Oliver Winery is seeking a Vineyard Manager to manage vineyard operations and personnel at Creekbend Vineyard. Creekbend Vineyard, our 54-acre vineyard located in Ellettsville, Indiana (only about 9 miles from the Winery), cultivates unique varieties such as Catawba and Chambourcin that produce our award-winning Creekbend wines sold exclusively in our Tasting Room. The Vineyard Manager oversees safe viticultural practices year-round, including total vineyard care (scheduling and directing tasks related to the life cycle of vines and performing vineyard upkeep such as pest control and irrigation maintenance), vineyard staffing, training and development. The Vineyard Manager brings demonstrated experience in an agricultural environment, solid supervisory/managerial experience, and a desire to continue the legacy of producing quality fruit for our Creekbend wines.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:
VINEYARD MANAGEMENT DUTIES:
Manages and schedules Viticultural activities to maintain healthy and productive vines.
Oversees cultivation, thinning, pruning, tying, suckering, canopy management, planting and replanting, irrigating and harvesting.
Manages pest, fungicide and herbicide application in accordance with safe viticultural practices.
Manages irrigation maintenance; monitors progress and reports recommendations related to vineyard and fruit quality to Director of Winemaking.
Oversees and coordinates erosion control, trellis installation, irrigation installation, frost protection, vineyard installation, fence installation and R&M.
Maintains orderly inventory of Vineyard equipment and tools.
Ensures county, state and federal regulation compliance.
Reasonably estimates harvest equipment needed; provides accurate harvest estimates; works within assigned budgets.
Increases/improves fruit and wine quality through observation and viticultural decisions.
Works with Director of Winemaking to review vineyard performance and wine quality to determine annual pruning strategies, or other vineyard practices that may affect yield and fruit quality.
Ensures that all necessary equipment is on site and in good operating condition prior to work.
Participates in safety and quality inspections and audits; serves as a member and/or supports the vineyard team member on the safety committee.
Maintains a safe work environment.
Maintains all required spray records according to regulations.
Assigns and enters all vineyard work orders.
Utilizes available data through BI or other sources to evaluate efficiencies, monitor budget goals, and overall status of vineyard operations.
Provides informative bi-monthly manager updates and detailed quarterly updates.
Performs annual departmental planning and management of departmental goal completion.
PEOPLE MANAGEMENT DUTIES:
Manages personnel including full-time, part-time and seasonal vineyard staff.
Plans and efficiently schedules labor and work.
Develops training for all employees, focusing primarily on Policy, Procedures, and Safety.
Performs employee evaluations and development planning.
Enforces company policy, supervises to make sure all work is carried out safely and correctly.
Effectively communicates and works cooperatively with other departments.
Works with Human Resources to develop vineyard job descriptions; participates in the hiring, onboarding and management of vineyard staff.
Maintains Creekbend Vineyard as a hospitality asset including special event prep, farmhouse management and conducting VIP tours.
Assists with winemaking as needed.
Additional duties, as assigned by Management.
Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture or other related field.
Three to five years of experience in an agricultural environment.
At least two years of supervisory or managerial experience.
Ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs. regularly.
Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time and repetitively bend/kneel.
Possession of a valid driver’s license and ability to be insured on company vehicles.
Due to the nature of our business, must be at least 21 years of age.
Possession of a pesticide application license or the ability to apply for one.
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
Detail oriented and quality driven.
Possesses solid management and communication skills.
Experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel) and ability to generate and utilize data reports.
Communicates and interacts well with customers and employees at all levels (Oliver executives and those from outside companies, fellow managers, customers, and part time event staff).
Seeks new knowledge and experiences to enhance value as Oliver Winery employee.
Accepts direction and constructive criticism from others.
Exhibits a strong interest and appreciation for wine.
Takes ownership of responsibilities, including meeting deadlines for reports & filings.
Has a willingness to communicate in a persuasive and constructive manner that leads to positive change.
In addition, all successful winery employees are able to:
Use your attitude and effort to contribute to a positive work environment.
Be thoughtfully engaged and do your best work. Every day.
Model the winery values: Respect People, Expect Quality, Think Differently, Get Stuff Done.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: This position requires the operation of heavy machinery and is in an outdoor setting that will require heavy lifting and long periods of standing, bending, and kneeling. This position may occasionally be exposed to wet or humid conditions, work near moving mechanical parts, outdoor power equipment, chemicals, and outdoor weather conditions.
Typical Schedule: Typical work week is Monday-Friday, approximately 40 hours (weather dependent) between the hours of 8am – 5pm, with some earlier start times depending on season. Some nights and weekend shifts may be required, depending on crop demands.