Industry Job Opportunities

Please note: In order to keep our list current, we will post position announcements for a three-month period. If your position is still open after three months, we will gladly update your posting.  Please send your announcement as a Microsoft Word document to Kathy Kelley (kmk17@psu.edu). 

April 13, 2018

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April 5, 2018

ASSISTANT VINEYARD MANAGER

Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, Virginia is looking for an Assistant Vineyard Manager please send resumes to Gonzalo Ortiz gortiz@breauxvineyards.com

Job Description: The Assistant Vineyard Manager reports directly to the Vineyard Manager and is responsible for helping to maintain the established 105 acre vineyard and installing future estate vineyards.  This is predominantly a hands-on  position, but with some supervisory duties. This position works in close accordance with the Vineyard Manager. This candidate should be proficient level in tractor operation. This is a full-time hourly position.

Job Duties Include:

  • Vineyard Management:
    • Responsible for operating tractors and equipment for grounds maintenance, pruning and pulling leaves
    • Assist the Vineyard Manager with planning & management of  vineyard operations including: 
      • Oversight and application of Canopy Management
        • Maintain and repair trellis
        • Maintain canopy
      • Oversight and application of Pest/Disease Management
        • Daily (within growing season):
          • scout for pest damage
          • order pesticides as needed and within given budget
          • supervise mixing and application of pesticides
          • apply pesticides as needed
          • maintain records of pesticide application
      • Oversight and application of  Nutrient Management
        • Collect and process soil and plant tissue samples
        • Supervise application of lime and fertilizers
      • Oversight and application of Vineyard  Floor Management
        • Oversee application of herbicides under trellis
        • Oversee mowing of vineyard row middles
      • Oversight and application of Harvest
        • Execute the harvesting of grapes.
          • hire and supervise picking crew
          • oversee safe operation of harvest equipment in vineyard
        • Assist with fruit weighing, handling and loading
      • Assist with new & replacement installation and management of vines
  • Resource Management:
    • Responsible for operating tractors and other equipment for distribution of chemicals and fertilizers (and overseeing their operation by others)
    • Assist the Vineyard Manager with Resource management:
      • Assist in the following weekly:
        • Project future needs for labor, supplies and equipment necessary to carry out vineyard and grounds operations on a timely basis
      • Assist in the following daily duties:
        • Prioritize vineyard & grounds tasks
        • Coordinate laborer work schedules
        • Maintain records for workers and equipment
        • Maintain documentation on activities in the vineyard and grounds in order to analyze and predict future resource needs and chart the progression of the growing season
        • Advise Facilities Manager of any problems with equipment to ensure timely repair or replacement
    • Assist with worker supervision:
      • Describe and demonstrate vineyard tasks for laborers.
      • Monitor crew to ensure tasks are carried out safely, properly and quickly
    • Insure adherence to safety standards and protocols (OSHA)
  • Equipment Management:
    • Insure proper and safe use of all equipment
    • Assist Farm Maintenance Technician as needed.
      • Maintain and repair equipment as needed
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture or Horticulture and/or a minimum of 5 years of practical experience in East Coast viticulture is required for this position
  • Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
    • Mechanical skills (tractor operation experience is required)
    • Ability to adapt to unforeseen constraints of weather, labor and equipment
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule during critical times of the season
    • Valid driver’s license and insurability by company
    • A positive attitude and team cooperation
    • A Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicators License as required to meet the operations needs for chemical applications.
  • Desired skills and abilities:
    • The ability to communicate in English and Spanish
    • Leadership experience
    • Strong project planning skills
    • Solid computer skills including MS Office applications
    •  
  • Physical Demands:
    • The ability to walk 2-5 miles per day in acreage with flat and hilly terrain required.
    • The ability to work in various weather conditions required.
    • The ability to repeatedly lift and carry 40 pounds desired.
    • The ability to excel in a high stress and highly fatiguing work environment caused by constraints of weather, labor and equipment.

 

 

March 20, 2018

The Winery at Wilcox, Inc. is looking for a General Production Manager for our Wilcox and Hunters Valley locations.  We hope to bring not only an employee but a member to our Winery family.

Some of the responsibilities of this position include, but not limited to:

· planning and organizing production schedules

·  assessing project and resource requirements

·  department budget creation and management

·  ensuring that health, safety licensing regulations are met

·  determining quality control standards

·  overseeing production processes

·  selecting, ordering and purchasing materials

·  organizing the repair and routine maintenance of production equipment

·  supervising the work of staff

·  organizing relevant training and employee enrichment sessions

Key Skills in ideal candidate:

·   Confidence

·   Technical skills

·   Project management skills

·   Organization and efficiency

·   Leadership and interpersonal skills

·   Problem solving skills

·   IT and numerical skills

·   Communication skills

·   Team working skills

Experience desired:

·     Minimum of 5 years of management experience

·     Maintenance background

·     Winery experience a plus, but not required.

Salary and additional benefits will be based on skills and experience.  Please email resume to Jamie Williams to jwilliams@wineryatwilcox.net

www.wineryatversailles.com

www.wineryatwilcox.net

www.huntersvalleywines.com

Revised March 2017

January 19, 2018

NISSLEY VINEYARDS AND WINERY ESTATE WINEMAKER POSTION

Nissley Vineyards and Winery Estate is a third-generation family owned winery seeking a full-time winemaker for our annual 20,000-case operation. Four decades in the industry make us one of the oldest and most well-known wineries in Pennsylvania. Our award-winning and widely popular French hybrid wines and artfully managed events have made us one of the most well-respected. This position gives the ideal candidate the ability to continue producing the wines that have made us successful, and presents the unique opportunity to develop finely crafted, premium estate grown vinifera wines to be added to our wine list. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Barbera, and Lemberger have been/will be planted in 2017/2018. More vinifera will be planted in 2019 and 2020. Learn more about us at http://www.nissleywine.com.

An Amtrak station is located 10 minutes from the property allowing easy access to Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Harrisburg International Airport is a brief 20-minute drive, and Baltimore International Airport is roughly 80 minutes away. Besides convenient access to these major urban centers, both Lancaster and Harrisburg offer their own unique cultural experiences, with theaters, art galleries and a wide variety of culinary and night life options.

As an emerging wine region, south-central Pennsylvania offers the opportunity to network with other local winemakers who continually strive to raise the bar of PA wines.

This is not an entry level position, and will require logistical expertise in addition to a well-developed knowledge of current winemaking practices.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and participate in all aspects directly related to winemaking:
    • Plan production quantities with general manager.
    • Coordinate pick dates with vineyard manager and general manager.
    • Coordinate harvest day operations in the winery.
    • Coordinate delivery of fruit or juice from others.
    • Perform chemical analysis on wines and conduct all lab work. Wet lab is located on-site.
    • Conduct all stages of wine production including fermentations and filtrations.
    • Create blends for and coordinate tastings trials.
    • Coordinate bottling and labeling of wines.
  • Oversee and participate in all aspects generally related to winemaking:
    • Keep a safe, clean, organized production area.
    • Keep state and federal records, as well as required in-house records.
      • Remain up-to-date on all compliance issues related to winemaking.
    • Order and maintain inventory of supplies related to winemaking.
    • Obtain TTB COLA approvals.
    • Maintain all winery equipment and systems.
      • Work to become on-site specialist for these systems.
  • Other duties include, but are not limited to:
    • Maintain an already strong relationship with Penn State Grape Extension and our other industry partners.
    • Provide expertise on:
      • Purchasing new equipment when needed.
      • Grape variety, clone and rootstock choices for planting.
      • New winemaking practices.
    • Coordinate entries to wine competitions.
    • Act as brand representative.
      • Treat visitors in the production area with respect.
    • Work with events team to prepare the production area when needed for sales activity.
    • Assist with Music in the Vineyards summer concerts as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Experience with American, French hybrid, Vinifera, and fruit wines.
  • Strong work ethic, willing to work long hours during harvest and bottling. (Vacation time not available during these peak periods.)
  • 3-5 years’ experience.
  • Enology degree preferred.
  • Experience with MS Office Suite. Strong Excel skills preferred.
  • Able to lift 50lbs overhead.
  • Able to work with a small team in a supportive and positive atmosphere.

Compensation:

  • Commensurate with mid-Atlantic industry standards, and work experience. A small, picturesque farmhouse located near the beautiful winery property will be available beginning April 2018 as an option for your full-time residence.

Commencement:

  • As soon as possible, but not after May 15, 2018.

To apply, please email the following to jobap@nissleywine.com:

  • Resume
  • At least one, but preferably two references.

January 11, 2018

BLAIR VINEYARDS HARVEST INTERN POSITION

Blair Vineyards seeks highly motivated, self-starting individuals for its 2017 harvest team. Blair Vineyards is a small lot, premium vinifera vineyard focusing on Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.  We are situated on 30 acres of estate vineyards in the Lehigh Valley AVA, Berks County, SE Pennsylvania.

This position starts in mid to late August and goes through the end of November.

It is a full-time position during that period.
As a Harvest Worker, you will assist the production and winemaking staff with all harvest-related activities. This can include but is not limited to:

Cellar Duties:
• Cleaning and sanitizing tanks, presses, hoses, and other winery equipment.
• Pumpovers and punch downs.
• Draining, emptying and pressing must from tanks.
• Barrel work and topping.
• Assist full-time crew with receiving fruit; crushing/de-stemming.
• Wine movements (racking, transfers).
• General winery cleaning.
Lab Duties:
• Sampling, lab analysis.
• Chemical additions.
• Yeast and ML inoculations, nutrient additions.

We are looking for hardworking candidates, with a positive attitude and ability to multi-task in a busy environment. The ideal candidate must pay close attention to detail, be committed to quality and passionate about wine! Previous harvest experience is preferred, but not a requirement. The is a paid position.

Ability to lift or move up to 55 pounds is required. Shift work and overtime required. Ability to read and follow work orders. Must be able to read, write, and speak English fluently. Must work safely around moving equipment and electricity. Forklift abilities helpful but not required. A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is also required.

CONTACT:

Richard Blair

rblair@blairvineyards.com

610-683-8463

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