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2020 Harvest Cellar Intern | Wine Boss | Richland, WA

Wine Boss is looking for Harvest Cellar interns who are eager and committed to learning, growing, and gaining valuable experience working with premium fruit from the Red Mountain AVA. We specialize in high-quality, small-lot, red wine fermentations. This is a seasonal full-time harvest internship position. Start and end dates are generally between August and November.

Working harvest is a rewarding, yet demanding, opportunity. Applicants are to be serious, trustworthy, and punctual. Interns are expected to work six, 10+ hour shifts a week with one scheduled day off per week. Schedules will be determined once the winemaking team assesses 2020 grape processing needs. Flexibility is required: weekend work, late nights, and early mornings should be expected. Applicants must have a positive attitude, be physically fit, and be willing and able to jump in, learn quickly, and participate in all harvest activities as required.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Morning and afternoon daily pumpovers and cap management (including punchdowns, roller barrels, etc…)
  • Crushing, pressing, transferring activities
  • Barrel preparation and maintenance
  • Cellar cleaning and sanitation
  • Pomace transfer
  • Must nutrient and chemical additions
  • Support laboratory operations
  • Miscellaneous cellar activities as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to be on your feet for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to follow directions, ask questions (it is always better to ask during harvest, no matter what, no question is too dumb), and carry out assigned tasks from the winemaking team as directed
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and to their surroundings
  • Applicants must be reliable, hard working, motivated, work well with others, and be excited to learn from our experienced winemaking team
  • Ability to comply with company hazard and safety standards
  • Flexibility and adaptability in a fast paced environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Winery production/harvest experience is a plus
  • Forklift certification is desirable, but not required
  • Any background education in viticulture & enology, or relevant science fields would be appreciated

Work Environment:

  • Work environments are outdoor & indoor
  • Cold and warm working climates
  • Work in high places
  • Work on wet surfaces
  • Work in confined spaces
  • Exposure to loud noises, fumes, hazardous chemicals
  • Work near and around moving, mechanical parts and forklift traffic
  • Prolonged periods of standing

Compensation:

Hourly, DOE, Overtime

Please send resumes and questions to Rebecca Alberts at rebecca@wawineboss.com