Customer Service/Retail Associate

Champaign County Forest Preserve District

Champaign County Forest Preserve District

Customer Service
Champaign County, IL, USA
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2024

Classification: Part-time

Department: Museum and Education

Work Location: Museum of the Grand Prairie (Mahomet, IL) & Homer Lake Interpretive Center (Homer, IL)

FSLA: Non-exempt

IMRF: Not eligible

Starting Pay: $17.64

Hours: Varied daily hours as scheduled between 8:30am to 5:30pm, 50-70 hours per month. Weekends and some holidays will be required. The Museum is closed on Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Jan-Feb: Museum is closed to the public, schedule and hours are flexible during this time.


The Customer Service/Retail Associate is responsible for managing customer service for both individual visitors and groups, including telephone inquiries, entry orientation, gift shop sales and general information requests for the Museum of the Grand Prairie.

Supervisory Relationships

The Customer Service/Retail Associate is supervised by the Public Programs Manager.


Essential Functions

  • Greet and assist visitors to the museum and interpretive center. Collect and record visitation numbers and information. Answer telephone, direct messages and requests to appropriate staff.
  • Ensure the security of the museum including using security cameras to monitor exhibit spaces and educating visitors on proper museum behavior when necessary.
  • Open and close museum and interpretive center on scheduled workdays. Checking exhibits, doors, interactives, audiovisuals and security systems.
  • Share in light housekeeping duties such as dusting, running vacuum, cleaning restrooms, cleaning display cases, window glass, etc.
  • Provide a positive experience for visitors at the museum and interpretive center by enforcing forest preserves’ rules of conduct.
  • Assist museum staff in tasks related to gift store management, bookkeeping, data entry and/or secretarial work. Assist in routine purchases of office supplies.
  • Act as sales associate for Museum gift shop, including preparation of a daily record of sales and monthly reports.
  • Assist with inventory records for all merchandise, consignment work, and complete end-of-the-year inventory.
  • Perform all job tasks in compliance with the forest preserves’ Safety Manual and the department training manual.

Minimum Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Previous retail and/or customer service experience is desired.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work independently without direct supervision
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact with the public, staff and volunteers in a positive, enthusiastic manner. Fluent and able to communicate in English—bilingual skills a plus.
  • Knowledge of, or ability learn, point of sale systems. Basic math and money handling skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and to have a good awareness of safety, particularly in challenging or stressful situations.
  • Familiarity with standard office procedures, including basic proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • CPR/AED and First Aid certification, or willingness to become certified within 12 months of employment – training is provided by the forest preserves.


Work is performed indoors at a shared desk in a public museum setting with numerous interruptions. The employee will have frequent interaction with the general public. While performing this job, the employee will regularly utilize standard office equipment, including a computer and telephone. The employee may be exposed to chemicals (e.g. cleaning supplies).

This position is primarily sedentary and will involve prolonged sitting. The employee may regularly handle, grasp, or feel objects; reach, push, or pull to reposition items; and will occasionally lift upwards of 25 pounds to shoulder height. The ability to talk and hear or otherwise effectively communicate is required. Visual acuity necessary for this position includes close vision, peripheral vision, distance vision, and depth perception.

Use of personal protective equipment will be required based on job specific tasks. This may include, but is not limited to, the following items:

  • Closed toed shoes
  • Protective gloves
  • Safety goggles or glasses
  • Earplugs or ear covers
  • Reflective vest or hi-vis shirt
  • Respirators or masks

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described above are representative of those an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EEO Statement

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or any other non-merit factor.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit an online application to www.ccfpd.org in order to apply for the position. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.