Harvest Internship, Virginia Dare Winery
Job Summary: As a member of our team you will have the opportunity to be involved in various crush activities while working with a highly motivated and dynamic production team. As a cellar worker, you will be a central part of our wine making team performing various work assignments to include: racking, pumping, clarifying and blending of juice and wine; Operate and care for filters, pumps, presses, hoses and other cellar equipment; handle shipping and receiving of everything from cases of wine to tanker trucks; perform sanitation of cellar equipment including casks and tanks; check temperature of tanks during fermentation, stabilization and storage.
During harvest we may operate 7 days per week. Successful candidates will be assigned to one of the 2 shifts and will be expected to be available during their scheduled work days during the harvest period from the middle of August through the beginning of November.
This is a paid internship with full time opportunity after the completed season.
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 People Operations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Teamwork and Attitude:
- Ability to work in harmony with others.
- Demonstrate independence and initiative in work.
- Demonstrate dependability.
- Display a positive attitude and have good interpersonal skills.
- Understands the hazards of handling chemicals used in the cellar and the required PPE to handle them.
- Recognizes safety hazards and brings them to the supervisor’s attention immediately.
40% Wine and Barrel Work:
- Move or rack wine from tank to tank
- Use a variety of pumps such as centrifugals, air pumps, piston pumps
- Know the capacity and locations of all tanks, measure tanks accurately
- Correctly mark tanks with lot information and understand the lot identification system
- Perform tank top maintenance and inspections
- Prepare yeast and other materials for fermenter additions, perform pump-overs on red fermenters
- Calculate and make additions such as SO2, tartaric acid, PVPP, Liquigel, copper sulfate, and CO2
- Calibrate and use the oxygen meter correctly
- Fill and empty barrels, make SO2 additions to barrels and top with wine
- Fill in on the bottling line on occasion for non-operator positions
40% Sanitation/Wine Movement Setup/Workplace Maintenance:
- Prepare tanks for wine moves as specified by the work order or supervisor.
- Clean, sanitize and rinse tanks, fittings, hoses and pumps.
- Understand the principles and standards of sanitation.
- Understand the purpose and use of the chemicals used in the cleaning process.
20% Completion of Work Orders:
- Understands how written work orders relate to actual wine movements.
- Records before and after tank measurements accurately and converts measurements to gallons.
- Able to perform inventory tasks on tanks, barrels or dry goods.
- High school degree, ability to perform simple math calculations
- Prior harvest experience is highly desired but not essential, we will train the right person. Your duties will be assigned based on your skill level.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Basic knowledge of grape and wine production process is helpful
- Successful candidates will be highly motivated, detail driven individuals who possess an aptitude to work independently as well as part of a team.
- Ability to work any shift (day, swing or graveyard).
- Ability to fill in on the bottling line, if needed.
- Valid driver’s license is needed to be able to drive the company vehicles off of the property.
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-C, Walk-C, Sit-O, Handling/Fingering-F, Reaching Outward-F, Reaching Above Shoulder-O
Climb-O, Crawl-O, Squat or Kneel-O, Bend-O, Working at the Computer-N
Other Physical Requirements
10 lbs or Less
12 lbs or Less
Vision (Near, Distance)
11 lbs to 20 lbs
13 lbs to 25 lbs
Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/Tractor Sounds)
21 lbs to 50 lbs
26 lbs to 40 lbs
Sense of Touch
51 lbs to 100 lbs
41 lbs to 100 lbs
Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (i.e. steel toe boots, safety glasses)
Over 100 lbs
Over 100 lbs
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to outside weather conditions, as well as conditions that can be wet or dry, cold or warm, and/or indoors or outdoors. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.