Winemaker/Enology Instructor

Full-Time Positions (With Benefits)

Wamego, KS
Bachelor's or higher in enology, fermentation science, or related field of study.
Experience working in a winery is essential. Experience with hybrid grape varieties preferred. Must be eligible to work in the U. S. without sponsorship.


The HCC Viticulture and Enology Program is located in Wamego, KS (  Highland currently has 5 acres of vineyard with approximately 4500 vines.  The college recently founded and moved the winery into 456 Wineries, a wine-business incubator for startup winemakers, the first such incubator east of the Rocky Mountains (  Highland began offering degree programs in viticulture and enology in 2010 ( and is the Kansas member of the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA) (   The program was started and continues to be led by Scott Kohl, a senior member of the VESTA staff.


This position year-around position is responsible for overseeing wine production for Highland Vineyard and Winery as well as mentor winemaking clients in the college’s wine-business incubator in collaboration with the V & E Program Director. Additionally, this position includes a teaching load of 3 - 9 credits of Enology courses per semester (and possibly one course during summer) depending upon demand and time availability. Finally, the position will assist in research and extension duties for the Kansas grape and wine industry as well as workshop teaching/hosting.



The following are essential. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Collaborate with V&E Department staff to manage and perform day-to-day activities at Highland Vineyards and Winery as well as the winery incubator year around.
  2. Maintain winery equipment and manage winery students/interns. Report any major maintenance needs or equipment abnormalities to V&E Program Director.
  3. Teach up to 3-9 credits of courses each semester and potentially one course during the summer. Conduct field workshops for industry may count as partial credit hour teaching load.
  4. Serve as a winery extension agent including consulting for the Kansas grape and wine industry and attendance at some national industry conferences.
  5. Assist with technical information pertaining to curriculum development and review within the department and at VESTA Annual Summit
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