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Careers at Bookshop Santa Cruz

Job Opening
Children’s Bookseller (16 hrs/wk) + 

with the option of an additional (up to) 24 hr/week as an Adult Bookseller

Are you passionate about children’s books? Do you want to work in the heart of the community?

Bookshop Santa Cruz, a general independent bookstore located in downtown Santa Cruz for 53 years, is seeking applicants for a children’s bookseller position. Responsibilities include helping customers find titles, recommending children’s books, placing special orders, shelving, and maintaining sections. Applicant needs to be able to perform frequent, repetitive movement, handling books and other merchandise, standing on their feet as well as comfortably operating computer terminals during busy times of the day.

Booksellers need to work within the COVID retail setting which includes being willing to assist customers socially distanced from registers and information desks as well as wear a mask for an entire shift. Employee will have to sign an agreement to safety standards before starting. 

The position is year-round and scheduled for 16 hours/week in the children’s department with the opportunity for shifts on the regular bookseller sales floor for up to an additional 24 hours/week (optional). This person must haveas close to full-time availability as possible during the holiday season (early November – early January) for additional shifts in the children’s department.


  • friendly and outgoing, especially with children and children at heart
  • 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- a true team player
  • proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and google documents
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • previous customer service experience a plus

This position starts at $15.50/hour. PTO, dental and vision benefits and life insurance available if regularly working 28 hours/week. Paid training period included. Employees receive generous store discounts.

Shift times: Day shifts (9:45-6:15) including one Sunday shift in the children’s department required. Availability to work nights and other weekend days might be needed during busy retail seasons.

Bookshop Santa Cruz embraces diversity and equal opportunity in our workplace. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. 

If interested, please submit a cover letter, including schedule availability, and resume to