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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 manual transmission 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 manual transmission 24-foot box truck.
  • 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

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

To Apply

Send a resume, cover letter and three (3) recent professional references: by email to Jobs@CommunityForklift.org, or by regular mail to Human Resources, Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.


Retail Sales / Reuse Associate

Community Forklift is seeking an energetic and outgoing Retail Sales / Reuse Associate to work full time shifts–including weekends–with our growing green business. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Qualities of the perfect candidate
• Extremely outgoing, friendly personality and natural ability to make others feel comfortable
• Ability to work weekends
• Working knowledge of building materials or architectural salvage; prior work experience in a hardware store preferred but not required
• Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong English speaking and writing skills; bilingual Spanish preferred
• Excellent organizational and customer service skills; prior retail store experience a plus
• Capacity to perform physical labor and moderate lifting (up to 20 lbs.) in a non-climate controlled environment including the ability to work in all seasons and in difficult weather conditions
• Ability to fully follow through on work assignments in a timely manner, with attention to detail
• Works well in a cooperative team-based environment
• Familiarity and enthusiasm for recycling, reuse, sustainability, environmental advocacy and green business
• Expressed commitment to the Community Forklift mission

About the Position
• REQUIRED: Weekend shifts
• Create a welcoming atmosphere for customers, volunteers and donors; greet people entering the store
• Provide excellent customer service to donors and warehouse customers as well as answer questions about Community Forklift’s mission, events, policies and other recycling and reuse options
• Facilitate customer sales by writing up tickets and operating cash registers
• Clean and organize donated building materials and store displays; assist labeling and stocking materials
• Gather information from donors and customers as requested
• Assist moving product from the processing areas to appropriate area of the sales floor
• Work cooperatively and collaboratively with staff to fulfill the mission and support team activities

Benefits include
• $12 per hour
• Subsidized health, dental and vision plans
• Opportunity for advancement as the business grows

To Apply
Send a resume, cover letter and three (3) professional references to jobs@communityforklift.org, by fax (301) 985-5182, or by regular mail to Retail Sales Associate, c/o Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.


Community Builders

We are always on the lookout 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 & communication 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.  Starting compensation is $10.75/hour.  Get more info or apply to be a Community Builder 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 Eleanor Hodgson at Eleanor@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 Eleanor Hodgson at Eleanor(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!