Silver Thread Seeks Vineyard/Cellar Intern for 2022 Growing Season

March 1, 2022: Silver Thread, a boutique Seneca Lake vineyard and winery, is seeking to hire an important member for our team.  Those interested in being part of a critically-acclaimed operation that is focused on sustainable practices are encouraged to apply.  Candidates should forward resume and statement of interest to Shannon Brock, Silver Thread Vineyard, 1401 Caywood Rd., Lodi, NY 14860 or  Questions should be forwarded to this e-mail address, also.


Job Title: Vineyard & Cellar Intern

Hours: 16-24 hrs. per week, beginning late May and ending at the end of October

Wages: commensurate with experience and education

Start date: late May 2022 (5/23 or after, negotiable)


Job Description:

During the growing season, the Vineyard & Cellar Intern will work under the supervision of the Estate Manager, Vineyard Manager and Assistant Vineyard Manager to assist with growing and care of premium wine grapevines.  Job duties include:

  • Care of young vines:  training, positioning & tying; weeding & mowing; hand-watering as needed
  • Integrated pest management– scouting and making recommendations
  • Keeping detailed vineyard records
  • Help Asst. Vineyard Manager with hand-work in vineyard (tying, leaf pulling, thinning, and positioning)


During the fall harvest period, the Vineyard & Cellar Intern will work under the supervision of the Estate Manager, Winemaker and Assistant Winemaker to assist with grape harvest, crush, press and fermentation of wines.  Job duties include:

  • Grape sampling and juice evaluation
  • Hand harvesting of grapes
  • Operation of equipment to destem, crush and press grapes
  • Fermentation monitoring
  • Winery sanitation



The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • at least one season (3-4 months) experience at a commercial vineyard
  • at least 1 semester (4 months) formal education or training in viticulture
  • ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • experience operating farm and winery equipment preferred
  • willingness to learn new equipment and techniques
  • ability to work unsupervised
  • follows vineyard/winery protocol while taking initiative to suggest alternative practices