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Vineyard Technical Officer (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Arterra Wines Canada Inc. (

  Oliver, British Columbia

Job Description:

The role of a VINEYARD TECHNICAL OFFICER is to coordinate, supervise & direct all technical activities to ensure vineyard technical operations effectiveness. Including, but not limited to, providing direction to the technical team (Technical Specialist, Disease & Pest Monitors, & others as assigned), planning & scheduling daily activities of the team, analyzing data from various systems, providing feedback to both employees and management on areas for improvement and being ready and willing to assist in all activities/projects at sites. This position is responsible for ensuring effective & efficient technical operations including quality control, training, punctuality and safety & performance review. Liaison with Director of Viticulture & Viticulturist on strategic direction and validation of final plans.

Key Responsibilities:

The TECHNICAL OFFICER responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Assignment of Technical personnel resources (Technical Specialist, Disease & Pest Monitors) to efficiently complete technical activities
1. Developing & Updating monitoring protocols for i nternal vineyards & providing similar information & support to growers through the grower liaison
>>>Phenological, maturity, yield, bud damage, disease & pest, canopy management
Vineyard Specific Data Collection & Reporting
>>> Irrigation & Spray Records
>>> Filii  
>>> Fertilization records
>>> Vineyard Task Efficiencies

2. C Probe, Weather station & Adcon server
3. GIS / Mapping
>>> Vineyard acreages / NDVI / other
>>> Plant, soil & other sampling 
>>> Vineyard Sustainability Plan
>>> Special Projects / Trials
  • Development, scheduling & communication of vineyard task plans
1. Spray Plan (Product recommendations & orders, application rates, timing)
>>> Develop a foliar spray plan by block based on bloom & petiole analysis
2. Pruning Plan (By block & tier per demand)
3. Fertilization /Fertigation Plan based on NDVI analysis & soil sample results
4. Monitoring timing & deadlines
5. Wind machine temperature alarm settings to prevent / minimize cold injury
6. Crop Estimates – Allocations
>>> Based on crop estimates & supply/demand – develops the allocation plan
>>> Bud count, bunch count, visual estimation
7. Maturity sampling plan / Harvest plan
  • Technical Data Oversight & Strategy Decisions
1. Vine & vineyard data
2. Crop production maximization strategies 
3. Collection & interpretation of monitoring results & areas of concerns to establish economic & effectiveness thresholds
4. Organize sprayer calibration data from all vineyards
>>> Evaluate sprayer effectiveness
5. Chemical interactions / oversight / effectiveness
6. Resolve vineyard growing/fruiting & other issues in growing season
7. Weather & crop related strategies
>>> Leaf & Crop thinning Liaison with Viticulturist & Director of Viticulture
  • Driving technical team efficiency while maintaining quality standards 
  • Completing electronic & hard copy data entry as required Strong awareness of and adherence to safe working conditions
1. Monitors technical team safety performance 
2.  Ensures technical team members are operating within safety requirements 
3. Provides feedback to technical team members to ensure safety
  • Collection & submission of reports specific to team data as required
  • Creation & implementation of work schedules to ensure task completion
  • Leading Special Projects / Trials
  • Implements training & development strategies to enhance team performance
  • Serves as a resource and content expert to team members; providing them with guidance in their work activities
  • Serves as a resource and content expert for any required training materials for the team
  • Creates opportunities for team members to provide input on procedures/processes and share their expertise with other team members
  • Ensures that each team member feels that their work is valued, appreciated, and meaningful to the success of the business
Key Requirements:
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in viticulture University Degree or Equivalent
  • Level 1 First Aid an Asset
  • Ability & willingness to work a flexible schedule (evenings, weekends, holidays)
  • Must have a valid driver’s license & transportation
  • Strong ability to communicate verbally & in writing in English
1. Bi-lingual English-Spanish is an asset
  • Seen as a leader with the ability to train others
  • Ability to provide constructive performance feedback to others Works co-operatively with all levels of the organization
  • Work quality & productivity is consistently high
  • Anticipates issues and takes steps to resolve before they become a problem
  • Strong commitment to safety and quality
  • Strong organizational skills, decision-making & ability to analyze
  • Self-motivated, results-oriented & ability to work alone
  • Looks for process efficiencies and encourages team members to bring forth ideas for improvements that drive better systems & processes
  • Demonstrates excellent documentation and data entry procedures
  • Familiar with MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Maintains accurate and organized records 

Number of Openings: 1

We are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that reflects the diverse population it serves and we encourage applications from all qualified individuals. We are also committed to preventing and removing barriers to employment for people with disabilities, and we invite you to inform us should you have any accessibility or accommodation needs. 

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