Working Members

Promotional photography for the Olympia Food Co-Op

We invite you to join us!

Active participation of members is the foundation of any cooperative. At the Olympia Food Co-op, working members have supported the operations of the Co-op since we opened in 1977, and are a valued part of our Co-op community.

As a working member, you can learn about your Co-op from the inside out, meet people, gain new skills, and receive discounts on your groceries. Join a long tradition of working members who have made the Olympia Food Co-op the successful, community oriented organization it is today!

We have many opportunities. listed below. First, we invite you to join the introduction tour, and from there you can determine what would be best for you. Call us, or come in to sign up for the tour.

Cashier
Get to know most of the products in the store, and meet fellow Co-op members. Learn cash handling and modern cash register operation skills. Great for job resumes! This working member position requires three additional trainings after the introduction tours, and a six month commitment.

Cheese
Learn about a variety of cheeses from many cultures, and how to cut, wrap, price, and stock them.

Cleaner
Experience our enthusiastic team while enhancing the beauty of our facilities.

Closing
Help close the store and get it ready for the morning crew.

Committees of the Board
Interested in big picture development of policy? This may be for you – click here for more info…

Courtesy Clerk
Help fellow Co-op members with packing their groceries and carrying them to their car.

Deli Closing (Eastside only)
Help us close the salad bar, and get the deli ready to open the next day.

Free Store (Westside Only)
Do you want to join a long-standing community project? Come help organize the donated items in and outside of the Free Store, and maintain its cleanliness.

Garden Center (Westside only)
Do you love to garden? Talk shop in this local hub with other gardeners just like you, and learn to use a modern cash register system.

Grocery Stocking
Without grocery stockers, our shelves would be bare, and with your help they’re beautiful! Participate in filling our shelves, and help us meet our mission statement by making good food accessible to more people. Also, you can help the morning delivery team, or closing warehouse team.

Landscaping (Eastside Only & Seasonal)
Work in symphony with the eco-planning committee and staff to maintain the demonstration gardens at the Eastside. Its a great place for visitors to enjoy and learn about sustainable gardening techniques.

Opening
Help set up the store for daily business by watering plants, checking products for mark down, clean front doors, etc.

Produce
Learn to make beautiful produce displays, and get familiar with new fruits and veggies.  Help support our thriving produce department, known as one of Thurston County’s best hubs for local organic produce.

Special Projects
Projects can include data entry, computer assistance, or special events such as scooping ice cream at the ice cream social. Look for signs in the store for project opportunities. If you think of a project you think would be beneficial, let us know!

Call us, or come in to sign up for the tour.