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Have a love for native plants?  Enjoy talking to eco-minded gardeners? Looking for a fun and active, community-centric weekend outdoor job?

Sparrowhawk Native Plants is looking for about 20 employees to staff a pop-up plant sale in St Johns (north Portland) on the weekend of Fri, Oct 18th - Sun, Oct 20th. The pop-up event will be held in a large outdoor parking lot. On Sat/Sun, hundreds of customers will stop by to pick up their pre-ordered plants. We need your help to make sure that customers have a positive, organized experience in a crowded and busy atmosphere. 

This event promises to be super-fun, educational, and will help distribute thousands of native plants into small-scale residential and commercial gardens. 

Meet new people, hone your plant ID skills, and join us as we grow communities that are more climate-resilient and better support wildlife, insects, and the people that love them!    

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

We’re hiring for two positions; Customer Service Assistants and Plant Pros. For both roles, we’re looking for folks that have an “all-hands-on-deck” attitude and are willing to chip-in and help where and when needed. Additional roles and responsibilities for each are as follows.

  • Customer Service Assistant: 
    • Overview - Customer Service Assistants will support the plant sale by helping manage the traffic flow, welcoming and checking in customers, answering basic questions about the event and helping customers select trees and shrubs. This is an excellent opportunity for students, young professionals or others that want to gain experience working with native plants and the conservation field. 
    • Required Skills: 
      • Friendly, problem-solver, excellent customer service skills, ability to maintain calm under pressure. 
      • Enthusiasm for native plants, but no specific knowledge or skills required. 
      • Ability to work 8hrs, on your feet, rain or shine, doing light, but repetitive lifting - while maintaining a positive attitude.
      • Must attend mandatory orientation on Fri, Oct 18, 4 - 6pm and be available to work all day on either Sat or Sun, both days preferred.  
  • Plant Pro:
    • Overview - Plant Pros will get lots of practice perfecting their herbaceous plant identification skills as they bundle herbaceous plant orders for customers and double check that all plants in each order are accounted for. This is an excellent opportunity for folks that love working with native plants, have a strong foundation of knowledge, and are enthusiastic to learn more. 
    • Required Skills: 
      • Strong knowledge of native herbaceous plants required, including the ability to identify over half of the plants we’re selling (see our inventory HERE), in the dormant season. 
      • Excellent organizational and customer service skills.  
      • Ability to work 8hrs, on your feet, rain or shine, doing light, but repetitive lifting - while maintaining a positive attitude. 
      • Must attend mandatory intro shift on Fri, Oct 18, 1 - 6pm and be available to work all day on either Sat or Sun, both days preferred.  

Schedule:

  • Customer Service Assistants
    • Fri, Oct 19, 4 - 6pm - Orientation (mandatory) 
    • Sat, Oct 19, 8:30am - 5:30pm and/or Sun, Oct 20, 8:30am - 5:30pm (one day required, both preferred)
  • Plant Pros
    • Fri, Oct 19, 1 - 6pm (this shift is mandatory)
    • Sat, Oct 19, 8:30am - 5:30pm and/or Sun, Oct 20, 8:30am - 5:30pm (one day required, both preferred)

Compensation: 

  • Customer Service Assistants - $14/hr
  • Plant Pros - $18/hr 

Interested? Email jobs@sparrowhawknativeplants.com ASAP, but no later than Fri, Oct 4. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis, so apply today!  

In your email, please briefly answer the following questions: 

  1. Which role best suits your interests and skill set; “customer service” or “plant pro”?
  2. Briefly describe your experience with customer service and/or big events. 
  3. Briefly describe your interest and knowledge of native plants. For example, can you positively identify many of the plants we’re offering when they’re dormant? 
  4. Are you available for the mandatory shift on Fri, Oct 18; 1 - 6pm for plant pros and 4 - 6pm for customer service assistants? 
  5. Which additional day(s) are you available to work?
    • Sat, Oct 19, 8:30am - 5:30pm only
    • Sun, Oct 20, 8:30am - 5:30pm only
    • Both days