Employment Opportunities

The Bower Staff Team consists of 10 staff dedicated to environmental sustainability through practicing and promoting reuse and repair culture. From time to time we have vacancies in the team, and will list them here.

When looking for new staff, The Bower looks for commitment to the aims and objectives outlined in The Bower Mission. We look for enthusiasm, passion and a can-do attitude, so that we know we're hiring someone who'll fit in with the rest of the team.

Casual Shop Salesperson

Job posted on: 18 November, 2013.
Applications close: 30 November, 2013.

  • Work Type/s: Casual with a minimum of 2 to 3 days a week

  • Accountability: Directly to The Co-operative Manager

  • Award: Retail award  MA000004

  • Location: Sydney - Marrickville

Position Summary:

The Bower is a not-for-profit environmental Charity & Cooperative that assists the community by diverting waste from landfill through workshops, a second hand shop & a reuse referral service. 
We are looking for a casual shop sales person to join our team, working as part of a team in a vibrant, fast paced environment with many elements under the one roof.

Tasks will involve but are not limited to face to customer service, general sales, stock valuation & display, maintaining & implementing daily records & shop procedures.

Position Description

  1. Set up the shop for the day’s trading ensuring that all available products are on display, the shop is clean, tidy and clutter-free and that the till float is correct.

  2. Constantly monitor presentation and quality of stock.

  3. Operate the cash register and perform end-of-day procedures.

  4. Promptly serve customers, identifying customer needs & providing customer service.

  5. Respond to customer enquiries - in person or by phone.

  6. Handle retail records (such as computer data entry of sales, ‘holds’, hiring of props, etc.).

  7. Receive, check, load/unload, sort, display and price items.

  8. General labour (involving regular heavy lifting, i.e. greater than 10 kg).

  9. Accept membership applications, welcoming new members and ensuring that the applications are legibly and correctly completed and stored appropriately.

  10. Ensure that the waste is disposed of in accordance with Bower policy and procedures.

  11. Attend monthly staff meetings.

  12. Ensure that WH+S regulations are always practised in the performance of the position’s duties and actively participate in the maintenance and improvement of WH+S procedures including risk assessment processes.

  13. Take responsibility for The Bower infrastructure and general running and maintenance of Bower equipment in accordance with procedures.

  14. Take responsibility for the passing of information relating to your shift to the next sales person or to other pertinent staff.

Necessary Skills (should be addressed as Employment Criteria in applications):

  • Excellent time management and self-motivation.

  • Ability to follow procedures & instructions.

  • Ability to work unsupervised (including punctuality & reliability).

  • Ability to engage & communicate in a positive manner, with a diverse & sometimes challenging group of customers & suppliers.

  • Ability to assess potential value of second hand materials & products.

  • Experience in cash handling, ideally in a retail environment.

  • Experience in presentation and display of goods and stock management.

  • Ability to provide supervision & instruction as required to volunteers & other staff.

  • Concern for resource conservation, recycling & reuse.

  • Physical stamina & fitness.

Additional Skills & Values (not ‘Necessary’ but considered favourably):

  • Desire to work with a team for the greater cause.

  • An appreciation/awareness of the market for second-hand products.

  • Current drivers license.

  • Knowledge of safe work practices (Occupational Health & Safety - OH&S).

  • Knowledge of Sydney’s inner city area.

  • Flexibility to cover sick days as required.

What The Bower Provides:

  • Min of 2 to 3 days per week, with the option of including additional days as required.

  • Pay rates according to Retail award  MA000004

  • 20% staff discount on purchases of stock (excluding consignment).

  • Access to Bower workshop & tools (pending completion of competency appraisal).

  • Comprehensive Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) policy to ensure safe working conditions.

  • Comprehensive Policy & Procedures database — guidelines for all activities undertaken by Bower.

  • Thorough induction to The Bower & processes involved in working here.


How to apply for this job

Please submit a written application addressing each of the selection criteria as separate discrete points. In your application, please include your contact details, a current resumé, and the names and phone numbers of two referees (who can be contacted in Australia).

Applications must be sent before midnight 30 November 2013 by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , using the subject line: Casual Shop Salesperson application via EthicalJobs, or post to  Co-operative Manager, The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre, Hut 34, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW 2204.


For more information contact Co-operative manager, Guido Verbist, via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via phone 02 95686280 or 0459 999 110




Executive Assistant and Administrator for The Bower

The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre Co-op has an exciting volunteering opportunity for an Executive Assistant and Administrator to join the Bower office staff team.

In this dynamic and varied role you will be responsible for supporting the General Manager and the team with administrative and secretarial support, management of IT, communications and minute taking related tasks. Depending on your availability you could also be responsible for the day-to-day office management and event coordination where required.

Applicants must have high organizational, communication and IT skills. This includes a high standard skill set in all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint). A strong degree of flexibility is required as the successful candidate will work across multiple projects simultaneously.

Main tasks are;

  • Support general manager with management of IT, communications and minute taking related tasks

  • Administrative and secretarial support to office staff.

  • General office administration support – depending on availability

The Bower is a ‘hands on’ organisation so we need a real team player with a flexible attitude to take on each new task with a positive approach.

If this resonates with you and you enjoy working autonomously with little need for supervision and will always follow up on tasks until they are completed, we would love to hear from you.

Contact Co-operative manager, Guido Verbist, via email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via phone 02 95686280 or 0459 999 110


Thank you on behalf of The Bower Team












Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 23:55