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Social Enterprise Retail Intern

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Homeless Garden Project

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Description

The Homeless Garden Project (HGP), founded in 1990 and based in Santa Cruz, California, provides job training, transitional employment and support services to individuals experiencing homelessness. HGP operates the Homeless Garden Project Store, a social enterprise that supports its programming. The HGP Store sells its own products that are made by program trainees from herbs, flowers, and produce grown on our 3.5-acre organic farm as well as some products made by local artists sold on consignment. HGP products include bath &body, food & beverage, candles, and more. HGP Store sells products at its two retail locations in Santa Cruz and Capitola, online (shop.homelessgardenproject.org), and through wholesale partners. HGP Store does a significant portion of its business during the holiday season.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and hard-working intern who will support the HGP Store’s operations during the 2020 holiday season. Under the general supervision of the Value-Added Retail & Enterprise Manager, the VAE Enterprise Intern will be responsible for the supervision and management of all online orders, wholesale accounts, and consignment relationships.

Responsibilities

  • Support the fulfillment of online orders, including packaging and shipment.
  • Serve as the liaison between HGP and wholesale accounts, proactively checking in to ensure they have adequate inventory.
  • Support the fulfillment of wholesale orders, including packaging, invoicing, and potentially local delivery.
  • Serve as the liaison between HGP and consignors, proactively contacting them to replenish their product in HGP’s store.
  • Meet consignors at the HGP store to check in their inventory, complete necessary paperwork, and enter into HGP’s point of sale system.

Qualifications

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and access to a registered vehicle
  • Must be professional and outgoing with strong communication skills
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds and stand for long periods
  • Experience in retail preferred
  • Experience in computer systems including Google Suite, Microsoft Excel, point of sale systems, and online store systems preferred
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Self-motivated multi-tasker with a strong work ethic
  • Highly organized in a fast-paced environment
  • Enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn
  • Ability to collaborate and be a team player

Compensation

This is a volunteer, unpaid internship. We encourage you to use this internship to gain course credit or seek out grants with your college, if that is an option. Please include this information in your cover letter.

Application Procedure and Deadlines

Send your resume and a cover letter to Volunteer Manager, Atalanta Kyriazi, at atalantak@homelessgardenproject.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

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About Homeless Garden Project

Location:

30 West Cliff Drive P.O. 617, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95061, US

Mission Statement

The Santa Cruz Homeless Garden Project helps men and women gain skills and confidence to enter wider communities. We provide training and transitional employment within a community-supported organic garden. Volunteers have many opportunities to learn about and help in the garden, in the kitchen, and with special events.

Description

The Santa Cruz Homeless Garden Project helps men and women gain skills and confidence to enter wider communities. We provide training and transitional employment within a community-supported organic garden. Volunteers have many opportunities to learn about and help in the garden, in the kitchen, and with special events.

Community
Employment
Homeless & Housing

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1338 Pacific AvenueSanta CruzSanta Cruz, CA 95060

(36.97407,-122.02602)
 

SKILLS

  • Retail / Sales
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Organization
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • - At least 10 hours commitment per week for at least 3 months - Requires on-site work primarily at HGP’s Pacific Avenue store location with some local transportation required.

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