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Retail Manager


Posted by Bear Valley Adventure Company on 09/12/2020

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Action, Bike, Fishing, Fitness, Hunting/Shooting, Lifestyle, Outdoor, Snow, WaterSports

Job Categories: Customer Service, Management - Sales, Management - Team, Public Relations, Purchasing, Retail - Management- Staff, Retail - Sales, Sales - Inside - Product & Reservations

Company Type: Accessories, Apparel/SoftGoods, Events, HardGoods/Equipment, Nutrition, Recreation, Retailer, TravelandTourism

State: CA

City: Bear Valley

Country: United States

Required Experience:

Contact Name: Aaron Johnson

Business Phone: (209) 753-2834

Job Type: Full Time


Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel:

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

Position:  Retail Manager                                               Department: Store Operations

Manager:  General Manager                                          Job Status: Full-time Year-round

Effective Date:  Immediately

The Bear Valley Adventure Company (BVAC) is seeking a talented and motivated individual to lead our store's purchasing and selling of adventure-based products. This is a unique opportunity for somebody who thrives in a fast-paced environment and desires to a small-town vibe.  BVAC is a multi-faceted business that operates a world-class cross-country ski and snowshoe center in the winter, and a year-round gas station and store providing camping, fishing, bicycling, nordic skis, clothing, and mini-mart goods. Think of our store as a mini-REI.  BVAC is the cornerstone business of Bear Valley and is known for its friendly service and the "go-to" place for adventure gear and information.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Oversee purchasing, receiving, and stocking of store retail products.
  • Become the POS specialist to maximize efficiencies and reporting of sales and COGS.
  • Develop a rapport with vendors and maintain excellent relationships and product knowledge.
  • Rotate and maintain product lines that are valuable to visitors and our local community.
  • Manage controllable costs to keep operations profitable.
  • Be present and available in the store during operating hours.
  • Provide leadership to store staff on the values of excellent customer service. 
  • Coordinate with outside operations to enable seamless rentals, lessons, and special events. 
  • Throughout the day, interact with customers and staff with a genuine smile.
  • Assist customers in finding the appropriate gear, rental equipment, clothing, and whatever else is needed to have a spectacular day in the mountains.
  • Follow company safety policies and procedures. 
  • Collaborate on staff training and meetings.
  • Be stoked on Bear Valley!

BVAC History:

BVAC was purchased, from the original owners of 40 years, by the Bear Valley Mountain Cooperative (BVMC) in December 2018. The original owners built a reputable business based on quality and integrity. The BVMC is a community-based group of 400+ individuals that are motivated in the betterment of Bear Valley. BVAC is at the forefront of this investment and is poised to reinvest profits back into the company to maintain and improve BVAC offerings and services.



BVAC is experiencing a surge of people visiting the mountains and enjoying the outdoors, and the inherent social distancing encouraged for COVD-19 precautions. BVAC is preparing for a busy winter season and is making changes to provide a safe working environment for both staff and guests. It's becoming increasingly important for people to find and participate in outdoor activities that offer "healthy spacing." We think BVAC is uniquely positioned to provide meaningful and memorable outdoor experiences this winter. If you are interested in joining a fun and motivated team, this could be the right job for you.


How to Apply:

Send an email of introduction with relevant work and life experiences to We love to talk about our work!

About Bear Valley Adventure Company

The Bear Valley Adventure Company (BVAC) is year-round mountain store located at 7,100 feets in Bear Valley, California. BVAC operates one of the largest cross country ski and snowshoe trail systems in California.  In the summer BVAC is the go-to place for mountain biking, road cycling, kayaking, canoeing, SUP, and fishing supplies.  BVAC is also the town gas station and mini-mart that is stocked with traditional and progressive items. BVAC is know for friendly and knowledgable staff and a great resource for local mountain activities.