Ag-Internships2019-06-24T09:29:51-07:00

Employment Opportunities

Agronomist2022-11-21T13:28:53-08:00

Agronomist: Professional Ag Services, Inc

Primary responsibilities include performing soil moisture monitoring and providing assistance with irrigation scheduling. Our agronomists use proprietary software to provide recommendations to farmers on irrigation management. We serve farmers throughout Washington and Oregon with agronomy services for row crops, wine grapes and orchards.

Qualifications include a degree in an agricultural based field of study or related field experience. Company will train as necessary. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required. Individual must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefit package includes: medical, dental and vision insurance; group life and disability insurance; 401(k) plan and flexible spending plans.

Contact Sam Kniveton to apply:
sam@proag.net
509-845-3865

Cellar Hand2022-11-17T09:04:26-08:00

Cellar Hand – Tagaris Winery

Position Summary

Tagaris Winery has the opportunity for you to work the day shifts as a Production Worker. They will assist operators and perform basic product movements and processing necessary on the wines optimizing quality in the most efficient manner at Tagaris Winery in Richland, WA.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist Operators in setting up equipment, pumping grapes and wine to tanks and barrels, chemical additions, sanitation, and other cellar work as needed.
  • Responsible for the various duties relating to the completion of work orders, safety checks, wine processes, reporting off standards, wash down and clean up, performing specified equipment maintenance and sanitizing work area.
  • Shovel pumice
  • Maintain a positive relationship encouraging strong communication and teamwork.
  • Operate presses or other winery equipment.
  • Work with hazardous chemicals, operate equipment with moving parts.
  • May be required to work in Confined Space.
  • Heavy physical labor necessary.
  • Able to pull 60 lbs. on cellar floor, turn empty barrels., set barrels on pallets, and shovel pumice.
  • Able to work on concrete floors all shift.
  • Able to work in Confined Space.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Spanish speaking preferred or bilingual in English/Spanish
  • Light mechanical ability
  • Must be able to pull 60lbs and perform heavy physical labor, and work on concrete floors for entire shift
  • 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

Education: Preferred High School or better.

How to Apply:

Nikki Strock
Director of Bulk Wine
O: (509) 628-1619
F: (509) 252-0725
http://www.tagariswines.com/

Biological Science Technician (Temporary)2022-09-21T09:09:20-07:00

Biological Science Technician (Temporary)

Dr. Yurgel, a USDA-ARS microbiologist/soil ecologist, is hiring a Biological Science Technician to help with soil and plant tissue preparation and DNA isolation at the WSU-Prosser station, located in Prosser, WA. Dr. Yurgel’s program focuses on understanding the role of soil microbiome on soil health and legume crop production and identification of native microorganism with plant growth promotion properties which could be employed for improvement of sustainable pulse crop production. Experience in molecular biology techniques is desired.

This is a 6-month half-time position. However, an increase in hours and duration might be considered in the future. The work schedule is flexible with wage range between $15 and $25 per hour depending on the qualifications. To hire through WSU, candidates will need to complete an application form (found here).

For additional information please contact Dr. Yurgel directly at svetlana.yurgel@usda.gov with the e-mail subject “Part time technician in molecular biology lab”.

In accordance with Washington State Governor’s Proclamation 21.14.3, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodation is available athttps://hrs.wsu.edu/covid-19/vax-verification/. Please contact HRS at hrs@wsu.edu or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.

Winemaker2022-08-15T16:23:19-07:00

Winemaker

Heron Bluff Vineyard and Winery is named for the Great Blue Herons that return each spring to the on-site rookery located in the tall trees near the massive basalt bluffs on the north boundary of this majestic vineyard location. The rich volcanic soils and fractured basalt of the estate soils provide unmatched minerality and flavor to the fruit produced on these southwest facing slopes using sustainable vineyard practices. Heron Bluff Vineyard and Winery is located 3 miles west of Red Mountain with 18 acres of vineyard overlooking the Yakima River. We are a relatively new facility first planting and building the winery in 2016 with plans to average about 2500 cases per vintage. We are preparing to open a new tasting room this summer. We are looking for a new member to this team where we take our estate fruit through the entire wine making process from vine to bottle. The successful candidate will possess a positive team attitude and be willing to approach any task a small business environment provides. This position is filled by someone dependable, positive, willing to learn, and communicates well with good organizational skills. This candidate is expected to maintain good cellar cleanliness and organization, as well as keep up with day-to-day operations. Having a working knowledge of winery operations/flow is crucial and good time management is essential for candidate success. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in learning all aspects of operating a vineyard and winery from someone with decades of mentoring experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • AA degree or 4+ years industry experience in winemaking and viticulture. Prior education in V & E, chemistry or another relevant field
  • Knowledge of vineyards, vineyard sampling, basic ripeness tests
  • Knowledge of all winery operations and equipment
  • Knowledge of chemical analysis and various winery tests (pH, T.A., FSO2, etc.) and how to conduct them in a wine lab setting
  • Certified forklift operator (or an ability to obtain)
  • Experience with all forms of winery equipment (pumps, compressed gasses, filters, press, destemmer, etc.) as well as a knowledge of how they work and how to clean and maintain them.
  • Good communication skills, positive attitude toward self and others
  • Able to train and supervise new staff
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift 60+ lbs. repeatedly
  • Ability to work extended hours during harvest in all types of weather
  • Participates in and carries out short-term and long-term planning of cellar work

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bottling line work experience
  • Washington M.A.S.T. permit (or ability to obtain) and food handlers permit useful

Interpersonal skills require working with others in a cooperative, not confrontational attitude, showing patience but requiring accountability, and not letting egos get in the way of progress. This person also works closely with the owners and tasting room staff, helps assemble the wine club shipments, and is expected to understand the needs of administration and marketing. This person is responsible for ensuring that production labor is used efficiently, maintaining high standards of cleanliness, and the organization and storage of supplies and equipment.

Candidate must be able to provide own transportation, must be eligible for employment in the U.S. and must be available to work non-traditional hours for crush during all types of weather.

This candidate will also be required to work in the tasting room, with the public at trade and tasting events both at the winery and on the road. Staffing at Spring Release Weekend, Holiday Barrel Tasting, and wine club events will be required. During slow times in production, the staff will assist others with general maintenance both indoors and outdoors.

Compensation and wage based on experience. If interested please provide a resume to Eric Hoppe at ew_hoppe@yahoo.com

Section Grower Level 32022-08-04T14:55:30-07:00

Section Grower Level 3

A career at Skagit Horticulture is challenging, rewarding, and satisfying. We accomplish our goals when each individual performs to their full potential while contributing as a valuable team player with others in the organization.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Section Grower Level 3 is responsible for all aspects of crop production, decision making on fertilizer/pesticide applications, and monitoring of pest populations.

Position Summary:

  • · Grow crops to meet product ready dates and ensure on-time shipment of quality product
  • · Manage moisture and fertilizer to crops through use of sprinklers, fog, drip tubes, booms, and hoses
  • · Maintain sanitation throughout assigned area and promote others to do the same
  • · Walk crops with Head Grower weekly to identify issues and develop a plan for the upcoming week
  • · Scout for pest and disease; Conduct soil samples to test for pH/EC
  • · Perform sanitation, herbicide, beneficial biological and pesticide applications
  • · Practice safety at all times including ability to properly use and maintain equipment in growing area including injectors, carts, spray trailers

Required Qualifications:

  • · College degree or equivalent years of growing experience
  • · Computer experience with Microsoft Suite products
  • · Effective verbal and written communication
  • · WA Pesticide Applicator’s License or ability to obtain within 90 days of hire
  • · Work holidays and weekends as required
  • · Lift/carry weights up to 50lbs and stand/walk for long periods of time
  • · Able to work in all environmental conditions and move between temperature extremes

Preferred Qualifications:

  • · Previous experience with controlled climate systems such as Argus
  • · Experience in a wholesale operation
  • · Experience applying pesticides and growth regulators

Benefits Skagit offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401k, and 8 paid holidays.

Please have all resumes submitted to Jobs@skagithort.com

Section Grower Level 22022-08-04T14:53:23-07:00

Section Grower Level 2

A career at Skagit Horticulture is challenging, rewarding, and satisfying. We accomplish our goals when each individual performs to their full potential while contributing as a valuable team player with others in the organization.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Section Grower Level 2 is responsible for all aspects of crop production including pesticide applications, data collection and entry, and coordinating with Head Grower and other departments to ensure quality production.

Position Summary:

  • · Provide moisture and fertilizer to crops through use of sprinklers, fog, drip tubes, booms, and hoses
  • · Maintain sanitation throughout assigned area (to include non-plant material upkeep such as algae-free floors, no weeds, no garbage)
  • · Walk crops with Head Grower weekly to identify issues and develop a plan for the upcoming week
  • · Scout for pest and disease; Conduct soil samples to test for pH/EC
  • · Perform sanitation, herbicide, beneficial biological and pesticide applications
  • · Practice safety at all times
  • · Aid fellow growers and departments as needed
  • · Properly use and maintain equipment in growing area including injectors, carts, spray trailers

Required Qualifications:

  • · Work holidays and weekends as required
  • · Lift/carry weights up to 50lbs and stand/walk for long periods of time
  • · Able to work in all environmental conditions and move between temperature extremes

Preferred Qualifications:

  • · Minimum 1 year of growing experience
  • · Computer experience
  • · Effective verbal and written communication

Benefits Skagit offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401k, and 8 paid holidays.

Please have all resumes submitted to Jobs@skagithort.com

Section Grower Level 12022-08-04T14:51:19-07:00

Section Grower Level 1

A career at Skagit Horticulture is challenging, rewarding, and satisfying. We accomplish our goals when each individual performs to their full potential while contributing as a valuable team player with others in the organization.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

Section Grower Level 1 is responsible for the correct daily care of plant materials including irrigation, fertilizer applications, and pesticide use. This position works directly with Level 2 and Level 3 Growers to complete daily, weekly, and monthly objectives.

Position Summary:

  • Conduct 2x daily inspection of assigned area to identify moisture requirements and communicate possible crop issues
  • Provide correct moisture to crops through use of sprinklers, fog, drip tubes, booms, and hoses
  • Maintain sanitation throughout assigned area (to include non-plant material upkeep such as algae-free floors, no weeds, no garbage)
  • Walk crops with Head Grower weekly to identify issues
  • Perform sanitation, herbicide, and pesticide applications
  • Practice safety at all times
  • Aid fellow growers and departments as needed
  • Properly use and maintain equipment in growing area including injectors, carts, spray trailers

Required Qualifications:

  • Work holidays and weekends as required
  • Lift/carry weights up to 50lbs and stand/walk for long periods of time
  • Able to work in all environmental conditions and move between temperature extremes

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience growing and caring for plants
  • Experience applying pesticides and herbicides

Benefits Skagit offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401k, and 8 paid holidays.

Please have all resumes submitted to Jobs@skagithort.com

General Manager2022-05-03T10:55:19-07:00

General Manager

itä wines is seeking a General Manager to assist in running and growing all aspects of our boutique winery. This person will work closely with our Founder/Owner/Winemaker, as well as
other PT staff, on a broad variety of sales, marketing, facilities, production, administrative and other tasks as needed. The right candidate will be excited about wine and our community
here in Walla Walla, and willing to pitch in with whatever needs doing. This person will become an integral part of our team and have significant opportunities for further professional growth
with the business.
Responsibilities
• Host customer tastings at the winery, making sales using our POS system
• Manage tasting room staff and create a positive and welcoming guest experience
• Answer general winery phone and email correspondence
• Attend marketing and sales events, both in Walla Walla and other cities
• Pack shipping orders and move wine between warehouses
• Conduct monthly inventory, sales record keeping, and other admin tasks
• Develop marketing materials and social media posts
• Assist in production work including barrel maintenance, cleaning equipment, taking samples, etc. throughout the year and harvest work such as sorting fruit, daily fermentation monitoring, punching down fermentations, racking wine to barrel etc.
• Light cleaning and organizational work in the both the cellar and tasting room
• Other projects as needed

Requirements
• Currently having, or being willing and able to acquire, a MAST permit (21+)
• Valid driver’s license required, forklift certification is a major plus
• Ability to lift/push/pull 40+ lbs on a regular basis
• Attention to detail and being able to follow very specific technical instructions
• Ability to work independently and see projects through to completion
• A love for interpersonal interaction, both with customers and coworkers
• Ability to work weekends as a part of the regular schedule, and occasional evenings
• Genuine interest in the winemaking process and growing a small business
• Previous hospitality and/or winemaking experience, relevant degrees/certifications a major plus

Compensation
• Competitive salary with bonus, paid time off, health insurance
• Opportunity for further benefits with tenure
• Significant possibility for future growth with the business

About itä wines
itä wines is a boutique winery dedicated to expressing the unique terroir of the Eastern foothills of the Walla Walla Valley, through our estate wines and working with fruit from neighboring vineyards. Winemaker Kelsey Albro Itämeri brings a restrained style that matches the moderation and finesse of these hillside grapes, and a focus on varietals and styles uniquely suited to this place we call home.

To apply, send current resume to info@itawinery.com

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