Cape Breton – SPCA Summer Student Thrift Store Merchandiser

Job Type: Full Time – 8 week Term

Location: Cape Breton Thrift Store – Sydney, NS

Job Title: SPCA Summer Student Thrift Store Merchandiser

Number of Positions: 1

Start date: June

Salary: $15.50/Hour

Terms of Employment: Summer position



The Thrift Store Merchandiser participates in daily operations and a safe and healthy working and shopping environment for customers and security of operational functions.


Store Management & Merchandising

  • Assist in the processing of donated items; manage the rotation of items and the disposal of donated items in a timely fashion.
    • Processes include: sorting, tagging, displaying and disposing of donated items, providing leadership to volunteers; uphold Society standards for merchandise and communicate same.
  • Participate in training required by accreditation standards, plus performance and quality improvement efforts.
  • Collaborate and communicate with all Nova Scotia SPCA staff and volunteers to remain consistent in policies and procedures regarding item and volunteer solicitation.
  • Adhere to all Society policies and procedures
  • Complete and submit all required and assigned paperwork in a timely and accurate manner
  • Assist in the display of merchandise inside the store to enhance the appearance and appeal of the store.
  • Provide service to customers according to standards and ensures volunteers follow same standards.
  • Promote excellence in the customer service experience for all visitors to the thrift store through volunteer training.
  • Assist in marketing and promoting SPCA Thrift Store sales, events and general on-goings
  • Perform other duties as required


Required Skills

The following skills are required of a SPCA Thrift Store Summer Student Merchandiser:

  • Successful candidate MUST be enrolled to attend post-secondary education or returning to study in the fall of 2024 and must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident – this is a requirement of this government funded position
  • High School diploma, 1-2 years of retail/resale experience. Previous thrift or consignment store experiences a definite plus.
  • Experience in working with and/or overseeing volunteers (1-2 years) consider an asset.
  • Punctual, reliable and trustworthy; sound decision-making skills.
  • Proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve customers in a professional, welcoming and efficient manner
  • Experience with cash registers and ‘point of sale’ computerized sales & inventory systems (is an asset)
  • Cooperative, friendly, and helpful attitude with clients and co-workers. Ability to work closely with other employees and volunteers to ensure positive, constructive environment within the program or department, and throughout the Society.
  • Ability to thrive in a flexible, fast-paced and growth-oriented environment, while maintaining a sense of humor and a positive, solution-oriented approach.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for the mission of The Nova Scotia SPCA.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule with availability to work weekends and/or evenings, as needed.



Physical Requirements

  • Requires ability to stand up to 3-7 hours per day with frequent walking, standing, bending, squatting, pulling and pushing.
  • Requires ability to keyboard at computer for up to 2 hours per day.
  • May be required to lift items 20-50 pounds and assist in 2-person lifts in excess of 100 pounds.


Hours of Work

Work responsibilities require a standard 35 hours per week.

Nova Scotia SPCA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, or disability. Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter to

It is our intention to start reviewing resumes immediately and to quickly start the interview process. However, as long as this job description remains posted it is an indication that the position has not been filled and we are still accepting resumes.


Please quote “SPCA Thrift Store Summer Merchandiser – Cape Breton Thrift” in the subject heading in your email reply.  We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at the Nova Scotia SPCA, however; only those selected for interview will be contacted.