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Retail Sales Associate

Community Forklift is seeking an energetic and outgoing Retail Sales Associate for our growing green business. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Qualities of the perfect candidate
• Outgoing, friendly personality and natural ability to make others feel comfortable
• Ability to work weekends and evenings
• 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: Shifts including weekends and evenings
• 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
• Competitive hourly wage
• Subsidized health, dental and vision plans
• 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 Northeast DC, near the Hyattsville Arts District.

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

Donations Acquisition Representative

Community Forklift is seeking a motivated part-time Donations Acquisition Representative (DAR) to increase the donation of used and surplus building materials, furniture, and specialty materials to supply our nonprofit warehouse and community giving programs. The DAR manages assigned clients, territories and develops new prospects to secure donations of used building materials removed during remodeling and demolition jobs and surplus materials from industry partners.

Community Forklift makes home improvement affordable and keeps valuable materials out of the landfill. Experience developing ongoing, profitable relationships with clients and knowledge of the building industry, hardware or lumber sales and/or kitchen design is helpful. Prior sales and construction trade experience is preferred.

Job Responsibilities
• Develop existing relationships or cold call potential clients to identify leads, manage prospects and acquire new business.
• Build relationship with contractors, retailers, distributors, manufacturers and building materials suppliers.
• Build and foster a network of referrals to create new opportunities for growth in donated materials.
• Use marketing data from applicable sales management software tools to maximize sales efficiency and effectiveness.
• Maintain accurate records, including sales call reports, expense reimbursement forms, billing invoices, and other documentation.

Compensation and Benefits
Position pays a base rate and commission with benefits including paid leave; medical, dental and vision insurance; short term disability insurance; and other related benefits.

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) recent professional references: by response to Please, no phone calls.

Community Forklift is an equal opportunity employer and provider; diverse applicants are encouraged to apply. You may include military service assignments and any verified work performed on a volunteer basis.

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 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.  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
• 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
• Capable of physical labor in all seasons (the warehouse is NOT temperature controlled, and many events are held outdoors), and the ability to lift and move 25 pounds on a regular basis
• The ability to work multiple weekend days a month, particularly in the spring and fall (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, and 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, and 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 (many of our full-time employees started out as Community Builders!)
• Opportunity to learn about, and make professional contacts with, other green businesses and community organizations
• Flexible scheduling: This is an on-call contract position.

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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 (age 16+), 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 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.  Reimbursement for travel.

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!


As a non-profit organization, Community Forklift relies greatly on the support of our community. When you volunteer your time and skills, we can get a whole lot of ‘Lifting done together!

Skilled Volunteers:  If you are able to lead a workshop about a repair or upcycling topic, please fill out our workshop presenter form, and our Events Coordinator will be in touch soon.  It’s a great way for contractors and artisans to get some publicity, meet potential clients, and serve the community.

General Volunteers:  Volunteer at the Forklift for a few hours, a day, or on a regular basis. Opportunities include greeting visitors, research and administrative assistance, 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.  Seniors are encouraged to apply – you do NOT need to lift heavy items to be useful!

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer interest form.  PLEASE NOTE:  As of June 2019, we do not have a Volunteer Coordinator.  We hope to be able to hire someone later this summer, but right now we do not have anyone to work with general volunteers.  Therefore, we are unable to accommodate volunteers who need to start their service soon.