We are seeking a dedicated and passionate Retail Associate to join our team at Urban Nature Store. As a Retail Associate, you will play a crucial role in providing exceptional customer service, driving sales, maintaining a visually appealing store, and ensuring smooth Point of Sale (POS) operations. This position involves heavy lifting of 50lb bags, so physical strength and stamina are required.
- Provide outstanding customer service by greeting, assisting, and educating customers about our products, particularly in the field of wild birding and nature inspired gifts.
- Assist customers in making informed purchasing decisions, offering product recommendations, and sharing knowledge about different bird species and their needs.
- Handle sales transactions efficiently and accurately using the POS system, processing payments, issuing receipts, and maintaining proper cash handling procedures.
- Ensure the store is well-stocked, organized, and visually appealing by regularly replenishing merchandise, arranging displays, and following visual merchandising guidelines.
- Maintain a comprehensive understanding of our product offerings, including bird feed, feeders, birdhouses, binoculars, field guides, and other nature-themed gift items.
- Provide guidance and assistance to customers regarding the selection, use, and care of bird feeders, bird baths, and other wildlife products.
- Assist with inventory management, including receiving shipments, conducting stock checks, and reporting/resolving any discrepancies.
- Maintain a clean and tidy store environment, including sweeping, dusting, and organizing shelves and display areas.
- Collaborate with team members to achieve sales goals and contribute to a positive and supportive work environment.
- Adhere to all company policies and procedures, including safety protocols, to ensure the well-being of customers, colleagues, and the store.
- Previous experience in retail sales and customer service, preferably in a nature-themed or specialty store.
- Knowledge of wild birding, bird species, and their habitats, as well as familiarity with related products such as feed, feeders, and birdhouses is a definite asset.
- Physical ability to lift and carry heavy bags weighing up to 50 pounds on a regular basis.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills to engage with customers and provide exceptional service.
- Proven sales and merchandising abilities, with the ability to drive sales and meet targets.
- Experience with POS systems and cash handling procedures.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail to maintain a visually appealing store environment.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Flexibility to work weekends, holidays, and occasional evenings as per the store's schedule.
If you are passionate about nature, enjoy interacting with customers, and possess the necessary skills and experience, we would love to hear from you. Join our team and contribute to creating an enjoyable and educational shopping experience for birding and nature enthusiasts.