Vineyard Assistant/Crop Technician

  • Company: Hush Heath Estate
  • Closing Date: 01-04-2020
  • Location: TN12 0HT
  • Salary: To be agreed upon appointment
  • Contact Email: Hamish.dow@plumpton.ac.uk

Description

Hush Heath are looking for a Vineyard Assistant. This is mostly outdoor work and is an opportunity for someone who wants a career in one of the UK's fastest growing Business's. Part of the job is to study a Viticulture Apprenticeship at the renowned Plumpton College for 2 years. It is ideal for someone who aspires to be a Vineyard Manager.

The Vineyard has an opportunity for an Apprentice with an aspiration to move into Vineyard Management through the level 3 apprenticeship in Crop Production (Viticulture). 

Candidates should be interested in furthering their career in the industry, and have experience of all year outdoor working

Duties to include:

  • Manual viticulture practices - maintaining vineyards and surrounding areas in check. (winter pruning, canopy management etc.)
  • Machinery operations, mowing, trimming, cultivation, spraying
  • Harvesting – carry out harvesting, including assessment of timing and quality
  • Off season - trellising installation, repairs
  • Maintenance & preparation of Soil - to ensure efficient & healthy growth of the crop/plant; Soil sampling to ensure appropriate nutrition is correct
  • Other farm and vinery work during quieter periods of the Viticulture season

Desired skills

  • Tractor skills
  • Forklift skills
  • A willingness to learn or improve viticultural skills
  • Experience of working outdoors
  • A valid UK driving Licence is required due to the nature of the role, for operation of machinery

Personal qualities

  • Self-motivating - some tasks and responsibilities may be carried out by the apprentice by themselves
  • The ability to work alone without supervision is key
  • People - Team working; ability to work with and instruct others to complete tasks
  • Professional Attitude at all times to other employees and Customers
  • Adaptability and Flexibility - a wide range of tasks need completing in vineyards, and they may change on a daily basis

Desired qualifications

4 to 5 GCSE's (or equivalent) - including maths & English. Additional learning support in maths & English can be offered. The course is of A level standard  - the ability to learn and revise by oneself is crucial.

Future prospects

The level 3 Apprenticeship (Crop technician, Viticulture) is an ideal qualification for those aspiring to take a senior position in vineyard management. The 2 year course is designed to develop knowledge and skills of apprentices so they can in several years’ time take a more senior role.

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About the employer

Set within the rolling hills of Kent, Hush Heath Estate began with a simple love of wine, a handful of vineyards and the will to push boundaries. With the huge success of our first wine, Balfour Brut Rosé, we turned our passion into a family business.

Today, we are proud to offer an exceptional guest experience across 400 acres of pristine Kent countryside. From expert-led winery tours and guided wine tastings, to stunning vineyard walks and nature trails within ancient oak woodland.

The vineyards at Hush Heath Estate are at the heart of our winemaking. They are beautifully maintained , producing high quality grapes with individual care and attention .  Effectively we are making "alcoholic grape juice’  and thus without fabulous juice from our viticultural team our winemakers can't apply their magic , transforming that juice into world beating wines, both still and sparkling.

Open all year, we warmly invite you on a seasonal discovery of English wine and nature like no other.

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