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Careers at Bookshop Santa Cruz

Job Openings

Bookshop Santa Cruz is currently hiring for the following positions: Bookseller. Please see below for details on these positions, and instructions on applying.


Are you passionate about 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 54 years, is seeking applicants for a substitute bookseller position. Recommend books, run the cash register, help customers find titles, place special orders, maintain book sections, shelve and more. Join us in the wonderful world of bookselling as we engage thoughtfully with our community and each other, and enjoy perks such as advanced access to upcoming books!

Booksellers need to work within a COVID retail setting which includes wearing masks as directed and interacting with the public. Bookshop Santa Cruz follows all California guidelines related to COVID safety.

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.

This position is a year-round position working as a substitute with a minimum of 24 hours/week required and guaranteed (up to full time possible). This position is the path to gaining a regular bookseller schedule at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Booksellers are represented by the CWA union.

This position starts at $15.50/hour + vision and dental benefits after 60 days.


  • Previous bookstore or customer service experience preferred
  • Friendly, courteous and helpful manner
  • Energetic and self-motivated personality
  • Team player
  • Strong book knowledge and a passion for books a must
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Flexible availability preferred

Possible Bookshop shift times:

  • Day: 9:45am-5:15pm daily
  • Swing: 10:30am-7:00pm or 11:30pm-8:00pm
  • Night: 12:45pm-9:15pm,\

Some evening availability required Maximum availability needed, especially weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), evenings, and the holiday season (including from Thanksgiving through New Years-- with the exception of December 25th).
Position starts on October 25th.

If interested, please pick up an application at the store or download one here
Bring your completed application to Bookshop Santa Cruz (1520 Pacific Avenue) and ask for Jax or Jason.