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Donations Logistics Coordinator

Community Forklift is seeking a full-time Donations Logistics Coordinator to work with our growing green business. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Donations Logistics Coordinator is primarily responsible for managing donor relations and the logistics of residential and organizational donation pickups. The Coordinator’s duties include day to day supervision of the drivers and helpers; providing guidance, support and training; ensuring oversight of truck safety and maintenance; responding to all requests for pickups; and scheduling those pickups as appropriate. The Coordinator also will be responsible for related record-keeping and information management. The Coordinator needs to provide excellent customer service and ensure effective and problem-free services to our donors.

Qualities of the perfect candidate

  • Excellent knowledge of truck routes and driving directions within the DC metropolitan area.
  • Prior truck or commercial dispatching experience.
  • Prefer prior experience as a commercial driver (CDL not required); driving 26’ box truck (or comparable), manual transmission a plus (including perfect 5 year driving record)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, particularly the ability to work with a very diverse constituency of donors including homeowners, construction contractors, real estate agents and architects.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Excellent customer service skills and commitment to providing superior service.
  • Good computer literacy skills: ability to respond to donors regularly via email; create documents and reports; maintain contacts and other information; familiarity with using a database; ability to use Microsoft Office and Google Business Apps.
  • Ability to write business correspondence and communicate clearly via phone.
  • Close attention to detail, strong organizational and time management skills, and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities.
  • Highly energetic, self-starting, and creative in developing ideas and opportunities.
  • Some knowledge of trucks and truck maintenance.
  • Committed to the mission of Community Forklift including an interest in reuse and environmental advocacy.
  • No degree required

Compensation and Benefits
Competitive hourly pay; 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 to jobs@communityforklift.org, or by regular mail to Donations Logistics Coordinator, c/o Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.

Retail Sales Associate

Community Forklift is seeking an energetic and outgoing Retail Sales 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
• 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
• 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 jobs@communityforklift.org, or by regular mail to Retail Sales Associate, c/o Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.

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
  • 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
  • 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 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, 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
  • 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 (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 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.  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!


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.

If you are willing to lead a workshop about a repair or upcycling topic, please fill out our workshop presenter form.  If you are a contractor or artisan, it’s a great way to serve your community, get some publicity, and meet potential clients.

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!

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