Viticulture Internship, Winemakers LLC, Prosser, WA

Winemakers LLC is seeking a viticulture intern to join our team for the 2019 growing season.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience in some of the best growing regions Eastern Washington has to offer. We farm around 1200 acres in three different sites that include Whiskey Canyon Vineyard in Zillah, Phil Church Vineyard in Sunnyside, and Alder Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills.

Most of the daily operations will take place at Alder Ridge with the remaining time spent at our other two sites in the Yakima Valley. Our schedule is variable but is usually 5 days and 40 hours a week. The start date and duration of the internship is flexible but generally runs from May to late August/the beginning of September with the potential to stay on later into the fall for harvest.

Job Description

Your duties will include:

  • Crop estimation
  • Vineyard scouting (weeds, insects, fungal infections, animal and weather damage, etc.) -Data Collection
  • Learning how to and follow Restricted Entry Intervals
  • Scouting for other problems (anything else that can go wrong)
  • Sampling fruit for maturity during harvest (brix, pH, TA, Phenolics)
  • Participating in occasional taco lunches (usually on Fridays)

Requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate from a viticulture and enology program or other program related to plant sciences
  • Be willing to work extended hours outside in all weather conditions (anywhere from freezing rain to 100 degree heat)
  • Be able to or learn how to safely operate an ATV on rough terrain for long periods of time
  • Possess a knowledge of common vineyard pests and diseases or a willingness to learn
  • Be able to lift 40 lbs
  • Be able to stand, bend and walk for extended hours -Have strong communication skills
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, reliable transportation, and be able to provide your own housing
  • Have the ability to work independently with little supervision, a great attitude, and a willingness to learn

Pay: TBD

Contact Info: Please send resume and cover letter to Frank Shughrou: Frank@winemakersllc.com