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Lewis Mull loved adventure and believed there should be a place where others like him could go and find the quality outdoor gear they needed. With this vision in mind, he started Backwoods in 1973. And over the years, we have evolved. Lewis' daughter Jennifer, CEO since 2003, has taken Backwoods and expanded its reach without losing the original authenticity.

Backwoods has always been an exclusive portal to adventure. It is known as the place to find experts on everything adventurous. And now people of many interests – those who climb tall mountains, those who have never set foot on a trail, those who travel the world, and those who travel downtown – will all discover that Backwoods is the perfect place for them. These adventurers find travel gear and accessories, technical outdoor equipment, and casual clothing and footwear with that special, adventurous flair. Make a visit to Backwoods your next urban adventure

At Backwoods, we believe in what we sell. Our business is a lifestyle and we choose to embrace it wholeheartedly. We are all adventurers. We are all a part of the community that makes us unique. We are all in it together. We're looking for others like us. People who can contribute, grow, dream and evolve with us. Embark on the adventure...

Backwoods is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Accordingly, we promote equal opportunity in the areas of recruitment, employment, training, development, transfer and promotion. Our employment practices are without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, disability or medical condition, national origin, veteran status and all other categories protected by federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws. Backwoods will not tolerate the harassment of or discrimination against one employee by another. It is our policy to maintain an environment free of intimidation, insult, harassment and discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex, age, national original or disability.

Current Job Openings 

  

Sales Supervisor (Bentonville, AR)

PositionTitle: Sales Supervisor

Position Summary:

The Sales Supervisor assists the store management in providing leadership on the sales floor.  This includes but is not limited to providing direction to sales associates, exercising independent judgment, acting with integrity and business maturity, exuding excitement, is approachable, confident, and driven to succeed. The Sales Supervisor is also a direct driver of the Summit Program and G.E.A.R.  Sales Supervisors have the ability to build trust with staff and customers, listen to opinions, adapt to change, and be aware of their physical surroundings in the store in regard to staff and customer location within the store.  The Sales Supervisor offers ideas and thoughts for improvements, follows company guidelines, is accurate with paperwork, participates in the organization and execution of store events, and acts as the interim Sales Manager in the Sales Manager’s absence.  When necessary, the Sales Supervisor will assist the Operations team and be as thorough with operational tasks as with sales floor duties. 

The ability to communicate to customers, staff, and corporate personnel is an ability the Sales Supervisor has in addition to the ability to express, explain, and promote company goals, guidelines, policies, and strategy.  Sales projections are understood both in what they are and the reporting of results.  Positive attitudes along with a willingness to learn are qualities of the Sales Supervisor.

Personnel tasks:

  • Directs sales staff in reaching their sales goals
  • Assists in interviewing, selection, hiring and training of sales associates as needed
  • Assists in completion of Summit Reports to staff and knows reports submission routes and time frames
  • Assumes the floor supervisor’s role in the absence of the Sales Manager
  • Ensures Backwoods’ customer sales standards are met
  • Assists management in adherence to Backwoods’ standards of professional appearance both personally and that of sales staff
  • Knows the job responsibilities of the Sales Associate

 

Functional tasks: 

  • Assists in compiling and assembling necessary paperwork of store and its submission
  • Ensures store opening and closing procedures are followed daily with consideration to customers waiting to get in or still shopping at closing
  • Assists with merchandising to ensure that displays are accurate and seasonally appropriate
  • Assists Operations team when necessary
  • Works with Management team to suggest fill-in orders to buying group when necessary
  • Ensures that the special order process for the store is being managed, maintained, and executed in a timely fashion
  • Assists in maintaining stock levels by monitoring back stock
  • Knows and understands POS system

 

Operations Supervisor (Bentonville, AR)

PositionTitle: Operations Supervisor

Position Summary:

The Operations Supervisor is responsible for the functional tasks of the store to ensure the customer shopping experience, from a physical aspect, is at its utmost.  Receiving and shipping of product, pricing of product, sales floor stocking of product, back stock storage of additional product, orderliness of the store’s backroom and the store’s physical maintenance fall within the responsibilities of the Operations Supervisor, not necessarily to do each and every task but to assure those tasks are completed to Backwoods’ standards.  Tools are provided by Backwoods to successfully and efficiently carry out these duties.  The Operations Supervisor will provide leadership and direction, exercise independent judgment and discretion, and promote company strategies.  Acting with integrity and business maturity, building trust with staff and customers, maintaining approachability, the ability to listen and enact change when needed is a part of this position.  When necessary, the Operations Supervisor will assist the Sales team and be as thorough with sales tasks as with operational duties. 

Operations Supervisors must be able to communicate company objectives in a manner that is positive and understood by staff and customers.  Working in tandem with the Sales Management, the Operations Supervisor will assist in achieving store and company sales goals by reaching personal goals and mentoring sales staff in the pursuit of their goals.

Personnel tasks:

  • Assists in interviewing, selection, hiring and training of sales associates as needed
  • Assists Sales Management with directing associates in attaining their sales goals
  • Complies with Backwoods' company personnel policies in addition to federal and state laws along with documentation surrounding all policies
  • Asks for and directs associates when additional help is needed
  • Know the job responsibilities of the Sales Associate

 

Functional tasks: 

  • Ensures receipt of inventory is processed correctly and that merchandise is on the floor within 24 hours
  • Oversees and is responsible for execution and results of annual inventories
  • Ensures that appropriate posters and signage are put up in a timely fashion when received from the corporate office
  • Works with store management regarding store’s visual presentation
  • Outgoing product (transfers and RGM’s) are correctly handled and removed from inventory as per Backwoods instructions in a timely manner 
  • Ensures Web orders are processed and sent daily and that inventory is removed from Retail Pro for these orders on a daily basis
  • Price change adjustments are completed quickly and accurately
  • Store supplies (pens, paper, cash wrap items, cleaning utensils, etc.) ordered, purchased, and always stocked
  • Ensures store opening and closing procedures are followed daily with consideration to customers waiting to get in or still shopping at closing
  • Store maintenance,  both in respect to cleanliness and mechanical upkeep is monitored including back stock space
  • Inventory, in-store presentations, clearance sales, and any other events that occur in the store or on the sales floor will be executed with pre planning and timeliness
  • Ensures that the special order process for the store is being managed, maintained, and executed in a timely fashion
  • Knows and understands POS system

 

Accounting Clerk (Austin, TX)

PositionTitle: Accounting Clerk

Position Summary:

The Accounting Clerk is responsible for general office duties in the accounting office with their responsibilities primarily focused on printing invoices and matching AP check stubs with invoices.  The Accounting Clerk works within the Finance Department as part of a team and is expected to act with integrity and business maturity, building trust with staff and vendors through effective communication and positive interactions. 

We offer a competitive wage in an exciting corporate culture with room for growth

Tasks include: 

  • Minimum 1 year office environment experience
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task while maintaining a high degree of accuracy
  • Experience with full cycle accounting
  • Exemplary communication skills that include the ability to be courteous and professional with vendors and clients
  • Some experience in Excel
  • Candidate must be willing to part of a team!
 
 

Sales Manager (Fort Worth, TX)

PositionTitle: Sales Manager

Position Summary:

The Sales Manager is responsible for the sales floor. The Sales Manager owns the Summit Project. Leading by example and maintaining team direction is a primary responsibility.  The Sales Manager trains the team with tools provided by Backwoods to include but not limited to Backwoods Sales Standards, Addressing Customer Needs, Coaching, and on-going sales instructions.  As Sales Manager, the abilities to “conduct an orchestra”, forecast staffing needs, and maintain an enthusiastic attitude are a part of the day to day functions.  The Sales Manager will provide leadership and direction through the G.E.A.R. program, exercise independent judgment and discretion, and promote company strategies.  Acting with integrity and business maturity, building trust with staff and customers, maintaining approachability, the ability to listen and enact change when needed are all parts of this position. 

Sales Managers must be able to communicate company objectives in a manner that is positive and understood by staff.  The Sales Manager will also need to maintain open communications with corporate office and be timely in any and all reporting involving store directives, events, and staffing information. 

Tasks include: 

  • Responsible for interviewing, selection and hiring of sales associates
  • Submits new hire paperwork completely and accurately to Human Resources
  • Directs store associates in attaining goals within the Summit Project
  • Complies with Backwoods’ company personnel policies in addition to federal and state laws along with documentation surrounding all policies
  • Accesses individual performance and provides an appropriate level of feedback as per Backwoods company policy
  • Ensures all associates are trained using Backwoods customized training program including performance tracking tools
  • Ensures store schedules are developed and posted to meet business needs
  • Develops business strategies and delivers results for the store through managing merchandising, visual appearance, finance and human resource initiatives, and community outreach
  • Helps implement corporate goals, plans and strategies for the store
  • Sets individual sales goals for each sales associate within the Summit Project
  • Monitors and assesses weekly results of individuals and store with recognition of successes and suggestions with coaching for any improvements found necessary
  • Assists in ensuring that monthly and weekly sales and expense goals for the store are implemented and monitors progress on those goals
  • Reviews monthly P&L statements for the store and makes corrections to goals based on results
  • Over sees sales floor to ensure Backwoods customer sales standards are met and provides ongoing training  and  coaching when deficiencies are found
  • Merchandising is maintained with displays accurate and seasonal and where applicable according to provided plan-o-grams
  • Adheres to Backwoods standards of professional appearance both personally and that of sales associates
  • Ensures that all Standard Operating Procedures are followed as it relates to POS, Backwoods Adventures, Customer programs and company policies
  • Assists in maintaining stock levels with adequate and timely feedback to buyers
  • Monitors customer survey results for customer service effectiveness and compliance with standards and takes action when necessary
  • Follows up to ensure that any deficiencies noted on store visitation reports are corrected
  • Ensures store  opening and closing procedures are followed daily with consideration to customers waiting to get in or still shopping at closing

 

Fly Fishing Sales Associate (Ft. Worth, TX)

Position Title: Fly Fishing Sales Associate

Position Summary:

Within the structure of Backwoods, the Fly Fishing Sales Associate plays an important role in achieving the department’s sales goals and is offered the opportunity for personal growth focused help and training. The fly fishing sales associate brings with them the ability to be a self-starter, is easily approached by staff and customers, learns and uses the Backwoods Steps of the Sale (G.E.A.R.), and has a desire to reach personal goals and objectives.

The Fly Fishing Sales Associate is considered the store’s expert on fly fishing. He or she will be the go-to person when questions arise about the department and will help customers with choosing products while offering (when needed) useful advice on how certain products are used along with fishing techniques and fishing locations. The fly fishing sales associate will assist in the completion of tasks and duties when directed by his or her supervisor. Backwoods operates as a team and its success is a sum of all staff.

Tasks include:

  • Showing, demonstrating and selling fly fishing products while striving to achieve set personal sales goals.
  • Maintains the fly fishing department in a clean and functional manner according to Backwoods standards.
  • Re-stocking of all available fly fishing products from the stockroom.
  • Responsible for ongoing visual presentation of the fly fishing department.
  • Makes suggestions of product and materials to bring into the department.
  • Ensures the department is fully stocked with display models of major departmental offerings (i.e. Rods, Reels, Waders etc.) and ensures the maintenance of products displayed on days worked.
  • Assists in department price changes and transfers. 
  • Keeps up to date concerning fly fishing seasons and trends. 
  • Shares feedback from customers comments or concerns with the fly fishing manager in a timely and meaningful fashion.

 

 
 

General Job Inquiries (All Locations)

Full-Time Sale Associates - (All Locations) 

Part-Time Sale Associates (All Locations) 

Position Title: Full and Part time sales in our Austin Store

Position Summary:

Our Austin location is currently looking for full time and part time sales people who have a passion for the outdoors.  We are proud of our mission statement that ecompasses inspiring people to seek active, adventurous lives, providing exceptional products and sharing our expertise with others.

We are looking for excited, willing people who want to be part of that adventure.  If you are that person, we definitely want to talk to you about a future with Backwoods.  Please apply here for consideration.