Careers at Bookshop

Children's Bookseller/Buyer

Bookshop Santa Cruz, a general independent bookstore located in downtown Santa Cruz for 51 years, is seeking applicants for a children's bookseller and buying position.

Responsibilities include helping customers find titles, placing special orders, shelving, and maintaining sections. This position also plays an important role supporting the Head Children's Buyer in identifying, evaluating and buying children's book for the department. Applicant needs to be able to perform frequent, repetitive movement, handling books and other merchandise, as well as comfortably operating computer terminals during busy times of the day.

The position is year-round and scheduled for 24 hours/week. This person must have as close to full-time availability as possible during the holiday season (early December - early January).

• friendly and outgoing, especially with children
• passionate about children's and young adult literature
• organized, efficient and detail oriented
• self-motivated and able to work independently
• able to take direction as well as delegate tasks
• proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
• excellent verbal and written communication skills
• previous customer service experience

• previous bookstore or library experience
• previous buying experience
• experience reviewing or critiquing texts
• flexible availability

This position starts at $13.50/hour + dental benefits after 60 days. Additional compensation for buying hours available once trained and actively buying for the department. Paid training period included.

Shift times: Day shifts (~9-5:30) but availability to work nights/weekends might occasionally be needed during busy retail seasons.

If interested, please come to Bookshop Santa Cruz (1520 Pacific Avenue) to fill out an application. Please bring a cover letter & list of your favorite books (children's and adult).

Then ask for Casey, Tera, or Michelle at the Children's Desk to turn in your application Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm ONLY.


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All titles are subject to availability. Prices subject to change. Please call 831-423-0900 to confirm.
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