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Vineyard Assistant

Location: Geyserville, California

Job Summary: 

The Vineyard Assistant under the direction of the Estate Vineyard Manager will perform vineyard cultural practices on the Francis Ford Coppola Winery vineyard acres.  This position will also assist with irrigation, trellis maintenance, fertilization, frost protection, minor equipment repairs, spraying and general maintenance of Estate Vineyards.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Safety Statement:

All employees shall follow safe practices according to the injury and illness Prevention Policy (IIPP), render every possible aid to safe operations, and report all unsafe conditions or practices immediately to any management employee or Human Resources.

Supervisors and Leads are fundamentally responsible for ensuring safety in their own departments and to uphold the following safety standards:

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude toward safety
  • Ensure work is performed in a safe manner and all safety rules, regulations and instructions are in compliance
  • Report and investigate workplace injuries in a timely manner; identifies ways to eliminate risk of reoccurrence; complete audits; conduct monthly safety meetings and trainings; maintain compliance with hazardous materials program; inform/train new employees on specific safety aspects and procedures with the department and location; participate in monthly management safety meetings

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Help to ensure all irrigation systems are functioning properly and perform minor repairs as needed
  • Assist Estate Vineyard Manager with property repairs including tree trimming, fence repair, plumbing, chipping brush, spreading compost, and general landscaping
  • Maintain vineyard appearances with routine weed control and mowing
  • Assist with all aspects of trellis repair and maintenance
  • Perform grape quality improvement tasks including bunch thinning, leaf pulling, cluster counts, and shoot placement
  • Assist Grower Relations team with harvest tasks such as sugar sampling
  • Replant missing vines and help train young vines
  • Help to repair and hook up implements including, but not limited to, choppers, mowers, sprayers, discs, weed sprayers
  • Assist with the collection and organization of yield estimation and monitoring vine phenological stages.

Job Requirements:  


  • High School Diploma
  • Vineyard experience is a plus


  • Good work ethic
  • Self-Motivated
  • Able to prioritize multiple projects.
  • Basic carpentry and mechanical skills a plus


  • Basic understanding of viticulture processes


  • Able to repetitively lift or carry 40 to 50 pounds for short periods of time.
  • Able to work outdoors in variable weather conditions.


  • Must have a valid California Drivers’ License and a clean driving record.

Physical Demands:

N (Not Applicable)-Activity is not applicable to this occupation.

O (Occasionally)-Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5+hrs/day)

F (Frequently)-Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5+ hrs/day)

C (Constantly)-Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)


Stand-F, Walk-F, Sit-F, Handling/Fingering-O, Reaching Outward-O, Reaching Above Shoulder-O, Climb-O, Crawl-O, Squat or Kneel-O, Bend-O, Working at the computer-O


10 lbs or Less, O

11 – 20 lbs, O

21 – 50 lbs, O

51 – 100 lbs, O

Over 100 lbs, N


12 lbs or Less, O

13 – 25 lbs, O

26 – 40 lbs, O

41 – 100 lbs, N

Other Physical Requirements:

Vision (Near, Distance)

Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/tractor sounds)

Sense of Touch

Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Steel toe boots, safety glasses)

Posted: March 21, 2019

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