Job Info
Job Title: Assistant Vineyard Manager
Location: Los Alamos, CA
Job Number: 10868
Posted Date: 6/5/2019
Job description

Vino Farms is a well-established vineyard management company responsible for producing high quality wine grapes in a sustainable and profitable manner for our clients. This is a great opportunity for the right person to grow and become an integral part of this progressive family business. The company has a long history of integrity and is considered an industry leader. We are a dynamic company which provides an exciting, fast paced environment, a competitive compensation and a robust benefit plan. If you are an exceptional individual with a strong work ethic and are looking for a great career opportunity, then we invite you to join our team.

Assistant Vineyard Manager
Duties:
•  Provide oversight and direction to the vineyard managers to assure that the appropriate levels of vineyard inputs are meeting the market requirements of specific vineyard blocks
•  Write and continue to update viticulture plans for each vineyard, including appropriate practices to address the needs of each customer for each vineyard block
•  Be in each vineyard on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to follow up and assure that day-to-day viticulture activities are occurring according to plan, including pruning, shoot removal, crop adjustments, irrigation, fertility, tissue, soil and water testing
•  Communicating and meeting with winery clients and marketing grapes
•  Contribute to innovation and change which improves efficiency and quality
•  Maintain sustainable programs (i.e. Lodi Rules)
•  Produce a weekly pest report to Area Vineyard Manager
•  Supervises Foremen, Sub-foremen, Tractor Drivers, and Irrigators
•  Trains and develops employees with assistance from Vineyard Manager and Human Resources
•  Explains and demonstrates field work techniques and safety regulations to inexperienced workers
•  Direct and schedule overall daily activities of personnel and equipment including: irrigation, fertilization, tractor activities, spraying and harvesting
•  Oversee delivery of materials for: spray programs, fertilizers, stake & wire, and equipment
•  Conduct necessary meetings in order to effectively communicate work priorities to vineyard personnel
•  Review spray/irrigation programs
•  Work closely with vendors and external organizations such as: pump and irrigation companies, Ag Commissioners Office and VESCO
•  Work closely with area vineyard manager to schedule grape deliveries to wineries during harvest
•  Performs and/or supervises safety meetings and pesticide training
•  Supervises pesticide and other material applications to the vineyards
•  Completes pesticide reporting
•  Calibrates sprayers
•  Supervises foremen and sub-foremen in preparation of timesheets
•  Reports injuries in a timely basis and cares for injured workers

Skills:
•  Someone who approaches their job with an ownership mentality with the ability to see the big picture and forecast future needs
•  Excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to communicate with different personalities
•  Ability to work in a fast paced environment
•  Team oriented
•  Computer literacy and competence required, including but not limited to MS Office – with Excel knowledge, database management, etc.
•  Comfortable researching and using the Internet

Qualification:
•  BS in Viticulture or related field
•  3+ years of viticulture and winery/grower relations experience
•  Must have the ability to work cordially with co-workers and perform duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with the company’s values
•  Minimum 3 years experience in the wine grape industry
•  Strong background in IPM practices
•  Working knowledge of irrigation management practices and implementation
•  Working knowledge of canopy management practices and implementation
•  Bilingual – Spanish a plus

Licenses
•  QAL Required/PCA preferred
•  Valid CA drivers license
•  First aid and CPR certified, or ability to be certified

Physical Environment/Requirements
•  Often working outdoors in extremes of heat/humidity and other weather conditions
•  Use of ATV for field monitoring
•  Often working outdoors in extremes of heat/humidity/cold and other weather conditions
•  Exposed to dust, noise, pesticides, gasoline, diesel fuel and solvents
•  Works with flammable and toxic materials
•  Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
•  Work is strenuous
•  Visual acuity
•  Ability to hear
•  Use of both hands and finger dexterity
•  Ability to walk on uneven ground
•  Adhere to company PPE (personal protective equipment) policies

Vino Farms offers a competitive salary based on experience level + award winning benefits. Vino Farms was recently named to the Wine Industry’s Top 10 Best in Benefits by Milliman. Our benefits include health/dental/vision/ Life/AD&D/LTD, a 401(k) plan with a company match, and a company provided vehicle and smart phone.

Vino Farms, LLC. is an equal opportunity employer. Vino Farms, LLC. does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The above is a general outline of responsibilities of this position, it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required for this position.


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