Unlike consumer co-ops—which often allow customers to volunteer or don’t require employees to be members—Rainbow Grocery is fully owned by the people who stock the shelves, sweep the floors, and pay the bills. Rainbow is a worker-owned cooperative, meaning those who work at Rainbow are (or soon will be) co-owners. Once an owner of Rainbow, workers are able to participate in our departmental and store-wide decision-making process.
While all kinds of people work here, Rainbow seeks out those committed, motivated, and responsible individuals who want to participate within a non-hierarchical business, taking on the role of an owner and not just an employee. While previous health food, collective organizing, or grocery experience is always helpful, it is not a requirement for the application process. If you are willing to learn, we are always willing to share.
Visit Rainbow to help you get a good sense of the kind of organization we run. When in the store you can always ask for an application form at our Customer Service kiosk, or download one here.
Please print out, fill in, and return the completed application to our Customer Service kiosk (under the giant carrot near the front of the store).
We do not have a central hiring committee for the entire store; each department hires autonomously and as needed. Due to this, we are not able to contact each applicant unless they are being considered for an open position. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to inquire at the Customer Service kiosk.