Employment

Thank you for your interest in seeking employment at Oblong Books & Music. Because any employment decision is a very important one, we'd like to give you some basic information about working here that might influence your decision to apply.

We are seeking employees who are book and music lovers and customer-oriented. This is a detailed and sometimes physically demanding job. You will spend long hours on your feet and you must be comfortable lifting at least 30 lbs. We hire part-time and full-time employees. Part-time employees work a minimum of 20 hours a week. Because of our extensive training, all new employees are asked to make a one-year commitment to Oblong; we rarely hire seasonal help. We need colleagues who are available to work some evenings and weekends on a regular basis. Employees help customers with purchases, work as cashiers, clean and maintain the store, and help with in-store and offsite events.

Bringing books and people together is personally rewarding, yet working in a bookstore is not for everyone. Most of our booksellers start at $10 per hour, possibly more if you have previous bookselling experience. You can expect to move into other areas of operation as opportunities present themselves and your interests and expertise develop. We see teamwork, book knowledge, flexibility and, above all, customer service as critical elements to the success of our stores.

There are benefits to offset the hard work. Employees become part of a 40+ year old independent community bookstore. Renowned speakers come through the store. Employees receive advance copies of books. Employees receive discounts on books and merchandise. Vacation and sick leave are paid based on length of employment.

If you feel that you can fulfill the requirements above, please apply for a position. Should a position be immediately available that combines your interest and qualifications with our needs, we will contact you. If no positions are initially available, we will keep your application for three months.

Thanks again for your interest in seeking employment at our bookstore.

- Suzanna Hermans and the Oblong Books & Music Staff

To apply for a position with Oblong Books, please fill out the Google Form below.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity is welcome. Thank you!