Theodore Payne Foundation

Bookstore Assistant

Employment type
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles

Theodore Payne Foundation’s bookstore is a critical link between the mission of the Foundation and our members and visitors. The Bookstore Assistant provides a positive and well-informed face to the public and represent the Theodore Payne Foundation in a professional and ethical manner. The Bookstore Assistant has primary responsibility for assisting customers, stocking merchandise, maintaining the bookstore, fielding phone calls, registering class attendees, and other duties as assigned. This position is part time and reports to the Bookstore and Front Office Manager.


  • Works with customers in person, via email, and on the phone to provide accurate information; makes cash, check, and credit card sales; accurately closes out, balances till, makes sales reports, and prepares receipts for bookkeeper at end of day
  • Increases bookstore and membership sales through product knowledge, initiation of customer contact and rapport, and ensuring that customers are satisfied and encouraged to return
  • Restocks, dusts, and straightens up items on shelves and in back stock
  • Fulfills and processes payments for online orders for non-seed items
  • Registers participants in person, online, and over the phone for classes and events
  • Acts as Foundation’s receptionist, answers the telephone, takes messages, refers callers to the appropriate staff person
  • Works with staff to coordinate and prepare for events
  • General office work, record keeping and other duties as assigned
  • Provides support for Executive Director and Director of Operations as needed



  • Solid computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Lightspeed POS knowledge a plus; ability to learn new programs is essential
  • Strong mathematical skills, accuracy paramount
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds, climb a ladder, and stand for long periods in conditions with variable temperatures (frequently hotter or colder than 72 degrees)
  • Must be energetic, personable, patient, and have a good sense of humor
  • Must be able to work overtime during busy seasons including the occasional Sunday
  • Flexible attitude and detail-oriented
  • High school GED required
  • Retail and/or office experience desirable
  • Legible handwriting essential



  • Sick time
  • Staff discount

Schedule: 20 hours/week flexible hours
Pay Rate: $13.25/hour

To apply

Send cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected] with the subject heading of: Bookstore Assistant

The Theodore Payne Foundation is a non-profit nursery and educational organization that promotes the understanding and use of California native plants. The Foundation has approximately 3,000 members and an outreach to nearly 14,000 via its e- newsletter; it has a paid staff of 18 and a corps of 150 volunteers. The Foundation owns and operates a 22-acre educational facility and nursery in Sun Valley in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, CA, and has an operating budget of more than $1 million. Major activities include operating a public nursery/seed room and bookstore, plant propagation, adult education and K-12 nature education classes, demonstration gardens, an annual native plant garden tour with 2,000 attendees at 40 gardens, seasonal plant sales, as well as donor, member, and volunteer appreciation events. Outreach activities include the web site, e-newsletter, social media, and offsite sales. For more information, visit The Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all TPF activities are conducted without discrimination based on race, color, genetics, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or status as a protected veteran. TPF is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.