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Recruiting Industry Research Collaborators for the OSU Statewide Crop Load Project – 2017

Yield management is an important quality control step in winegrape production. A significant body of research exists for the impacts of cluster thinning on vine balance, fruit ripening, and fruit and wine quality, but no clear fruit and wine quality impacts have been found scientifically, largely due to the different climates, cultivars, and production goals under which those studies have been conducted. Furthermore, those studies have not provided clear guidelines that are readily applicable to different cultivars and regions. The OSU Statewide Crop Load Project is a long-term project that was established as a way to develop better yield management guidelines for Pinot noir by conducting research across many vineyards in Oregon. The project uses an industry-participatory research model to investigate yield and vine balance for Pinot noir and is under leadership of a team of researchers at the Oregon Wine Research Institute, including Dr. Patty Skinkis (viticulture), Dr. James Osborne (enology), Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino (sensory), Dr. Paul Schreiner (plant physiology), and Dr. Katie McLaughlin (statistics). The project will be conducted for the next five years to help define crop load metrics across different climates, vineyards, and seasons in Oregon. With the growing interest in Chardonnay, the research project is open to anyone interested in conducting the trial in a Chardonnay vineyard.

Objective:  The main objective of this project is todevelop a collaborative model for vineyard-to-winery yield management research to investigate the relationship between yield, vine balance, and fruit and wine quality. Through this model, we will generate a robust data set to address the complex nature of vine balance and quality across different vineyards and vintages. We will develop dynamic vine balance metrics for Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay based on the data that is accumulated across seasons and sites. The great benefit of this work is that it is conducted in-house by vineyard and winery collaborators, allowing them to determine real-world interpretation of the results based on their experiences and generate dynamic metrics that account for vintage variability are not “one-size-fits-all.”  The efforts of all collaborators add to the project goal of defining regionally-important vine balance metrics as they relate to wine quality, vineyard productivity, and economics.

Participation:  The more participation from industry collaborators, the greater the information we can gather to understand how vine balance impacts fruit and wine quality.  However, we there are certain criteria that must be met by all research collaborators to be a part of the project:

  • Willingness to take an active role in research. Based on the vineyard site and number of yield treatments used, the total investment of labor is ~45-65 man-hours on this project annually.
  • A healthy, uniform vineyard must be used for the trial, and the block must contain the same clone and rootstock throughout the experimental area (Pinot noir or Chardonnay).
  • Ability to use the same vineyard in the trial for at least 3 years.
  • Ability to implement and maintain crop level treatments over the course of the experiment.
  • Ability to collect data as outlined in research protocols. Manual labor hours cited above includes this step.
  • Wine production is not required to be involved in the study but is encouraged. For those who make wine, there must be commitment from both vineyard and winemaking partners. Manual labor hours cited above includes wine production. If wine is produced, the winery/vineyard partners must be willing to take part in in-house wine evaluations the decipher wine sensory and production impacts based on crop levels.

To apply:  If you are interested in becoming a collaborator in this project, please fill out this brief application survey. The deadline for application is April 28, 2017.

More information:  If you want to learn more about the project, please see the following resources.

  • The Low Down on High Yields: Challenging Yield-Quality Standards for Oregon Pinot Noir (Oregon Wine Symposium video)
  • Statewide Crop Load Project Report: Investigating the Yield-Quality Relationship of Pinot Noir (newsletter article)
  • Impact of Cluster Thinning on ‘Pinot Noir’ Fruit Quality Across a Large-scale, Multi-site Study (abstract and video)
  • Defining Crop Load Metrics for Pinot Noir: Statewide Crop Load Project 3-Year Summary (video)

Posted 3/20/2017


Viticulture/Lab Harvest Intern
Location: Willamette Valley, OR

Job Description:
Winemakers LLC is looking for a viticulture/lab 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

Requirements: 

  • 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 dana@winemakersllc.com

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 resume@abacela.com

For full Job Posting 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 resume@abacela.com

For full Job Posting go here

Posted 3/14/2017 


Erath Winery Viticulture Intern
Location: Dundee, Oregon

Position Summary: To provide learning opportunities and practical training through hands-on participation related to viticulture, which promote professional development with a commitment to pursue excellence. 

Duration of Internship: May 2017- September 2017 (flexible in accordance to University course schedule)

Responsibilities:
Accurately collect viticulture field data which can include, but is not limited to:

  • Pest and disease levels and damage assessments
  • Cluster counts, cluster weights
  • Vine counts, vine weights
  • Shoot elongation measurements
  • Soil sampling
  • Petiole sampling
  • Collection of fruit samples (If working through harvest)
  • Utilizes technology to obtain vineyard data
  • Will occasionally provide assistance with research projects within the vineyards


Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • H.S. diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a valid driver's license and a safe driving record
  • Completed degree or currently enrolled in a plant science or related field preferred
  • Proficient in Word and Excel
  • Ability to carry out direction both verbally and/or in written form
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize workload
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English (Bilingual candidates a plus)
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to work extended hours
  • Ability to work in extreme and varying weather conditions
  • History of responsible use of alcohol and other appropriate conduct, as well as fitness to be licensed, permitted, and/or certified by state and/or local regulatory bodies

Hourly Wage

  • $14.50 to $15.50 an hour depending on education and experience
  • $400/ month housing stipend

Apply online at SMWE's Web Site: www.smwe.com/employment REQ# 17-0057

For full Job Posting go here

Posted 3/13/2017


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:

1st Element: Work Experience

You’ll gain applicable work experience through administration, winemaking, viticulture, hospitality, retail, customer service, and marketing assignments. Tasks will range from day-to-day tasks to one time assignments. The work experience element includes shadowing sessions with our Enologist, Manager of Vineyard Operations and Director of Winemaking.

2nd Element: Education

Education classes and certification programs required to work at Phelps Creek Vineyards include Oregon Food Handler’s Card, and Oregon Liquor Control Commission Licensed Alcohol Server Permit. You will also participate in Phelps Creek Vineyards company meetings and educational sessions with the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association.

3rd Element: Palate Expansion

In addition to familiarizing yourself with Phelps Creek Vineyards’ wines, there will be constant tasting of Columbia Gorge AVA and wines from other districts, as well as special occasions when we pull from our Library. Beginning with regimented WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting® lectures*, you will develop your palate and build your tasting skills. You will also participate in the Wine Dinners hosted by Phelps Creek Vineyards and our private team summer barbeques. Your summer internship will be a complete immersion in wine country lifestyle, and we hope it will provide a great introduction into the world of wine.

4th Element: Personal Project

We believe that a great addition to an intern’s portfolio is a personal project that you see through from beginning to end. The project will be assigned based on your personal goals and areas where the company can benefit.

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.

Compensation:

Stipend Package: $600 per month stipend, paid in bi-monthly installments via check, 8 school credits, free room rental (value of $200)
Performance Bonus:  $15 for each Wine Club sign-up, paid bi-monthly accompanying salary paycheck, tips from guests in Tasting Room and Wine Country Experiences- adjusted tips paid accompanying salary paycheck and cash tips paid day of
Wine Bonus: One bottle of wine per week (Retail Value: <$35), 50% of all Phelps Creek Vineyards' wine purchases

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  lynette@phelpscreekvineyards.com

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

Posted 3/13/2017 


Results Partners LLC Summer Vineyard Internship

RP South is looking for a summer intern to assist with crop estimating, scouting, viticulture practices, irrigation, and production work. Our offices are based in Medford and we manage vineyards throughout the Rogue Valley.  This is a great position for individuals who enjoy working outdoors and are excited to learn more about wine grape growing.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collect yield data: number of shoots, number of clusters and cluster weights
  • Monitor and record phenologic stages/dates
  • Collect petiole and leaf blades for nutritional analysis at veraison
  • Monitor for pests and diseases
  • Take pressure bomb readings in irrigated vineyards as well as basic irrigation maintenance and repair
  • Collect data for and participate in viticultural trials as necessary
  • Assist with vineyard production work as needed

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work as a dynamic and contributing team member in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills; can communicate effectively in English, Spanish speaking skills a plus
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skill; ability to manage priorities and workflow
  • Must be computer literate, with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must have a good driving record, dependable transportation
  • Must work long hours as required
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds

To apply: Contact Jason Coates, 541-727-8853, jason@resultspartners.com

Posted 2/16/2017


2017 Harvest Intern
Location: Napa, CA

Trefethen Family Vineyards is looking for enthusiastic and passionate applicants for our winery intern positions. The internship program at Trefethen runs from July until December, and includes exposure to all facets of wine production. The interns play a vital role in assessing vineyard block maturity, preparing the winery for harvest, receiving/processing fruit, monitoring fermentations, performing lab analysis, and gathering data to enhance the production of premium wines.

We are a family owned estate winery in the Oak Knoll District with 450 planted acres. Our location allows us to successfully grow a range of cultivars including riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, malbec, and petit verdot. In addition to our main ranch on the valley floor, we have a hillside property nearby devoted exclusively to Bordeaux varietals. We believe the best way to produce wines of the highest quality is to be in control of each step of the process from growing the grapes to bottling the finished wines. Our vineyard and winemaking teams work hand in hand to craft classic Napa wines that are a reflection of the Oak Knoll District.

The internship involves extensive experience in both the laboratory and the cellar, as well as time in the vineyard. When working in the lab, the interns work closely with the winemaking team and are involved in all tastings. The internship includes significant independent work and is geared at preparing individuals for future careers in the industry. The responsibilities of the interns include:

  • vineyard sampling
  • crushing/pressing
  • forklift operation (unloading trucks, loading the press)
  • pumpovers/punchdowns
  • fermentation monitoring
  • general cellar duties (racking, filling, barrel work, sanitation, etc.)
  • bottling
  • laboratory analysis of grape samples, musts and wines
  • QA/QC operations
  • setting up and participating in tasting and trials

Qualifications:
Basic winemaking knowledge, completion of a wine chemistry course, valid CA Driver’s License, ability to lift up to 50 lbs., and ability to work long hours with a positive attitude are required. Previous harvest experience is desirable, but not required. Ideally, the intern will start work in July and continue through December, but these dates are flexible.

To apply: Contact Dan Blakely, Assistant Winemaker, 1160 Oak Knoll Ave, Napa, CA 94558  dan@trefethen.com 

Posted 2/14/2017


Woodhall Vineyard Student Intern Position
Location: Monroe, Oregon 

Job Description:
OSU Woodhall vineyard is currently looking for a motivated individual with the desire to work and learn the skills needed to manage a research/commercial vineyard. 

Requirements:

  • Have a strong interest in vineyard management
  • Enrolled at OSU, taking at least 6 credits per term during the 2017/2018 school year
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Be able to lift 30 pounds
  • Be able to work 40 hours a week during summer and 15-20 hours a week during the school year
  • Demonstrate good communication skills
  • Be a self-starter with good attention to detail

 
Skills Acquired:

  • Pruning
  • Tip and tying
  • Catch wire management
  • Tractor safety and operation
  • Equipment repair and maintenance
  • Canopy management
  • Crop estimates and harvest
  • Irrigation
  • Trellis repair
  • Harvest processing at the OSU winery

To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to joshua.price@oregonstate.edu

Posted 2/7/2017


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.

Eligibility:

  • 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 erica@stollerfamilyestate.com 

Posted:  2/1/2017


Viticulture Internship
Location: McMinnville, OR

Company: Results Partners, LLC
Timeframe: June through harvest 2017 (dates are flexible with students)

Description: Results Partners, LLC is looking for a team of summer interns to assist with crop estimating, scouting, viticulture practices, and production work. Our offices are based in McMinnville and we manage vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley. This is a great position for individuals who enjoy working outdoors and are excited to learn more about wine grape growing.

Duties:

  • Collect yield data: number of shoots, number of clusters and cluster weights
  • Monitor and record vineyard phenologic stages and dates
  • Collect petiole and leaf blades for nutritional analysis at véraison
  • Monitor for pests and diseases
  • Take water stress measurements in irrigated vineyards
  • Collect data for and participate in viticultural trials as necessary
  • Assist with vineyard production work as needed

Qualifications:

  • Ability to work as a dynamic and contributing team member in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills; can communicate effectively in English
  • Spanish speaking skills a plus
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skill; ability to manage priorities and workflow
  • Must be computer literate, with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and dependable transportation
  • Must work long hours as required
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds

 To apply: Contact Jessie Delarbre at 971-312-2222, Jessie@resultspartners.com, with a cover letter and resume.

 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 Price.s@comcast.net. Interviews will be held in Corvallis. Steve can be reached at 541-908-4279.

Posted:  1/23/2017 


Grapeman Farms
Location: Bakersfield, CA

Grapeman Farms is a large scale, vertically integrated, grower -packer – shipper of premium table grapes. We farm in Delano, Bakersfield and Maricopa California and soon starting growing operations in Peru. With over 4000 Acres planted in California and 17 varietals we are in the process of developing the next generation of growers that will secure our future for the next 20 years. 

Position: Assistant / Apprentice Viticulturist. This position will work under one of our seasoned table grape growers to learn the pragmatic application of viticulture…in other words they will actually learn how to grow grapes, and do so in a large commercial farming environment.

Compensation: This is a year-round, full time salaried position offering full benefits, paid vacation, paid relocation and company vehicle. Bonus compensation commensurate with performance. Starting salary is based on level of experience.

No commercial experience: $40,000 to $60,000
3 – 5 Years Experience: $75,000 to $90,000
5 – 10 Years Experience: $120,000 - $170,000
10 – 20 Years Experience: $200,000 - $300,000

Requirements: #1 Requirement is a passion for production agriculture, this is a farming job.

  • Bachelors degree in horticulture, viticulture or related agriculture science degree
  • Pest Control Advisor License (can be obtained once hired)
  • Bilingual Spanish or working knowledge is helpful
  • Supervisory and Leadership potential – we have over 3500 folks working in the field
  • Self motivated with the ability to prioritize for results within a fast paced working environment
  • Ambitious willingness to learn the art of grape growing

Currently there is a significant talent gap in California for experienced table grape growers, currently making it one of the most lucrative careers in all of agriculture today. This is an opportunity to learn from experts the art of table grape growing and develop into a Vineyard Operation Manager.

To apply or obtain more information:

please contact Matthew DeCarlo (CEO) by cell 661-446-4053 or through Jessica Ordaz 661-667-3319, jordaz@grapeman.com

Posted: 1/18/2017


2017 Viticulture Technician Internship
Location: Grandview, WA

The Viticulture Technician is an important contributing member of the Viticulture team. The position is with a large vineyard operation in Grandview Washington. We are seeking individuals who are enrolled in, or recently completed a Viticulture degree program and are looking for opportunities to gain more experience in the industry. The Viticulture Tech will be working closely with the Viticulturist and Assistant viticulturist throughout the growing season.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in miscellaneous special projects
  • Using handheld technology to collect observations and field data
  • Monitoring vineyards in many AVA’s for pest, disease, and other cultural practices
  • Collect and enter data for crop estimates (vine harvesting, cluster counting and weighing)

Requirements:

  • Investigative skill set
  • ATV operation experience
  • Must possess valid driver’s license
  • Be able to lift and move at least 40 pounds
  • Working extended hours outdoors in the elements
  • The ability to read, understand, and write in English
  • Communicates well (via in person, text, email, phone)
  • A strong work ethic and the ability to work independently
  • Formal education in viticulture or 2 years’ experience in the vineyard
  • Ability to use a computer with working knowledge of MS Excel and Word
  • Workload may change week to week, but it will typically be full-time (40 hrs.)

We have 2 Viticulture internship positions available from May through October. International applications welcome. Please apply by emailing your cover letter, resume and contact information to our Viticulturist at Northwest.Viticulture@gmail.com 

Posted: 1/18/2017