Vineyard Technician (apprentice)
Full time, year-round
Fort Berens is looking to expand our team with a high-potential candidate, who is willing to start a steep learning curve in all aspects of the vineyard and winery. You will receive training on-the-job by our vineyard manager (around 85% of the time) and winemaker (around 15%) and you will also be expected to follow external training programs. You will be fully trained to become a future vineyard manager.
- Pruning, planting, thinning and harvest in the vineyard throughout the year;
- Operation and maintenance of tractor and other vineyard equipment;
- Assisting the vineyard manager in the development and implementation of the vineyard plan;
- Record keeping on execution of the plans;
- Trellis and irrigation system maintenance;
- Assisting the winemaker in the cellar, processing fruit, pressing, filtering, bottling and cleaning;
The Vineyard Technician must be willing to work non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends, as needed.
- Physically fit and willing and able to work outdoors throughout the year in heath, cold, rain, etc;
- Goal-driven and highly motivated, with initiative and the desire to increase knowledge and skills;
- Interest in plants and nature are necessary. Vineyard experience and a passion for viticulture are a plus;
- Willing and able to follow multiple relevant vineyard training programs, both on-the-job as well as external, e.g. the a 3-month full time course from Okanagan College in Pentincton (Jan. 2021);
- A team player, able to work and interact with many different players;
- Mechanically inclined;
- Able to work with computer programs like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.;
- A BC driver’s license is required. Other tickets like: Pesticide Applicator Certificate; First Aid Level 1 and Forklift certification, are a plus.
This is a full time, year-round salary position. Starting salary and benefits according to experience.
How to apply / contact information:
Send your resume plus a motivational letter/email before January 31st to:
Heleen Pannekoek, owner. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Berens Estate Winery
PO Box 758, Lillooet, BC V0K 1V0
To our Lillooet neighbours, we wanted to give you a head's up that in the coming days we will be operating our air cannons (otherwise known as propane cannons or bird bangers or audible bird scare devices). These air cannons help scare away birds and other wildlife. We just started up our air cannons because the deer are particularly problematic in the recently planted vineyard right now. We are trying to ensure the deer don't strip these young vines. The good news is that this is a short-term issue. We anticipate it will be just another week where we have to run these air cannons. While we wish it wasn't the case, the deer and birds are very active in the early morning, which is why we need to start the air cannons so early in the morning. This is why there are exceptions to the noise bylaws for agriculture properties. In the days ahead when we know that the air cannons will be operating, it might be good to go to bed with some white noise such as running a fan or music in your bedroom. You can also try an app on your phone or tablet called "Calm" which features free sleep music and sleep stories which may offset the noise of the air cannons. Again we apologize. We thank you so much for your understanding.
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