Vineyard/Ranch Manager- South Santa Cruz County
Seeking a self-motivated, hands-on, Ranch & Vineyard Manager for a family ranch operation including: production of high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine grapes from 5-acre vineyard (which may expand to 20 acres), 50 tree mixed fruit orchard, 30 olive trees, and organic vegetables for home consumption. Must have integrity, a strong work ethic, a passion for excellence, and a great attitude! Responsibilities include but are not limited to, crop production, equipment management and maintenance, pest control, irrigation and water conservation, chemical spraying, using sustainable and organic practices, pruning, harvest, high standard of overall infrastructure maintenance, safety, and record keeping. Pest Control Advisory (PCA) license, familiarity with Farm Labor Contractor (FLC) license.
Grape growing and vineyard management
Orchard, olive, and vegetable production
Open range land management – spraying, seeding, mowing
General livestock care – (a few head of cattle and horses)
Core Traits: Integrity, honest, healthy, hard-working, self-motivated, organized, agricultural enthusiast who works well alone and with others, maintains high standards of quality in all areas, is friendly. Must be hands-on, able to bend, stoop, squat, kneel, and lift 50 lbs., operate tractors for extended periods. Non-Smoker. Background check including verifiable previous employers and references required.
Compensation: Pay is hourly, range is $40-60k depending on experience. PTO (vacation and sick Paid Time off) is accrued per pay period. 7 paid Holidays per year.
Hands-on wine grape, fruit, and vegetable production: planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, irrigating, gopher/pest eradication, pruning, harvest, labor contractor scheduling, and winemaker interface, all with an emphasis on quality control, efficiency and safety.
Analyze soil and petioles to determine types or quantities of fertilizer required for maximum crop production in vineyard and orchard.
Monitor vineyard, orchard, and olives for insect and disease pressure, coordinate and implement spray and fertilization programs.
Responsible for detailed monthly documentation and record keeping of all chemicals, fertilizations, irrigation, sustainability and organic programs.
Monitor and adjust irrigation systems to distribute water according to crop needs and to avoid waste.
Purchase necessary supplies, equipment, or machinery, including seed, feed, fertilizer and chemicals.
Knowledge of Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), and agricultural labor laws regarding work and safety.
Responsible for maintaining high standard of all aspects of ranch infrastructure including but not limited to: structures, fences, roads, gates, equipment, and fire prevention.
Ensure that livestock and domestic animals are fed, turned out, and stalls are clean.
Knowledgeable in the mechanical aspects of equipment operation to include but not limited to: trucks, tractors, dozer, back hoe, cultivation equipment, seeders, sprayers (including calibration) and farm welding. Ensure proper functioning and maintenance and cleanliness of all equipment, keep records of oil and filter changes.
Clean DMV history.
Must be organized, keep tools and equipment clean and in working order, and enjoy working outside in all conditions.
Must be willing to work flexible extended hours during peak periods.
Adhere to safety regulations.
English required, Spanish a plus.
Bachelor of Science in Enology or Viticulture Management or related field is preferred, or five years of vineyard management experience, or multiple years of hands-on viticulture and farming experience. Additional academic training that demonstrates competency and currency may be considered in lieu of a degree.
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