Join Village Books and Paper Dreams and build a career in the storied and noble role of independent bookselling.
Thank you for your interest in Village Books and Paper Dreams as a possible place of employment. Before you take the time to complete our application, we would like to provide you with some basic information about working here.
We require all of our employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
We do not hire on a seasonal basis. Since there is a great deal of training and knowledge required to work here, we are looking for someone who can commit to at least two years to working here. Evening and weekend hours are required and since our busiest period is between November 1st and mid-January, there are no vacations granted during this time. Schedules change as store needs change, and therefore we need staff who have some flexibility about the days and hours they work. All employees are required to work a minimum of 20 hours and three days a week. Currently our entry level pay is minimum wage.
Because helping customers is our first priority, entry level is a front-line sales position. In addition to helping customers with their book and gift selections and ringing up sales, you will also be unpacking and merchandising books and gifts, aiding in store maintenance, and a plethora of other large and small tasks and responsibilities. The work is very detail-oriented and can be physically demanding. Most of us spend long hours on our feet. Furthermore, you often will not have direct supervision, and therefore, need to be highly self-motivated. An adaptable nature is also a requirement, as we all must be flexible enough to fulfill a variety of store functions, pitching in where needed. Above all, you must have a desire to serve and build our community by meeting customers' needs, whether directly or behind-the-scenes.
If, after carefully considering the above, you feel that you can fulfill the requirements at the pay scale offered and will find satisfaction in working at Village Books and Paper Dreams, we encourage you to fill out our employment application and return it to the store. Should a position become available that combines your interests and qualifications with our needs, we will be sure to contact you.
In addition to front-line sales, there are many important career-based roles in Community Outreach, Leadership, Buying, Publishing, and Marketing/Events. These roles include the benefits of flexible scheduling, health benefits, and connecting with other industry professionals. A bachelor's degree or 4 years of equivalent work experience is required for these specialized roles.
Start your career today by completing an application and visiting one of our store locations. Resumes welcome but are not required as part of the initial application process.
Thank you for your consideration and for your kind attention.
Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, and Sarah Hutton
Owners, Village Books and Paper Dreams
Fairhaven and Lynden