Sunday, October 16, 2005

Post Office recruiting substitute rural carriers and postmasters

The U.S. Postal Service is looking for substitute rural carriers and postmasters, a job perfectly suited for retirees, "empty nesters," and others who want to meet new people, get exercise, serve their community, make good money and still have time to do other things.

A substitute rural carrier (officially known as a Rural Carrier Associate, or RCA) is paid $16.24 per hour plus overtime and earns annual and sick leave benefits when serving on a vacant route for an extended period of time.

These workers deliver mail on back roads as well as heavily traveled main roads and highways using either their own vehicle or a Postal Service vehicle. If they use their own vehicle, they receive an equipment maintenance allowance in addition to their regular pay.

The substitute postmaster positions (known as Postmaster Relief/Leave Replacement) enable postmasters to have reliable and competent replacements on their scheduled days off or while taking leave. Pay is based on the size of the Post Office and there are opportunities for career development after one year of continuous service.

On-the-job training includes financial transactions, understanding mail classes and special mail services, retail operations and customer relations.

Interested applicants can inquire at any local Post Office with a vacancy and apply for the rural carrier associate exam online at Applicants for either position must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens and have basic English competence. TheU.S. Postal Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM