Harvest Cellar Intern
Rutherford, California
Job Summary

Job Summary: The Harvest Cellar Intern is a position that will work in fundamentally all aspects of harvest cellar work. This position provides a supporting role for day to day operations in the cellar.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Equity Statement: All employees shall embrace the unique contributions based on the diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, experiences, and identities of each individual as we actively create and promote a company culture that is inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of all people.

Safety Statement:  All employees shall follow safe practices according to the Injury and Illness Prevention Policy (IIPP), render every possible aid to safe operations, and report all unsafe conditions or practices immediately to any management employee or Human Resources.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Cellar Duties (95%): 
  • Transport, wash, fill, empty, top, and accurately identify barrels for work orders
  • Clean and sanitize tanks, hoses, press, pumps, and crush equipment
  • Inspect, measure partial tanks, and gas tank headspaces
  • Follow safety procedures such as: confined space, fall protection, respiratory protection, hazard communication, and slips and falls
  • Measure, weigh, and make additions of yeast, nutrients, and other wine and non-wine additions
  • Clean floors with the pressure washer
  • Clean tanks, walls, and crush equipment
  • Operate pumps, hoses, barrel steamer, barrel washer, ozone machine, and crush equipment
  • Evaluate fruit quality on the sorting table
  • Check oxygen levels in tanks
  • Pump over and punch down fermenting tanks
  • Removal of pomace from fermentation tanks
  • Operate and resolve potential issues on crush pad equipment including: de-stemmer, shaker table, elevators, and optical sorter.
  • Unload pallets of fruit and empty fruit boxes into MOG sorter.


  1. Laboratory Duties (5%): 
  • Obtain samples requested from production staff
  • Take samples of grapes, juice or wine as requested from bins, barrels, tanks, or bottles.
  • Record analysis correctly
  • Alert supervisor to any abnormal results or those that might risk wine quality
  • Monitor equipment, calibrate, notify supervisor if out of specifications
  • Understand MSDS information sheets, hazardous material handling, wear PPE
  • Respect all safety policies and procedures; insure correct operating status of safety equipment.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Salary Range:  $20 - $21 per hour

Job Requirements: detail-oriented, curious, scientific perspective, open minded, good relationship and teamwork ability

Education/Experience: BS Degree in Fermentation Science or related International equivalent preferred; or up to three years related experience or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. A minimum of one year’s cellar experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:   

  • Analytical Skills - Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.
  • Autonomy - Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Communication, Oral - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.
  • Creative - Ability to think in such a way as to produce a new concept or idea.
  • Deductive Reasoning - Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
  • Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.
  • Honesty / Integrity - Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace.
  • Initiative - Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal.
  • Reliability - The trait of being dependable and trustworthy. 
  • Safety Awareness and Accountability - Ability to identify and correct conditions that affect employee safety, be responsible for personal safety and safety of others, adhere to company policies and procedures.

Physical Demands:

N (Not Applicable) - Activity is not applicable to this occupation

O (Occasionally) - Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5+hrs/day)

F (Frequently) - Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5+ hrs/day)

C(Constantly) - Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)


Stand – O, Walk – O, Sit – O, Handling/Fingering – O, Reaching Outward – O, Reaching Above Shoulder – O, Climb – O, Crawl – N, Squat or Kneel –O, Bend – O, Working at the computer - O


10 lbs or Less, F

11 – 20 lbs, F

21 – 50 lbs, F

51 – 100 lbs, O

Over 100 lbs, N


12 lbs or Less, F

13-25 lbs, F

26-40 lbs, O

41-100 lbs, O


Other Physical Requirements

Vision (Near, Distance)

Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/tractor sounds)

Sense of Touch

Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Steel toe boots, safety glasses)


Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, and outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is frequently loud. Employee works around dangerous, automatic machinery.


  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License and clean DMV record required (if applicable)
  • Forklift License or knowledge is a preferred but not essential
  • English and Spanish skills preferred (Bilingual)
  • Wine knowledge preferred
  • Must be able to lift and carry heavy objects of 40 pounds (1 case of wine)
Posted: March 07, 2023