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Northwest Center Banista (Banana Cart Attendant) in Seattle, Washington

A key customer and corporate partner of Northwest Center, the Amazon partnership started in 2003.  Amazon opened Seattle's first Community Banana stand in late 2015 as a public service.  Bananas are seen as a healthy, fully compostable, and affordable snack. Northwest Center supports this operation by staffing Amazon's community banana stands with "Banistas." 


The Banista role is a community facing position requiring them to work at the Banana Sands, which are often outdoors. The Banista position provides professional 5-star customer service and experience at all times. Banistas proactively greet all visitors to the Banana stands, restock inventory, track daily metrics, and are responsible for timely communication of issues needing immediate attention.  Banistas engage the community and provide a fun, warm and friendly interaction. The position may require working at any or all of the banana stand locations as needed between the hours of 7:15AM and 3:45PM Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend, evening or offsite events. Banista's are also provided projects and other assignments, as needed.


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Location: Seattle (South Lake Union) and Bellevue, WA Schedule: Part-Time 20-25 hrs per week | Monday - Friday between 7:15am-3:45pm & Saturdays between 8AM - 4PM Starting Wage: $22.45 per hour | Full Wage Range: $22.45 - $26.72 per hour *What we can offer: *

  • 17 Accrued Paid Time Off Days Annually (hours prorated for part-time)
  • 10 Annual Floating Holidays (prorated), Parental Leave, and Paid Compassion Leave
  • Retirement 401(K) with a company match
  • Company-Provided Orca Pass -- Unlimited use
  • Employment Assistance Program (EAP) via Wellspring including three free therapy sessions per year
  • Opportunity for career development with our NWC Mentorship Match program
  • Pet Insurance Discount Program 


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What You Will Do

 Arrive to the banana stand ready to work at scheduled time in provided Banista uniform.

Assist with daily set-up and/or tear down of stand, ensuring all banana stand related items are placed in appropriate locations.

Greet and engage every visitor to the stand in a friendly, warm, professional and courteous manner.  Banistas are required to provide a 5-star impression at all times.

Select work appropriate music to play during operating hours.

Unload bananas from boxes into banana stand crates while separating bananas into individual pieces.

Remove plastic or other material from the banana bunches.

Keep the banana stand crates full and plentiful for the duration of operating hours.

Sort any bruised or damaged bananas out and place them in the compost bin.

Ensure the banana stand is organized and clean at all times.

Monitor the compost bin and facilitate emptying when full.

Track daily metrics in tracking software on distribution, compost, carry-over cases, and additional areas as specified by leadership.

Track all comments, general inquiries, and public response to identify common themes and emergency situations needing attention.

Contribute to monthly inventory counts on trailer/stand assets

Support Banana Stand openings, as needed

Support the redistribution bananas across stands, as needed