We're Hiring! Join our Front of House & Barista Team!

Red Emma’s has an opening for a new member of our front of house & barista working group! This is a position on our worker-owner track, which means we are looking for someone ready to make a multi-year commitment to growing a democratically self-managed worker cooperative and radical political project, and excited about growing into a role as an equal owner of the business.

Initially, this position is part-time for two regularly scheduled shifts/week, plus the ability to pick up shifts when other team members request time off. We anticipate that availability of shifts may likely grow as we get into the fall and winter, but can’t guarantee more than 15 hours/week right now. Our pay starts at $11/hr, with predictable raises based on number of hours worked.

Perks include free food and coffee while on shift, and a 20% worker discount on all food, drink, and books.


  • You can attend meetings on Mondays for the department and the project as a whole.

  • You are excited about working in a sometimes chaotic collective environment with no bosses, and able to both take direction and take initiative, and have a self started interest in learning from your department about how the store works.

  • You have an enthusiastic interest in coffee, and are excited about our all vegan and vegetarian menu.

  • You are deeply committed to the project of building an inclusive, welcoming space on North Avenue, and committed to strengthening a multiracial, anti-patriarchal, and queer/trans friendly democratic workplace.

  • You have excellent customer service skills, and love to talk to all sorts of people.

  • You are punctual, reliable, and contactable and responsive via text, email, and other online communication platforms.

  • You like to get things clean and wash the dishes! At Red Emma’s we all share the responsibility of the dirty work chores. Cleaning and dishes constitute a lot of our shift work!

Not required, but a plus:

  • You are excited about Red Emma’s as a platform to bring authors to Baltimore, and want to help actively work to suggest talks we should book and help with promoting those talks.

  • You want to be a host and MC for in-store events with amazing authors.

  • You are able to regularly work 3:30-11PM, especially on weekends.

  • You have excellent conflict management and de-escalation skills, and are interested to learn more about the intersections of harm reduction and customer service.

Physical activity required:

  • You can lift moderately heavy boxes, heavy bins of dishes, climb ladders to reach things on high shelves, and perform moderately intensive cleaning tasks like vacuuming and mopping floors.

How to apply:

Email us with a letter explaining why you want to work as a worker-owner of Red Emma's, and a resume highlighting your relevant experience, at baristajob@redemmas.org.  Be sure to tell us how your coffee, community, and cooperation skills will complement our existing project! We'll be reviewing applications on a rolling basis with a goal of getting someone working training shifts soon, so don't dawdle. No phonecalls, please. Please send your application in before Nov. 15th.


Red Emma’s is a diverse, multiracial, queer and trans friendly workplace, and we actively encourage and welcome applications from women, people of color, and queer/trans folks.