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Title HYBRID VINEYARD/CELLAR WORKER JOB DESCRIPTION
Employer Wise Villa Winery
Employment Location Wise Villa Winery
Company Description 21 acre vineyard and 12,000 case winery, winner of Golden State Winery of the Year
Type Full Time
Pay Scale DOE
Employment Start Date ASAP
Employment End Date NA
Job Description HYBRID VINEYARD/CELLAR WORKER JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB SUMMARY:
This position is a hybrid position, offering the worker the opportunity to work in two positions: Cellar Worker and Vineyard Worker. During the primary winemaking season (August-December) work will be primarily in the winery. During the primary viticultural season (March-July) work will primarily be in the vineyard. All year, day to day and week to week, there will be a mix of responsibilities and time spent in each role. Position is full time, but may involve periods of lighter work (30-40 hours/wk) during slow seasons and heavy work (40+, up to 60 hours/wk) during busy seasons (primarily August-October). Candidate would work under the Winemaker & Vineyard Manager, with direct supervision by the Assistant Winemaker & Vineyard Foreman. Additional responsibilities may include “handy-man” type work maintaining and fixing equipment in vineyard & winery. Upward mobility potential exists for this position in both vineyard & winery.

Cellar Worker:

JOB SUMMARY:
Cellar Worker will be involved in all tasks from grape to bottle in the winery cellar. While worker is expected to be able to work independently, they will always be under the direct supervision of the Winemaker and/or Assistant Winemaker.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Following all safety procedures and company policies
All aspects of winemaking from grape to bottle
A brief list of some of the key work tasks include: harvesting grapes, learning my decision-making process on choosing harvesting dates, sorting grapes, processing grapes (crushing, pressing, getting to tank), mixing fermentations, additions to fermentations, small-scale personal experiments, inoculations, laboratory work including various tests (brix, pH, nitrogen, malolactic fermentation, other), barrel work (transfers, racking, barreling down, cleaning, sampling, additions, stirring, topping), filtering, bottling, and more.
“Non-wine” duties will include but are not limited to: repairing winery equipment, general handy-person work (plumbing, electrical, mechanical), general cleaning, assisting with event prep in winery space, assisting with occasional vineyard work
For clarity though, please note: winemaking at ANY winery requires A LOT of cleaning. Much of your work will involve cleaning machinery, floors, tanks, etc.
You will work directly with the Winemaker (Kevin Luther) on a daily basis and he or the Assistant Winemaker Steven Eriksen will take time to personally train, explain, and work with you to understand the entire process, including tasting grapes and wine with the Winemaker to understand the decision-making process and cause and effect.
We encourage you to ask questions and make suggestions.

DATES & HOURS OF WORK:
Mid July to mid August, Mid October to November/December: ~40hrs/wk, 4-5 days a week
Late August till Mid October: 45-55hrs/wk most often, up to 60hrs a week at times

INFORMAL BENEFITS:
Insanely fun work crew: playing music, cracking jokes, being surrounded by great people with a passion for wine and life. We work hard, play hard, and learn hard. We intentionally hire high-energy upbeat positive employees.
Pre-harvest crew rafting trip on the American River (paid for & arranged by Wise Villa)
Pre-harvest celebration with the crew and other local wineries & crew at our winery (paid for & arranged by Wise Villa)
Crew lunches Monday to Friday during the primary harvest period (during which grapes are being picked & crushed), generally August 1st-November 1st. This is simple but filling food such as rice & stir fry, pasta, etc, cooked by us (the winery crew), each taking turns cooking as part of the work shift. It will be a sufficient amount of food for lunch for an average person. Coffee and tea are available throughout the day. Snacks will also be available on occasion
BBQ’s on Friday during harvest, cooked by us, there will be a moderate amount of meat as well as veggies
Post-harvest celebration with the crew and other local wineries & crew at our winery
Post-harvest crew winery tour to visit local wineries for wine tasting & cellar tours, possibly also visiting a cooperage or other site. Other visits to Napa & Sonoma can be arranged & hosted by our winemakers, but are at the expense of the interns and at their option.
The opportunity to taste the grapes, fermentations and wines on a (when possible) daily basis with the winemaker (informally, amidst the work day), as part of your learning experience. This might be during lunch break, while sorting grapes, or other opportune casual moments through the workday. Occasional (perhaps weekly) 1-on-1 tasting with the winemaker will occur when time allows.
Forklift training and certification will be provided


BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Valid proof of citizenship or right to work (green card, etc)
Ability to follow directions and rules strictly: employment is contingent on following policies and rules of the company (Working scheduled shifts, punctuality, clocking self in/out, scheduled breaks, following other rules)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis
Must be able to kneel, stoop, bend, reach overhead and below
Manual dexterity to safely operate small tools and equipment.
Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time
Ability to work outside in all types of weather with fluctuations in temperature and conditions.

Vineyard Worker:

JOB SUMMARY:
Under direct supervision Vineyard Workers will be responsible for planting, maintaining and harvesting the vineyards. Key component of work will involve tractor work (spraying, mowing, etc). Part-time, year-round according to vineyard/business needs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Following all safety procedures and company policies
Primary duties will involve tractor, polaris, and forklift work such as spraying, mowing, harvesting, taking out garbages, and moving pallets
Failure to maintain strict adherence to prioritizing spraying of vineyard blocks according to vineyard needs (typically a 10-14 day spray cycle) is considered failure to perform job duties. Worker will be held personally responsible for this schedule.
Any/all tasks related to planting of new vines or establishing new vineyard/blocks
Remainder of work will be according to business needs, in the vineyard, with team:
Typical schedule other than harvest: 6am-230pm (summer) or 7am-330pm (winter), with 1/2 hour unpaid lunch break after 4-5 hours of work, and paid 10 minute breaks after 2 hours of work in the morning and 2 hours after lunch in the afternoon. Water and “cooling down” breaks are also encouraged during summertime to avoid heat illness.
By end of December: Pre-Pruning all vines
Start mid Feb, By Mid March (4wks): Final pruning all vines
By mid March (1-2wks): Pull wires down to below vine, pull back up after vine growth
By end of March (1-2wks): Tie up vines/cordons/arms to trellis
By May 1st (4-6wks): Sucker and shoot thin all vines (first pass)
Weedeater, roundup
By mid May (2 wks): Raise wires, sucker all vines second time (final pass)
By June 15th (2wks): drop fruit to balance vines, drop wings from specific blocks
By end of June (2wks): Put netting on all vines
Break in work early July till harvest
Late July till beginning of October: work as needed to harvest grapes
Night harvest REQUIRED
Shifts will be 330am-11am
330am-5am it will be dark: picking by flood lights, headlamps as needed
8am-810am paid break, then continue picking
End time will vary depending on winery harvest needs on that day
Post harvest, ~October (2wks): Pull nets off all vines
May be involved in vineyard weed control (mow, weed wack, roundup/organic herbicide)
May assist in spreading of manure, seeds, and other materials through vineyard
May assist with irrigation and fertilization procedures as assigned by manager
May assist with landscaping and other yard work as needed

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Valid proof of citizenship or right to work (green card, etc)
Ability to follow directions and rules strictly: employment is contingent on following policies and rules of the company (Working scheduled shifts, punctuality, clocking self in/out, scheduled breaks, following other rules)
Tractor, spraying, and forklift experience; will be required to maintain certifications

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis
Must be able to kneel, stoop, bend, reach overhead and below
Manual dexterity to safely operate small and large tools and equipment
Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time
Ability to work outside in all types of weather with fluctuations in temperature and conditions.



Contact Info Email me at Kevin@wisevillawinery.com
Contact Address 4200 Wise Road, Lincoln, CA, 95648 (physical) 200 Gateway Drive #190, Lincoln, CA, 95765 (mailing)
Contact Phone 916-543-0323
Contact Fax 916-543-0361
Contact E-mail Kevin@wisevillawinery.com
Contact Website http://www.wisevillawinery.com
Other Information Job description google doc here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bdIeaftn88sch3npmltq8aXEum_DdrrjSBFkjTLRSj4/edit?usp=sharing

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