Thursday, April 23, 2020

Virtual Job Fair for Military and Veterans: April 28th at 11 am to 3 pm, PST

Job Seekers:  For all military personnel and veterans, RecruitMilitary is holding a virtual job fair for West Coast employers next Tuesday, April 28th from 11 am to 3 pm, PST.  Registration & attendance is free and resources for writing resumes, crafting elevator pitches, etc. are also available to job seekers prior to the event.  RecruitMilitary also maintains an online, mobile-friendly job board that currently hosts 209,000+ jobs nationwide.  Job seekers can identify job opportunities by geographical location, skill sets or remote work. Job opportunities include winery roles.

Employers:  In need of highly qualified job candidates?  RecruitMilitary has a candidate pool of nearly 1.5 million job seekers with military experience.  They may be a perfect fit for your business needs. 

More Info:  To learn more about the job fair, visit the website Western Region Virtual Career Fair for Military and Veterans.  And to learn more about RecruitMilitary, visit  

Friday, April 17, 2020

WineTalent Classifieds: Viticulturist in the Salinas Valley

WineTalent is working with our client, Scheid Family Wines, to find a Viticulturist to manage the company’s vineyard farming and viticulture practices. 
About the Company:  Scheid Family Wines is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery with 11 estate vineyards on over 4,000 acres in the Salinas Valley.  Scheid Family Wines is committed to farming the highest quality grapes.  All of the vineyards are certified sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
About the Position:  The Viticulturist manages the Scheid Family Wines vineyard farming and viticulture practices. The Viticulturist collaborates and works closely with vineyard management and the viticulture team. This individual will utilize their technical viticulture expertise and solid agricultural techniques to promote vine health and sustainability, crop yield and the quality of the fruit that is produced. The Viticulturist maintains and continues to develop Scheid Family Wines’ commitment to sustainable farming practices.

  • Manage the Scheid Family Wines (SFW) vineyard farming and viticulture practices including the following:
  • Establish and manage mechanical based precision viticulture programs and farming
  • Collaborate on the planning and budgeting, implement the plan and manage the costs
  • Oversee pruning, tying, shoot thinning, shoot positioning, trellis and canopy manipulation, suckering, weed control, cultivation, crop estimation, crop thinning, irrigation scheduling, nutrition, pest and fungicide management and harvest coordination
  • Coordinate and implement training and education for ranch managers and vineyard labor force regarding education of basic viticulture, mechanical farming, and precision agriculture techniques
  • Active member of the viticulture team providing input from core competencies such as vine nutrition, pest management and other inputs that strengthen the team’s approach to farming decisions.
  • Develop and implement nutrition programs and validate results through petiole analysis and other diagnostic processes
  • Collaborate with viticulture and technology teams to establish data flows in a Precision Agriculture management setting, turning data into action
  • Support key seasonal data collection efforts, including crop estimations
  • Continued development of the viticulture program documents
  • Develop and implement pest prevention programs including soil borne pests, mealy bugs, mites, leaf hopper, fungicides, Botrytis, Eutypa and other related diseases
  • Manage trial blocks and experimental varieties and techniques
  • Trial blocks for quality enhancements
  • Nutrition trials and all trials that are advancing wine quality
  • Work directly with the winemaking team in establishment of specific wine quality needs relative to mechanical viticulture and precision agriculture.

  • BS or MA Degree in viticulture, plant science, horticulture, agronomy or related discipline
  • 3 to 5 years viticulture experience or combination with directly related vineyard experience
  • Experience with vineyard operations, farming, or related agricultural experience a plus

  • PCA license or ability to gain a PCA license within the first 12 months preferred
  • Demonstrated solid knowledge of viticulture practices
  • Strong partnering skills and ability to work with a team
  • Computer skills including MS Office, and practical competence with agriculture-oriented computer applications
  • Rudimentary understanding of winemaking to assist with understanding winegrowing goals and fruit/wine quality grading
  • Ability to work overtime (extended hours and weekends) as required
  • Ability to understand any and all safety requirements
  • Clean DMV record

  • This is a full-time, salaried position.
  • Competitive compensation depending on experience plus benefits including medical, dental and 401K

About WineTalent:  WineTalent is a wine industry focused recruitment company. We work closely with our clients and our job seekers to find the right fit of talents, experience and work environment. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

Please email resume and all inquiries to  

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Culture Club Part II: Digging into a Company's Culture

Last month I posted ways to determine the culture at a potential employer during the interview process (Culture Club Part I).  Let's dig a little deeper, and see what else we can learn about the culture at a company you are interested in working at. 

Do Your Homework:  Snoop around online to see what you can find.  Glassdoor has employee reviews of many companies.  Larger companies may be profiled in local newspapers and business journals.  Publications such as Business Insider and Entrepreneur frequently create lists of the companies with the best company culture.  Looking at social media posts by the company, its employees and others can give you some insight into the company as well. 

Crowdsource your Information:  When you are considering a certain company, think about who you know who works there, or better yet, who has worked there.  Ask for their thoughts on the company.  I do say take the information with a grain of salt.  If your friend who is badmouthing the company tends to grumble about lots of things in his life, it might be him, not the company that was not a good fit. 

Ask the Right Questions:  You'll be getting asked questions during the interview process.  Make sure you ask questions too.  Ask questions relevant to the role you are interested in, and questions about how the company manages its employees and how people work together.  For some good questions, look here.

Shadow Someone:  If you are offered the job, but are still unsure the company is the right fit for you, ask if you could job shadow someone in a similar role to you.  My all time best boss offered this option to me during the interview process.  While I didn't do a job shadow, I did call up some of the employees to ask them about the job, about their boss and about the dynamics of the office.  It allowed me to learn more about the company, interact with future colleagues early on, and do my own "reference" check of my future employer.  It paid off!

Here are some additional articles to determine company culture:

Remember, you will be spending a lot of time at your new company.  Making sure it's a good fit early on is very important.  You want to make sure your culture and values are well matched with your future employer.