Harvest Intern - DDB
Dayton, Oregon
Job Summary

Job Summary: 

The Harvest intern is a central part of our wine making team and performs various work assignments to include: racking, pumping, clarifying and blending of juice and wine; Operate and care for filters, pumps, presses, hoses and other cellar equipment; handle shipping and receiving of everything from cases of wine to tanker trucks; perform sanitation of cellar equipment including casks and tanks; check temperature of tanks during fermentation, stabilization and storage.

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.

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: 

  • Under direct supervision complete work assignment and work orders received from Winemaker and / or Cellar Operations Manager.
    • Perform, document and report lab analysis and QC
    • Keep records and accurately document all cellar operations.
    • Perform necessary volume calculations for wine blending and wine movements.
    • Prepare wine batches for bottling.
    • Transfer, rack, filter, and blend wines as directed.
    • Mix tanks heat and cold stabilize.
    • Gas head space on partial tanks on a weekly basis.
    • Accurately make chemical and yeast additions to wine and juice.
    • Responsible for sanitation of cellar area equipment and tanks.
    • Sample tanks as needed or directed.
    • Report and monitor all wine inventory.
    • Keep inventory of cellar supplies. Request orders as needed.
    • Monitor temperature of wine tanks.
    • Perform all setup and cleanup activities.
    • Perform wine barrel work.
    • Occasional hand labeling.
    • Operate forklift as needed.
    • Participate in seasonal harvest-related work as assigned.
  • Responsible for sanitation of all areas of cellar operations
  • Sterilizes casks, tanks, and other equipment
  • Operate pumps and filters to blend and clarify
  • Check and top tanks to proper fill levels
  • Operate crusher and presses, move hoses and equipment, obtain lab samples, and clean equipment
  • May handle shipping and receiving of tanker trucks

Job Requirements:


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Min. 6 months prior training and experience in the wine cellar



  • Must be proficient in MS Excel & Word
    • Must have good arithmetic skills.
    • Ability to promote Safety
    • Must be able to communicate effectively in English, written and spoken.



  • Must have complete knowledge of the operation and proper application of cellar equipment.
    • Filter operation: pad type lees, and membrane filters.
    • Pump operation: air-diaphragm, flexible impeller, Bulldog’s pup.
    • Understanding of standard sanitation practices for cellar equipment and bottling line.
    • Knowledge of common cellar chemicals and how to use them safely and correctly.
  • Wine knowledge



  • Ability to lift 60lbs and walk on uneven surfaces.


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-C, Walk-C, Sit-O, Handling/Fingering-F, Reaching Outward-F, Reaching Above Shoulder-F, Climb-O, Crawl-O, Squat or Kneel-O, Bend-F, Working at the Computer-O






Other Physical Requirements

10 lbs or Less



12 lbs or Less



Vision (Near, Distance)

11 lbs to 20 lbs



13 lbs to 25 lbs



Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/Tractor Sounds)

21 lbs to 50 lbs



26 lbs to 40 lbs



Sense of Touch

51 lbs to 100 lbs



41 lbs to 100 lbs



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


Over 100 lbs



Over 100 lbs




Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Posted: May 15, 2021