Sustainable Viticulture Internship Opportunity
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The Lodi Winegrape Commission is accepting applications for a sustainable winegrowing internship. This internship is open to undergraduate students enrolled in any university program related to agriculture, viticulture, and enology. The internship will involve working with Commission staff to develop and implement a new outreach program that would educate and support Lodi wineries interested in becoming more involved with the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing certification program.
Examples of work an intern can expect to do include educating wineries on how to integrate the concept of sustainability into their branding and marketing, training tasting room staff on communicating the meaning and importance of certification to customers, supporting winery staff on managing the wine chain of custody process necessary for differentiating certified and uncertified wine, developing print and digital outreach materials, and organizing outreach meetings. There is of course room for interns to customize the position to fit their own unique interests and talents. In addition to doing what it takes to get the job done, we want our interns to contribute to the creative process of designing this new outreach program.
Position status: Accepting applications
Start date: Open
End date: The length of the internship in flexible, but we suggest 6 months.
Location: The intern would work alongside Commission staff in the Lodi office, and may work remotely when able.
Area of focus: Sustainability, viticulture, third-party certification, agricultural extension
Skills desired: Drivers licence, interest in developing and executing agricultural outreach programs, public speaking and communication skills, computer literacy, familiarity with viticulture and wine, basic familiarity with agricultural certification programs in general and the Lodi Rules program in particular
Skills to be developed: Understanding of agricultural certification programs, developing effective outreach materials (print and digital) and strategies (meetings)
Compensation (academic credit or monetary): $10/ hour
Requirements: Passion for agriculture, interest in viticulture and wine, computer literacy, demonstrated writing and editorial ability, demonstrated public speaking and communication skills
How to apply: Contact Matthew Hoffman directly with resume and cover letter expressing interest in the internship
Contact Persons: Matthew Hoffman, PhD
Address: 2545 W. Turner Road, Lodi CA, 95242
Phone: (209) 367-4727