Vineyard Hand / Vineyard Maintenance Officer
PO Box 130
Nagambie, VIC 3608
03 5794 2555
Full Time - Permanent
TAHBILK WINERY, situated 8 km south of Nagambie in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley, and 1.5 hours north of Melbourne, is seeking a Vineyard Hand/Vineyard Maintenance Officer.
Established in 1860, Tahbilk is Victoria’s and one of Australia’s oldest wineries. Owned by the Purbrick family since 1925, the fifth generation family tradition of integrating old-style winemaking methods with modern technology has resulted in over 2,000 prestigious awards. The Tahbilk Estate consists of 1,200 hectares, with 270 hectares of vineyards and 17 different varieties.
The Vineyard Hand/Maintenance Officer role is a Permanent full time position split approximately 75% general vineyard hand, and 25% vineyard maintenance. The position reports to the Vineyard Manager and is part of the Tahbilk Vineyard Team. The job split may vary widely from day to day and week to week, as required by the business.
The position is 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, however during vintage (harvest) you will be required to work 12 hour shifts, 6 days per week. You may be required to work day shift or nightshift as required.
To be considered for the role you must hold a trade qualification in a mechanical field, as a fitter and turner or similar, and have relevant experience. Vineyard operations experience is desirable but not essential.
As a Vineyard Hand you will be required to perform the following duties:
• General vineyard operations as directed by the Vineyard Manager or senior vineyard staff.
• Vineyard establishment i.e. installing posts, running wires, laying out and connecting dripper tube, planting of
young vines; training of young vines to full growth.
• Pruning vines (by hand and mechanically).
• Manual vineyard work such as wire lifting for canopy management.
• Operating a tractor and equipment for:
seeding; spraying; slashing; flail mowing; trimming of canes; sweeping of canes and debris; fertilising; towing
grape bins for harvesting; harvesting grapes; pre-pruning; general vineyard maintenance and other tractor
operations as required.
• Compost operations if required.
• Environmental and farm works, including fencing and tree establishment if required.
• Operating ATVs for some of the above operations and for general vineyard work.
• Operating the irrigation system, including electric and diesel irrigation pumps, and electronic controllers.
• Other vineyard tasks as required.
As Vineyard Maintenance Officer you will be required to perform the following duties:
• Maintenance of and repairs to Tahbilk vineyard equipment in a timely manner, and as required, or when
requested by the Vineyard Manager.
• Liaison with the Vineyard Manager to ensure equipment is available when required.
• Scheduling and organising major maintenance work on vineyard equipment, tractors, spray units, pre-pruners,
• Providing advice and support to vineyard staff for routine lubrication and maintenance of vineyard equipment.
• Planning of major vineyard maintenance work and new works.
• Liaison with and supervision of contractors.
• Organisation of vineyard workshop.
• Accurate and up to date record keeping and account reconciliation.
• Purchasing of workshop materials, tools etc.
• Must be available for emergency repair call out on weekends (infrequent).
• Relieving the Winery Maintenance Manager, and assisting in winery repairs and maintenance when required.
To succeed in the role you must have a professional attitude, conduct all aspects of the role in a professional, friendly and timely manner, demonstrate a commitment to quality, maintain effective and timely communication with all staff, support and promote teamwork through cooperation, demonstrate an ability to be adaptive and accepting of new ideas and a willingness to approach new challenges, have good attention to detail, and always consider health and safety as the highest priority.
Employer Contact Information
PO Box 130
"A winery steeped in tradition, which should be visited at least once by every wine-conscious Australian, and which makes wines – particularly red wines – utterly in keeping with that tradition."
- JAMES HALLIDAY