Job Status: Filled

Vineyard Foreperson (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Okanagan Crush Pad Winery (http://www.okanagancrushpad.com)

  Oliver, British Columbia

 

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, located in Summerland, BC operates vineyards in Summerland, and Oliver producing 40,000 cases of wine annually for its own labels (Haywire, Narrative & Free Form) and for several other wineries. Our vineyards are all organic certified. Working with our New Zealand trained Director of Viticulture, we have a position for an experienced Vineyard Foreperson in the Oliver area.

We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about organic viticulture and the future of the Okanagan Valley as an ultra-premium wine growing region and who wishes to join a dynamic team.

This role involves:

  • Day to day management of a 38-acre vineyard that is certified organic.
  • In conjunction with our Director of Viticulture, execute, all vineyard functions including pruning, spray program, mowing, mulching, weed control, leaf thinning, fertilization, irrigation, and harvest.
  • Keep all vineyard records, including but not limited to spray records, accurate and up to date.
  • Coordination of harvest.
  • Oversee daily activities of vineyard crew.
  • Maintain vineyard infrastructure.
  • Safe and effective operation of vineyard equipment, implements and vehicles.
  • Ensure safe operating procedures for vineyard and staff.

Skills required:

  • 3-5 years of vineyard experience with some experience or training in organic viticulture.
  • Prior experience in a supervisory or management position.
  • Competency in safe operation of vineyard equipment, pruning, canopy management, disease/pest control, harvesting and irrigation management.
  • Good mechanical aptitude and problem solving.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as autonomously.
  • Ability to work early mornings, flexible hours to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • In good health, and able to lift 50lbs.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in a similar role.
  • Viticulture diploma or certificate an asset.
  • Operating experience with tractors and implements.
  • Strong mechanical capabilities.
  • Current spray applicator certification.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Experience maintaining vineyard equipment.
  • Working knowledge of organic grape growing techniques.
  • Good computer literacy.
  • A strong work ethic, integrity, and reliability.
  • Forklift ticket considered an asset.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish considered an asset.

Salary will be based on level of experience of the candidate.

Please respond with a cover letter stating wage expectations and resume to julian@okanagancrushpad.com. We would like to thank all applicants; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


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