Join the Rutland Co-op’s Board of Directors!

The Rutland Area Food Co-op is governed by a board of directors who are elected by the
member-owners. The board is accountable to the owners for the activities and
accomplishments of the store.

Specifically, it is responsible for:

● Interacting with the owners to understand their values and vision for the store
● Developing, applying, and revising a body of policies that guide the store in achieving
outcomes that are consistent with the owners’ values and vision
● Ensuring that management achieves the goals set by the board and that the board
operates according to its established processes

Being a Board Member- At A Glance

  • Attend meetings which are currently held at 6:30pm on the 4th Thursday of each month
    • Monthly time commitment is between 3-6 hours, which includes meetings
  • Participate in periodic RAFC workdays on a volunteer basis
  • Contribute to special projects through committee work
  • Directors serve 2-year terms, with a limit of up to 3 consecutive terms

Becoming a Board Member

To learn more about becoming a Rutland Area Food Coop Board Member please contact the
Board at board@rutlandcoop.com.

To apply, please complete the application form. At that time, candidates will be invited to the next Board Meeting as a guest. After a candidate both completes the application and attends a meeting, the serving Board of Directors will vote on the candidate. If a candidate’s application coincides with our Annual Meeting, member-owners will vote on that candidate.

We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring full and part-time cashiers!


The Rutland Area Food Co-op is a community-owned grocery and wellness market situated in downtown Rutland, Vermont. As a food cooperative, we are owned by a membership base of around 2,000 members. We aim to provide our owners and the greater Rutland region with affordable access to high-quality, local, organic and sustainable foods and goods. At the same time, as a mission-driven, community-oriented business, we proudly strengthen our region by carrying products of more than 180 local businesses.

The Rutland Co-op’s front-end staff are responsible for accurately processing customer transactions, providing prompt, friendly, helpful customer service, and supporting the coop in achieving its goals. He/she will work under the guidance of the front-end manager and will report to the General Manager.

Responsibilities – include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Check out customer purchases in a friendly, accurate, and timely manner using correct prices, departments, and codes.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Ensure maintenance, cleanliness, and organization of all work areas, storage, and equipment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Call for backup with check out as needed so that customers wait as little as possible.
  • Receive payment in full for purchases, carefully giving change and receipts.
  • Follow cash handling security procedures according to established guidelines.
  • Help prevent shoplifting by observing customer traffic.
  • Keep Front End in a clean, orderly condition, organize carts and baskets. Maintain shopper and register supplies.
  • Preparation and stocking/maintenance of the coffee and kombucha stations.
  • Comply with all Co-op policies and procedures that ensure compliance with Vermont Department of Liquor Control guidelines and prevent alcohol sales to minors or intoxicated customers.
  • Become familiar with Co-op policies and products to answer customer questions; refer unresolved questions or problems to appropriate staff.


  • Cash-handling experience; ability to run register with speed and accuracy
  • Proficient math skills.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Highly organized with great attention to detail.
  • Some experience or knowledge of the cooperative business structure and values as well as local, organic, and sustainable foods.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • You must be punctual, dependable, and show the ability to apply judgment, interpret and follow directions, solve problems and seek guidance when appropriate.

Environmental Conditions

  • Works in a fast-paced environment with a focus on customer service
  • May work in environments of extreme cold and extreme heat for short periods of time

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to bend, reach, stoop, kneel, and squat
  • Must be able to push, pull, and maneuver heavy loads
  • Ability to stand for long periods

Compensation and benefits to be further discussed upon interview. Please send your completed application and resume to management@rutlandcoop.com or drop it off in-store.