Opportunities

The Book Merchant Jenkins, an antiquarian bookstore in West End, Brisbane, seeks a full time associate bookseller and auction clerk.

As part of a small team most of your days will be a filled as a cataloguer, responsible for the fast and accurate data entry of bibliographic information, and researching and writing catalogue descriptions for books and other collectible material. You will also be assisting with our newly established rare book auction department and management of an open to the public antiquarian bookstore.

Primary Tasks:

Auction clerk for rare book auctions live in the room and streaming online.
Data entry of bibliographical information.
Researching and writing catalogue descriptions.
Evaluating book condition and writing book condition reports.
Photographing books and photo editing.
Completing database updates to remove sold items and uploading updates to online venues.
Preparing weekly lists for publication.
Customer service duties including assisting customers to find books and processing sales in store, online, and by telephone.

Secondary Tasks:

Preparing books for sale, including cleaning books and creating archival displays.
Shelving and maintenance of tens of thousands of books and related antiquarian materials.
Invoicing.
Picking and packing.
General light cleaning duties.

Required knowledge and skills:

Intermediate or above computer skills, familiar with a range of programs, comfortable and quick learner of new programs.
Able to self manage and troubleshoot basic to intermediate IT problems.
Fast and accurate touch typing data entry skills.
Attention to detail with strong organisational and high level information literacy skills.
Speak and write English fluently. (Ability to read a second language a bonus, but not required.)
Able to work well with one’s hands to confidently handle sensitive and fragile materials with care.
Able to lift and move boxes up to approximately 22kg.
Ability to follow directions, ask the right questions, work unsupervised, and be open to feedback.
Keen interest in the world of rare books.

Previous bookshop, library, or auction house experience, while potentially useful, is not required. Full and ongoing training provided.

This is a full time position based in West End, Brisbane, commencing February.

For more information or to apply email a resume and cover letter to jobs@thebookmerchantjenkins.com