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Community Builders

Looking for extra or occasional work?

We are always on the lookout for outgoing people to help our Outreach & Education team as on-call contractors, or “Community Builders.”  Our Community Builder team has a lot of fun at festivals and events throughout the region and here at the Forklift warehouse. We spread the word about our thrift store and community giving programs, and educate the public about local reuse and recycling options.

We need extroverts who can talk to the public at street fairs and trade shows, help at special events, host workshop presenters in our classroom, and lead volunteer groups at our warehouse (and yes, you’ll occasionally wear silly hats or costumes!).  Our Community Builders are extremely enthusiastic, creative, genuine, and committed to the environmental and community work we do.

Hours vary according to your availability and our needs, but our busiest seasons are weekends in
April – June and September – November.

As a Community Builder, you will:

  • Represent Community Forklift by staffing an information table at community events and festivals; this may be alone or alongside another staff member or volunteer
  • Assist with special events and in-store programming
  • Lead groups of volunteers to process donations and maintain the organization of our materials
  • Speak with the public to share info about our mission, upcoming events & promotions, store policies, directions, our products, and other recycling & reuse options
  • Answer questions and requests
  • Be available multiple weekend days a month, particularly in the spring and fall (occasional weekday availability is a plus).
  • Gather information from donors, customers, and the public as requested (for example: interesting stories about origins of historic materials, or fun stories about how customers used items from our warehouse)
  • Work creatively and cooperatively with Community Forklift staff to fulfill our mission
  • Participate enthusiastically in organizational activities and meetings

Qualities of the perfect candidate:

  • An extremely outgoing personality and natural ability to make others feel comfortable
  • Excellent English-speaking skills (fluent Spanish-speaking and writing skills are a plus)
  • A shared commitment to Community Forklift’s mission and values, which include social and environmental sustainability, reuse, and serving our community
  • Interest in building materials, architectural salvage, green business, and reuse
  • Capability to do physical labor in all seasons (the warehouse is NOT temperature controlled, and many events will be held outdoors)
  • The ability to lift and move 25 pounds on a regular basis
  • The ability to work weekends (occasional weekday availability is a plus)
  • Careful attention and good follow-through on remembering details, completing reports, and the ability to work in a busy environment
  • Consistent, dependable, punctual, and reliable habits
  • Superior customer service skills
  • An exceptionally friendly, patient, and courteous manner
  • Proven experience working with a diverse range of people
  • Must have reliable access to a vehicle and a clean driving record to transport materials to events (mileage reimbursement available)
  • Must have a basic command of computer and internet use
  • Must have daily access to email

Benefits include:

  • Starting hourly pay: $11.50
  • Opportunity to contribute to improving the environment and the community
  • Opportunity for growth within the organization (In fact, many of our full-time employees started out as Community Builders!)
  • Opportunity to learn about and make professional contacts at other green businesses and community organizations
  • Flexible scheduling: This is an on-call contract position.

Apply Here!

 


Internships

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 and skills such as green business, sustainability, education and outreach, historic preservation, research, merchandising, or administrative work. Please find some of our general guidelines below, and feel free to email Ruthie Mundell at Ruthie@CommunityForklift.org if you have any specific questions.

Hours per Week: A minimum of 8 hours per week, but full-time internships are 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 Ruthie Mundell at Ruthie(at)CommunityForklift(dot)org

Thank you for your interest in lifting up local communities!


Volunteers

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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.  We welcome individuals and groups of volunteers ages 16 and up.

If you are interested in volunteering as an individual or with a group, please fill out our volunteer interest form.

As a non-profit organization, Community Forklift relies greatly on the support of our community, which can come in many forms. When you volunteer your time and skills to carry out our mission, we can get a whole lot of ‘Lifting done together!

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