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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 

 

Marketing Coordinator

Job Summary:

The marketing coordinator at Backwoods is the day to day contact for execution of events, collateral materials, social media, and promotional items for multiple retail stores. This role works closely with the Graphic Designer and Marketing Manager to ensure all deliverables are on track to meet deadlines. In addition, interaction with vendors and department stakeholders keep the messages on target, ahead of schedule and relevant.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing marketing calendars
  • Coordination of company-wide and individual store events with store management and staff
  • Liaison with our social media partners
  • Oversee and track vendor co-op programs and invoice vendors where applicable
  • Gather data and create reports to submit to internal stakeholders as well as vendor partners
  • Inventory management of promotional items
  • Secure bids from third party vendors on an as needed basis
  • Coordinate with the graphic designer on deliverables to ensure timelines are adhered to, and deadlines are met
  • Collaborate on copy for marketing materials 


Who you are:

You love marketing and are a self-starter who appreciates a challenge and knows that you get out of a job what you put into it. For you, the opportunity to impact a growing multi-store outdoor retail company is exciting. You are highly organized; lists and schedules are your friends that keep you ahead of the game. You take direction easily and can manage your time so that projects do not fall behind schedule. You are a problem solver.  You are always on the lookout for better ways to accomplish your goals and aren’t afraid to make suggestions for process improvement. You can write copy that is relevant and have a keen eye for proofreading. You feel comfortable reviewing others work and making recommendations.

You feel confident communicating with all levels of an organization in multiple formats.  Whether it is a store manager in a remote location, or a conference room full of people at the home office, you aren’t afraid to engage, get to the point and make things happen.

Experience and Skills:

  • 2 years in a marketing position or a 4 year degree in a related field
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong copywriting and proofreading ability
  • Experience  managing  multiple concurrent projects with deadlines
  • Experience using project management software such as Trello
  • Proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Google Apps
  • Event planning experience preferred
  • Email campaign management experience preferred
  • Social media campaign management experience preferred

This role reports to the Marketing Manager and is located in Austin, TX.

 

Assistant Store Manager (Norman, OK)

Position Title: Assistant Store Manager

Position Summary: 

The Assistant Store manager is responsible for supporting sales, operations and general oversight of the store.  

The primary skills required for this role include but are not limited to:

  • Sound judgment and decision making skills
  • A natural ability to engage, persuade and motivate others
  • Excellent relationship management and communication skills
  • Ability to generate sales and drive sales growth
  • Outstanding customer service standards and success creating memorable customer experiences
  • A passion for the outdoors
  • A good eye for visual merchandising
  • Ability to perform associate monthly coaching
  • Ability to recruit, hire, train and maintain a quality staff

 

The Assistant Store manager’s time is divided between overseeing the sales floor and the Operations Associate. While overseeing the sales floor, the Assistant Store manager will manage the leads and sales floor associates, have day to day responsibility of running the sales floor, monitor staff performance, make merchandising decisions and communicate with the General Manager on any and all staffing needs, product needs and resolution of any customer service issues. As the person responsible for oversight of the operations associate, they will help resolve any vendor related issues, make certain product flow onto the sales floor is smooth and assist with “backroom” process development. Generally speaking the time allocation is 75% sales and 25% operations focused. 

  

Apparel Buyer (Austin Corp Office)

Position Title: Apparel Buyer

Position Summary:

Backwoods Equipment is looking for an Apparel Buyer to manage multiple categories: men's & women's outerwear, tops, bottoms, and underwear/base layer.  The Apparel Buyer reports to the Director of Purchasing and also manages the Assistant Apparel Buyer with daily activities.

The Apparel Buyer will establish a seasonal assortment plan and manage his/her business throughout the entire product lifecycle to achieve predetermined goals and expectations.

Responsibilities & tasks include, but aren't limited to:

  • Run and manipulate reports, analyze & track sales, and forecast trends for at least 9 retail locations
  • Review performance indicators & react appropriately to manage inventory during each phase of the product lifecycle
  • Plan accordingly to accommodate changes in supply, demand, or logistics 
  • Effectively manage, mentor, & develop assistant buyer
  • Meet with vendors, negotiate terms of contract, maintain vendor relationships, execute special initiatives
  • Source new suppliers
  • Communicate effectively and collaborate with other departments to ensure projects are completed
  • Attend trade shows and line showings to select and assemble product assortments

Our preferred candidate:

  • Has 2-3 years buying experience and is familiar with Retail Pro
  • Is familiar with outdoor apparel brands & technology
  • Understands retail math and open-to-buy 
  • Can confidently make informed decisions based on inventory, trends, and sales history
  • Identifies our different customers and assorts appealing product
  • Executes ideas quickly and can work under pressure of deadlines
  • Gracefully juggles numerous relationships
  • Accepts interruptions, can reprioritize tasks easily, and possesses the ability to multi-task in an ever changing environment
  • Has strong Excel skills and can extract top-level information from detailed reports

This position is a full time position located in Austin, Texas

  

Fly Fishing Sales Associate (Tulsa, OK)

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.

 

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.