Volunteer Online Sales Specialist

Oxfam GB
Contract Type: 
Part Time
3-4 per week
Details of Role: 

Are you looking for something a bit different to do in the new year? Can you help the Bristol Oxfam Online Shop raise money to support and empower some of the world’s most vulnerable communities?

We are looking for people with an eye for detail to help us research, prepare, photograph, describe and dispatch items for sale on Oxfam’s bespoke online shop. Our specialist online shop sells an eclectic range of clothing, accessories, books, music, film and homewares, sourced from our generous donors at Oxfam shops across the area.

We are currently planning to expand our book section to meet significantly increased demand. Book sales have grown massively across the shop network since lockdown, so if you have an interest in fiction and know your bestsellers your help will be invaluable! No prior experience is necessary - you will receive full training and support from our friendly and knowledgeable team.

We have put in place strict measures to ensure our working environment is as safe as possible for our team. Our shop is not open to members of the public so this is not a customer facing role. Comprehensive PPE and cleaning equipment is available, distancing measures are in place and full training will be provided on shop safety procedures.

What you can do at the shop:

We believe in empowering our volunteers so, depending on your interests and what you would like to get out of the role, you can get involved with any of the following aspects of running the online shop (and more!):

· Researching rare and valuable stock – and specialising in a certain category of stock if something in particular appeals to you

· Selection, preparation and presentation of stock

· Photography and editing

· Creating accurate and engaging online listings

· Creating engaging content for the shop's social media platforms

· Packaging and dispatching items

· Promoting Oxfam’s aims and values

What we can offer:

Oxfam's core values are empowerment, inclusiveness and accountability, and we stand by these in all aspects of our work. When you volunteer with us you will have the opportunity to develop your skills (and enhance your CV) and bring your own ideas into the shop. You will be warmly welcomed and you will feel a sense of ownership over the work you do. We will provide full training, giving you the benefit of our experience. We provide references for our volunteers, and we believe nobody should be out of pocket to volunteer with us, so if you live outside the Cotham area we can help with reasonable travel costs.

What our team have to say about working at the shop:

“Oxfam has given me my first relevant volunteering experience – I’ve learnt about a range of different items as well as how an organisation works – and it gives me a chance each week to switch my focus away from uni work!”

“You come across lots of interesting items, but it can be a thrill when you find something rare or out of the ordinary”

“I’ve been here for four years and I love it – very friendly team, very varied – dealing with high end clothing, antiquarian books, household items and much more – it’s great to find new homes for unwanted goods”

What we ask for:

· Enthusiasm for selling stuff online!

· A willingness to learn and to work within Oxfam's core values

· A commitment of a 3 hour shift per week for at least 3 months

· A commitment to abide by all shop health and safety processes

What your help will enable us to do:

Every pound raised in these incredibly challenging times supports Oxfam’s aim of ending extreme poverty. This income is vital to empower people to help themselves out of poverty, and, crucially, it allows us to act immediately when a disaster happens - saving lives and providing essential resources to help rebuild communities.

Can you help us raise as much as we can to continue our work this year? We won't live with poverty. If you feel the same way we would love to work with you!

Closing Date: 
Monday, 7 March, 2022 - 14:30
How to Apply: 

Simply fill in and email over our short application form and we will be in touch to invite you in for a look around and a chat to see what you would like to get out of the role.

Contact Person: 
Morgan Kuivala
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
0117 973 8593
Postal Address: 
62 Cotham Hill, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 6JR