Downtown Jobs

Bookseller, Country Bookshelf

Part Time

Grow with Country Bookshelf

We are looking for part-time (15-30 hours per week) and full-time (32-40 hours per week) booksellers. This position requires weekend and evening availability, in addition to standard weekday hours. We tend to NOT hire seasonally, as it often takes several months to become fully trained. We’re looking for a longer-term commitment, at the very least through December 2021. We will be accepting applications and hosting interviews until we find the perfect booksellers.

Bookselling in the time of COVID: Applicants can expect to spend considerable time communicating with customers in person, on the phone, and through email--customer service experience is required; bookselling or other book world experience is even better. Helping us maintain a safe and healthy environment for staff and customers alike is a requirement.

Candidates must be prepared for an often-times chaotic environment, a fairly dusty atmosphere, and absolutely no reading on the job. Daily duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Interacting with the public nearly constantly and representing a historic business in Downtown Bozeman
  • Maintaining a positive, helpful, and welcoming demeanor at all times
  • Adapting to constant change and unexpected circumstances
  • Dusting, organizing, tidying, and shelving books
  • Operating our book-industry specific POS and handling financial transactions with great accuracy
  • Answering phones and email - strong communication skills are a must
  • Researching books and authors using the internet and our book databases
  • Lifting, carrying, and moving heavy items (up to 50 pounds); frequently making trips up and down stairs, reaching and bending to high and low shelves
  • Following detailed procedures accurately and consistently
  • Participating on a team; problem-solving individually and with others
  • And more complex tasks as skills develop

Overall, the ideal candidate will be flexible, reliable, observant, patient, and hardworking. Bookselling requires a continuous intake of new information, a crazy-good memory, a go-with-the-flow sense of humor, an insatiable curiosity towards the world of books, and an optimistic attitude regarding the future of the book and independent businesses. Perks include an employee discount on all merchandise for the duration of your employment and access to free advance reading copies of books and audiobooks. Full-time employees become eligible for a benefits package after a three-month probationary period. Pay is consistent with the industry and experience.

The chosen candidates will join a team of unique, motivated, and engaged individuals who share a love of books. Incredible authors, speakers, and local celebrities visit regularly, and you will get to work with them. You will make many new friends - in person, online, and between the pages. You will become a part of Bozeman and bookselling history, as Country Bookshelf has been a local destination for over 60 years.

Go to countrybookshelf.com/employment for additional information and access to the application.

Contact Info

We receive many applications and therefore cannot follow up with every application. Incomplete applications or a missing résumé may remove you from consideration. Please send completed applications to Kasey (kasey@countrybookshelf.com). Call 406-587-0166 for additional information.