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Nursery Associate

Garden Store Worker

24 to 40 hours a week

Ideal candidates will work at least one weekend day

Want to spend your days surrounded by plants, collaborating with other creative, plant-obsessed people? Want to develop your skills, expertise, and vision in a beautiful garden environment?

We’re looking for a friendly, strong, motivated person to join our nursery team, which is responsible for the physical work of watering our plants and keeping the store attractive, clean and organized. Nursery Associates spend their days in our lovely garden store doing heavy work with plants and pots. They interact with customers every day, too, so you should love working with people as much as you love working with plants.

You’ll be expected to lift, carry, and move heavy items on a daily basis, so you’ll need to be strong and fit. You must be able to lift 75 pounds regularly. You’ll load sold merchandise into vehicles, clean the nursery, move large plants and pottery in our yard, and create displays with direction from more experienced staff members. You’ll also be performing minor facilities repairs.

Customer service experience in any industry would be a major plus. You’ll be responsible for greeting customers and connecting them to a more experienced salesperson when necessary. You'll get a lot of questions about plants, so you’ll need to be able to admit quickly when you don't have the answer and find someone on staff who does.

If you have some plant and garden experience, a passion for horticulture, and a strong interest in garden design, we’d love to hear from you. Experience in a warehouse or construction would also be helpful. We’re looking for someone who wants to learn! Garden and Facilities Associates are in a great position to gain knowledge and expertise from the skilled horticulturalists and garden designers who work and shop here.

 Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

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Sales and Operations Associate

Want to work with a non-profit that is making a difference in the African community?

Uhuru Furniture is just one of the programs of the non-profit organization the African People's Education and Defense Fund (, that defends the civil and human rights of the African community and put programs in place to address the disparities faced by our communities in education, health, healthcare and economic development.

You can be part of this amazing mission!

We are currently hiring for a full-time or part-time person to move furniture and assist customers, following all operations and sales policies of our store. The schedule would be either Wednesday - Sunday from 10 am to 6:30 pm OR Saturday - Sunday from 10 am to 6:30 pm.

This person should be courteous, helpful, respectful, honest and be able to assist customers from the welcome all the way through to the sales receipt.

Uhuru Furniture has been in Oakland on Grand Ave. for 31 years! We are a small but dedicated and hard-working team. If you want to be part of the team you need to be ontime and ready to work for every shift.

Here is an example of some of the work this person will be responsible for:

  • Maintains the look and order of the store and maximizes use of the retail space and accessibility of merchandise for customers. 

  • Coordinate the flow of furniture, organization and look of the store

  • Complete daily check list to make sure store is cleaned every morning including sweeping, mopping, polishing and de-cluttering

  • Maintain an attractive outside display throughout the day and window display at night

  • All tools must be put away each day and kept in good repair 

  • Do minor repairs and reassembly

  • Prioritize safety concerns and customer service.

  • Take sold items outside for the customers and help load into vehicles if requested

  • Welcomes customers, friendly clear communications, goes the extra mile, building relationships with customers and this nonprofit

  • Find out and communicate true information about items for sale, following all sales policies

  • Inform every customer about our mission statement and programs, ask them to sign up to be on our email list, ask them to donate, give them our brochure

  • Inform every customer about our sales

  • Use the cash register or mobile device to complete sales following all protocols including delivery, pick ups, bargaining, customer appreciation benefits, and filing of paperwork

  • Always interact with customers positively, addressing any issues honestly and pulling together the team whenever needed to solve issues in the best way

Does this sound like you so far? The ideal candidate would also have:   Agreement with the mission statement and policies of APEDF. Knowledge about Uhuru Movement programs and institutions. Passion about social justice and economic development for the African community. Sales experience. Furniture moving experience. Skill in oral communications in both one-on-one and group situations. Ability to lead and also take direction from supervisors.

Physical Requirements: Physical stamina and strength and ability to move heavy furniture, 50 lbs overhead throughout the day. Walking and standing throughout the day.

Qualifications: High School diploma or the equivalent. 

Apply today if interested for either full-time or part-time. We can arrange a time to set up a Zoom interview! 

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