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Spice Associate
Oaktown Spice Shop

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Spice Associate

Oaktown Spice Shop

Job Summary

$15.50 per hour
Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 27 days ago
Job Role
Store Associate, Sales Associate
Employer's Industry
Food & Hospitality, Retail
Job Schedule
Weekdays, Weekends, Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings

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. 


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. The ideal candidate is looking for a position with longevity.

This position will be located at our Oakland shop.


  • 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
  • Pack orders for shipping
  • Open and/or close the shop for the day


  • Passion for food and cooking
  • Food-related work experience preferred 
  • Good organization and time-management skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to carry out instructions provided in written or oral form
  • Availability to work from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment and willingness to take on additional tasks with a positive attitude to help out the team
  • Ability to use reasoning and logic to solve problems
  • Follow food handling and sanitation requirements 
  • Commitment to quality and cleanliness


  • 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, matching retirement savings, an end-of-year bonus and an employee discount.

Please reply with a cover letter and 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.


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