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Red Wine Internship, Four Feathers Wine Estates, Prosser, WA

Four Feathers Wine Estates is looking for highly motivated interns to join us for the 2017 vintage. We are a large-scale custom crush facility located in the heart of Washington wine country in Prosser, Washington.

During the cellar internship, you will play an instrumental role in the production of 3,000,000 gallons of wine. Yes, your hands will get dirty! We believe in growing the future generation of winemakers by teaching practical winemaking skills backed by winemaking principals.

The internship runs from late August or early September through mid-November. A typical work week is from five to seven days. We will work around class schedules, but we highly encourage interns to take the semester off, or reduce their class load during the harvest season.

What makes Four Feathers Wine Estates Internship Unique
Winemaking mentors & classes
o Participate in tasting with winemakers
o Job shadowing offered
o Hands on experience in production sized winery
o Winemaking styles for multiple wineries
o Intern alumni program

Harvest Responsibilities
o Perform all aspects of red wine making work as assigned including:
o Coordinate, perform, and ensure proper cap management for red fermenters including:
o Pump-Overs
o Pulsair
o Rack and Returns
o Punch-Downs on open-top fermenters
o Additions and inoculations
o Temperature management
o Aide coordinate Drain & Press operations with crush pad and winemaking
o Taste red fermenters with winemakers
o Understanding of writing work orders and pump-overs of red fermenters.
o Working knowledge of Drain & Press calls and press cuts.
o Maintain a sanitized and clean winery.
o Opportunity to learn diverse red winemaking techniques and protocols from seven different wineries.
o May perform other duties as needed.

Qualifications
o Strong interest in red winemaking and red wine production.
o Strong communication skill, must be willing to work independently and as a team.
o Flexible and willing to work varying shifts, overtime and weekends.
o Must be able to communicate effectively in the English Language. Must be able to complete appropriate paperwork for cellar operations.
o Attention to detail and a commitment to quality and safety.
o Regularly stand or/and sit for long periods of time, occasionally required to reach with hands & arms, walk, climb, stoop, kneel, or crouch, lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
o This position is safety sensitive and those functioning in this position will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen and will be placed in a random drug screening pool.

Please send resume to beccadk@zirklefruit.com

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