Mail Processing Clerk

US Postal Service
Oct 08, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Functional Purpose

Performs a variety of clerk duties required to process mail using automated mail processing equipment or manual methods of sortation and distribution.


1. Makes one or more sortations of outgoing and/or incoming mail using the appropriate sort program or manual distribution scheme.

2. On a rotation basis, performs all of the following duties: loads mail onto automated equipment, culling out non-processable items; enters sort plan and starts equipment; monitors flow of mail to ensure continuous feed; sweeps separated mail from bins stackers; and stops equipment when distribution run or operation is completed. Runs machine reports, clears jams and contacts maintenance for assistance when required.

3. Prepares work area, ensuring all necessary support equipment and materials, including labels, trays, and other containers, are in place.

4. Removes sorted mail from bins or separations and places into appropriate trays or containers for further processing or dispatch based on knowledge of operating plans and dispatch schedules, or at the instruction of supervisors or expediters; may riffle or verify mail to ensure sortation accuracy as needed.

5. In addition, may perform any of the following duties: provide service at public window for non-financial transactions; maintain records of mails; examine balances in advance deposit accounts; and record and bill mail requiring special service.

6. Follows established safe work methods, procedures and safety precautions while performing all duties.

7. Performs other duties as assigned. PSE Mail Processing Clerks perform a variety of clerical duties in mail processing and retail/customer services to support day to day operations. Duties are physically demanding requiring moderate to heavy lifting, carrying, prolonged standing, walking and reaching.

PSEs may be required to handle heavy sacks of mail/parcels, sort & distribute incoming/outgoing mail, and work at a service window selling postal products & services to customers. Applicants must be able to perform the duties of the position with or without accommodation.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be physically able to efficiently perform the duties of the position, which require arduous exertion involving prolonged standing, walking, bending, and reaching, and may involve the handling of heavy containers of mail and parcels weighing up to 70 pounds.

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS: Mail Processing Clerks must work their assigned tour and days of work often within an industrial plant environment. Mail Processing Clerks must follow Postal Service policies and procedures for personal conduct at work, including adhering to rules and regulations.

Mail Processing Clerks at any time may be assigned to provide service to the public. They must maintain a neat and professional appearance and demeanor in such interactions, including wearing a uniform when required.

Qualified applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening to meet the U.S. Postal Service's requirement to be drug free. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status.

EXAM REQUIRED: If you are invited to take this test, instructions regarding the exam process will be sent to you via email. Please ensure you can receive email messages from our test vendor and follow instructions carefully so you can be considered for this employment opportunity.

NOTICE SCREENINGS REQUESTED: You may receive multiple requests for background checks in regards to this employment opportunity. Respond to all requests quickly as we anticipate filling our vacancies quickly and nonresponses may result in disqualification for this opportunity.

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