Retail Specialist Job Description

Seattle ReCreative is a nonprofit creative reuse center located in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. Our mission is to promote creativity, community, and environmental stewardship through creative reuse and arts education. We keep good stuff out of the landfill so you can make art with it. Our retail operation is key to our mission and generates a significant portion of our operating budget.

This is a part-time, non-exempt position and reports to the Executive Director.

Job Summary:
Provide essential support to Seattle ReCreative’s retail program and reuse store by interacting with and assisting customers, donors and others with merchandise selection, and suggestion selling and cashiering in a courteous and professional manner. Additionally, accept and organize material donations on behalf of the organization.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist customers and material donors in a timely and courteous manner by answering questions and meeting their various needs.

  • Handle cash, checks, and credit card transactions, closing out cash drawer, and balancing all POS transactions.

  • Sort, price, and organize diverse inventory of donated materials.

  • Proactively acknowledge, greet and help customers in any area of the store.

  • Merchandise, restock and provide general floor maintenance where needed.

  • Maintain clean and safe work environment.

  • Support team members and volunteers.

  • Build and maintain internal and external customer satisfaction.

Must be able to work following schedule:

Thursday 12-6:30, Friday 12-6:30, and Saturday 9:30-6:30    

Minimum Job Requirements:
Education: High School diploma or equivalent preferred.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Exceptional retail and customer service.

  • Experience handling cash and inventory.

  • Experience working at a thrift store or reuse organization (preferred).

  • Experience or strong interest in nonprofit organizations.

  • Interest in environmental issues and/or alternative art and arts education (ideally both).

  • Detailed-oriented, self-starter who can take a project and run with it.


Essential Physical Abilities:

  • Lifting and carrying 50 pounds.

  • Developed fine motor control, grasp, handle, manipulate objects with fingers.

  • Standing for long periods of time; frequent bending, kneeling, reaching, stooping, squatting, pushing; climbing ladders.

  • Able to travel across a variety of surfaces (stairs, ramps, uneven terrain).

Working Conditions:

  • Retail store environment, temperature varies, loud noises, occasional crowds.

  • Other programs and events occurring in the space during store hours.

  • Multi-tasking and keeping track of unfinished tasks.



  • Competitive hourly rate of $12/hour

  • Paid time off, sick days and holidays

  • $20 monthly craft materials allowance


To apply:

Email resume and cover letter to Jenna Boitano at by June 5, 2015. No phone calls please.

Seattle ReCreative is committed to a diverse workplace. This organization does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, age, sexual orientation or affectional preference, military status, or status as a special disabled or Vietnam era veteran.