Position: Vineyard Irrigation Technician (full-time)
Farm: Fort Berens Winery
Location: Lillooet, BC
About Fort Berens
Fort Berens is a winery with a vineyard, a tasting room and an outdoor patio restaurant in Lillooet, BC. Our vineyards are rooted on sage-brush covered bench-land along the Fraser River at the base of the Coast Mountains. The sandy soil, arid summers, and moderate winters are perfect for growing premium grapes. We are committed to handcrafting award-winning wines that reflect our unique terroir. Our Winery and Tasting Room are in a state-of-the-art modern building with breathtaking vistas. Our philosophy is to be an open, honest, and inclusive company and we encourage learning and development in the workplace.
Sustainable & organic practices
Our goal is to create handcrafted award-winning wines that reflect our unique Lillooet terroir. We like to have our wines tell the story of our terroir with limited intervention and manipulation. As a result, we have started to work as a sustainable farm. We use many organic practices and we are continually trying to improve and expand these every year. As an example, after abandoning herbicide sprays in our vineyard, and moving to finger weeding, we’re currently working on introducing cover crops to minimize tilling and working the soils, while reducing compaction and improving the organic matter in our soils in a natural way. We mow alternate rows, not the entire vineyard at once, to make sure that beneficial insects can find a place to go, and by doing so, keeping pests out of the vines as much as possible.
We have created and improved natural landscaping elements around the vineyards and winery to reduce the need for irrigation in our landscaping, to show to our visitors the beauty of the locally grown plants, to encourage local wildlife (birds of prey, insects etc.), and to educate tourists about the ecology of our desert-like area.
The important thing is that we keep improving, working with the local invasive species, naturalist societies and beekeepers to improve our practices while maintaining a healthy crop. In addition, once we move into the winemaking process, we often ferment with indigenous yeasts.
We are looking for a high-potential candidate, who could have the ability to become a Lead Hand or Field Supervisor in 2-3 years. We offer on-the-job training as well as opportunities to enroll in formal education and training (Viticulture program, Tractor, Computer, Pesticide Applicators license and Forklift License). Some viticulture/horticulture experience is an asset, but not necessary. Our priority is finding the right person to join our team and help us grow premium grapes in the Lillooet region.
The Irrigation Tech will assist the Vineyard Manager in all viticulture and irrigation activities.
The Irrigation Tech must be willing to work non-standard hours (minimum 40hrs/week), with possible evenings and weekends, as needed.
The Irrigation Technician will be responsible for all Irrigation related duties:
This is a full time, year-round position. Starting salary and benefits will be according to experience.
How to apply / contact information:
Send your resume plus a motivational letter/email before February 28th to:
Chris Marquardt, Vineyard Foreman. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Berens Estate Winery
PO Box 758, Lillooet, BC V0K 1V0
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date publiée : Nov 12 2020 Numéro : 57915