The City Mail Sorters, Processors and Machine Operators prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution. Examine, sort, and route mail. Load, operate, and occasionally adjust and repair mail processing, sorting, and canceling machinery. Keep records of shipments, pouches, and sacks; and other duties related to mail handling within the postal service.

City Mail Sorters, Processors or Machine Operators Job Duties Include:

  1. Directs items according to established routing schemes, using computer controlled keyboards or other equipment.
  2. Bundle, label, and route sorted mail to designated areas depending on destinations and deadlines.
  3. Serve the public at counters, by selling stamps and weighing parcels.
  4. Supervise other mail sorters.
  5. Train new employees.
  6. Distribute incoming mail into the appropriate boxes.
  7. Operate various types of equipment, such as computer scanning equipment, optical character readers, and bar-code sorters.
  8. Find correct addresses for redirected mail through directories.
  9. Clear jams in sorting equipment.
  10. Check items to ensure that addresses are legible and correct and that items are in a suitable condition for processing.
  11. Open and label mail bins.
  12. Re-wrap wet or damaged parcels.
  13. Weigh articles to determine required postage.
  14. Move containers of mail, using equipment such as forklifts.
  15. Accept and check containers of mail from large volume mailers and couriers.
  16. Load and unload mail trucks
  17. Cancel letter or parcel post stamps by hand.
  18. Dump sacks of mail onto conveyors for sorting.

City Mail Sorters, Processors and Machine Operators Salary:

$28,620 – $54,030 Annually

City Mail Sorters, Processors and Machine Operators Benefits Include:

  1. Health Insurance
    The Postal Service participates in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, which provides excellent coverage and flexibility with most of the cost paid by the Postal Service. There are many plans available, including both traditional insurance coverage and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). Employee premium contributions are not subject to most taxes, making health insurance even more affordable.
  2. Retirement
    The Postal Service participates in the federal retirement program, which provides a defined benefit annuity at normal retirement age as well as disability coverage.
  3. Life Insurance
    The Postal Service offers coverage through the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) Program. The cost of basic coverage is fully paid by the Postal Service, with the option to purchase additional coverage through payroll deduction

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City Mail Sorters, Processors and Machine Operators Employment Requirements Include:

  1. Age Requirement
    18 years at the time of appointment or 16 years with a high school diploma.
  2. Citizenship
    Employees must be a United States citizen, a lawful permanent resident alien (i.e., possession of a “green card”), a citizen of American Samoa or any other territory owing permanent allegiance to the United States. Individuals solely granted asylum status, refugee status or conditional permanent resident status are not eligible for Postal Service employment.
  3. Employment History
    Applicants must provide the names of their current employer and all previous employers for the 10-year period immediately preceding the date of application or to their 16th birthday, whichever is most recent.
  4. Drug Screen
    A qualification for postal employment is to be drug free, and is determined through a urinalysis drug screen.

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