We are always hiring

Even if you do not see the following job ad on Craigslist, we’re always looking for people who rock.

A recent Craigslist posting:

Grassroots Books sells new and used books, music, movies and more. We have significantly brought down the cost of reading in Reno. We think it’s not “just a job.”

We seek one full-time person to:

  • Help customers.
  • Ring up sales.
  • Invite customers to an upcoming event (such as Free Book Day) and get weekly emails.
  • Rally at shelving books, alphabetizing DVDs.
  • Post to Facebook with proper spelling/grammar, including paragraph breaks.
  • Help improve our processes (continuous improvement).
  • Work quickly through “side work.”

We prefer to hire people who will continue with us for at least a year:

  • Same schedule week-to-week (your exception requests ok).
  • If you have interest and aptitude, you might get a chance to learn to buy /order books,  forklift/large truck operation, public relations, management, etc.
  • Almost all positions require either Saturdays or Sundays, long-term.
  • We seek Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays/Mondays/Tuesdays. The Saturday and Sunday shifts would be noon – 8:30 pm, and the other shifts would be 8:30am – 5pm. Apply anyway if you want different shifts.

We hope to find people who rock!

  •  Highly competent and ethical.
  •  Able to move on your feet for entire shift.
  •  Able to lift 40 pounds repeatedly.
  •  Have competent computer skills.
  •  Naturally sunny disposition.
  •  Able to do basic arithmetic, such as double-checking the computer’s calculation of 20% off 17.99

About Grassroots Books:

  • We are growing!
  • Meticulous with our word and work—can be picky.
  • Fun and sometimes irreverent.
  • Melioristic.
  • Fans of Toyota production methods & ideas – people first! (as described in the book Toyota Kata by Mike Rother).
  • Learning to use “Nonviolent Communication” as described in the book by Marshall Rosenberg.
  • Proud of diversity of team members and customers.
  • Team member hobbies / interests include reading, writing, board games, art, dogs, paleo, making a difference, shooting, kayaking, MakerFaire, Bridgewire, The Generator, science, 4×4, making fun of astrology & the Food Pyramid, competitive chess, metal art, minimalism, zero waste, and winter sports. We rarely drink soda or smoke cigarettes.
  • Most of us are overqualified.

We can be a place for people to work for many years, and we can be a place where you work while you launch a different career or business. We can accommodate time off, except between now and January 5 (especially to Dec 24). We have a team of 37.

To apply, tell us through Craigslist:

  • why it’s a good fit for you, short- and long-term
  • why you think you’re a good fit for us
  • your ideal schedule, hours/days you would rather not work, and how many hours a week you desire (we seek 40 to 50)
  • if you’re seeing this position as a first step at Grassroots, what positions you would also be interested in
  • about your proven ability to move fast at work, such as cleaning, stocking shelves or factory work
  • names of a few of your favorite books or movies
  • your contact info

Please apply through Craigslist, not at the store or by phone. We don’t open attachments.

We pay $8.25 to start, and offer paid vacation after one year.

We are also hiring a part-time person to organize warehouse sale books. See our Craigslist posting in General Labor.

(We will remove this posting when we’re not hiring. We don’t respond to every application. Typically if we want to find out more about you, we contact you within 24 hours. If you want to verify that your application was received, send an email through Craigslist or to hiring@grassrootsbooks.com.

FAQ: Why are you guys hiring so often?

For one thing, we are looking to hire qualified people (many are overqualified, and others are motivated and energetic enough to become highly qualified soon), and most aren’t going to stay in retail. Grassroots’ recent alumni include people who now work for the Washoe County School District (librarians and a teacher) and  have started their own businesses (Happy Happy Joy Joy and an eBay business), and other terrific careers. We hope to “graduate” several team members into full-time writing and art careers soon.

We opened our retail store in 2009. In the last 12 months, we have increased our staff by about eight people.

Doing the math: people stay about 24 months; with 30 people, we’re hiring more than once a month just to stay even.

We like hiring on Craigslist. Did you know running an ad on Monster costs $300? You might have heard that almost all bookstores have closed because it’s a difficult business model. We are careful with expenses, and using a free service like Craigslist is just one way we can keep our prices low and still keep the lights on.

For every person we hire, we receive more than 100 emails. We want to hire people who have all the required skills, and we are sad when people aren’t able to alphabetize or count out correct change.  We would rather post often than hire someone just to fill a position.



Check to see if we have a job ad posted on Craigslist. If so, please apply through Craigslist.


If there are no posts on Craigslist, and you think you’ve got what it takes, send an email to hiring@grassrootsbooks.com. Be sure to answer the questions (why it’s a good fit, etc).