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Burial Grounds Coffee Collective is a collectively owned and operated business. The first 90 days of employment with BG is considered a probationary period. After your first 90 days, a performance review will be conducted, and you will either be asked to stay on as a worker-owner, or asked to find other employment. After completion of their 90 day probationary period, Worker-Owners will join the Board of Directors, and become eligible for officer positions should they be interested.

 To apply: Please email your resume and a cover letter to with APPLICATION in the subject line. Your cover letter should address 2 of the 3 following questions, and should be no longer than 1 page (double spaced):

  • What excites or concerns you about non-hierarchical collective ownership and management?

  • What role do you see a community space like ours playing in Olympia as it grows and changes, and how do you want to be involved in that role?

  • What do you think you and Burial Grounds have to offer each other? 


 Skills Needed & Preferred Experience:

  • Cash handling experience

  • Familiarity with customer service

  • Can operate a computer--we can teach you or point you towards resources for specific programs if necessary.

  • No barista experience required--we will teach you!

  • Ability to receive and incorporate performance feedback

  • Ability to work as part of a group 

  • Ability to work collectively, without the need for a managerial hierarchy. This is harder than it sounds!

  • The ability to take initiative on tasks, to ask yourself “What can I contribute?” rather than just waiting to be assigned tasks

  • A driver’s license is preferred, but your own vehicle not required


 Worker-Owners of Burial Grounds Coffee Collective are expected to:

  • Make and serve drinks and food up to collectively set standards

  • Keep all work spaces clean and organized to strict health department standards

  • Deliver customer service from a place of mutual respect for the customer, the self, and other folks in the space--this includes de-escalating upset people, and asking them to leave when necessary. We do not believe that the customer is always right, nor that the employee must always suffer their abuse

  • Engage in front-line community service work with empathy, patience, and respect. Examples include (but are not limited to):

    • Directing underhoused folks to community resources

    • Coordinating community outreach

    • Distributing donated goods (such as our pay-it-forward coffees and soups)

  • Participate in admin and operations work necessary for the co-op. Examples include (but are not limited to):

    • Participate in weekly collective decision making meetings

    • Shop “chores”, like shopping and laundry

    • Taking your turn making the schedule

  • Keep track of keys, and securely manage sensitive business information

  • Be available to regularly and constructively communicate with your fellow workers outside of your scheduled shifts - including communicating your own boundaries around communication styles and availability



  • Barista shifts: $15.74/hr, + tips 

  • Administrative/Operations work: $16.00/hr

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