Grape Production & Viticulture Research Internship 2024

Location: Fresno, CA, US, 93727 Madera, CA, US, 93637 Lodi, CA, US, 95240 Modesto, CA, US, 95354 Healdsburg, CA, US, 95448 Livingston, CA, US, 95334

Date: Feb 3, 2024

Company: E. & J. Gallo

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Grape Production & Viticulture Internship 2024

Durations Vary by Placement, See Descriptions Below

Location(s): Modesto, Fresno, Livingston, Lodi, Healdsburg, or Madera, CA

Application Deadline: March 31, 2024


This job description provides and overview of internship opportunities in Grower Relations, Precision Viticulture Research and Grape Breeding Research. For information on additional internship areas in Winegrowing, please search for our Winemaking & Spirits Distillation and Chemistry & Systems Biology job descriptions to learn more.


What You Will Do

Imagine what you can do with the industry’s most innovative grape-growing technologies at your disposal, learning first-hand how high-quality wine grapes are produced, how precision agriculture tools are used in wine grape production and how new grape varieties are. Interns work cross-functionally to support the production practices and research projects necessary to produce the grapes needed for nearly 100 million cases of wines and spirits annually. It won’t take long for you to see our passion and expertise for winegrowing or to experience our culture where innovation and continuous improvement are highly encouraged and valued. Our winegrowing team has produced the grapes for award-winning wines for nearly a century while developing state-of-the-art growing practices and establishing E&J Gallo as the world’s leader in viticulture science.


Our internship program provides individuals interested wine grape production and viticulture research the opportunity to spend six months working alongside seasoned grape growing and applied research professionals. Most internships begin in late spring to mid-summer and continue through harvest into the late fall, providing participants with a unique experience for technical training and professional development. Interns support a wide variety of corporate initiatives and projects and conduct individual research projects which will be presented to our management team at the completion of their internship. Internship opportunities are related but not limited to a wide variety of academic disciplines including viticulture, horticulture, plant science, genetics, biology, molecular biology, environmental science, geography, agricultural science, agriculture engineering and agriculture business. Additional details on specific opportunities are provided below.


Placement Opportunities

  • Grower Relations Interns support the grower relations team in monitoring and delivering wine grapes from contract growers throughout the Central Valley as well as assist with grower outreach and education activities.
  • Precision Viticulture Research Interns assist with a variety of applied field experiments and production support activities involving the evaluation of precision grape growing practices and new technologies.
  • Grape Breeding Research Interns support the development and evaluation of new grape varieties and variety improvement, as well as studies focused on improving our understanding of grape genetics.



Locations: Lodi, CA

Duration: June - November

Grower Relations works with thousands of wine-grape growers throughout the Central Valley. Grower Relations strives to produce the highest quality wine grapes recommending technologically advanced production techniques while building strong business relationships with the grower community. Interns will support our Grower Relations teams with mapping vineyard mapping and spatial analyses using GIS, crop estimation, pest and disease scouting, fruit sampling for yield and quality, coordination for harvest scheduling and delivery, and grower outreach and education.

What You Will Do

  • Use GIS technology to recommend precision-farming practices and map vineyard infrastructure.
  • Scout pests and diseases and help establish treatment thresholds for specific pests.
  • Assist with harvest activities including maturity sampling, harvest equipment preparation and quality control of mechanically and hand-harvested fruit.
  • Support field demonstration plots and other grower education activities.



Locations: Modesto and Healdsburg, CA

Duration: May – December

Interns assist with research projects and production support initiatives focused on the development , evaluation and commercialization of precision agriculture practices and new technologies for wine grape production. The objective of this research is to improve yield, fruit composition and wine quality. This work is closely linked to and supported by other Winegrowing Research disciplines, our internal production partners and external research collaborators from industry and academia.

What You Will Do

  • Assist with a wide variety of field experiments, including precision irrigation, mechanization, spatial vineyard management and the application of data analytics.
  • Develop, test and validate new technologies for improved vineyard management.
  • Collect fruit samples and determine vine yield components at harvest.
  • Data entry, data configuration and statistical analyses.



Location: Madera, CA

Duration: May - December

Interns assist in projects focused on grapevine improvement, including grape breeding, phenotyping, sensory evaluation of fruit, fruit maturity monitoring and sampling, and harvest for yield component measurements. Work is closely linked to and supported by other Winegrowing Research disciplines, our internal production partners and external research collaborators from industry and academia.

What You Will Do

  • Phenotyping for traits such as leaf shape, fruitfulness, cluster architecture, clusters per vine, berries per cluster, berry size and skin and flesh color.
  • Fruit sampling for maturity tracking and for research winemaking
  • Tissue collection for genetic evaluation of breeding progenies.
  • Measurement of grapevine yield components and sampling for fruit quality at harvest.



  • Hiring Salary Range Posted: $19.50 - $22.50 / hour
  • Actual compensation paid within the range will be determined by factors such as the education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.

Perks & Benefits

  • In addition to the salary, this position may be eligible for bonuses and incentive plans, as applicable.


What You Will Need

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Currently enrolled at a college or university and working towards a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in the school of Life Sciences, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences or Business; OR have obtained a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in the school of Life Sciences, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences or Business.
  • Available for the entire duration of the internship program area(s) of interest.
  • Strong applied technical skills and analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Candidates for this position must have a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record. Required to obtain a California driver’s license or appropriate state driver’s license within 30 days of hire.
  • Reliable transportation to and from work.
  • Required to lift and move up to 40 lbs. when necessary.
  • Requires availability to work evenings, weekends and holidays when necessary.
  • Required to be 21 years of age.
  • Required to be 18 years or older. This may be in addition to other age requirements, if applicable, as listed in this job description.


What Will Set You Apart

  • Junior or Senior class standing at a college or university and working towards a Bachelor’s degree in the school of Life Sciences, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences or Business; OR working towards a Master’s degree in the school of Life Sciences, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences or Business.
  • Excellent organizational and team skills and experience managing multiple assignments.
  • Comfortable in a manufacturing environment.
  • Mechanical inclination and an aptitude for design of equipment and manufacturing processes.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Inside/Outside conditions: During crush, work estimated at least 50% (but not limited to) outside with weather of varying types.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 40 pounds.
  • Wet/Slippery conditions vary and may include work in rain.
  • Noise levels may vary. Occasional situations where ear protection is required.


Gallo does not sponsor for employment based visas for this position now or in the future.

Requisition ID: 103091 




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We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gallo is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at 209.341.7000.


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