Thank you for your interest in applying for a position with the Medford Food Co-op. The Co-op is a rewarding place to work for people who have a passion for customer service and quality local and organic products. We believe in fostering a highly motivated team that wants to stay and grow with the Co-op.
The mission of the Co-op is to offer a variety of high-quality products and services with emphasis on natural, organic and locally produced food. The Co-op fosters a diverse and sustainable community while upholding The Seven Cooperative Principles. The Co-op further strives to emphasize food for people, not for profit; to maintain a high standard of quality for the products it sells; to employ a democratic and cooperative governance structure and ethical business practices; to promote fairness, participation, and empowerment in the workplace and the community; to work to encourage and implement appropriate environmental practices; to promote awareness about food, nutrition, health, and cooperative values; and to be responsive and accountable to the community it serves.
About the Co-op
Surround yourself with mouthwatering food and incredible people! From the friendly community to our commitment to healthy, delicious eating and sustainable food production, you won’t find a more fulfilling work environment.
Under development since 2006, the Medford Food Co-op in Medford, Oregon is a community owned cooperative which provides nearly 15,000 products that contribute to our customers’ and the Earth’s well being. We provide a link to a vibrant network of locally produced products and local family farms. As an environmentally and socially aware business, the Co-op contributes to a strong, local effort for sustainability. The Co-op is also a community resource for information and education on cooperatives, food, and healthy living. We are open to all. We offer affordable organic foods to everyone – every day.
Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the Medford Food Co-op’s policy to ensure equal opportunity in all of our employment policies and practices and to prohibit discrimination in all aspects of our operations. As part of our mission, the Co-op provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of their race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, status as a parent, marital status or veteran status.
While not required before employment, the following certifications are highly recommended and preference may be given to applicants possessing them:
We offer good wages, paid time off, and employee discounts. Full time employees (working 32+ hours per week) are eligible for health benefits.
We offer a drug, alcohol, tobacco, and harassment free work environment.
We offer opportunities to advance and to participate in the development of Medford’s only community owned food store.
Work at the Co-op
Please take the time to quiz yourself on the following questions. This will help you decide if the Medford Food Co-op is a good fit for you.
- Do you enjoy exceeding customer expectations?
Providing exceptional customer service is our goal at the Co-op. We recruit courteous, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. Reliability, honesty, flexibility, productivity, and cooperation are among the behaviors we prize. Professional appearance and personable attitude are equally valued.
- Are you passionate about good food, sustainability and our community?
We continually search for great folks who want to align their values with the mission of the co-op. While previous grocery and/or food co-op experience is a big plus, it is not a requirement.
- Are you self motivated?
Even when customer traffic slows, you will find yourself stocking shelves efficiently, ensuring correct pricing, buying new products, maintaining fresh produce, and/or maintaining the premises in an appealing manner. Ideal candidates will be flexible in their willingness to perform a variety of duties.
- Are you a team player?
We use a team approach to achieve high standards. You’ll be working alongside our fellow team members, sometimes under stress. No matter what’s going on in your week, your co-workers will be counting on you to be here 100% when your shift starts.
- Are you committed to long term employment?
Team building takes time and therefore we look for individuals who would like to work at the co-op for a year or longer.
- Can you commit to a schedule?
Typically, staff work various shifts during the week on a regular basis, and often in more than one department. We’re open seven days a week, so the ability to work evenings and weekends is essential.
- Can you stay calm and friendly under pressure?
In the grocery industry there are slow periods and then there are times when you may not “catch your breath” because of high customer volumes. You must be able to stock product, operate as a cashier, and resolve issues in a fast and effective manner, sometimes for hours on end.
If you answered “YES!” to all of these questions, we’d like to meet you!
While we truly appreciate your interest and efforts in applying for a position with the Co-op, we receive many applications and therefore cannot personally respond to each.
We will contact the most qualified applicants to arrange interviews for our current job openings. If you are not contacted for an interview at this time, your application will remain active for 60 days from the application date. After 60 days you will need to re-apply if you wish to be considered for employment.