Position: City, Rural & Rural Carrier Associate
Grade: Level 5
Salary Range: $49,496 - $61,256
Persons Eligible to Apply: Open to the general public
Examination Requirement: Must pass the 473 Battery Test
As a carrier (whether city or rural) you'll be required to sort, rack, and tie mail at the post office before you start making deliveries within your route or area of delivery. In sorting letters, you must arrange them in the same order as the streets occur on the route. Letters and magazines for occupants of an apartment complex must be tied together with a rubber band or a belt. If you make a mistake in reading an address, the letter may go into the wrong home mailbox, causing a delay in delivery. The next day, you may find a note that says, "This is not ours. Opened by mistake." The letter might be a "deadline" letter, an order from the court, or a warning from a creditor.
As a carrier, you'll maintain required information, record changes of addresses, maintain other reports, and forward undeliverable-as-addressed mail.
In some ways, a rural carrier's duty is different from that of a city carrier. If you are hired as a rural carrier or a rural carrier associate, you'll be a jack of all trades; you'll also be a "walking post office." You may carry stamps, scales, and other equipment and supplies to serve the people of the rural area you cover.
For this reason, you must know how to compute the cost of a piece of mail or a package whether it's going to a neighboring city, Somalia, or Russia.
Benefits Include: Health & Life Insurance, Retirement Plan, Savings/Investment Plan with employer contribution, Flexible Spending Account, Annual and Sick Leave.