oral and written directions;
Train students in the use of instructional and winery equipment;
Tutor in instructional area(s) to which assigned;
Work in campus network and computer-based applications; use in-depth knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs, electronic mail, and the Internet.

Conceptual and theoretical command of designated subject matter.
Lift up to 50 pounds.
Drive a forklift in a safe and appropriate manner.
Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic background of community college students.

Minimum Requirements
Successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination.
Possess an appropriate driver's license valid in the state of California.
Ability to work flexible/irregular hours on nights and weekends.

Job Expectations
To know and follow safe work practices.
To know and follow district policies, procedures, and guidelines.
To demonstrate sound judgment.
To meet work commitments.
To demonstrate effective work habits and attitudes.
To understand and maintain confidentiality.
To establish and maintain respectful and cooperative work relationships with faculty, staff, students, and the general public.
Title 8, USC, Section 1324-A requires verification of eligibility for employment in the United States.

Desirable Qualifications
Vineyard or winery work experience.
Associate of Science degree (or higher) in Viticulture or closely related field.
Knowledge of vineyard recordkeeping practices.
Ability to perform basic plumbing, electrical, and carpentry work.

A. Applicants must complete the online application through To begin the application process, please visit the Napa Valley College website at and click the "Job Opportunities" link. All elements of the application, including supplemental questions, must be submitted in order for the application to be considered complete.

Internal applicants are still required to submit a complete application packet for this position. This includes submission of transcripts and all other required application materials.

The District will not accept materials by e-mail, fax, or mail for this position.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: If you are in need of special services or facilities due to a disability in order to apply or interview for this opening, please contact Human Resources.

Napa Valley College, an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, maintains a drug-free workplace and requires that employees abide by that policy.

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources:

(707) 256-7100

For technical support, contact NEOGOV at (855) 524-5627.
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