Page updated 7/16/2016
The Postal Service hires thousands of Casual Employees each year. Your local postal facility may display recruitment notices, advertise in local newspapers, and post all job vacancies online. No tests are required for these positions however if you take the test and pass it you can receive higher pay. You will find casual temporary jobs advertised at the Postal Services' official web site. Notices typically list multiple orientation sessions, the positions available, and pay. These jobs may lead to full time employment. Starting salary ranges from $11.00 to $15.03 (with test) per hour.
The Postal Service also hires large numbers of temporary clerks and mail handlers for a 21-day period for the Christmas holiday season. These Christmas casual positions pay on average $11.00 per hour, no benefits; but can lead to a 360-day appointment.
Casual temporary positions are a good way to familiarize yourself with the Postal Service's work environment and they can lead to full time employment. If they like your work, and keep you for at lest 180 days, you can request to take the Postal Exam; even if none are currently being administered in your area. If you pass the test your name will be added to the current hiring register in rank order for full time employment.
One word of caution. The casual temporary positions schedules are tedious to say the least. They can and do often work casual temps long hours and sometimes 7 days a week during peak mail periods and you are subject to work any and all shifts. It is hard work but if you impress the supervisor and they keep you for up to 180 days you may be able to take the test and get on the full time register.
The Postal Service has streamlined the application process and all you need to do is go online to locate jobs in your area and sign up. Jobs should be advertised by early October for most locations. Afternoon and evening shifts are available and you must be available for full-time hours. You will earn extra money for the holidays. Search the USPS site for "Casual Positions, "temporary," or "relief" positions in your city. Review our application guide first so that you will easily be able to navigate their job listings then visit www.usps.com/employment to apply.
When you go to their site the first thing you must do is create your eCareeer Profile (Step 3) then search for Job Opportunities for cities of interest to locate vacancies. Just type the city name such as "Pittsburgh" and apply for any casual, temporary or PSE vacancies that show up. Apply for all positions that you qualify for to improve your chances.