Hencote Estate is an Award-Winning Vineyard Estate looking to recruit an experienced Tractor Operative to join a small, dynamic team in managing the 7 ha Vineyard with chief responsibility for all tractor and machinery-based operations.
Reporting to the Vineyard Operations Manager, the main responsibilities for the role will include:
- Drive/Operate a narrow tractor (New Holland T4040N) using equipment to mow, cultivate, apply fertiliser, harrow & spray the vineyard during the busy season (April - October) with an expectation of four or five working days per week in this period devoted to tractor operations
- When not working with the tractor, assisting the Vineyard Operations Manager in all on-foot tasks related to management of the vineyard during this period including general canopy management (leaf stripping, vine topping, shoot correction) and harvesting in Autumn
- Throughout the quieter period of November - March, assisting both the Vineyard Operations Manager with general vineyard management tasks in preparing the vines for the following season (vine pruning, trellis repairs, land preparation) and the Winemaker with winemaking (bottling & labeling wine)
The position requires someone with previous experience who is confident to carry out this skilled role with attention to detail and an aptitude for conscientious machinery operation and maintenance. The successful applicant will have a good level of experience with sprayer operations with a PA1, PA2 and PA3 Certification required.