Bookseller (Online Catalogue & Word Power Publishing) with Lighthouse

Location: Edinburgh
£9.00 per hour
Part-time for 12 weeks
Start date: February 2019
Closing date: 11 January 2019, 12 noon

Diversity Works

This is a Scottish Government funded project aimed at supporting the development of inclusive practice in recruitment and employment of women from black and ethnic minority communities across the country. This vacancy is an important part of the Diversity Works project, as it will demonstrate the journey of women participating in it through the recruitment process from start to finish.


About the Company

Lighthouse are an independent community bookshop on the radical left, politically engaged and socially conscious. They celebrate diversity of thought and expression, championing voices from the margins.

Housing over 10,000 titles across most genres, from politics, history, fiction and travel writing to Children’s books, tattoo art and cookery, Lighthouse are home to Word Power books – an independent Scottish publisher. Lighthouse are particularly passionate about Scottish politics, intersectional feminism, revolutionary history, environmentalism, LGBT+ writing, poetry and translated fiction.

With regular book groups and an array of vibrant and fascinating events, this is not your average bookshop! Twice a year, Lighthouse hosts two of the biggest festivals of their kind: the Book Fringe in August which runs alongside the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and the Radical Book Fair in November which is Scotland’s leading alternative political and literary festival.


The Role

Are you passionate about books and know your way around an excel spreadsheet? Lighthouse are looking for a tech savvy individual to intern with them in their politically engaged and socially conscious bookshop in Edinburgh.

With a team of 6, they all work quite varied hours so there are never more than 2 people in the shop at one time. On their team are: Mairi and Jim who are career booksellers, Noor who runs their events, Moss and Peach who do their bookstalls, and Andrew who does logistics. Lighthouse are a very inclusive and varied team - queer, BAME, socialist, Muslim, atheist - a broad bunch but what they all have in common is a passion for books and a desire to make the world a better place.

As part of their team, your role will include:

• Cataloguing/creating a database of bookshop stock
• Investigating value of those books & where possible listing them for sale online
• Reaching out to universities/libraries/institutions to sell Word Power Published Books
• Writing copy & uploading imagery for the new webpage for Word Power Published Books
• Selling books in the bookshop

Some online sales tasks could be done from home/remotely, but the cataloguing must happen in the shop.



Lighthouse requires a hardworking individual who is comfortable with physical activity as at certain times, lots of book boxes are required to be moved around and be required to go up and down stairs. You’ll also need a real eye for detail to manage their book catalogue.

You’ll fit right in if you have a passion for books and want to make the world a more fair and better place. You’ll also be able to demonstrate the following:

• Excellent attention to detail
• IT literacy and confidence using Microsoft Office software, particularly Excel spreadsheets
• That you're a self-starter, ability to take the initiative and work independently or as part of a team as tasks won’t be directly supervised
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Confident building relationships with people
• Strong copywriting skills and an excellent command of both written and spoken English
• Comfortable doing some physically demanding work
• Excellent organisational and time management skills

As part of the Scottish Government’s Workplace Equality agenda, this opportunity is aimed at empowering growing companies through the engagement of talented women from a BME background. If this sounds too good to miss, we want to hear from you.

If you have any questions about this role or the organisation please contact Please do not under any circumstances contact the employer directly as doing so may negatively impact your employment opportunity.



Closing date for applications is 11 January 2019, 12 noon.

Please submit a CV and covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 12 noon on the closing date. State A) your availability and B) relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job specifications. We do NOT accept email applications unless otherwise stated.

Please confirm your eligibility to work in the UK.