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Production Assistant (Temporary) - City of Mercer Island ( Job # 19-0029)

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Minimum Salary: $16.00 per hour
Maximum Salary: $17.00 per hour
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Youth and Family Services
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The Production Assistant contributes to the Mercer Island Thrift Shop’s success by maximizing store sales through skilled and efficient handling of incoming donations and promoting effective communication between the store’s departments.

The Mercer Island Thrift Shop supports the programs of Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and is a public /private partnership with a community of volunteers that participate in the work.  If you're looking for a place to learn and grow, this position provides a great foot in the door to a nonprofit career that is fun and creative. Learn more about the mission of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services at

WORK HOURS:   40 hours per week for a limited time period of 5 months - Will be required to work non-standard workweeks and shifts to include days, evenings, weekends, special events and/or holidays.  This position does not include benefits. 

Essential Job Functions
  • Meet donors at their car and deliver enthusiastic and helpful assistance unloading donated goods.
  • Receive, distribute and price donations.
  • Maintain a well-organized production and receiving area.
  • Provide information to donors on acceptable donations according to the store’s best practice guidelines.
  • Maintain visual standards and cleanliness of the hard goods department.
  • Provide quick, friendly and helpful service over the phone.
  • Assist with executing the seasonal merchandise storage-to-floor plan.
  • Monitor reports and production priorities to drive sales.
  • Communicate, cooperate and foster teamwork with staff, volunteers and management.
  • Consistently apply safety, loss control and prevention work methods.
  • Model and act in accordance with the City of Mercer Island Vision and Values
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle, possess a current and valid Washington State driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Must have regular and predictable work attendance to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Desired Qualifications
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Effective in teamwork.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to plan, organize and carry out multiple work tasks.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and make decisions quickly.
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor during periods of high volume.
  • Ability to work effectively with volunteers of all ages and abilities.
  • Ability to interact effectively with people of diverse background and circumstances.
  • Demonstrated work ethic with consistent attendance and punctuality.
  • Ability to effectively and calmly handle conflicts and emergency situations
Physical Abilities & Working Conditions
  • This position requires considerable physical exertion in an environment which includes handling and movement of a wide variety of used goods, including furniture.
  • Ability to lift and carry 60 lbs. using appropriate lifting techniques and moving aids.
  • Open availability to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays and period with lower staff coverage.
  • Ability write or type information for other to read.
  • Ability to listen and effectively communicate verbally to volunteers, staff and the public.
  • Ability to work in a two-story building, going up and down stairs frequently.
  • Ability to abide by the City’s smoke and drug free working environment policy.
  • Ability to work in a two-story building, going up and down stairs frequently.
  • Ability to work around allergy-aggravating used merchandise.
General City Requirements
  • All YFS staff is required to maintain strict confidentiality and professional/ethical standards required by State and Federal statutes and by Youth & Family Services policy.
  • Ability to drive a City vehicle, possess a current and valid Washington State driver's license and good driving record. Evidence of a good driving record is a condition of employment and a complete driving abstract will be required.
  • Completion of a Nationwide and Washington State criminal history background check is required in order to determine any past conviction history of crimes against persons, sexual assault or exploitation, and sexual or physical abuse and must be able to pass a thorough background check as required by the Child/Adult Abuse Information Act.
  • Completion of an I-9 Form, documenting eligibility to work in the United States.


Mercer Island Thrift Shop
7710 SE 34th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040