Vineyard Manager (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Summerhill Estate Winery Co (http://www.summerhill.bc.ca)

  Kelowna, British Columbia

Summerhill Vineyard, Canada’s largest organic and BC’s only Demeter certified biodynamic vineyard, is looking for a vineyard manager! The right candidate will be an individual with love in their heart and soil under their fingernails. A relationship with the farm and the universe, and a passion for wine are essential qualities. The right candidate will be more than a grape grower, they will be a wine grower. Come join the Organic Revelation.

Responsibilities (Including but not limited to):

-       In consultation with both our Winemaker and Biodynamicist, you will plan and manage all aspects of the farming and vineyard management

-       Hire, train, and lead a team to ensure fruit quality is beautiful

-       Manage to Demeter biodynamic & CFIA organic standards, including record keeping and reporting to certifiers

-       Manage on-farm composting

-       Manage grape vines and land including soil ecology and ground cover·   

-       Overseeing all new vineyard establishment, replanting, and inter-planting.

-         Responsible for all irrigation, spray, nutrient, canopy management and pruning plans

-       In consultation with the Winemaker develop the annual vineyard operating budget.

-       Be responsible for day to day routine maintenance of all vineyard equipment

-       Organize and undertake hand harvesting of fruit.

-       Manage snow removal

-       Report weekly, monthly, and yearly progress to Winemaker and Senior management team .

 

Experience & Education:

-       Ability to hire, train and lead multiple crews through the growing season and coordinating with our Winemaking team during harvest.

-       Understanding and experience in quality grape growing and organic farming. Biodynamic farming experience beneficial but not necessary.

-       A Valid Driver’s license with a clear abstract

-       Positive attitude and ability to work in a team

-       Ability to meet physical demands of position including lifting up to 50lbs, standing for long periods of time, working outside in varying weather conditions

-       Must be able to work long and flexible hours

-       Ability to commence work in or before June 2019

-       Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English

-       A degree in Viticulture or similar is preferred

 

Can be an asset:

-       OSHA First Aid any level

-       Forklift permit

-       Eligible to work in Canada (LIMA may be undertaken for the right candidate)

 

Please send Resume and Cover Letter to Ezra@summerhill.bc.ca subject line “VM 2019”

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