USPS Hiring Update - Temporary Relief Carrier Jobs
The postal service has not been immune to the worldwide economic slowdown. With advertisers scaling back the amount of money they spend on direct-mail advertising, the post office is moving fewer pieces of mail, which means they are earning less in postage.
In March of 2009, the Washington Post reported that the USPS was trying to save $100,000 each year by allowing a large portion of its workforce to take early retirement. According to the same article, the postal service will also consider closing some offices that house administrative functions. Other proposals the postal service circulated included cutting Saturday delivery - that option seems unlikely, but it does reflect the economic challenges the service is facing.
Administrative positions are the most likely to be cut, and the Washington Post estimated that group of cuts at about 15%, or 1,400 people. Mail processing supervisors and management positions are also on the cutback list.
Jobs that appear to be stable in the post office are non-career letter-carrier positions, especially temporary rural route drivers. Although many USPS jobs require several different types of tests, temporary relief carriers are not required to take any kind of exam, but applicants must be US citizens over 18 with a clean driving record.
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Temporary Relief Carrier Jobs (TRC)
TRCs make up the bulk of the current hiring need for the USPS, and the needs are greatest in rural areas. TRCs are hourly, non-career workers who fill in when full-time workers are out sick or on vacation.
To qualify for a temporary mail carrier job, applicants must have a reliable vehicle of their own, a valid driver's license, two years of driving experience and a clean driving record. They must submit to a drug test to meet the USPS drug-free workforce requirements. As with most government jobs, applicants must be US citizens or legal permanent residents.