Jobs & Internships


Open Positions

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Community Builders

We are looking for on-call contractors, or “Community Builders,” to join our Outreach & Education team (mostly weekend work).  We need extroverts who can staff our booth at street fairs and trade shows, facilitate special events, support workshop presenters in our classroom, and lead volunteer groups at our warehouse (and yes, you’ll occasionally wear silly hats or costumes!).  The best candidate will have an easygoing and very outgoing personality, great time-management habits, and good record-keeping skills.  Hours vary according to your availability and our needs, but our busiest seasons are weekends in April – June and September – November.  Get more info or apply to be a Community Builder here.

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Truck Driver

Community Forklift is seeking a full-time Truck Driver to work with our growing green business. This person will represent the organization by picking up used and surplus building materials in the DC area. Responsibilities include driving our 24-foot box truck. A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is preferred. All applicants must have an excellent driving record, relevant professional driving experience and a current Maryland Department of Transportation medical card. If you do not have medical card, you will need a physical before you begin.

Qualities of the perfect candidate

  • Verifiable professional experience driving a 24-foot box truck. (Manual transmission experience a plus.)
  • Ability to carefully load and secure materials onto the truck and offload at a warehouse location
  • Capacity to perform physical labor and moderate to heavy lifting in a non-climate controlled environment including the ability to work in all seasons and in difficult weather conditions
  • Ability to use computer scheduling and an iPad for navigation
  • Outgoing personality and the natural ability to communicate with donors
  • Exercise sound judgment and common sense; trustworthy and conscientious
  • Ability to problem-solve and attention to detail when loading/packing delicate material
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong English-speaking skills, bilingual Spanish-speaking skills a plus!
  • Working knowledge of building materials or architectural salvage
  • Familiarity and enthusiasm for recycling, reuse, sustainability, environmental advocacy and green business

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About the Position

  • 35–40 hours a week
  • Move materials from construction sites, yards, parking garages and other difficult-to-access areas and help set them up in the warehouse
  • Recognize acceptable and unacceptable materials for pick-up and provide information to donors and customers about those items
  • Ensure that each donation picked up has all parts and pieces labeled and attached
  • Assist keeping equipment and truck organized, tidy and in good working order
  • Provide excellent customer service to donors as well as answer questions about Community Forklift’s mission
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with staff to fulfill the mission and support team activities

 

Benefits include

  • $17 per hour
  • Subsidized health, dental and vision plans available
  • Opportunity for advancement as the business grows

 

About Community Forklift

Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement and architectural salvage. The store accepts donations of new, gently-used and vintage building materials; these donated renovation supplies are then made available to the public at low prices and donated to local nonprofits. Community Forklift is located outside DC, near the Hyattsville Arts District.

 

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter and three (3) recent professional references: by email to jobs@communityforklift.org , by fax (301) 985-5182, or by regular mail to Truck Driver Position, c/o Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.

 


Receiving & Processing/Pricing Associate for Green Business

Community Forklift is seeking candidates for a Receiving & Processing/Pricing Associate to work with our growing green business. This is a full-time position. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Qualities of the perfect candidate

  • Experience in a warehouse or retail environment, particularly in the hardware or building materials area
  • Strong math and English skills
  • Strong computer research skills
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, and excellent organizational and practical problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well within a cooperative team-based work environment
  • Ability to follow through on work assignments in a timely manner
  • Ability to follow store policy and procedures
  • Good customer service skills
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities gracefully and maintain focus in a constantly changing environment
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for recycling, reuse, sustainability, environmental advocacy and green business
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills particularly the ability to work with a very diverse constituency of customers
  • Expressed commitment to the Community Forklift mission
  • Ability to work weekends
  • Capacity to perform physical labor and moderate lifting (up to 50 lbs.) in a non-climate controlled environment including the ability to work in all seasons and in difficult weather conditions
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About the Position

The Receiving & Processing/Pricing Associate I (RPPA) will work with both the Receiving & Processing and Pricing teams to maximize efficient flow-through of product in the Community Forklift (CF) warehouse. Duties include learning the intricacies of researching and pricing donated salvage and surplus materials so that the items can be placed for sale in the showroom, ensuring that materials are processed and priced accurately in a timely manner, primarily through the use of the established CF Price Book. The RPPA will provide support to the Receiving & Processing team, focusing on the processing of materials by sorting, cleaning or repairing donated materials as needed, unloading trucks and moving materials and products to the showroom floor. The RPPA will be responsible for following all warehouse safety protocol, tracking tools and equipment and maintaining an orderly processing area. The RPPA may be asked to provide support for ongoing updating and improvement of the CF Price Book and related duties. The RPPA position helps the Sales staff assist shoppers by providing pricing information as requested.

Other Duties

Include providing friendly customer service, support for events, information and support to the Sales and Receiving and Processing team as well as the larger CF team.

Benefits include

  • Great team and mission focused environment
  • Competitive hourly wage depending on qualifications and experience
  • Employer subsidized health insurance (70%), dental insurance (50%) and vision coverage (100%) with dental plan (for eligible employees)
  • Free short-term disability insurance (for eligible employees)
  • Paid leave (after 90 day probation period for eligible employees)
  • Work shoe allowance
  • 50% employee discount on Community Forklift store materials (excluding consignment products)
  • Excellent opportunity for advancement

About Community Forklift

Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse center for home improvement and architectural salvage. The store accepts donations of new, gently-used and vintage building materials; these donated renovation supplies are then made available to the public at low prices and donated to local nonprofits. Community Forklift is located outside Northeast DC, near the Hyattsville Arts District.

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter and three (3) professional references by email to Receiving & Processing/Pricing Associate I at jobs@communityforklift.org.


Internships

Our Interns

Community Forklift offers internships over spring, summer, and fall terms depending on our staffing needs as well as applicants’ interests and skills. This is a great way for high school students, college students, or career-switchers to get an introduction to fields such as green business, sustainability, education and outreach, or administrative work. Please find some of our general guidelines below, and feel free to email Alex Winter at Alex@CommunityForklift.org should you have any specific questions.

Hours per Week: At least two full days/week (16+ hours), but full-time internships also possible.

Work Environment: Both office work and outside work possible. Casual, family-friendly dress code and sturdy shoes required. Warehouse is not climate-controlled, but our offices are.

Compensation: Unpaid position.

Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Alex Winter at Alex@CommunityForklift.org

Thank you for your interest in lifting up our communities!


Volunteer

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Volunteer at the Forklift for a few hours, a day, or even on a regular basis! Opportunities include greeting visitors, helping out at community events, and cleaning or organizing donated items in the warehouse.

Just fill out our volunteer inquiry form here. Please give at least two weeks’ notice for us to arrange a project.