Bulk Materials and Warehouse Internship

The Bulk Section at Creative Reuse is a unique feature of our shop, and an important resource for the teachers, artists, and creative folks who rely us for materials for their creative projects. The Bulk Section contains a huge and changing variety of materials that customers can mix and match to fill a bag for a flat rate. It takes constant creative care and vigilance to keep it organized, functional, and inspiring. In close cooperation with the Bulk Section is the healthy functioning of our warehouse, where many of our additional bulk materials are stored while they await display in the shop. This position will deal with the organization and operation of both.

The Bulk Materials Intern reports to both the Materials Coordinator and Shop Manager and interacts with all Creative Reuse team members.

Learning Opportunities:

  • Exercise your organizational skills to provide a unique experience for visitors to Creative Reuse
  • Develop skills in process improvement and systems maintenance and creation
  • Collaborate with a creative, hard-working team
  • Gain experience in retail and nonprofit operations
  • Learn about reclaimed materials and reuse projects
  • Meet local artists, educators, and nonprofit leaders

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with organization of materials
  • Process materials for ideal presentation
  • Keep the shop and warehouse impeccably organized, tidy, clean, and beautiful

  • Create signage for the retail floor and ensure signage is kept up to date, appropriate, accessible, friendly, and within the established quirky voice of the Creative Reuse shop

  • Ensure the shop is fully and appropriate stocked in cooperation with Materials Coordinator
  • Assist with keeping communal areas tidy
  • Assist with organization and proper labeling of materials in the warehouse
  • Assist Materials Coordinator and/or Shop Manager with office tasks
  • Help with special projects as needed (fundraisers, events, etc.)

  • Scheme with the Shop Manager and Materials Coordinator regarding the overall vision and awesomeness of the shop and warehouse

Qualifications

  • Passion for the environment, creativity, and community engagement

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and great multi-tasking abilities

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds, and bend, reach, lift, and stand for extended periods

  • An eye for design, display, and pleasing spacial arrangement

  • Cultural competency and ability to work effectively with diverse populations

A perfect candidate for this position is:

  • willing to pitch in whenever and however is needed

  • professional but also playful

  • respectful of deadlines and timelines

  • cooperative and collaborative

  • a self starter who thrives on working independently

  • committed to finishing projects swiftly and with quality

  • able to maintain a sense of organizational priorities over personal priorities

  • unfailingly dependable and honest

  • able to easily produce quirky alliteration, puns, and jokes

  • passionate about educating others about reuse and recycling

  • committed to recycling, reuse, and other earth-friendly practices

  • passionate about learning new skills

  • really, really good at talking to all types of people

To apply:

Please fill out the application here.

When you’ve completed the application, please email your resume and cover letter to info@pccr.org.

Tell us why you’d like to work with us, and how your particular skills, experience, and interests fit with our mission. Please also discuss which internship you are applying for and why. If you are interested in more than one internship, please explain your interest in each. Please use the following subject line: Internship Application – [your name]

Please note:

We accept credit-seeking and non-credit seeking interns throughout the year. Although 120 hours is the standard commitment, we welcome longer internships and may consider shorter ones. Please get in touch with us before applying if you have any questions.

All internships are unpaid, but there are great benefits including pizza parties, shop discounts, and the opportunity to be part of something magical! We are a equal opportunity workplace, and everyone is welcome to apply.

If you have never been to Creative Reuse, we strongly encourage you to visit us before you apply. Find out more about us and our mission, shop, and creative education programs at www.pccr.org

Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse is a growing 501(c)(3) community benefit organization whose mission is to inspire creativity, conservation, and community engagement through reuse.