Design Assistant


– Part-time position
– Immediate start
– $17/hr
-14-25 hours/week. Flexible each week depending on workload.

– Remote design & administrative work

– Onsite design and admin support at design lab (flexible – ideally Fridays) 

– Retail Shift in store every Saturday – 10:00am-5:00pm. 

– Onsite occupied staging support

– Assisting in the leading of workshops in the boutique


Unshelf Design & Boutique is seeking a Design Assistant for our boutique consignment brick and mortar store, and interior decorating and home staging company. Applicants should be interested in business administration, marketing, and interior design and decorating.

Applicants must be:

  • VERY detail oriented**
  • Professional & communicate clearly
  • Tech savvy (excel, inventory software, social apps, G suite)
  • Social savvy (creation of reels, stories, posts, and updating wordpress website)
  • A great ‘second hand’ to support the principal designer – taking direction well, independantly led, and adaptable and receptive of changes.
  • Understanding of the many hats required for small business.
  • Must have own reliable vehicle
  • Flexible with their schedule – staging jobs come up last minute within a few days.


Perks of the job:

  • Mentorship
  • Free parking
  • Flexible schedule (other than Saturday)
  • Room to grow
  • Cute dogs onsite


Who We Are

Unshelf Design & Boutique is a local interior decorating and staging company with a brick and mortar consignment decor store location in SE Calgary. We have been in business for just over 2 years. 


We specialize in cosmetic redesigns to inject joy back into people’s homes so they can relove them for years to come, or sell them for more money, faster. As an extension to our services, we can now help our clients sell their trendy, modern decor after a redesign or move, and have access to affordable decor for use in our projects and for the public!


Fun Fact: Sarah Kirkpatrick, owner and principal designer of Unshelf Design & Boutique, owned and operated a successful 6-figure digital marketing company for 10 years before starting a new business in design. 

Job roles

Retail Clerk Tasks:

– Open and close store
– Greet and receive customers in a welcoming manner
– Engage customers and driving sales through suggestive selling and sharing product knowledge
– Answer customer questions
– Answer calls, texts, and emails from vendors and customers
– Document and transact sales through Ricochet
– Update website for specific featured projects
– Process payments by totalling purchases – cash, debit, and credit card using Helcim.
– Intake and document new consigned items and consigners
– Photograph and update inventory of consigned and thrifted items
– Research prices to determine best sales price for items
– Update Ricochet and website with new items (consigned, thrifted, retail)
– Organize and tidy retail space, design lab, and inventory/stock area
– Clean boutique and studio once per week, or as needed
– Update store signage and restock/style shelves
– Create stories and posts. Posting regularly during store shift. Must be comfortable on camera.

Staging Assistant

– Packing and transporting staging rental decor, artwork, and furnishings to staging client’s home (personal vehicle required)
– Unpacking rentals, styling, and photographing home staging
– Packing and de-staging rentals from staging clients’. Transportation back to warehouse, unpacking and organizing. Documenting inventory.
– Create social posts, stories, and reels for Unshelf Design
– Updating project portfolio on website


Design/Admin Assistant Tasks:

– Assisting in the creation of design boards for client projects.
– Sourcing products based on lead designers selections
– Sketches for client presentation (digital)
– Onsite assistance for trade days, design presentations, and install days for client projects
– Communication with vendors for pricing and information gathering
– Budget sheet updates for client projects
– Creation and sending of POs
– Update client product tracking sheets
– Creating and updating client binders
– Onboarding design and staging clients – creating google drive folders, asana and dubsado projects, populating with documentation.
– Styling sheet updates onsite for design project install
– Project admin (updating tracking information, meeting follow ups, etc)
– Sending workshop attendee selections to vendors for purchase/ordering
– Create social posts, stories, and reels for Unshelf Design
– Updating project portfolio on website



If you are interested in applying for this position please send your resume, cover letter, and portfolio including design boards, 3D room sketches & elevations, and floor plans to hello@unshelfdesign.com. The subject line should read “Design Assistant Internship”. Within your cover letter please detail how you are detail-oriented and incorporate the hashtag ‘#secondhandfirst’.


Only suitable candidates will be contacted for an interview.