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 145 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 individuals who hold the belief that a life outdoors is a life well lived, and want to align their skills and experience towards this purpose. Our employees are inspired guides for our members and customers. We hire people who are already living by our values—authenticity, integrity, quality, respect, balance and service. You don’t have to be hard-core, but someone who is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys sharing that experience with others. We hire people who connect with customers, love to collaborate and support the team. We work hard and we play hard—balancing our love of being outside with our drive to provide the highest level of service and support for our co-op members, customers, and each other.
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, 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. Visit rei.jobs for opportunities, create a candidate profile, and sign up for job notifications. You’ll receive email updates highlighting jobs that match the criteria you set.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
At REI, we aspire to help others discover and connect, helping members and our communities live their fullest lives possible outside. We don’t just sell products; we connect, enable, inspire and empower people to create memorable experiences. We are looking for talent to join our teams across the co-op including, all retail stores, digital retail, outdoor programs, IT, marketing, merchandising and planning, sales and customer support, and our distribution centers. If you are passionate about the outdoors or an aspiring outdoor enthusiast who embodies our values, we want to know you. Reach out to us by visiting rei.jobs.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
Visit 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. Consider who you know at REI, connect with them and ask them about the employee referral program! Learn about our culture, their experience and see if the co-op is what you’re looking for. Chat with retail employees at our stores and follow REI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to see what’s going on at the co-op. 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’re always looking to be connected to great talent and accepting applications for current and future hiring.