OTV Equipment Operator

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OTV Equipment Operator  
Southern Vineyards Monterey, California  
Position at Jackson Family Wines  
General Description of Duties:  
This position will have advanced Tractor Driving abilities and be able to operate and maintain specialized  
over-the-vine equipment in narrow space vineyards. In addition, candidate must be able to learn and  
correctly utilize and operate specialized implements for pre-pruning, mowing, cultivation, spraying and  
harvesting activities.  
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

Operate all instruments and levers for safe and correct operation of Over the Vine equipment and  
all attachments manufactured for it. (E.g. mowers, harvester, pre-pruner, sprayer, compost  
spreader, under the vine cultivator, etc.)  

Operate variety of farm cultivation equipment including a variety of tractors, wheeled and track  
type, rippers, trenchers.  
Thorough knowledge of safety protocol for spray application, PTO safety, Hydraulic operation,  
safely remove and hook up a variety of custom implements.  

Demonstrate highest level of care for equipment and use of Personal Protective Equipment.  
Must be able to workdays and or nights during harvest and spray season.  
Must be able to pass a fitness test for respirator use.  
Specific Duties:  

Operate over-the-vine equipment and all modules developed for this equipment.  
Obtain thorough knowledge of systems involved with over-the-vine equipment.  
Thorough knowledge of pesticide applications and calibration of sprayers. PPE.  
Perform daily maintenance of equipment, as well as troubleshoot and report problems.  
Instruct and oversee personnel operating support equipment.  
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.  
Experience and Training:  
Requires a minimum of a High School degree or equivalent, plus 2-3 years of vineyard equipment  
operation and mechanical maintenance experience. Must be able to speak, read and write  
English. Spanish language is a plus. Ability to mix chemicals at times lifting over 20 to 40 lbs. at times.  
Summary: Entry Level OTV Driver  

Experience and Training:  
An entry level OTV driver must have demonstrated an ability to safely operate a wide variety of small and  
large farm cultivating equipment. This includes narrow row tractors and the larger cab type tractors as  
well as a variety of tire and track style cultivation equipment. The ability to correctly read and understand  
equipment gauges is a must. Must demonstrate attention and commitment to conducting the pre-  
operation checklist of equipment to ensure safety and avoid damage to equipment.  
They must also can understand the dynamic of basic hydraulics and PTO as it pertains to the operation of  
the pressure systems incorporated into the design of the OTV vehicle. They must also be able to multi-  
task as the equipment requires a high degree of focus to detail in both the forward movement of the  
machine as well as the correct ground level function of its implements. They must also be able to perform  
in a highly focused mode for long periods of time during harvest and spray and cultivation season while  
driving through very tight spacing with a full array of implementations.  
They must also be able to understand how the various systems interact and utilize the equipment  
accordingly and not misuse or abuse the intended design causing damage to the equipment and  
Summary: Experienced Level OTV Driver  
Experience and Training:  
An experienced OTV driver must possess the ability to correctly operate a wide variety of specialized  
Over the Vine equipment. This includes demonstrating a mastery of learned systems operations for the  
equipment including all gauges, motors, and hydraulics. They will demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot  
a wide variety of implement problems and made corrections that permit them to complete their scheduled  
assignments with little down time. They also will have the ability to make suggestions or  
recommendations to the mechanics for new design development for the creation of custom implements to  
increase efficiency of the machinery.  
They must also have developed a high degree of efficiency in the operation of the equipment that is  
demonstrated by reduced breakdown time and increased production in comparison to newly trained  
They must also be able to be able to operate a wide variety of different OTV equipment which have their  
own specific implements and different design characteristics which require a gained expertise to operate  
efficiently and effectively.  

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