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Be part of a dedicated and inspiring team in a creative environment at our retail bead store in Alameda, CA!

We are seeking:

Updated 5/8/24. If the listing has not been updated in the last 2 months, please verify that it is current before applying.

Assistant Manager in Training

If you are...

  • Experience making jewelry as a hobby or to sell
  • Experience working in retail for 1+ years
  • Experienced posting on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.
  • Experienced with established computer programs (such as Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Drive, Microsoft Excel, and Word) and a can-do attitude to learn new apps. Experience with Dreamweaver, Photoshop-type programs, and HTML is a plus.
  • Organized and have attention to detail.

And I would love to...

  • Share your love of jewelry making and hand-crafted jewelry.
  • Inspire people's natural creativity, guide people toward win-win solutions in designing or repairing jewelry, or select jewelry as gifts.
  • Ring up sales and fill weborders.
  • Take photos and make social media posts to give people reasons to come in
  • Set up email marketing, blog posts, and videos for retail and the webstore
  • Set up displays, keep the shop clean, organized, and stocked
  • Take free jewelry making classes on your own time at Bead Inspirations to enhance your technical knowledge
  • Collaborate with a talented work team

Your regular 3-day/week work schedule would include...

  • One weekend day most of the time, preferably on Saturday, but can be flexible. (4–8 hour shifts; shop hours: Sat. 10:30–6:30 or Sun. 12:30–5 p.m.)
  • Two weekday shifts, preferably Thursdays and Fridays, but can be flexible. (current shop hours: 11:30–6:30 p.m.)
  • Intention to increase to more hours/days over time

Other Qualifications...

  • Ability to stand, walk, and work on your feet for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 15 pounds, bend over, and climb ladders
  • Tendency to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Willing to do a variety of tasks to keep the business functioning


  • Competitive wage, depending on experience
  • 401k with employer matching for employees over 18 years old with 3 months of service
  • Employee discount
  • Free jewelry making classes at Bead Inspirations

If you have a passion for helping customers unleash their creative potential, share our love for the world of beads, and want to be part of a team that brings beauty and inspiration to others, we invite you to apply for the Assistant Manager in Training position at Bead Inspirations. Please include your resume and a cover letter explaining your passion for the role and how you envision contributing to Bead Inspirations' mission. 

Jewelry Making Instructors

If you are...

  • Experienced with jewelry making
  • Eager to teach people techniques that will inspire them to unleash their natural creativity
  • Experienced with teaching crafting techniques

Instructors work as 1099 contractors. We would like to be able to offer the following topics: Basic Stringing (crimping), Basic Wire (wire wrap), wire bezel wrapping, and seed bead techniques. If you have the experience described and would like to teach the Basic Stringing or Basic Wire class, we would have you sit in and take the class before teaching it. Please contact Vicki Lapp for details.

Volunteer/ Intern

Make a contribution and be part of our creative community without making an ongoing commitment. This is a great way to gain job experience to prepare you for a paid job and work with talented and inspiring co-workers. Store credit is available as a thank you. Tasks vary, but may include tasks such as:

  • Prepare our beautiful inventory for sale, including counting, bagging, and labeling
  • Greet and help customers
  • Take pictures of jewelry and beads
  • Assist Sales Associates
  • Add products to our website and do other website maintenance
  • Make our store space sparkle with cleanliness
  • Set up attractive displays
  • Other behind-the-scenes tasks involved with running a retail operation.

About Bead Inspirations

In a world filled with stressors and constraints, Bead Inspirations is a beacon of light, a venue for creativity, self-expression, and the celebration of natural beauty. Customers come to our bead shop to immerse themselves in the illuminating world of gemstones, pearls, glass, crystal beads, inlaid and carved shell beads, pendants, ready-to-wear handmade jewelry, and jewelry supplies and kits. For 19 years, Bead Inspirations has been a source of inspiration, allowing customers to escape the outside world and embrace a realm of beauty and creativity. In addition to offering jewelry making supplies, we also offer jewelry-making classes and repair services to restore the wholeness of broken jewelry given to them by loved ones. Our staff loves to provide knowledge, care, order, guidance, and expertise to customers through our retail shop, webstore, and social media platforms.

Benefits of being part of the Bead Inspirations team

Those interested in employment can e-mail their cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Bead Inspirations is an equal opportunity employer.