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Washington Grower Relations Internship 2022 (3-6 months)

Location: Sunnyside, WA, US Prosser, WA, US

Date: Jan 2, 2022

Company: E. & J. Gallo

Why Gallo?

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Grower Relations Description

Since joining the Washington wine industry in 2012, E. & J. Gallo Winery has maintained long term contracts with our growers in Ancient Lakes, the Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, and the Columbia Valley AVA’s.  Our Grower Relations Department manages and oversees these contracts, ensuring that the fruit from these diverse regions supports the needs of our growing Premium wine programs for Columbia Winery and Hogue Cellars, located in Sunnyside & Prosser, Washington. 


About Gallo

Over eighty years ago, with humble beginnings, brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo began E. & J. Gallo Winery.  Today, we are the world's largest family-owned winery.  We distribute wines to over 90 countries and are the largest exporter of California wine. E. & J. Gallo Winery employs a creative and talented team of more than 5,000 people. We truly believe that the contributions of our employees are what make our Winery a dominant force in the ever-growing wine industry.  The Winery joined the Washington state wine business in 2012 and the team is very excited to be growing there as well. If you want to work with great people and enjoy a career in a dynamic industry expected to double in the next 10 years, see what opportunities await you at E. & J. Gallo Winery!


Job Summary

The Grower Relations Internship Program is searching for qualified candidates to fill 3-6 month positions (June-November/December) within our Grower Relations Department. Coastal Winegrowing/Grower Relations strives to procure the highest quality wine grapes while matching demand for our wide array of wines. Interns will support the many different functions of our Grower Relations team, and will gain valuable experience in the following areas: GIS/map building and analysis, grower outreach, crop estimation, pest and disease scouting, harvest scheduling and delivery coordination.  The intern’s essential functions are as follows:

  • Support all Grower Relations operations.
  • Create and maintain reports to track yield estimation, grape maturity and phenology activity.
  • Use GPS technology and the Geographical Information System to implement precision farming and map vineyard infrastructure.
  • Participate in pest and disease scouting and help draft treatment thresholds for specific pests.
  • Assist with harvest activities including maturity sampling, harvest equipment preparation and quality control of fruit.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or State-issued equivalency certificate.
  • Currently enrolled at a college or university and working towards a Bachelor’s degree in the following majors OR have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following majors: Agriculture, Plant Science, Soil Science, Hydrology, Geographical Information Systems, Environmental Science, Land Resource Management, Forestry Resource Management, Ag-Business, Business Administration, Winemaking, Biology, Ag Policy, Horticulture, Chemistry, Enology, Food Science, Viticulture, Ag Science.
  • Required to lift and move up to 40 lbs.
  • Required to climb fixed stairs with handrails and vertical ladders with hoop cages to a height of 12 feet inspecting wine surfaces and on top of grape trucks inspecting loads.
  • 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.
  • Driving to and from varying ranch locations is required.
  • Requires availability to work evenings, weekends and holidays when necessary.
  • Available for the minimum timeframe of the internship, approximately June-October 2022


Preferred Qualifications

  • Junior or Senior class standing at a college or university and working towards a Bachelor’s degree in the above areas of study.
  • Skilled at working with individuals from diverse and varied backgrounds.
  • General viticulture knowledge
  • Grape pest and disease identification.
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office, Excel, Statistical Analysis (MiniTab, SAS), GPS Mapping and ArcView at a basic level.
  • Basic ability to speak and understand Spanish.
  • Available for the entire duration of the internship, approximately June-December 2022


Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Inside/Outside conditions: During crush, work estimated at 80% (50 Hours a week) outside with weather of varying types.  Work will be performed on weekends, early mornings and some evenings.
  • Required to work mostly outside in Dusty/Hot /Cold/Rainy conditions.
  • Required to lift and move up to 40 lbs. Noise levels may vary.  Occasional situations where ear protection is required.
  • Required to work at heights of 12 feet, on tops of tanks inspecting wine surfaces and on top of grape trucks inspecting loads.



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



Gallo is an Equal Employment opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles (such as braids, locks, and twists), color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition as defined by applicable state law (including cancer and predisposing genetic characteristics in California), genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation (actual or perceived), transgender status, sex stereotyping, age, military or veteran status, domestic violence or sexual assault victim status, or any other basis protected by applicable law. 


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.


Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Yakima

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