Harvest Cellar Worker (Seasonal)
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Founded in 1983 by Oregon native Jim Bernau with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title “One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Willamette Valley Vineyards is gearing up for our Harvest season and searching for day/night shift Cellar Workers to join our hardworking production team. Harvest Cellar Workers will work from September through the end of October. Position Overview: Perform a variety of winemaking activities and provide support to the lab. Provide assistance to the winemaking team. Maintain and promote a professional attitude, appearance, and work area in accordance with Willamette Valley Vineyard's mission statement. *Willamette Valley Vineyards does not provide temporary housing for employees. *The winery is not served by public transportation, so reliable personal transportation is a must.
Primary Job Responsibilities/Essential Functions
• Assist in cleaning of the winery and production area as needed. • Pre and post work sanitation. • Operate winey machinery in a safe and effective manner. • Assist in the transfer of wine from tanks and barrels for blending. • Racking, blending, ingredient adds. • Fruit handling, sorting and processing. • Take all steps to manage quality of wines. • Minimize oxygen pickup and help identify quality issues and concerns. • Perform bottling, topping, sampling, record-keeping, and special project duties. • Understand and comply with applicable quality, environmental, and safety regulations. • Recommend safety improvements. • Report safety violations to the Head Winemaker. • Take direction from the Cellar Master. • Participate in winery related marketing events including barrel tastings. • Drive company transport vehicle and truck as necessary. • Maintain a professional, clean, and orderly work area. • Attend and participate in regularly scheduled production meetings. • Supports Company’s effort to create a more sustainable, cross-cultural and “green” environment. • Ensures all company policies and procedures are followed. Assist in developing policies and procedures as needed. • Collaborate with all department managers towards profitability and help drive the vision and mission of WVV. • Other tasks as assigned by the Head Winemaker, Enologist, and Cellar Master.
• Stand for long periods & work in a fast-paced environment. • Work in a flexible & continually changing environment. • Tolerate exposure to outside elements (heat, wet and/or damp conditions, cold) • Perform heavy physical work, lifting 50 lbs repeatedly, bending, climbing, pulling, or squatting for long periods. • Work long hours during crush and peak periods (including all shifts). • Understand verbal and written English. • Ability to understand and comply with any and all safety requirements. • Must be 21 years of age. • Strong work ethic and dependability. • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. • Strong organizational skills and a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. • Valid Oregon Driver License. • Forklift experience preferred. • Ability to lift and carry 40lbs and navigate stairs and hilly terrain.