Viticulture Intern | Airport Ranches | Sunnyside, WA

Airport Ranches, INC is a family owned and operated 1,200-acre vineyard located in Sunnyside WA. Airport Ranches has a long history of farming in the Yakima Valley and one of its original founders, H. Lloyd Miller, was instrumental in the formation of the Roza Irrigation project which supplies irrigation water to 72,000 acres in the Yakima Valley. Our first vineyards were planted in 1968 and were farmed commercially in 1971. Since then we have expanded to our current extent, approximately 850 acres of vinifera and 350 acres of juice grapes. We supply multiple clients including our estate winery, Airfield Estates.

We are seeking a viticulture intern for the 2019 growing season. This individual will work directly with our Viticulturist, Farm Manager, and Crew Leads to ensure quality and production goals are met. Employment will be full time, seasonal, starting in May and finishing in October-November depending on work load requirements.

Job Description

Essential Duties

  • Accurately collect viticulture field data which can include, but is not limited to:
    • Pest and disease levels
      • Incidence and identification of disease and/or pest
      • Damage assessments
    • Yield Measurements
      • Bud counts,
      • Shoot counts,
      • Cluster counts,
      • Cluster weights
    • Soil sampling
    • Tissue sampling
    • Collection of fruit samples (if working through harvest)
  • Utilize technology to obtain vineyard data
    • Navigate and enter data on handheld tablet (iOS)

Non-Essential Duties

  • Preform other duties as assigned

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed primarily in the vineyards with varying weather conditions

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift up-to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to operate an ATV on rough terrain for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to work extended hours outdoors in inclement weather
  • Must be able to walk up and downhill on steep and uneven terrain
  • Preform repetitive tasks

Qualifications

  • Mist be at least 18 years of age
  • S. diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a valid drive’s license and safe driving record
  • Completed degree or currently enrolled in a plant science or related field preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to carry out direction both verbally and/or in written form
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize workload
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to work extended hours
  • Ability to work in extreme and varying weather conditions

Please send current resume and references to jason@airfieldwines.com.