REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) is the nation’s largest outdoor co-op, founded in 1938. Our 12,000 expert employees help our members enjoy living an outdoor life through quality gear, inspiring experiences and great customer service via 150 stores and online.
How to Get Hired
We asked Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
We’re looking for passionate and knowledgeable employees who want to work with purpose and a shared belief that a life outdoors is a life well lived. We hire people who intentionally direct their skills and experience toward a greater good. People who are already living by our values—authenticity, integrity, quality, respect, balance and service.
Our employees are the heart of the co-op. Their expertise, enthusiasm and joy in helping our members get outside differentiates them, whether they are hardcore experts or just ramping into the outdoors. If you care about helping people get outdoors and want to be a steward of the places we play, there’s no better place to be. People love working at REI. It’s a place where you can be yourself and belong
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
We’re looking for people who love the outdoors, want to share it with others and protect it for future generations. Visit one of our stores, volunteer with an outdoor-focused organization you truly care about, engage in a movement like #ForceOfNature, then tell us about your adventures and how your skills align to the job you’re interested in. Find out where REI is involved in your local community and show up. Show us how you #OptOutside throughout the year and bring others along in this mindset.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
At REI, we are an inclusive and welcoming community, seeking talented people to join our teams across the co-op. A significant number of our roles are in our retail stores, where we’re looking for sales associates, outdoor program instructors and specialty technical roles in areas like our bike shop. Other areas we focus on include digital, information technology, merchandising, private brands, creative, finance, sales and customer support and our distribution centers.
We don’t just sell products; we connect, enable, inspire and empower people and communities to create memorable experiences. If you’re passionate about the outdoors or an aspiring outdoor enthusiast who embodies our values, we want to know you.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
Visit our stores and our website at rei.com to learn more about the co-op. Join the conversation on our LinkedIn page and check out our YouTube videos. Connect with our retail employees in our stores and follow REI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Consider who you know at REI, connect with them and ask them about the employee referral program. Learn about our culture and the things we care about to see if the co-op is what you’re looking for.
If the co-op is a place you want to be, create a candidate profile at rei.jobs and sign up for online job notifications. We are always looking to connect with great talent and are accepting applications for current and future openings.