Mail workers needed for holiday season in Syracuse area

The United States Postal Service has nearly 3,000 employees and 130 post office locations in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

It's officially the holiday hiring season.

The US Postal Service's Mail Processing and Distribution Center is looking to hire for more than 150 holiday positions at the facility at 5640 East Taft Road in North Syracuse.

The distribution center will have an open house on Thursday, October 11th from 9 am to 3 pm. People who go can talk to postal officials about any questions they may have and the officials will also help with the application process. Pay is $18 per hour. People applying should be able to lift up to 70 pounds and expect to work holidays.

“You can sign up this week and report to work after Veterans Day,” said Manager Eric Dolloff. “This is strictly inside work, working evenings and nights, in the prime holiday processing season. Someone looking for extra holiday cash, a short-term second job or students who need income for next semester are some of the people we hope to see.”

According to the Postal Service, work for seasonal employees may include loading and unloading trucks, sorting large packages by hand, moving equipment or sorting bundles or packages by ZIP Code. Seasonal workers will also get paid training to learn what to do no the job.

Work assignments include evenings and nights.

“Some of our seasonal workers return for the holiday period for years and some have found a pathway to permanent postal employment through the contacts they have made here as well,” Dolloff said.

All applicants must meet these minimum requirements:

18 Years at time of appointment.

US citizen or permanent resident.

Ability to pass criminal background check, medical assessment and drug screen.

Registered with Selective Service, if applicable.

People who are interested but cannot attend the open house are encouraged to use the Postal Service's website.

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