Seasonal Spice Production Help for the Holidays


Oaktown Spice Shop opened in December 2011 in the Lake Merritt neighborhood of Oakland. Every day since then, we have been dedicated to selling only the freshest and highest quality spices. We help people with everyday cooking and baking needs while also catering to some of the Bay Area's top chefs and bartenders.

Whether you're cooking at work or making cocktails for a dinner party at your home, we aim to enhance your experience through our expertise and service.

We opened our second retail shop location at 1224 Solano Ave. in Albany in November 2017.?


The seasonal temporary employee has a strong work ethic, a commitment to high quality and strong organizational skills. Attention to detail is key, as is working as part of a team. The position is temporary, ending 12/1/18 or 12/31/18, depending on the position.?


  • Fill and label spice jars and bags, create gift boxes and spice kits with accuracy and attention to detail

  • Maintain a clean environment in the shop

  • Follow production schedules with accuracy and timeliness

  • Document production using organizational logs

  • Assist customers personally with a high level of customer service -- including filling bags, filling jars, making gift boxes and checking customers out

  • Responsible for ensuring that customers feel cared for - they are greeted, assisted and get their questions answered


  • Good organization and time-management skills

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to carry out instructions provided in written or oral form

  • Availability to work early mornings (9am start)

  • Availability to work from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve

  • Basic mathematical skills

  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment and willingness to take on additional tasks with a positive attitude to help out the team

  • Ability to use reasoning and logic to solve problems

  • Follow food handling and sanitation requirements?

  • Commitment to quality and cleanliness


  • Occasionally requires the ability to move, lift, carry, pull or push heavy objects or materials- Lift up to 50 pounds unassisted

  • Must be able to stand for 8+ hours

This is a part-time hourly position. Benefits include a generous employee discount and paid sick time ?in accordance with state/local ordinances.

Please reply with a cover letter and resume.

Oaktown Spice Shop is a joyful stop on the errand routine. Customers can step into a beautiful, nostalgic and aromatic world, smell their way through glass jars of spices, have a conversation about their next meal with the staff, and find inspiration for their cooking.
The conversation may be about how to liven up the weekly baked chicken tradition. Other times, it?s about finding the elusive ingredients for a particular dish or cuisine, or learning how an unfamiliar spice can be used. Our shops are located in Oakland, California?s Grand Lake neighborhood and on Solano Avenue in Albany, California.
We focus on sourcing the absolute best-tasting version of each individual spice that we can find, which entails working with hundreds of different importers. We grind spices ourselves, in our shop, every week or two. This means the ground spices customers find at Oaktown are bursting with flavor and are far fresher than those found elsewhere.
Our spice blends are signature recipes, hand-mixed in the shop using our freshly ground spices. Some, like our Santa Fe Chili Powder, are our versions of well-known favorites, while others, such as the Grand Lake Shake or Umami Sea Salt, are our own inventions, born of curiosity and adventures in the kitchen.

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