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OWRI Undergraduate Scholar Positions
Location: OSU Campus, Corvallis

The Oregon Wine Research Institute (OWRI) is offering to talented and highly-motivated undergraduate students the opportunity to learn and actively participate in viticulture and enology research through the OWRI Undergraduate Scholars Program. The OWRI will fund up to five scholars during the 2017-18 academic year.  Scholars will have the opportunity to gain a broader learning experience outside of the classroom by working directly within the lab and research program of an OWRI faculty mentor. 

The OWRI is a collaborative research and education environment located at OSU. It involves partnership with multiple organizations and works with the Oregon wine grape industry to meet their research needs. Faculty within the institute includes Oregon State University faculty and researchers from the USDA Agricultural Research Service Horticulture Crops Research Unit in Corvallis. Student scholars may work under any OWRI faculty member.

The areas of research and education within the OWRI include viticulture, plant biology, enology, plant pathology, entomology, vine physiology, and molecular biology and genetics and grape and wine economics and business.  Many OWRI faculty have multi-faceted positions that include duties in research, teaching, and Extension/outreach. Several OWRI faculty work directly with industry, including growers or wine-makers to conduct outreach/Extension and research in addition lab-based research. 

If you are an undergraduate student and majoring in a science, engineering or an agricultural field of study, and interested in working and learning at the OWRI, we encourage you to consider a scholar position. The OWRI will consider both OSU and non-OSU students for scholar positions. Before applying, the applicant must have contacted potential mentors and discussed potential projects. A full list of faculty involved in the OWRI can be found here. You can read about their work in the OWRI website stakeholder report, technical newsletter archives, and 2017 Grape Day research abstracts

Click here to view the student technical assistant position description (posting # P02093SE). You will be asked to submit a cover letter, transcript and resume to the OWRI program coordinator (contact information below).  The letter should address your areas of interest within viticulture and enology, or other OWRI-related discipline, and select potential faculty mentor(s) with whom you wish to work. The resume should include both current and past education (if applicable) and list all prior work experience. If you would like more information about OWRI or the scholar program, please contact OWRI program coordinator Mark Chien at or 541-737-1273 or come to ALS 4141. 

Deadline to apply: May 15, 2015

Posted 4/20/2017  

Tasting Room Assistants
Location: Rickreall, OR

Firesteed Cellars is looking for part-time Tasting Room Assistants. No experience necessary but must at least enjoy wine, be able to lift at least 40 lbs. and have or be eligible for an OLCC permit. $10/hour.

If interested please stop by the tasting room or email resumé to Debbie Chapman at

Posted 4/20/2017

Viticulture Graduate Assistantship
Location:  Athens, Georgia

The University of Georgia Department of Horticulture (Athens Campus) is seeking a graduate student (MS or PhD) with an applied viticulture focus. The research project will focus on cultural practices, such as canopy management, training, and pruning, as they relate to grape quantity and quality in several regionally popular varieties (i.e. Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Norton). The start date can be as early as May 2017 and as late as August 2017 (fall semester).

Applicants for the MS program need to have a BS in horticulture, food science, plant biology, or closely related field, while applicants for the PhD Program need to have a MS in one of the aforementioned fields. The position comes with a graduate assistantship, which includes a stipend and tuition waiver. Graduate students also have health insurance through the university. The graduate student will pay a $25 matriculation fee/semester, as well as any university fees. For more info, contact Dr. Cain Hickey at

Posted 4/11/2017

Viticulture Harvest Intern
Location: Willamette Valley, OR

Winemakers LLC is looking for a viticulture harvest intern to work in our vineyards located in the Willamette Valley in Oregon (Marion and Yamhill Counties). Internship would start in early August and extend through the end of harvest, typically around the middle of October. 

The intern would assist the viticulturist and vineyard managers with duties such as but not limited to:

  • Crop estimation – cluster and berry counts; cluster and berry weights
  • Irrigation scheduling – leaf water potentials, vine stress, soil moisture readings, weather data
  • Scouting for pests and diseases
  • Sampling for nutritional analysis at véraison
  • Assisting with data collection for the Statewide Crop Load Project
  • Harvest maturity sampling and lab analysis including brix, pH and TA


  • Enrolled in a viticulture program or other program related to plant sciences
  • Strong communication skills; can communicate effectively in English, Spanish speaking skills a plus
  • Be willing to work extended hours outside in all weather conditions
  • Be able to stand, bend, and walk for extended hours
  • Be able to operate and ATV on rough terrain for long periods of time
  • Able to lift 40 lbs
  • Competency with computers and MS Office Word and Excel
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S., provide their own housing, have a valid driver’s license, have a good driving record, and have dependable transportation
  • Have a good attitude, willingness to learn, and ability to work independently

Contact & Application:
Please contact Dana Estensen with any questions. To apply: send resume, cover letter, and contact details for three professional references to

Posted 3/15/2017

Abacela Enology Internship
Location: Roseburg, OR

Time frame:  September- November 2017

Essential duties:
Enology interns will assist with vineyard monitoring, harvest sampling including cluster counts, weights and in-house laboratory testing to measure Brix, pH and total acid and input the data to a computer. Interns will also be involved in processing of harvested fruit which includes the use of various types of equipment such as forklift, sorting table, escalator, and destemmer/crusher and presses (both basket and membrane) plus the tasting of fermenting wines, punch downs, pump-overs, yeast inoculations, acid and nutrient additions, etc under the supervision of the winemaker and/or his assistant. All fruit is processed and moved about the crush pad, cold-soaking and fermentation room in small batches (one ton units). Whites are pressed in a membrane press and reds in a basket press.  

The successful applicant will:  

  1. Be both knowledgeable and passionate about wine
  2. Have a growth mindset and open to learn from experience
  3. Must be a team player, have a strong work ethic, and skills in spoken and written English
  4. Students whose primary language is not English must have good skills in English     
  5. Have the ability to listen, follow directions and carry out projects to their finish 
  6. Have a valid driver’s license and clean DMV record
  7. Be capable of working long hours under crush conditions and demands
  8. Tractor/forklift truck experience is a plus

 Physical Demands:

  • Ability to walk distances, including steep hillsides
  • Be able to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Smokers not accepted as this is a tobacco free winery

Stipend is $2000/month. Housing not provided. International students will be provided assistance in finding housing.

Please send a cover letter and resume to

For full Job Post go here

Posted 3/14/2017

Abacela Viticulture-Enology Internship
Location: Roseburg, OR

Time frame: June-November 2017

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Soil moisture reading downloads, entered in computer and discussed with vineyard manager.
  • Leaf Water Potential (Pressure bomb) data entered in computer and discussed with vineyard manager.
  • Assist with vineyard scouting, monitoring and data collection
  • Cluster counts, weights and crop load estimates
  • Harvest sampling computer data input and analysis
  • Harvest crew support to include picking, delivery of fruit to on premise winery, machine application and removal of bird netting
  • Other duties may be assigned.


  • Viticulture majors preferred but please note this in an integrated viticulture/winemaking internship
  • Must be able to work mid-June to mid-November
  • Tractor driving experience is good and experience operating large equipment a bonus.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean DMV record
  • Must be a team player, have a strong work ethic, and skills in spoken and written English
  • Students whose primary language is not English must have good skills in English.     
  • Must be able to work long hours, up to 6 days a week, in different kinds of weather, etc

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to listen, follow directions and then carry out the project accurately to completion
  • Ability to walk distances, including steep hillsides
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Non smoker

Stipend is $2000/month. Housing not provided. International students will be provided assistance in locating housing.

Please send a cover letter and resume to

For full Job Post go here

Posted 3/14/2017 

Phelps Creek Vineyards Summer Internship Announcement 2017
Location: Hood River, OR

Phelps Creek Vineyards is pleased to offer two summer internship positions at our vineyards and winery. Our internship program has been developed to build your resume through a well-rounded immersion in the wine industry. The internship will consist of four parts: Work Experience, Education, Palate Expansion, and a Personal Project

Hours:  Interns will be expected to work about 40 hours per week.

Length: The internship begins 1 week after Spring Term finals. Your hire date will be on the day that you arrive at Phelps Creek Vineyards; the internship typically lasts about 12 weeks, depending on different school schedules.

Requirements: The only requirements of interns is an upbeat personality, eagerness to learn about the wine industry, and the ability to connect with others and speak in front of large groups.

We are now accepting cover letters accompanied by resumes. Students will be contacted shortly thereafter for an interview. Please send all documents to Lynette Morus

For full Job Post go here
For testimonials from past interns go here

Posted 3/13/2017 

Viticulture Internship
Location: Dayton, OR

Company: Stoller Family Estate Vineyard
Time frame: May/June through harvest 2017 (start date negotiable with course/term schedule)

Duties: The intern will have the opportunity to work with established vineyard blocks and newly planted blocks within the vineyard. Specific duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Monitoring vineyard for pests, disease, and phenology updates
  • Tissue and berry sampling
  • Help with miscellaneous projects
  • Work with the Asst. Vineyard Manager on the vineyard spray program
  • Data collection and crop estimation
  • Harvest prep
  • Along with our vineyard, we have approximately 1.5 acres of garden and several acres of oak savannah. If desired, the student may also be involved with agro-ecological restoration work and may utilize their green thumb within the garden.


  • Currently a student or new graduate seeking internship experience
  • Possess a strong work ethic and a sense of humor
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to work well both independently and with others
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Be willing to work outdoors for extended hours in all climatic elements
  • Basic knowledge and use of MS Excel
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Workload will vary from week to week but will typically be full-time
  • Some vineyard experience is desired but not a requirement

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to 

Posted:  2/1/2017

Viticulture Internship 2017
Location:  Monroe, OR

Duties: Assist with all aspects of operation of a 12-acre vineyard including pruning, trellis repair and construction, shoot thinning, shoot positioning, crop estimates and crop thinning, pest control, new planting layout and planting, and ground prep for 2018 plantings. Equipment operation would be based on experience. The job can start at any time but does not need to be full time. We often work weekends.

Eligibility: Interest in all aspects of viticulture, an open mind, a strong work ethic. Equipment experience would be nice but is not necessary. Personal transportation is a plus, but carpooling can be arranged when possible.    

To apply:  Send a resume and a cover letter that provides a casual description of your interests, education and career goals to Steve Price at Interviews will be held in Corvallis. Steve can be reached at 541-908-4279.

Posted:  1/23/2017