Hiring: Evening Store Employee

Store Evening Employee

Job Description

Purpose: To ensure smooth daily store operations. Support evening volunteer staff. Complete daily closing procedures.

Status: Part time hourly, 30-35 hours. Reports to store coordinators and worker’s collective.

  1. Store Operations:
  • Working and running the register and computer, as needed.
  • Provide support to night time volunteer staff.
  • Complete any receiving, stocking, and rotation of products that was not finished by the daytime shifts.
  • Update pricing and price lists.


  1. Customer Service:
  • Treat people fairly, consistently, and with respect.
  • Answer questions and concerns of members and customers.
  • Address suggestions, and complaints of members, customers, and volunteers.
  • Provide product information and educational material to customers and staff.


III. Closing Procedures:

  • Closing out the credit card and quest card terminals.
  • Counting down the drawer, printing night time reports, and securing the night deposit.
  • Ensuring that all the lights are turned off, the bathroom is clean, the outdoor chairs and tables are locked and the trash is removed.
  • Setting the alarm system and securing the building.


  1. Qualifications:
  • Self-motivated and ability to make quick decisions.
  • Ability to clearly communicate with volunteers, co-workers, and members, and be open to feedback. Ability to provide support and training to volunteers.
  • Organizational skills – ability to prioritize tasks and maintain focus in a fast-paced environment.
  • Customer service experience
  • Money handling experience
  • Stocking experience
  • Ability to follow established standard operating procedures.
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts including weekends, and holidays.

Apply: Please submit resumes to co-op staff or email resumes to shellymcclone@gmail.com or pgelbke@gmail.com

Hiring: Cafe Co-Manager


Café Evening Co-Manager


This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position, which includes all aspects of maintaining the daily operation of the Riverwest Co-op Café, while working with cooperatively with a Co-Manager.  This position requires working evening hours (2PM to close) and being on call during that time.

The café is not only a very active neighborhood eating/gathering place, but also a profitable enterprise. We are seeking the right individual who has the vision, time and talent to develop this very unique Riverwest venue.


Daily Duties

  • Work at least 20 hours in the cafe, see cafe staff description for more information.Respond to customer requests and concerns promptly.
  • Monitor and order products and supplies.
  • Check refrigerator temperatures.
  • Track income and expenses.
  • Be on call for any staff issues.


Staff Management Responsibilities

  • Hire and manage all café employees.
  • Scheduling staff.
  • Train staff to comply with all applicable health and safety laws.
  • Train all staff in kitchen prep, cleaning, recipes and service.
  • Train volunteers when needed.
  • Adjust hours and assign tasks to meet customer demand.
  • Maintain and update task lists for employees, and opening and closing procedures.
  • Review and update the Employee Handbook when necessary.
  • Conduct performance reviews.
  • Organize and manage the monthly cafe staff meeting.


Kitchen Management Responsibilities

  • Maintain café environment to health code requirements.
  • Maintain and repair equipment.
  • Oversee recipe consistency and develop new items.
  • Monitor food sales.
  • Ensure café’s compliance with applicable laws: business license, permits, health regulations, labor laws, etc.  

Financial Responsibilities/Catering

  • Weekly tip dispersal.
  • Payroll
  • Attend weekly Workers Collective meetings.
  • Attend monthly board meeting and report for café.
  • Prepare timely financial reports, as pertaining to food costs, salary, employee hours, budget, and growth.
  • Monitor deviations from budget and maintain profit margins.
  • Monitor café performance and review reports with Finance committee regularly.
  • Maintain café advertising and promotion.
  • Participate and coordinate events.
  • Prepare any special orders or catering.


Requirements for Position

  • Must be able to be on feet for 8 hours a day and occasional heavy lifting.
  • Motivated and takes initiative is very important.
  • Previous Kitchen management experience.
  • Excellent cooking skills and recipe development.
  • Organizational and multitasking skills.  
  • Understanding of cost and inventory control.
  • Friendly customer relations demeanor.
  • Demonstrates leadership ability.
  • Communication skills; ability to listen, speak and write clearly, can give and receive feedback and constructive criticism.
  • Ability to work with different people with a wide range of skills and personalities.
  • Computer literacy.


  • Experience with vegan and vegetarian food.
  • Experience working in a strong team work environment.
  • Knowledge of products.


Salary and Benefits

  • Starting wage is $27,040 ($13/hour)
  • After 90 days of probation, a positive review will result in a raise to $29,120 ($14/hour).
  • Paid biweekly.
  • Email resumes and cover letters to riverwestwc@gmail.com


Annual Meeting Sunday, May 7, 2017

Greetings, Riverwest Co-op members, volunteers, staff and customers!

You’re invited to participate in the Riverwest Co-op’s General Member Meeting on Sunday, May 7,  2017, 4 – 7 pm at the Falcon Bowl 801 E Clarke St.

At our General Member Meeting, we’ll report on our accomplishments from the past year, discuss important issues for 2017-2018, introduce you to candidates for the board of directors, and vote!

This event is a great opportunity for you to give us your thoughts, ideas and feedback. What are we doing? Where are we going? How can we improve? Your voice is critical in helping shape the future of the Co-op.

Oh, did we mention that all participants will receive a drink on us?

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Who: Members of the Riverwest Co-op
What: Our General Member Meeting / Board elections / feedback sessions
Where: the Falcon Bowl, across the street from the Co-op
Why: the healthy and participatory functions of our community-owned and operated cooperative
When: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 4-7 pm 

Now Hiring Cafe Staff!



UPDATE: this post has been filled. Check back temporarily to learn about additional job openings. 

Full to Part Time: 24-40 hours/week Evenings and Weekends

Basic Tasks: a. Preparing / cooking menu and deli items. b. Serving in an efficient and friendly manner. c. Monitoring the quality of food served. d. Keeping the kitchen clean during and after one’s shift. 2. Participation in monthly Café Collective meetings (for which worker will be paid). This is an attempt to create a culture of workplace democracy in the café.

TRAITS WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN APPLICANTS: a. Line and Prep cooking experience (familiarity with vegan & vegetarian food highly desirable). b. Commitment to the co-op ideal of workplace Democracy (whereby all workers share responsibility for making the café function smoothly). c. Good work history.

WAGE: Starting wage will be $10.10/hr after probationary period

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit resumes to co-op staff or email resumes’ to toddl@riverwestcoop.org & gina_m_d@yahoo.com Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

Volunteer With Us!


Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form here! 

The Riverwest Co-op is neighborhood-owned and neighborhood-operated. Each week, over one hundred volunteers work at the Co-op, doing everything from customer service and cashiering to making your smoothie and running our website. No matter what you’ve got to offer, the Co-op is a place for you. Volunteer 1

And there are other benefits to volunteering as well! Volunteers receive a 10% discount on store goods, which adds to the 5% member discount. Add that to the Riverwest Co-op’s weekly sales days, and member-volunteers are receiving 25% off of produce every Wednesday and 25% off of bulk goods every Thursday. On top of that, volunteers in our cafe get a shift meal for every three hours volunteered. Not too bad! And did we mention free coffee and tea while volunteering?
We’re a community, working together for the same end, cooperating. We would love for you to be a part.
So, ready to jump in? It’s easy to get started. You can fill out a volunteer application here, or swing on by the Co-op and fill one out. Or contact our volunteer coordinator, Ousia, directly at Ousia@riverwestcoop.org.
We hope we’ll meet you soon.

Annual RW Co-Op Chili Cook-off

Chili cookoff

Spaghetti Dinner

Annual Spaghetti Dinner 2016 Poster

November Store News


Fresh in store are plenty of locally grown veggies. Where are they all coming from? Springdale Farm (Plymouth), Centgraf Farm, LotFotL Community Farm (Elkhorn), Walnut Way (Milwaukee), Growing Power (Milwaukee), Kettle Rock Farm (Palmyra), Good Stuff Gardens (Milwaukee), Rainbow Sprouts, Weston’s Antique Apples (New Berlin) and the super-local Riverwest Community Garden School.



Seitan’s Riders

20150430_193844Taking up the reins from the 2014 team “Mach Tuna,” Seitan’s Riders raced on behalf of the Riverwest CoOp in the 2015 Riverwest 24. The members of the team were Tabby, Krista, Clair, Matt, Scott, and Allain. Each one of the riders are active volunteers at the CoOp and volunteered in early Spring to ride for the CoOp’s team. Some of us trained, some us relaxed, but all of us were excited as Spring quickly turned to Summer and the streets began to hum in anticipation of the twenty-four.

Only Krista had raced in the RW24 before, so having the CoOp as an umbrella organization made it much easier for us to learn the ins and outs. We think it’s a great idea to keep a CoOp team going to help cooperators meet, celebrate, and participate in a great neighborhood event. Some things we learned as a mostly new team:

  • The sign-up is a two-day camp out (thanks Nichali and Kris for saving our spot!
  • Twenty-four hours isn’t nearly as intimidating as it sounds when you have a full squad of awesome and flexible teammates
  • The tattoo signups run out fast, but you can probably find a local shop that’s also doing the design
  • Bread dipped in hummus is possibly the best afternoon snack ever
  • When your breaks fail or your gears get bent, friends can help get you back on two feet and two wheels

We didn’t race to win: that wasn’t what we were in the race for (although for the record, we biked 46 laps and 211 miles). We were there to feel the energy of the whole community pouring out onto the checkpoint Saturday evening in celebration was its own joyful climax. It took us a full night’s rest and nearly a full day of puttering and napping to feel human again. But, as Riverwest cooperators, we welcome that kind of beautiful exhaustion that comes from events like the Riverwest 24.



Membership is ownership!

Membership is $20 per year toward the $100 lifetime membership fee. Members receive a 5% discount on all store items, have the ability to pay with checks, and can place special orders from our distributors for 20% above wholesale price.


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