Employment Opportunities

Chief Vineyard Leader2020-03-20T08:35:30-07:00

Chief Vineyard Leader

Are you passionate about growing and making wine? Are you a big dreamer who focuses on execution, looking for an opportunity to roll up your sleeves, jump into a leadership role at a start-up winery, and make an impact on wines in Washington?

Join us in changing the winery landscape in the Pacific Northwest! We are a start-up winery with a test vineyard, ready to make our first vintages. We are at the forefront of shaping our business and are seeking a skilled and inspirational viticulturist to partner with us.

The Chief Vineyard Leader & Winemaker position is critical to our small team – responsible for growing and producing the highest quality wines, running a safe, clean and orderly cellar, cultivating strong partnerships with growers and industry partners, and connecting with our customers.


This unique opportunity will allow you full autonomy to:

  • Run a small vineyard (~425 vines, 7 varietals)
  • Lead vineyard scouting and monitoring
  • Estimate cluster counts, weights and crop load
  • Perform preharvest cluster sampling
  • Lead the harvest, including picking, delivery of fruit to the winery, machine application and removal of bird netting
  • Help build out our new winery with cellar equipment, supplies, etc.
  • Work with owners to define and achieve stylistic goals and product development through proactive harvest, winemaking, cooperage and aging decisions
  • Monitor aging wines for fault and quality
  • Run and/or oversee all lab work
  • Perform all cellar functions including but not limited to: sanitation, barrel preparation, barrel maintenance, bottling, filtration, forklift operations, equipment maintenance
  • Manage/perform harvest functions, including but not limited to preparation, logistics, documentation, destemming and crushing process, fermentation, and blending process
  • Keep up to date on winemaking best practices, trends and techniques
  • Ensure compliance, record-keeping (technical and winemaking notes) and budgeting
  • Interact with customers to create a memorable tasting experience


  • Viticulture majors preferred but please note this in an integrated viticulture/winemaking internship
  • Must be able to work mid-June to mid-November
  • Due to industry and harvest needs, some weekend work required
  • Must be a team player and have a strong work ethic
  • Students whose primary language is not English must have conversational English
  • Commitment to a strong safety culture and continuous improvement
  • Be scrappy, innovative, adaptable and think outside of the box
  • Desire to be part of something big and fun!
  • Good communication and leadership skills
  • Maintain a safe, clean and orderly cellar


  • Ability to listen, follow directions and accurately carry out the project o completion
  • Ability to walk distances, including steep hillsides
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be non-smoker
  • Forklift training and certification preferred
  • Tractor training and certification preferred
  • Experience with G-Suite (Google Docs, Drive, etc) and wine tracking systems
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and clean DMV record
  • Must be able to work long hours, up to 6 days a week, in different kinds of weather

Our vineyard is managed sustainably with limited inputs and is hand-harvested. Our vineyard season starts in January with pruning, followed by bud break in spring, and the vines are nurtured and managed until harvest in September and October. This is an opportunity to learn and experience the science and art of grape growing. You can also learn and work through the harvest in a family-owned and operated winery that grows and harvests seven different grape varieties for the production of hundreds of bottles of quality wine.

This is an unpaid-to-minimally paid position for year #1, yielding invaluable experience and a launchpad for exponential growth in the industry!

With the wine industry so small, please be assured that your interest will be kept confidential. Please send resume and compensation requests to, to be considered in the first round of interviews. Located in Chelan County (Wenatchee, WA).

Seasonal Employment2020-03-05T16:48:02-08:00

Seasonal Employment

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Locations: Yakima Valley (Yakima); Lower Yakima Valley (Prosser); Northern Oregon (Hermiston)

Each Spring, Summer, and Fall, Agrimanagement recruits a team of scouts and samplers who are interested in the agricultural sciences of Agronomy, Soil Science, Horticulture, Viticulture, Entomology, or Biology. Typically agricultural college students, our scouts are exposed to a wide variety of Pacific Northwest crops, and gain practical experience in the various industries of irrigated agriculture.  Our scouts receive training and experience in our wide range of consulting services.

Cross-Training and Teamwork: Individuals hired with primary responsibility in any of the positions listed below may also receive training and work in other areas within the company. This allows the employee to gain experience in a number of areas and enables our operation to be more flexible and efficient.

These positions require teamwork, not only within the company, but within our client base as well. Our clients rely on our work to make important management decisions to potentially increase quality and yield. These decisions help them to maintain a profitable business, as well as reduce their environmental impact through water conservation, reduced pesticide use and proper nutrient management.

Requirements:  All sampling and scouting jobs require walking through fields. Samplers will often be required to carry up to 30 lbs of equipment in the heat of the summer. Consequently, the ability to work in a physically demanding outdoor environment is required. Good physical coordination and manual dexterity is also required.

Applicants need a valid driver’s license, a High School diploma and preferably some experience in and around farm or orchard crop production. However, for weekend or after school work, a High School student over 18 will be considered. Other conditions and terms of employment will be covered after submission of an application and upon invitation to interview.

Rate of Pay: We offer a competitive pay rate which can be discussed after application or at the time of interview.

Time Frame: Mid-May to Mid-September

Position Descriptions

Pest Management

Pest Management Scout: Scouts are responsible for collecting field data in a variety of crops. Data collected could consist of insect pest and beneficial counts, as well as weed and disease observations, which are used as a basis for recommendations. Most of the work is outdoors, however, some office computer work may be included. Experience with beneficial and pest insect identification and/or common weed and plant disease identification is desirable.


Research Technician: This position requires the employee to work closely with the research staff in managing research and demonstration (R&D) plots, collecting samples, processing samples, and data entry. The technician will also be required to assist researchers with pesticide applications. Training will be provided for project protocols and pesticide safety.


Plant Tissue Scout / Sampler: This job consists of walking representative patterns in crop fields to collect petioles or other plant tissue for nutrient analysis. This requires someone who has normal color perception and can recognize differences in plant growth and development.

Irrigation Monitoring Technician: Soil moisture monitoring involves soil sampling to root zone depth and data collection using various methods of irrigation monitoring instrumentation. This work can be labor intensive. Work is performed for irrigation scheduling purposes on many crops.

Lab Technician (Yakima): This position will be responsible to operate agricultural lab equipment for soil and plant tissue nitrate analysis. Hours will vary depending on volume, with a base of 6 am to 3 pm during the peak of the season. The applicant should have a high school diploma. College coursework and an interest in a science related field is preferable. Quick turnaround of accurate results in a fast pace environment is needed. Excellent organizational skills, good communication and reasoning ability are important.

Sample Processor (Yakima): This position will process soil and plant tissue, as well as provide data entry support. Hours may vary, with a base of 3 pm to 9 pm. We are seeking a person who is well organized, has excellent reasoning skills, common sense, good communication skills, data processing skills, and is able to work independently.

Time frames: September through early November; February through March.

Position Description

Fall and Spring Soil Sampler:  Soil sampling with Agrimanagement involves visiting consigned fields with one of our supervisors using steel sampling tubes manually driven into the soil. You will use coring procedures and follow sampling patterns setup according to the company’s established operating procedures. The fields are often walked with the sampler carrying up to 30 lbs of equipment plus the soil samples. The work could be compared to driving steel posts with a steel post driver.

To Apply: Please fill out by hand a copy of the Seasonal Employment application, and send along with your resume to:

Polly Weeks
Agrimanagement, Inc.
408 North First Street
Yakima, WA 98901

H2O, LLC: Viticulture Intern2020-03-05T13:00:41-08:00

H2O, LLC: Viticulture Intern

Job Description:
To provide learning opportunities and practical training through hands-on participation related to viticulture, which promote professional development with a commitment to pursue excellence.

Essential Duties:

  • Accurately collect viticulture field data which can include, but is not limited to:
    • Pest and disease levels and damage assessments
    • Cluster counts, cluster weights, crop load estimates
    • Vine counts, vine weights
    • Shoot elongation measurements
    • Soil sampling
    • Petiole sampling
    • Collection of fruit samples
  • Utilizes technology to obtain vineyard data
  • Will occasionally provide assistance with research and other projects within the vineyards

Non-Essential Duties:

  • •Perform other duties as assigned

Working Conditions:

  •  Work is performed primarily in the vineyards with varying weather conditions

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.
  •  Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and an ATV on rough terrain for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to work extended hours outdoors in inclement weather
  • Must be able to walk up and downhill on steep and uneven terrain
  • Perform repetitive tasks


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • H.S. diploma or equivalent
  • Completed degree or currently enrolled in viticulture, plant science or related field preferred
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record
  • Proficient in Word and Excel
  • Ability to carry out direction both verbally and/or in written form
  • Ability to manage time and prioritize workload.
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Ability to work extended hours
  • Ability to work in extreme and varying weather conditions

We are seeking to fill a paid summer internship position working primarily in viticulture data collection at our Wallula Vineyard south of Kennewick in the Horse Heaven Hills. On a few occasions, this position will also be asked to collect field data from our smaller vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley. The position requires a full-time work schedule from June through October, with accommodations for school schedule during September and October. We will provide a pickup for commuting to and from the vineyard, an ATV, and all other tools required for the job. Compensation is DOE. Please share this message and the attached job description with any students that may be interested. To apply, a cover letter and résumé may be returned by reply email to

Seasonal Help Wanted2020-02-26T15:21:15-08:00

Seasonal Help Wanted: Zillah Wineries

Mostly weekend work, but not required you work every weekend.  Must be able to be on your feet for a few hours at a time, lift a case of wine and have a friendly disposition.  You will meet people from all over the world, make new friends and enjoy nice discounts on local wines.  Several different wineries are hiring for April – October help.

Please call or text Jenny 509.823.5347.

Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates2020-02-20T15:55:33-08:00

Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates

REEU Internship Application

2020 REEU Internship Details & Dates:

Note: To work better with our target audience (e.g. community college students), this summer we will offer 2 different start and end dates, though all students will be required to attend the week at Quillisascut and the Undergraduate Research Symposium.

  • Stipend: $4,500. (Housing Provided. Costs of Travel Covered.)
  • Mar 02. Student applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM.
  • May 28. Start Date of internship program for students on semesters
  • Jun 18. Start Date of internship program for students on quarters (e.g. community colleges)
  • Jun. 22. Start of week at Quillisascut Farm School.
  • July 31 (tentative). Undergraduate Research Symposium, Pullman, WA
  • Aug 1. End date of internship for students on semesters
  • Aug 22. End date of internship for students on quarters

2020 REEU Internship Application Word Doc 2020 REEU Internship Application PDF 2020 REEU Internship Flyer

Return all application materials via email as a PDF or Word file to:Herb Lengel

Internship and Career Development Coordinator

Questions about the program can be directed to the Project Director
Douglas Collins

More information

Tasting Room Supervisor2020-02-20T15:50:33-08:00

Tasting Room Supervisor

Silver Lake Winery and Vitis Spirits


  • Provide leadership and direction while on the tasting room floor
  • Daily oversight of tasting room personnel
  • Oversee and assist Food Service personnel
  • Recruit, advertise, grow and attend private rentals including weddings.
  • Oversee as needed and Assist in the execution of special events, on and off premise
  • Keep tasting rooms and outdoor tasting areas including the lawn and patio neat, clean and orderly. Help maintain and update POS with current inventory
  • Suggest and Manage off-site events
  • Keep staff apprised of day’s events, reservations and menu changes
  • Coordinate tasting lists menus with the Director of Retail Sales
  • Must ensure the tasting room and all guest experiences are elevated with exceptional service
  • Assist in Employee scheduling for both tasting rooms
  • Promote and grow wine club and goals
  • Inventory Management for Silver Lake and Vitis Spirits including monthly counts and ordering
  • Coordinate posters/ fliers and advertising needs with the Director of Retail Sales.
  • Maintain signage including A-boards
  • Order tasting room supplies, logo wear, and accessories
  • Daily posts on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

Other Duties

  • Filing
  • Answering emails
  • Answering phones
  • Faxing
  • Shipping when needed


  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must maintain a polished and professional appearance
  • Must own a smart phone
  • Must be able to bend, squat, climb, push, stoop and crouch repeatedly.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods as required by job duties.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs on a regular basis.


Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays.

Job Type

  •  This is a Full-Time Summer,
  • Part Time Seasonal Winter
  • Hourly position
  • No Benefits offered
  • Additional Compensation:

Tips – Commission

Please send resume to Meridith Vinansky at

Pest Biologist2020-02-20T15:48:10-08:00

Pest Biologist


AGRICULTURE – A Cornerstone of Washington’s Economy

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with farmers and ranchers, but our responsibilities – from ensuring food safety to environmental protection – touch the lives of millions of people locally, nationally, and abroad.

The agency is comprised of approximately 780 employees (permanent and non-permanent) and grows to approximately 950 employees to include peak seasonal work.While we do have offices statewide, this position is located in Yakima, WA.

The Pest Program surveys for, and eradicates, non-native insect pests that threaten Washington State’s agriculture and environments such as apple maggot, gypsy moth, and Japanese beetle. In addition to invasive insect pests, the Pest Program surveys for other plants (weeds), plant diseases, or other pests of horticultural concern. This position coordinates and administers the apple maggot survey program and conducts commodity surveys to detect, exclude, or manage pests of concern introduced into WA State. These pests of concern are determined by Federal and State agencies as well as local industry requests.

Under supervision of a higher level Pest Biologist, this position selects, sets and manages insect traps designed to best capture and monitor these invasive species throughout the State. This position will deploy other pest monitoring tactics including soil and plant tissue samples, visual examination of plant hosts for pest stages, disease symptoms and damage caused by these invasive species. Assists in recording and mapping trap sites, host plants, insect distributions, and trap catches on handheld electronic devises. Classifies and identifies insects and arthropods species captured during these surveys and confirms the identity of non-native pest species. Trains and supervises field and laboratory personnel. Conducts inspections of public, private, and commercial property for the presence of pest or invasive species and for compliance with quarantines or other phytosanitary regulations.

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, we also offer:
• Mobile and flexible work opportunities
• An Infants in the Workplace program
• Supported growth and development, including many opportunities to promote within the agency


  • Help design, conduct and summarize commodity and statewide pest surveys.
  • Works with other pest biologists and seasonal project staff in support of surveys.
  • Conducts plant pest surveys and identify suspect pests relative to export and domestic requirements.
  • Helps develop new survey methodology, design information materials and maps.
  • Helps determine equipment and supply needs.
  • Draft, review and update work plans, summaries of accomplishments, maps, technical reports and other documents as required .
  • Interprets State, Federal and foreign regulations for the industry thereby assuring the movement of plant products on a timely basis while preventing the spread of plant pests.
  • Provides technical assistance for the enforcement and State and Federal laws pertaining to insects and other pests affecting fruits, vegetables and other commodities.
  • Identify insects and related arthropods submitted by: departmental personnel, other scientists, other state agency scientists, and the public.
  • Prepare and conduct invasive species identification training.
  • Provide biological information and refer to WSU for control procedures for such insects; research the identity and impact of potential insects and arthropod pests exotic to Washington. Identify suspect pests from commodities, goods and cargo for export.
  • Participate and/or supervise pest suppression or eradication projects as assigned by the direct supervisor, Managing Entomologist or Pest Program Manager. This may include apple maggot, gypsy moth or any new insect, plant or plant disease pests.
  • Conduct surveys and recommend response plans and appropriate control action;
  • Conduct public and/or technical meetings to outline specific programs;
  • Act as contracting officer’s representative in conducting control programs;
  • Take all necessary steps in assuring that environmental issues are handled to the benefit of the department and the public.
  • Interact with University Research & Extension Services, County Horticultural Pest & County Weed Boards
  • Provide information to the industry, the public and Plant Protection staff.
  • Maintain contact with regional entomologists, plant pathologists, weed scientists and Extension regarding developments in pest management by attending professional meetings, field days, etc.
  • Serve as WSDA representative on County Horticulture Pest and Disease Boards and/or Weed Boards.
  • Consult with other county Horticultural Pest and Disease Boards and/or Weed Boards as needed.



  • A bachelor’s degree biological sciences that includes major coursework in entomology or closely allied field
  • Four years of experience in detection survey, control or eradication of pests or invasive species. Graduate level education may be substituted for experience on a year-for-year basis


  • Taxonomic entomology experience and/or college level course work is highly desirable for this position Organization and supervisory skills and abilities: ability to organize and implement complex field and lab activities. Ability to train stakeholders and staff on new policies, protocols, and program messaging is highly desired for this position.

Supplemental Information

You must complete your profile and answer the supplemental questions. In addition to completing the online application, and supplemental questions applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

• A letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
• Current resume detailing experience and education

By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

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Viticulture Technician2020-02-06T09:34:25-08:00

Viticulture Technician

Job Description:

A large progressive vineyard located in the Yakima Valley of Washington State is seeking a Viticulture Technician to assist with managing the vineyard scouting team. Working under the direction of the Sr. Viticulturist, the candidate will assist with multiple aspects of field scouting regimes, data collection and publishing of information to management.

The ideal candidate will lead a team of up to eight field scouts and must possess leadership and organizational skills. Attention to detail, computer skills and the ability to multi-task will be required.

Duties specific to this position include:

  • Organizing the scouting team on a weekly basis for field monitoring.
  • Use of GIS handheld technology for field data collection.
  • Oversee vineyard data collection and the publishing of information to management.
  • Scout vineyards on a regular basis and provide training to staff.

Job requirements:

  • Ability to identify common vineyards pests and diseases specific to Washington State.
  • Must be well organized and possess attention to detail.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule with additional hours during peak seasons, including weekends.
  • ATV operation experience.
  • Be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds.
  • A strong work ethic and ability to work independently.


  • Minimum of two (2) years of vineyard experience.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • Some education in agriculture is preferred.

Type of work: Full Time

Job Category: Vineyards

Salary: Competitive

Job Type: Full-time


  • Viticulture: 2 years (Preferred)


  • English / Spanish bi-lingual (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off

This Job Is:

  • A job for which military-experienced candidates are encouraged to apply
  • Open to applicants who do not have a college diploma



Winemaker, Fortuity Cellars

Fortuity Cellars is a small premium winery in the Yakima Valley (Wash.) seeking a full-time winemaker. We are one of Washington State’s newest wineries, having just completed construction of our new winery facility in Wapato, 15 minutes south of the City of Yakima. We recently were named the 2019 SBA Rising Startup of the Year from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and have received numerous wine awards.

The winemaker position is critical to our small team – responsible for producing the highest quality wines, running a safe, clean and orderly cellar, cultivating strong partnerships with growers and industry partners, and connecting with our club members and visitors.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a safe, clean and orderly cellar
  • Help build out our new winery with cellar equipment, supplies, etc.
  • Work with owners to define and achieve stylistic goals and product development through proactive harvest, winemaking, cooperage, and aging decisions.
  • Monitor aging wines for fault and quality
  • Run and/or oversee all lab work
  • Perform all cellar functions including but not limited to: sanitation, barrel preparation, barrel maintenance, bottling, filtration, forklift operations, equipment maintenance
  • Manage/perform harvest functions, including but not limited to preparation, logistics, documentation, destemming and crushing process, fermentation, and blending process
  • Keep up to date on winemaking best practices, trends and techniques
  • Ensure compliance, record-keeping (technical and winemaking notes) and budgeting
  • Interact with club members and customers to create a memorable tasting experience
  • Due to industry and harvest needs, some weekend work will be required.


  • College degree required; enology degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of winemaking experience required
  • Reside in or willingness to relocate to the Yakima Valley
  • Commitment to a strong safety culture and continuous improvement
  • Be scrappy, innovative, adaptable and think outside of the box
  • Desire to be part of something big and fun!
  • Good communication and leadership skills
  • Forklift training and certification required
  • Experience with G-Suite (Google Docs, Drive, etc) and wine tracking systems
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and drug screening test required
  • Experience driving a truck with a trailer desired, not required
  • Experience presenting wines to visitors, club members, industry and wine critics desired

Salary commensurate with experience. Profit-sharing, annual bonus, paid time off and health insurance stipend included.
Because the wine industry is so small, please be assured that your interest will be kept confidential. Please send resume and salary/compensation requirements to by January 15, 2020.

Biological Science Technician2019-12-09T10:03:33-08:00

Job Summary

This position is located at United States Department of Agriculture; Agricultural Research Services – Field Organization; Animal Disease in Pullman, WA.

As an Agricultural Science Research Technician (Animal), you will apply the extensive practical knowledge of the principles of biological science (e.g., plant pathology, plant physiology, entomology, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, etc.) of the research being conducted in the organization.

Learn more about this agency


  • Perform a full range of technical duties as an Agricultural Science Research Technician (Animal).
  • independently carry out work assignments.
  • Recognize and report abnormal or unexpected results.
  • Document exact and detailed records of data obtained from experiments.
  • Document record of actions, outcomes, anomalies, and inventories relevant to the assigned duties.
Open & closing dates

 11/19/2019 to 12/11/2019

Read more about this job and how to apply.

Inland Desert Nursery Position2019-05-16T15:29:16-07:00

Inland Desert Nursery Position

Inland Desert is a leading provider of certified and registered vines, we care currently looking for people with a love of plants, great work ethic and teamwork attitude.

Located in Benton City Inland Desert comprises over 250 acres of vineyards and Greenhouses/Field nurseries that require highly motivated staff.


  • Customer service oriented
  • Attention to detail
  • Organization skills
  • Must be able to multitask and work independently
  • Must be a team player contributing and sharing ideas with the company as a whole
  • Must have excellent communication skills. English is required, Spanish would be
  • beneficial.
  • Keep a clean work space
  • Viticulture and Nursery experience or currently enrolled in Agricultural courses.
  • Dependable transportation
  • Flexible schedule dependent on seasonal demands

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Cross train in all areas of Greenhouse Nursery: Planting, 30 Day Estimations, Sort in
  • Greenhouse and Transition
  • Maintaining sanitation throughout the Inland Desert facility
  • Learn to use Google sheets and Job completed forms
  • General maintenance of Greenhouses
  • Use of the irrigation controller and how to troubleshoot possible problems
  • Monitor humidity within the Greenhouses
  • Communicate any concerns with Plant Health to Team Leads or Management
  • immediately.
  • Scout for virus vectoring insects and estimates of Field Nursery in Horse Heaven Hills, using ATV with proper safety training
  • Work closely with Viticulture Lead and Manager
  • Collect samples from Source Blocks
  • Training of new seasonal employees
  • Any other duties assigned by Team Leads or Management

Pay based on experience and possibility of full-time position

Send resumes to