Vineyard Supervisor / Tractor Operator (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Moraine Estate Winery (http://www.morainewinery.com)

  Penticton, British Columbia

Moraine is a family-owned winery and vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake, located on the Naramata Bench just minutes from the city of Penticton. We are currently seeking a highly motivated and dedicated person to work with and lead our vineyard crew on our estate vineyards. The position will start early 2020 and is on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work hand in hand with the Winery / Vineyard Director of Operations, Winemaker and Winery Proprietor in order to grow premium quality grapes and make premium wines. This role is perfectly suited for a self-starting individual with strong practical skills that will take pride in our team success.

 

 

This position is responsible for the day to day hands-on farming and tractor operations for 16.5 acres of vinifera grapevines on our 3 estate vineyard sites near Penticton. 

The role includes:

  • Responsible for all tractor operations including spraying, mowing, etc and in addition, maintenance of tractors and vineyard equipment
  • Planning and execution of vineyard operations from pruning to harvest, in close cooperation with the winemaking team, to achieve premium quality and balanced yields
  • Leading a small team of seasonal workers, implementing safety standards
  • Irrigation, weed and pest control, nutrient inputs, canopy management
  • Detailed record keeping for vineyard operations, inputs, staff timetable, budget
  • Coordination of harvest logistics, pickers
  • Vineyard infrastructure maintenance – post/trellis/fencing/irrigation
  • Transfer of finished wine goods to and from the warehouse / winery / tasting room as required
  • Winery/cellar/bottling operations as required
 Qualifications required:
  • Strong operational skills in the driving of tractors and in the use vineyard equipment
  • Strong communication skills in English.  Proficiency in Spanish and/or French is an asset.
  • Capacity for sustained physical tasks, outdoors in all seasons and in varying weather conditions
  • Class 5 Driver’s Licence
 The ideal candidate will have:
  • Preference given to those with an appropriate diploma in Viticulture and or to those with 4 or more years experience in a comparable role
  • Experience in sustainable practices of viticulture
  • Some experience with winemaking and cellar operations
  • Basic First Aid certificate
  • Forklift operator’s permit
  • Experience driving a truck pulling a trailer
  • Mechanical aptitude

This is a leadership role for an independent person who is motivated to be an important part of our small team, united by our passion for creating authentic wines through responsible farming.

Compensation based on experience level

How To Apply

Please apply in confidence with your covering letter and CV by email to dwight@morainewinery.com

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