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Lead Vineyard Technician | Yavapai College | Prescott, AZ

Posted by kaury.balcom | April 19, 2022
Description of Position

***First review date April 20, 2022**
***Minimum Qualifications updated April 8, 2022***
***May 23, 2022 start date***
up to $3,000 in relocation reimbursement for qualified candidates

This position will facilitate the management of the Estate Vineyards at the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College. The Lead Vineyard Technician works in conjunction with and reports to the Viticulture & Enology Director.  This position supports the Viticulture and Enology academic program by leading the vineyard staff and practicum students.  The college administration, faculty, and facilities provide support to this position in achieving the goals of the teaching vineyard. The Lead Vineyard Technician works closely with the Director to ensure the vineyard is compliant with safety and that jobs are completed in high quality, timely matter to produce premium wine grapes. The Lead Vineyard Technician serves as the instructor for the Viticulture Practicum course (VEN195V.)

  • Assisting Director with scheduling and prioritizing weekly tasks in the vineyard
  • Assisting vineyard crew/students in specific tasks, making sure tasks/jobs are carried out correctly to the standards set by the Director
  • Pruning, suckering, positioning, tucking, tying, hedging, tipping, leafing, fruit thinning, harvesting, etc.
  • Maintaining and installing trellis, irrigation, and plantings
  • Assistance with vineyard amendments
  • Planting and training new and young vines
  • Under vine management, including shoveling
  • Maintenance of broken end posts, trellis systems
  • Ensuring that the crew is always provided with the necessary equipment and working in accordance with safety procedures
  • Ability to teach/train vineyard workers more efficient protocols
  • Following and enforcing organizational policies and safety procedures
  • Maintains vineyards and workplace at a high standard (picking up trash, debris, etc.)
  • Immediately reports to Director and/or Campus Safety of any work-related accidents in the vineyard, broken equipment, or vineyard parts
  • Alert and aware during high-stress weather conditions (rain, heat, frost protection, etc.)
  • Meet and teach the assigned class(es) in accordance with course outlines
  • Develop a course syllabus based on the approved college outline.
  • Promptly submit required rosters, grade reports, evaluations, and academic reports.
  • Follow the same accepted standards of conduct as the full-time faculty as described in applicable administrative procedures which relate to satisfactory service and conduct becoming a faculty member.
  • Other related duties as assigned

Preference will be given to qualified internal candidates.

Minimum Expectations & Requirements

Minimum Qualifications for Occupational Discipline

  • Degree in discipline (Associate’s degree or higher) AND 5 years or 5,000 hours of documented experience recent with the discipline; AND/OR
  • Professional Licensure/Specialized certificate(s) AND/OR 5 years or 5,000 hours of documented and recent work experience.
  • Knowledge of basic grounds maintenance and landscaping methods
  • Ability to operate a variety of vehicles, equipment, power tools and hand tools (tractor, UTV, etc.)
  • Valid Arizona driver’s license (or ability to obtain)
  • Familiarity with grounds keeping related chemicals and hazards
  • Physical ability as described in Essential Functions
  • Basic computer skills: use of Word, Excel, email, etc.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing workplace and workload
  • Work independently under limited supervision
  • Ability to communicate effectively with peers and be willing to work as part of a team
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to follow through with tasks in a timely manner
  • Regular attendance is an essential job function as it demonstrates dependability towards the performance of job duties

Preferred Skills & Abilities

  • EPA Pesticide Applicator’s card
  • Work experience in a community college/higher education environment

Essential Functions

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements and competencies listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  Certification/Licensure for specific trade(s) or craft may be required.  Valid AZ Driver’s License (or ability to obtain).

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold and extreme heat.

The noise level in the work environment is periodically loud when equipment is being used, but is otherwise quiet.


Address 1100 E. Sheldon Street
                 Prescott, Arizona, 86301