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Spice Associate (Seasonal)
Oaktown Spice Shop

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Spice Associate (Seasonal)
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Oaktown Spice Shop
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Job Summary

$15.50 per hour
Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 7 days ago
Job Role
Sales Associate, Store Associate
Employer's Industry
Food & Hospitality, Retail
Job Schedule
Evenings, Afternoons, Mornings, Weekends, Weekdays

Job Description

Oaktown Spice Shop opened in December 2011 in the Lake Merritt neighborhood of Oakland. Every day since then, we have been dedicated to selling only the freshest and highest quality spices. We help people with everyday cooking and baking needs while also catering to some of the Bay Area's top chefs and bartenders.

Whether you're cooking at work or making cocktails for a dinner party at your home, we aim to enhance your experience through our expertise and service.

We opened our second retail shop location at 1224 Solano Ave. in Albany in November 2017. Our third shop in Castro Valley opened in September 2020. 


We are looking for a warm, creative and hard working person committed to our mission of delivering the best quality with the highest level of hospitality. We believe teamwork and a natural desire to be of service are two of the cornerstones of our success. Passion about food and spices is a must. 

With an expanding brick-and- mortar presence and a growing online shop, a job at Oaktown offers an opportunity to grow with a prominent Bay Area-favorite local shop. 

This position will be located at our Oakland shop. It is a part-time, seasonal position through December 31st 2020. 


  • Fill and label spice jars and bags, create gift boxes and spice kits with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Provide enthusiastic and knowledgeable customer service
  • Educate customers on spices and how to use them
  • Operate the register
  • Restock shelves
  • Maintain a clean environment in the shop
  • Pick and pack orders for shipping
  • Pick and pack orders for pickup
  • Open and/or close the shop for the day


  • Experience in retail, foodservice or customer service
  • Passion for food and cooking
  • Excellent organization and time-management skills
  • Ability to carry out instructions provided in written or oral form
  • Able to handle critical customer situations with ease
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Seeks out feedback and is excited about self-growth and improvement within the context of the job
  • Resourceful problem-solver and strong ability to resolve issues in the moment
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Ability to work well with others in a team-oriented environment and willingness to take on additional tasks with a positive attitude to help out the team
  • Embraces a culture of learning and advocacy
  • Practices anti-racism
  • Follow food handling and sanitation requirements in order to maintain cleanliness standards and local, State and Federal agencies regulations and requirements
  • Availability to work weekends, evenings and holidays and adhere to a blackout period from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve
  • Availability to work on Saturdays and Sundays, especially during the winter holiday (peak) season


  • Food-related work experience


  • Occasionally requires the ability to move, lift, carry, pull or push heavy objects or materials
  • Lift up to 50 pounds unassisted
  • Must be able to stand for 8+ hours

This is a part-time, hourly position (up to 30 hours per week). We offer benefits including sick time and an employee discount.

Please reply with a resume.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to veteran status, uniformed service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Business Overview

Our Story

Oaktown Spice Shop is a joyful stop on the errand routine. Customers can step into a beautiful, nostalgic and aromatic world, smell their way through glass jars of spices, have a conversation about their next meal with the staff, and find inspiration for their cooking.

The conversation may be about how to liven up the weekly baked chicken tradition. Other times, it’s about finding the elusive ingredients for a particular dish or cuisine, or learning how an unfamiliar spice can be used. Our shops are located in Oakland, California’s Grand Lake neighborhood and on Solano Avenue in Albany, California.

We focus on sourcing the absolute best-tasting version of each individual spice that we can find, which entails working with hundreds of different importers. We grind spices ourselves, in our shop, every week or two. This means the ground spices customers find at Oaktown are bursting with flavor and are far fresher than those found elsewhere.

Our spice blends are signature recipes, hand-mixed in the shop using our freshly ground spices. Some, like our Santa Fe Chili Powder, are our versions of well-known favorites, while others, such as the Grand Lake Shake or Umami Sea Salt, are our own inventions, born of curiosity and adventures in the kitchen.

Why Work With Us?

It's important to us to be good employers and provide good jobs. We offer medical and dental benefits as well as paid time off to our full-time employees. We have a matching retirement savings plan available to all our permanent hires.

Team Size

1-10 team members


Culture & Perks

Family Owned
Retirement Benefits
Casual Dress
Community Oriented
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