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Harvest Yeast Intern 

About the Organization Created in 1978 by Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, Opus One remains committed to realizing our founders' dream of bringing to life one unique wine that expresses the seamlessly blended personality and character of each family. With a great sense of pride in our work to realize this dream, the people of Opus One bring profound dedication and unsurpassed attention to detail in our daily work. We care deeply for the quality of our relationships within the winery, with our trade partners and with our customers.  
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COMPANY OVERVIEW

Created in 1978 by Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, Opus One remains committed to realizing our founders’ dream of bringing to life one unique wine that expresses the seamlessly blended personality and character of each family. With a great sense of pride in our work to realize this dream, the people of Opus One bring profound dedication and unsurpassed attention to detail in our daily work. We care deeply for the quality of our relationships within the winery, with our trade partners and with our customers.

SUMMARY

Opus One Winery is looking for Harvest interns to join us for the 2022 harvest season. The Yeast Intern will be responsible for inoculating all tanks throughout harvest. This is an extremely hands-on position due to our fermentation processes. Our fermentations are largely inoculated with non-commercial Native yeast strains that require a lengthy and careful propagation procedure. This position will spend roughly 75% of their time in the Cellar and 25% of their time in the Lab. We strive to provide a safe, educational and enjoyable work environment while learning our winemaking processes in reaching absolute wine quality.

This is a temporary position anticipated to commence in mid-August and is projected to last for approximately 4 months, subject to harvest conditions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Works closely with the Research Manager for communications regarding yeast health & inoculation scheduling.
  • Yeast keg preparation including sanitation, nutrient additions, and pH adjustment.
  • Collection, clarification, and sanitary handling of must for inoculum preparation.
  • Inoculation of all fermentation tanks.
  • Data tracking and record keeping for all inoculations.
  • Communication with both Cellar and Lab team for timely and efficient activity completion.
  • Assist with microscope cell counting and yeast scale-up process as needed and time permitting.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 
Position Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Education and/or Experience

Must possess a Highschool diploma. Desire to work in the cellar or lab and learn winemaking processes with a positive attitude, a willingness to learn and prioritize attention to detail. Basic computer skills: Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel preferred. Individual must have an interest in winemaking and possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable by Opus One Winery.

Skills

Must be able to perform quality work, safely and consistently with minimum supervision or direction. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Use proper safety equipment and safety procedures. Able to handle multiple competing tasks and priorities. Have strong verbal communications skills. Ability to deal with standardized situations with only occasional variables. Ability to comprehend the consequences of various problem situations and to refer them to the appropriate people for resolution.

 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and/or fingers to handle or feel. The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to sit, walk, climb (including stairs to work platforms 12 feet or more in height), stoop, crawl inside tanks, kneel, talk or hear, taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 55 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Working Conditions

Work is mainly performed in a Winery/Cellar/Lab. The individual is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles relative to normal cellar processes. Noise levels are usually moderate to loud.

Hazards: Occasionally works near moving machinery parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and toxic or caustic chemicals.

COMMITTMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY

Opus One Winery is committed to doing its part to ensure a sustainable future and improve the environmental well-being of our community. We will continue to ensure minimal impact by continually evaluating our environmental performance and working to improve our program whenever necessary with integrity and purity of focus.

SAFETY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Accident prevention shall be considered of primary importance in all phases of job responsibilities.

  • Follow all company policies and procedures including job safety, safety rules and regulations.
  • Assist management to provide safe and healthy working conditions at all times.
  • Immediately report all unsafe conditions, work-related accidents, and illnesses to Safety Manager and supervisor.
 
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  

This position is currently not accepting applications.

To search for an open position, please go to http://OpusOneWineryLLC.appone.com



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