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Posted: November 30, 2020 | Location: Paicines, California

Paicines Ranch is 7,500 acres of holistically managed, certified organic rangeland, irrigated cropland and vineyards located on the central coast of California. Our focus is on how to imagine, design, create and manage agricultural practices that grow and support ecosystem health, are economically viable and inspiring.The vineyard at Paicines Ranch is a uniquely designed polyculture with a partial overhead trellis system that allows for grazing of the vines throughout the year. This eliminates the need for tillage, mowing, herbicides, suckering, hand weeding and encourages a diversity of perennial and annual plants on the vineyard floor. The vineyard intern will work closely with a small tribe of people dedicated to regenerative agriculture and will be directly involved with all aspects of the work required to care for ecosystem and vineyard health. Following is a list of some of these specific tasks:Training vinesMonitoring vines for mildew and insect populationsTracking phenologyCaring for sheep and guard dogsIrrigationAssisting with sap, soil, forage and water analysisTrellis workGopher trappingHelping with spray preparationsMowing and weeding (in new plantings)Possible occasional work with livestock and farm crews The ideal candidate will have the following qualities:Great work ethicAbility to work with others and aloneDeep interest in regenerative/organic viticulturePrevious experience working with grapes or similar cropsExperience in working with livestockExperience with hand and power toolsAttention to detail and quality of workSense of humorGood physical stamina This full-time, seasonal position will start in early April and go through the end of October 2021 (start and finish dates are somewhat flexible). Salary is competitive and depends on experience. Housing may be available.