Vineyard Manager (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Burnbrae Vineyards LLC

  Forest, Virginia

Full-Time Vineyard Manager
Burnbrae Vineyards in Forest, Virginia, is seeking a full-time Vineyard Manager as we establish a new vineyard. Burnbrae Vineyards, located in the Piedmont region of Virginia against the backdrop of the Peaks of Otter Mountains, is a family operation located on a 250-acre farm with 10 acres initially dedicated to grape production. Since the vineyard is young with first plantings having occurred in the spring of 2019, you have an opportunity to work on and establish a vineyard from the ground up. We are willing to provide additional training and education to ensure that we develop a robust functioning team, harvest quality grapes, and produce a wine that would make one proud.
As our Vineyard Manager, you will:
·      Perform specialized vineyard tasks to include pruning, tying, suckering/shoot thinning, weeding, trellis maintenance, leaf & fruit thinning, and vineyard layout.
·      Perform various routine maintenance tasks to include trellis repair, hoeing, drainage repair, erosion control and site preparation.
·      Operate tractors and tractor implements to accomplish various vineyard practices such as mowing, spraying and trimming. 
·      Troubleshoot tractors and other vineyard equipment and perform light equipment maintenance and notify owners when equipment requires service or repair.
·      Operate light equipment such as weed eaters, backpack sprayers and chain saws when necessary.
·      Calibrate and use agricultural spray equipment and perform necessary adjustments.
·      Apply canopy and herbicide sprays following established safety procedures and instruction.
·      Follow safe operating systems and policies to safeguard personal safety, company property, environmental and team members’ safety.
Required Skills and Experience:
•          Disciplined work ethic.
•          At least 2 years of hands-on experience in all phases of viticulture desired.
•          Understanding of vineyard/farm management equipment, practices, and procedures.
•          Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends, seasonal, evening duties, and periodic overtime with advance notice. 
•          Ability to use a computer for basic reporting of activities, production data, and weather forecasting; basic proficiency with email, spreadsheets and word processor.
•          Ability to work independently and supervise small crews.
•          Must have a valid Virginia Driver’s License.
•          Speaking both English and Spanish is a plus.
•          Knowledge of basic mechanics and high school graduate level or above geometry and algebra is a plus. 
Physical Requirements/Work Environment:
•          Ability to perform physically demanding tasks outdoors in varied weather conditions. Must be comfortable in inclement weather.
•          Ability to repeatedly lift and carry 60 pounds.
•          Working conditions in some areas of the vineyard are cold, hot, windy, wet, and slippery. Exposure to wildlife is likely. 
•          Occasionally required to climb ladders.
•          Frequent walking, stooping, kneeling, standing, crouching and bending are required.
If interested, please email the following to info@burnbraevineyards.com:
-       Complete contact information (name, address, email, phone number).
-       A resume describing life and work experience and any professional certifications.
-       Contact information for three work references/personal references. (We will not contact references without asking you first.) 
-       A brief description of what excites you about gaining experience in developing a quality vineyard and working outdoors.
 
The job is a full-time position (salary based on qualifications and experience). 
If interested, please contact:
E. B. Gerhardt
P. W. Gerhardt
Burnbrae Vineyards LLC
P.O. Box 898
Forest VA, 24551
info@burnbraevineyards.com

 

 

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