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TITLE:Vineyard Manager, Santa Rita Hill Vineyards

REPORTS TO:Director of Farming JFW

LOCATION: Santa Rita Hills, Los Alamos, CA

 

General Description of Duties:

Under general supervision, manages, supervises and coordinates all farming activities for SRH properties of vineyards currently managed by Jackson Family Wines well as future vineyard developments.  Assignments involve the planning, supervision and execution of general vineyard management work requiring broad skills and knowledge in the areas of land preparation, reservoir, irrigation and trellis system installation, plant selection, planting, grafting and establishment, equipment selection, operation and maintenance, pruning, irrigation management, crop forecasting, chemical applications, disease and pest control, cultivation and canopy management, and harvest. 

 

Specific Duties:

  • Responsible for the cost-effective management of ultra-premium wine grape vineyards – Santa Rita Hills (120 acres), 3D (11.5 acres). Hapgood (29 acres) and Machado (13.5 acres).  Varietals include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah.
  • Directs a workforce of approximately 4 full time workers and 30 seasonal employees consisting of labor crews, equipment operators, irrigators, etc. as well as various contractors.
  • Coordinates vineyard activities of vineyard managers, shop/maintenance, and other related personnel.
  • Monitors the crop for insect and disease pressure, plans and implements all fungicide, pesticide and irrigation programs, and keeps accurate record of pesticide and chemical usage and inventories.
  • Coordinates with the winemaking staff regarding all elite viticultural practices and harvest decisions.
  • Maintains accurate records of daily events and work schedules.
  • Assists in the preparation of the annual capital expenditure and operating expense budgets and monthly reviews.
  • Requisitions, operates and maintains all tools, equipment and vehicles.  Reviews all expenditures to insure that all operations are within budgetary parameters.
  • Insures that adequate security systems and measures are in place at all properties.
  • Interprets company policies to workers and enforces safety regulations.  Designs/implements employee safety training programs and assists in the prevention and resolution of worker compensation cases.
  • Coordinates with viticulturists and engineers in preparing and executing all development and replanting plans.
  • Other Vineyards and Special projects as JFW continues to grow.

 

Employment Status:

Regular full-time salaried position with full benefits.

 

Immediate Team Members:

Assistant Vineyard Manager, Shop Supervisor, Field Labor Relations Rep, Vineyard Supervisor, Vineyard Equipment Supervisor, Vineyard Foreman

 

Experience and Training:

Degree in Viticulture or related field is required.  A minimum of five years of direct experience in vineyard management development is required.  Strong communication, budgeting and computer skills are essential, and a PCA license and proficiency in Spanish are highly desirable.  This position requires excellent communication, planning and organizational skills as well as the ability to work as a team player.

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