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Lake Michigan College
Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 22, 2024

Job Details


Posting Number: 0000937
Reports to: Director, Wine & Viticulture Technology
Department: Wine & Viticulture Technology
Classification: Exempt
Full or Part-time: Full Time

Job Summary:
In collaboration with the Director of Wine and Viticulture Technology, the Viticulturist provides vineyard and grapevine expertise and leadership while working collaboratively with faculty, staff, industry representatives, and others to achieve the goals and objectives of the unit. The Viticulturist instructs for credit Viticulture courses, and develops and offers continuing education classes, workshops, and seminars related to vineyard operations and management. In collaboration with Wine and Viticulture students and with staff at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, the Viticulturist manages and maintains vineyard blocks used for instruction and work-based learning opportunities

Essential Functions:
1. Develops curriculum and teaches for credit Viticulture courses for the Wine and Viticulture Technology Program.2. Assists in recruitment, advising, and mentoring of current and prospective Wine and Viticulture students.3. Develops and oversees viticulture internships and cooperative education opportunities for students.4. Develops an extended education program in Viticulture and related subjects to meet the needs of the local and regional wine industry.5. Actively participates in local, regional, and national organizations relevant to viticulture, agriculture, and wine production.6. In collaboration with the Director of Wine and Viticulture, works to further develop Program learning outcomes and strategies of assessment.7. In collaboration with the Director, assures adequate vineyard resources to meet Program objectives.8. In collaboration with the Director and local commercial growers, assures supply of high-quality grapes to produce wine by the Program’s affiliated winery, Lake Michigan Vintners.9. Assists faculty and administration in conducting regular program review activities.10. Serves on College and community committees as needed and as assigned.

Other Duties:
1. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Enology and Viticulture.

Under the general supervision of the Director of Wine and Viticulture Technology program, the Viticulturist is accountable for the Viticulture unit of Wine and Viticulture Technology program.

Job Specifications:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution required. Direct industry experience may substitute for education at the discretion of the College. Three or more years’ experience in commercial vineyard management required. Solid understanding of Eastern US viticulture strongly preferred. Experience teaching at the college level preferred. Background in sustainable farming systems and regenerative ag practices preferred.

Salary Range:

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Information on our standard hiring process: Lake Michigan College will accept applications on this position for at least 14 days. Applications will be screened for minimum qualifications as received. Once a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received and sufficient diversity of applicants achieved, those applicants will be passed along to the search committee. Once the search committee has determined which applicants they would like to interview, those applicants will be contacted. If this process extends beyond 21 days, a communication of the delay will be made to all applicants for the position. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources at

Welch Center and around SW Michigan:
Generous paid time off; benefits start on the first day; College fully funds the health insurance deductible; minimum 10% retirement contribution from employer.

Open Date: 02/20/2024
Closing Date:

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About Lake Michigan College
Lake Michigan College is a community college in southwest Michigan. We have three campuses --two of which are located ten minutes from our namesake’s breathtaking shoreline.

Like other community colleges, we offer associate degrees, certificates, and even a baccalaureate degree. But what sets us apart from our peers is our seemingly limitless potential and our people - people who care deeply about our region’s future and who are committed to student success and exemplary educational programs, strong alignments with both established and emerging industries, and productive partnerships with the communities we serve.

Faculty and staff at LMC enjoy excellent benefits and a supportive and friendly work environment. LMC recently received a Capital Outlay grant from the State of Michigan and a new millage from the southwest Michigan community, so the college’s facilities will be getting innovative, sustainable upgrades in the next few years that will contribute to the comfort, productivity and collaborative environment for all employees.

Living in Southwest Michigan
Southwest Michigan attracts millions of tourists who come for our beaches, wineries, and nationally acclaimed golf courses. But many who visit, choose to stay for our great schools, low cost of living, and high quality of life.

LMC’s main campus is nestled in a watery and wooded wildlife sanctuary, yet it’s less than a half-day’s drive from major metro areas including Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Indianapolis.



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