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Viticulture Research Associate | Colorado State

Posted by kaury.balcom | June 7, 2022
Working Title Research Associate I or II – Viticulture
Position Location Grand Junction, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202200766AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week
Proposed Annual Salary Range $40,000 and $55,000 plus comprehensive benefits package. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Employee Benefits
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Desired Start Date 07/01/2022
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 06/12/2022
Description of Work Unit

WCRC is part of a network of 7 research centers (9 sites) throughout the state. WCRC includes the OMRS located 7 miles southeast of Grand Junction. Site elevation is approximately 4750 feet with an average growing season of 182 frost-free days. The research conducted at this site includes tree fruits, wine grape production, and ornamental horticulture. OM is also the primary site utilized by the Community Alliance for Education and Huger Relief, an initiative that engages the broader western Colorado community and provides fruit and produce free to local hunger relief agencies.

The Grand Valley Research Station (GVRS) is located 15 miles northwest of Grand Junction. With an average growing season of 175 days at an elevation of 4500 ft, the reasonably deep loam soils at this location have been the home of the bulk of agronomic research conducted at the WCRCFRS focuses on the efficient use of water in a variety of agronomic crops.

The Organic Agriculture Research Station at Rogers Mesa (OARS-RM) is located at 30624 Hwy 92, Hotchkiss, CO at an elevation of 5800 ft and focuses on certified organic production of tree fruit and other horticultural crops.

Position Summary

Collaborates with faculty members on field and laboratory aspects of research projects including all phases of vineyard, greenhouse, winery, and laboratory work including data collection and analysis. Coordinate and support activities of students conducting research in viticulture and enology at WCRC. Maintain inventory and order supplies and equipment needed in the field and laboratory. Participate in grower meetings and collaborate with faculty members to maintain liaison with all segments of the grape and wine industry. Collaborate with research faculty on issues important to viticulture and enology. Some evening and weekend work may be required. This position reports to and is evaluated by the Viticulture Program leader. The supervisor is also supportive of usage of the employee student privilege toward pursuit of a graduate degree relevant to the position. Read more here:

Required Job Qualifications
RAI Level
· BS degree
RAII Level
· RA I or BS + 3 years professional experience OR master’s degree
· Degree(s) emphasis in Viticulture/Enology, Pomology, Horticulture or a related field
· Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
· Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment
· Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize projects and to work independently
· Demonstrated ability to assess and respond to a variety of issues in a timely manner
Preferred Job Qualifications
• Master’s degree with an emphasis in Viticulture/Enology, Pomology, Horticulture or a related field
• Experience in viticulture, and/or fruit, juice and wine analysis
• Demonstrated knowledge of field and laboratory safety techniques
• Experience in grape and/or fruit production in a dry climate
• Experience with sampling and analysis of plant tissues for chemical composition and physical parameters
• An understanding of soil fertility and ecology with respect to vineyard systems
• An understanding of plant pathology specific to viticulture
• Understanding of irrigation and water management of vineyards
• Supervisory and/or training experience
Diversity Statement
•Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Application Details
Special Instructions to Applicants

Position is open until filled, but for full consideration please apply online by 06/12/2022 with the following materials: 1) Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, 2) Current resume or CV, and 3) Contact information for 3 references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Transcript(s) may be requested at a later date from finalist to verify degree(s) completion. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university’s website at

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Search Contact
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3
Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * I affirm my understanding that the work of this position must be conducted in person at the Western Colorado Research Center in Grand Junction, CO.
    • Yes, I affirm I will work in person at the Center in Grand Junction.
    • No, and I understand I will not be further considered for this position.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume or CV

Optional Documents

  1. Unofficial Transcripts