We invite you to join the team here at Rocky Pond Estate.

Are you interested in learning more about the hospitality business from the food and wine perspective? At Rocky Pond, you must be a team player and enjoy interacting with guests and stakeholders to provide exceptional, high touch experiences. We value integrity, positive results, excellence, innovation and sustainability. You will receive hands-on training from seasoned industry professionals. Opportunity for growth and promotion based on performance. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Harvest Cellar Intern

Report:  Winemaker

Location: Orondo, Washington

Hourly:  $17.50/hr+ DOE, eligible for overtime pay per Washington state law, and shared on-property housing

Status: Temporary Position (Seasonal)

Start date: estimated September 2024

To Apply: Email resumé to elizabethk@rockypondwinery.com

Rocky Pond Estate Winery is a boutique winery located in the Rocky Reach AVA of Washington state’s Columbia Valley. The estate vineyards flanking the Columbia River and Lake Chelan yield a portfolio of elegant, nuanced, and vineyard-driven wines, specializing in Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. To showcase the unique terroir of each vineyard, Rocky Pond employs state-of-the-art processing equipment, innovative cap management strategies, and low-intervention winemaking techniques.

Cellar interns will have the opportunity to assist our small but passionate and experienced team with all aspects of vinification. This includes but is not limited to fruit processing, fermentation management, barrel work, sanitation, and occasional lab analysis. Interns will have a chance to work directly with winemaker, Elizabeth Keyser. Strong communication skills and attention to detail are essential.

Responsibilities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Sanitation
  • Fruit Processing
  • Cap Management
  • Pressing
  • Topping & Barrel Work
  • Additions
  • Basic lab work (as needed)
  • Vineyard maturity sampling (as needed)


  • Must be able to lift 50lbs
  • Must be able to climb ladders
  • Must be willing to work long hours (10-12hrs), including weekends
  • Must be willing to work in variable weather conditions
  • Ability to follow directions verbally and written
  • Ability to read and interpret relevant documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to work on a team as well as independently


  • High School Diploma / GED required, AAS or BS with a concentration in Enology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or Fermentation Sciences a plus
  • Prior Harvest Experience is a plus, but not required

Successful candidates will receive on-property intern housing within walking distance of the winery and should anticipate working mid-September through mid-December (actual start and end dates will be dependent on the growing season and confirmed prior to onboarding).

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