Viticulturist

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Viticulturist

About Us: Formed in 1959, Mercer Ranches is a fifth-generation family lead, diversified agricultural company located high above the Columbia River in the Horse Heaven Hills of South Eastern Washington.  We are a leader in high tech, sustainable agriculture and viticulture.  Our agricultural products include carrots, potatoes, onions, corn, organics and wine grapes along with several other custom grown crops.  We also operate our award-winning family winery, Mercer Estates, along with a custom crush and wine making operation. Due to the rapid growth in our vineyard operations, we currently have an opening for a full-time Viticulturist in Alderdale, WA. Primary Responsibilities: This position will work directly for the Director of Viticulture and will be responsible for the irrigation, pest monitoring, crop estimation and hand labor/mechanization quality assurance for 1300+ acres. This person will also be responsible for all chemical spray plans and in-season recommendations/work orders. This position will require ATV operation. Specific job duties will include, but not be limited to the following: Direct supervision of irrigation foreman and employeesProper operation and maintenance of irrigation infrastructureCreation of irrigation scheduleWeekly scouting of all vineyard acresAccurate, organized scouting notes (excel) and their disseminationOversee irrigation equipment and crewChemical recommendations based on pest thresholdsWinter, spring and summer crop estimationStaying up to date on current knowledge and technology for the departmentQuality assurance of vineyard tasks carried out by people and machineCoordinating operations with other departments as neededProviding leadership to others through examples and sharing of knowledge and skillsSelf-teaching and independent research of strategy/task-pertinent information Minimum Requirements: Bachelor s Degree in Viticulture or related field4+ years of related experienceExperience in a leadership rolePesticide Applicator License (WA state)Excellent written and verbal communication skillsStrong computer skills, including email, MS Excel and OfficePossess good organizational and interpersonal skillsClean driving record (MVR) and possess a valid driver s licenseGreat AttitudeBilingual (English-Spanish) is preferred, but not required Benefits: Salary range (based on experience): $55,000-$75,000Annual bonus program based on company profitabilityCompany vehicle for work and commutingPaid time off vacation, sick, and holidaysMedical, dental, vision, long term disability, life insurance, & Aflac are all available with Mercer Ranches paying a portion of the monthly premium (varies on the type of insurance and level of coverage selected)401(k) retirement plan with company matching contributions

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