Lab Technician (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Burrowing Owl Estate Winery (

  Full Time, British Columbia


Burrowing Owl Vineyards (1993) and Estate Winery (1997) were developed by the Wyse family with a vision to produce ultra-premium BC-VQA wines that represent the best characteristics of the region. The three Burrowing Owl vineyards totaling 220 acres, are located in the South Okanagan and Similkameen valleys of B.C. on some of the most premium grape growing sites in Canada. The production facility is located 10km south of the town of Oliver and located among some of the Estate's oldest and most prized vineyard blocks. The Okanagan vineyards are planted in Bordeaux and Burgundy varieties as well as Pinot Gris, Syrah and a small amount of Viognier. The Similkameen vineyards are exclusively Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.

The overriding philosophy of the winery is to use proven traditional winemaking methods that best express the terroir, in harmony with state-of-the art facilities and equipment, careful scientific evaluation and a dedicated winemaking team. Sustainable practices and environmental initiatives are valued highly at Burrowing Owl and the owners participate actively to advance these causes.

Position Overview

The Lab Technician at Burrowing Owl works closely with the Winemaking Team. You will be involved in all cellar operations including lab work, administration, scheduling, sensory analysis, equipment and systems operations. The successful candidate will be provided with and should aspire to ever-increasing challenges and levels of responsibility.

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • Learn, follow and contribute to occupational Health & Safety procedures.
  • Ensure clean and organized environment in lab and office.
  • Understanding the theory of operation and be aware of their condition.
  • Contribute to the improvements of lab techniques and operations
  • Developing and conducting analysis to ensure Quality Control of all aspects of production, including incoming raw materials, chemical intermediaries, ongoing testing between harvest to final product bottling. 
  • Analyze, synthesize, purify, modify and characterize chemical or biochemical compounds
  • Prepare wines for trial blending / tastings.
  • Manage lab inventory and supplies.
  • Bottling line preparation, adjustments & ongoing Quality Control assessments.
  • Engaging with cellar to oversee must/wine analysis and anticipate required lab work.
  • Pay careful attention to upkeep and management of all lab equipment.
  • Daily equipment checks ensuring proper calibration and operation.
  • Manage lab priorities (Inbox Exercise) ensuring critical items are identified each day.
  • Prepare and/or Update Lab SOP’s on a regular basis.
  • Oversee subordinates; follow and instruct all users on standard maintenance procedures including preparation, start-up, shut down, and cleaning of all equipment.
  • Complete and submit VQA submissions on a timely basis.
  • Conduct standard sampling and monthly analysis of wine inventory.
  • Complete accurate documents for:
  • Fork Lift, Industrial First Aid, WHMIS.
  • Mentor and direct new recruits on Health, Safety and SOP’s.
  • Wear appropriate safety wear, set an example and be safe.
  • Work thoughtfully and efficiently to execute tasks and minimize expense. 
  • Ask questions.  Check with supervisors where ambiguity exists. 
  • Maintain exemplary standard of work etiquette, provide positive and helpful support to colleagues and refrain from petty gossip.

Physical/Mental requirements

This is a physically demanding position.  You will be required to do the following:

  • Climb and work at heights, work long hours while remaining positive and enthusiastic
  • Work extended hours during harvest and occasional rush
  • Walk, kneel, bend, and stand throughout the day.
  • Taste and smell.
  • Lift up to 35-50 pounds.
  • Lift, carry and operate heavy equipment


How To Apply

Drop Resume to

500 Burrowing Owl Place
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T1

Fax: 250 498 0621

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