We are a 120-acre family-owned producer of ultra-premium wine grapes, producing 14 Reds varieties and 4 white varieties in the Red Mountain AVA, Benton City, WA. Ciel Du Cheval was originally planted in 1975, the most recent block was planted in the spring of 2021. Ciel Du Cheval has a heavy focus on education, innovation, and adapting technology within the vineyard in an effort to continually seek ways to improve the quality of our fruit and provide sustainable opportunities for the farm, and its employees. This internship will run from June thru mid-to-end of October and vineyard duties may include some of the following.
Irrigation: System maintenance, scheduling, and water application principals
Telemetry systems: Learn basic operation and maintenance for all telemetry-based equipment including automated valve control, soil moisture probes, on-site weather systems, and (AI) test block research program.
Pest and disease monitoring: Meticulous scouting of the vineyard and using microscopes to look at leaves to determine populations for both pest and beneficial insects, as well as scouting for potential diseases.
Canopy management: Ciel Du Cheval has a variety of canopy training methods that will help broaden the skill set of utilizing and maintaining various training methods.
Phenological data: Help mark the timing of different phenological events throughout the vineyard, record information in our historical database.
Crop load estimation: Learn how to effectively organize and gather all necessary information used to evaluate and set this year’s crop load.
Berry sampling: Collect berry samples from each block to send into the lab for analysis throughout the harvest season.
Harvest: Help maintain the efficient flow for each harvest day by preparing picking slips, bin tags, marking rows, preparing and weighing bins, and loading trucks with the forklift.
Other duties as assigned.
We are seeking someone who is self-motivated has a positive attitude and a great work ethic. As well as, someone who can work efficiently by themselves, or as part of a team. This position will work some long hours, including evenings and weekends possibly in inclement weather, and may require lifting/pulling/pushing heavy objects as well as other tasks common in agriculture work.