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Work With Us

Work with Us!

Our focus is on community and providing that community with healthy food that is natural, organic, and locally-sourced. Our team is built of gardeners, recyclers, volunteers, cooks, artists, artisans and healers who are all environmentally conscious people in constant search for the freshest local food and products we can find. We know our stuff, love our city, and nurture our people

The employees of Dawson's Market are a proud, knowledgeable, and diverse group of down-to-earth, talented, quirky and inspired individuals who are dedicated to a clear mission. Because of this and because we are a locally-owned and independent market, we don’t take the hiring process lightly. We only hire people who are as passionate and dedicated as the rest of our team.

Our full-time employees enjoy a benefits package that includes eligibility for comprehensive health and dental insurance (with an individual option at no premium cost), short-term disability and life insurance provided at no cost to them. All of our employees are offered store discounts as well as discounts from local businesses and other organizations we partner with, plus more.

If you believe you’d be a great addition to our team, be sure to browse the open positions listed below and follow the instructions on how to apply. Once you send us your application, there’s no need to follow up with a call - we’ll definitely let you know if you’re what we’re looking for.

And remember - *All applicants must be 18 years or older to apply.

Current Job Openings:


Bakery Counter Steward (FT)

Job Summary: Under general supervision performs a variety of duties including stocking, packaging, organizing, cleaning and answering customer questions regarding baked goods, orders etc.


  • Describe, to customers, bread, rolls, muffins, cookies, pies, cakes, biscuits and other pastries, including icings and frostings, according to established signage and answer questions regarding ingredients. 
  • Provide excellent customer service, helping customers with choosing and recommend items for taste and specialty diets.
  • Package and stock a variety of baked goods. 
  • Ensure displayed baked goods are fresh, remove any that have become stale.
  • Make certain display areas are full and look appetizing at all times.
  • Cleans and maintains work areas, utensilsandequipment.
  • Understands ingredient list as it pertains to specialty diets.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Good time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Previous customer service experience, preferably in a food environment
  • Professional food handling experience and/or certification preferred
  • Working knowledge of the natural food industry a plus

Deli Counter Steward (FT)



  • Keep deli case stocked and clean. Making sure to replenish and rotate dishes.
  • Pull short-date or low-quality items and notify purchaser before disposing of them properly
  • Label items accurately with price tags or signs.
  • Package food for grab and go case. 


  • Greet and serve customers in a prompt, friendly and courteous manner.
  • Offer tastes, samples, and suggestions for accompaniments.
  • Report customer suggestions, comments, and complaints to the Kitchen Manager.


  • Keep cases, countertops, shelves, and coolers in clean, orderly condition.
  • Remove trash promptly, sweep and mop the floor.
  • Keep department equipment in the assigned area, in working order.
  • Advise Manager of equipment problems.

Perform other tasks assigned by supervisor.


  • Ability to lift 25+ lbs. 
  • Ability to handle multiple demands.
  • Experience serving the public.
  • Familiarity with natural foods
  • Accuracy, attention to detail.

Manager on Duty (FT)


  • Assist the Front-End Manager in training, mentoring and directing cashiers, baggers and customer service employees.
  • Observe status of each department and report discrepancies, out-of-stocks, performance problems or other relevant conditions to appropriate manager.
  • Answer customer questions and complaints, or refer to appropriate staff.
  • Ensure accuracy and security of cash received through front end by upholding established money-handling procedures.
  • Keep store in clean, orderly condition during the shift.
  • Ensure phone calls are answered promptly.
  • Address shoplifters, disorderly customers, medical emergencies in accordance with established procedures.
  • Back up for cashiers for breaks, ensure that other staff receives breaks.
  • Opening or Closing Shifts – Ensure that store is opened and closed in accordance with established policies and procedures.


  • Excellent communication skills:  good listening, and ability to provide clear instructions
  • Experience with a POS system
  • Experience in serving the public, preferably in a retail setting
  • Ability to handle multiple demands
  • Calmness under pressure
  • Familiarity with natural foods preferred.
  • Prior management or assistant management experience preferred.

Cashier (FT & PT)

Purpose: To provide friendly, courteous customer service by checking out customer purchases promptly and accurately



  • Come to work on time, dressed appropriately, and ready to work.
  • Greet customers, offer friendly helpful service.
  • Check out customer purchases quickly and accurately, using correct prices, departmentsandPLU codes.
  • Call for back-up as needed so that customers wait as little as possible to be checked out.
  • Bag groceries and ask customers if they need further help.
  • Promote special events and exciting sale items.
  • Become familiar with store policies and products in order to answer customer questions.  Refer unresolved questions to Manager on Duty.
  • Follow security procedures with customers, cash-handling, potential shoplifters or robbers.
  • Maintain checking area in clean, orderly condition.
  • Maintain shopper and register supplies at check stands.
  • During down times, actively seek out work that needs to be done.


  • Answerandroutephonecalls, take messages as needed.
  • Issue credits to customers for returned items.
  • Help customers with placing special orders.


  • Keep registers, register belts, and front work area in a clean, orderly condition.
  • Remove trash promptly, sweep and mop the floor.
  • Take milk bottles to back.
  • Monitor the café area, whipping down tables and sweeping the floor as necessary.

Beyond the above-listed duties, it is the employee’s responsibility to respond to any task that is deemed necessary for the smooth operation of the department.


  • Must possess outstanding communication and people skills.
  • Must be able to execute multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience serving the public.
  • Familiarity with natural foods.
  • Accuracy & attention to detail.

Meat Wrapper (FT)


  • Greet customers and respond to their questions and requests in a courteous and helpful way
  • Maintain an attractive well signed high-quality department.
  • Must know how to properly handle and rotate the product to prevent spoilage, contamination, and to comply with sanitation requirements.
  • Wrap meat, poultry, and seafood. Prepare value-added items with correct signage in an attractive manner.
  • Maintain a clean work environment both on sales floor and prep areas and storage.


  • Ability to lift boxes of product weighing as much as 50 lbs. from as low as floor level to as high as shoulder level
  • Knowledge of Natural and Organic meats preferred
  • Seafood Knowledge including cutting, varieties, and preparation
  • Strong Customer Service Skills
  • Attention to Detail
  • Flexible availability including nights and weekends

Barista (PT & FT)

Job Summary: To prepare and maintain the high standards of the coffee, tea, juice and smoothie bar.


  • Connects with customers
  • Sets the example for the department by delivering exceptional customer service at all times
  • Prepares all drinks and juices to meet stores product stands
  • Follows health, safety and sanitation guidelines for all products
  • Follows store policy and procedures for operational flow at each production station
  • Follows standards for merchandising, stocking, rotating and storing products
  • Performs cleaning tasks in accordance with the duty rosters and cleaning standards
  • Ensures all prep work is done and stocked
  • Promotes special events and exciting sale items
  • Becomes familiar with store policies and products in order to answer customer questions
  • Follows security procedures with customers regarding cash-handling etc.
  • Maintains checking area in clean, orderly condition
  • During down times, actively seeks out work that needs to be done
  • Keeps registers and front work area in a clean, orderly condition
  • Removes trash promptly, sweep and mop floor


  • 1-2 years’ experience making specialty coffee or juice drinks/food prep experience
  • Organized, attention to detail
  • Ability to lift 50+ lbs
  • Manual dexterity with hazardous equipment

Produce Steward (PT)

Key Skills: Customer Service, Merchandising, Organization, Product Knowledge, Quality Control, Product Receiving, Communication/Teamwork

Customer Service:

  • Engage with all customers
  • Answer any and all questions, if you don’t know the answer refer to another source
  • Be courteous and helpful to all Customers


  • Make sure Department looks presentable
  • Product needs to be rotated and stocked neatly
  • Go through product, cull inferior product
  • Compost Product that is pulled from floor
  • Make sure signage is correct for all items
  • Front and Face product, pull out of date product


  • Ensure all product is rotated in back stock area
  • Make sure all product is labeled and dated
  • Make sure cases of product are placed and rotated appropriately
  • Make sure basic cleaning procedures are followed depending on shift duties
  • Maintain backstock area
  • Perform cleaning duties relating to maintaining backstock area
  • Note any ideas that may improve efficiency of organization

Product Knowledge:

  • Know or be willing to learn about produce, garden plants, and items
  • Have or be willing to learn basic knife and prep work skills
  • Be able to follow basic recipes
  • Be able to give product advice

 Quality Control:

  • Ensure all product is up to Ellwood’s Standards
  • Remove, shrink, and compost product that does not meet standards
  • Make sure plants are watered, remove dead ones, and compost

 Product Receiving:

  • Sign for Product
  • Organize, label, and move product to appropriate storage area
  • Note any defective, ruined, or rotten product
  • Stack and move around product according to “First in First Out”

 Communication / Teamwork:

  • Communicate effectively with other Stewards and Management
  • Refer to white board To-Do lists
  • View the department as a team, working together to ensure excellent service for our customers, and a beautiful, high-quality department
  • Keep open lines of communication with coworkers and management, looking for quick resolutions and always maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Help other Stewards with tasks that require it
  • Assist others in our department with watering, cleaning, stocking, merchandising, etc.
  • Try to have a good attitude and appreciate your coworkers

If you are interested in this position please email your resume and cover letter or download and complete an application from our website.

Dawson's Market offers a great benefits package including group health and dental coverage, STD and Life Insurance 100% paid by company, accrued paid time off, employee discounts, 401K after one year, and more!

How to Apply:

  1. Download our Dawson’s Job Application (PDF)
  2. Email it to

And again - no phone calls - if you submit an application, you can bet we’re on top of it!

Thank you for your interest!