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Thank you for your interest in working at Powell’s Books. We are proud of our organization and search for talented people to join us. Your application will be active for sixty (60) days. You may be contacted at any time during this period. We are fortunate to have many qualified candidates apply to each of our positions.  Because of this, we ask that you do not call to check the status of your application.  

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY. It is our policy to seek and employ the best qualified employees, to provide equal opportunity for the advancement of employees, and to administer all of our employment policies in a manner that will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, on-the-job injuries, or any other legally protected status.

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Are you prepared to produce documents showing identity and legal authorization to work in the US within 3 days of starting work, if an offer is made?


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Are you 18 years of age or older?


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Depending on the location, Powell's employees have shifts that begin as early as 4:30AM and end as late as midnight. 
Please see location hours (listed below) for details.



If you do not have open availability, please list below all the times you are available to work. (We will attempt to reasonably accommodate employees who require certain hours or days off because of religious beliefs or practices.)



Powell’s Books Retail Locations:
City of Books - Monday – Sunday (8:00AM – 12:00AM)
Cedar Hills Crossing: Monday – Saturday (8:30AM – 10:15PM); Sunday (9:30AM – 9:15PM)
Hawthorne: Monday – Thursday (8:30AM – 10:15PM); Friday & Saturday (8:30AM – 11:15PM); Sunday (8:30AM – 9:15PM)
Home & Garden: Monday – Saturday (9AM – 9:15PM); Sunday (9AM – 8:15PM)
Portland International Airport: Monday – Sunday (4:30AM – 11:15PM)

Powell’s Books Warehouse:
Industrial: Monday – Friday (8:00AM – 8:00PM); Saturday (8:00AM - 6:00PM); & Sunday (9:00AM – 8:00PM)
Contact Center: Monday - Sunday (9:00AM - 5:00PM)

Powell's Books Corporate Office:
Most Corporate employees work business hours.
IT employees may work other hours as needed including nights and weekends.


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Verification & Signature:

  1. I authorize the investigation of all matters that the company deems relevant to my qualifications for employment, including all statements made in this application and any attachments or supporting documents. I authorize you to request and receive such information and I release from all liability any persons (such as former supervisors) or employers supplying it. I also release you from all liability that might result from making the investigation.
  2. I certify that the facts and information in this application and in any attachments or supporting documents are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any falsification, misrepresentation or omission, as well as any misleading statements or omissions, generally will result in denial of employment or in immediate termination, regardless of when and how discovered.
  3. I understand that I may resign or be terminated, without cause or notice, at any time, unless otherwise stated in a collective bargaining agreement or a written employment contract.  I also understand that Emily Powell is the only person who will ever have the authority to agree to any other terms and/or to enter into such agreements or contracts on behalf of Powell's Books, Inc., and that all such agreements (collective bargaining agreements or agreements for other terms of employment) or contracts must be in writing and signed by both parties.  I also understand that unless otherwise stated in a collective bargaining agreement or a written employment contract, Powell's Books, Inc., may change, withdraw and interpret other policies (including wages, hours and working conditions) as it deems appropriate.
  4. I understand and agree that if I am hired the statements in these paragraphs will become a binding part of my employment relationship. I have read each of these statements. I have also reviewed all of the information provided in this application and in any attachments or supporting documents.



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