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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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Store Manager

Community Forklift is seeking a Store Manager to work full-time with our growing green business. The Store Manager (SM) is primarily responsible for the general oversight and management of the Community Forklift (CF) warehouse and retail/reuse operation. The SM oversees the Receiving & Processing team, the Pricing team, the Sales team and the Donations team and coordinates inter-team cooperation. The SM ensures that behind-the-scenes scheduling and staffing levels are adequate for each team and works with the teams’ coordinators to resolve conflicts. The SM will manage the space in the retail and processing warehouses to ensure proper flow-through of building and vintage materials, generating sales and income for Community Forklift. The SM will manage and maintain the store’s cleanliness, shop-ability, merchandising displays and consignment spaces. The SM will display a high level of commitment to our environmental, sustainability and reuse mission in keeping with Community Forklift’s goals as a non-profit organization committed to its people, planet, and prosperity.

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Qualities of the perfect candidate

  1. Prior experience successfully managing a retail or reuse store
  2. Experience in a warehouse environment strongly preferred
  3. Expertise in merchandising and displays
  4. Excellent customer service skills, including being patient and courteous
  5. Construction and/or knowledge of building materials required
  6. Knowledge or interest in vintage and antique items preferred
  7. Demonstrated commitment to workplace safety
  8. Strong computer literacy skills with an ability to respond to customers regularly via email, create and manage documents in Microsoft Word and Excel, efficiently maintain contacts and other information electronically, and familiarity using databases
  9. Superior attention to detail
  10. Ability to follow through on work assignments in a timely manner
  11. Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and maintain focus in a constantly changing environment
  12. Excellent people management skills including the ability to train, organize and lead teams of staff members and coordinate multi-team projects
  13. Evidence of being highly energetic, self-starting, entrepreneurial and creative in developing ideas and opportunities
  14. Evidence of strong organizational skills in managing time, information, competing demands and diverse client base
  15. Knowledge and enthusiasm for recycling, reuse, sustainability, environmental advocacy and green business
  16. Expressed commitment to the Community Forklift mission

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About the Position

  • Full time — up to 40 hours a week; must be available to work weekend shifts
  • Manage incoming donations and product processing
  • Manage and maintain the retail, processing and storage areas of CF to maximize shopability, cleanliness, safety, aesthetics and sales
  • Maintain a safe warehouse work environment to ensure staff and customer safety
  • Assist customers and resolve customer conflicts
  • Supervise and manage staff to ensure high quality customer service and to encourage teamwork and collaboration
  • Identify, track and meet departmental goals including revenue
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all staff to fulfill the mission and support team activities

Benefits include

Compensation: hourly
2. Leave: accrual basis
3. Holidays: paid
4. Medical benefits:
a. Health insurance (70% of individual plan paid by CF for eligible employees)
b. Vision Coverage (paid in full by CF for eligible employees)
c. Dental (50% of individual plan paid by CF for eligible employees)
d. Short Term Disability (paid in full by CF for eligible employees)
5. Other benefits:
a. Store discount (50% discount for all regular employees)
b. Work shoe allowance (up to $100 annually for eligible employees)

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 email to jobs@communityforklift.org, by fax (301) 985-5182, or by regular mail to Store Manager Position, c/o Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.


Antique/Vintage Pricing Associate (part time) for Green Business

Community Forklift is seeking an experienced Antique/Vintage Pricing Associate to work–mostly weekends–with our growing green business. This is a part-time position. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Qualities of the perfect candidate

  • Three years+ of experience researching, merchandizing and selling antique and vintage items, especially furniture, architectural salvage, and lighting; prior antique/vintage online sales experience a plus
  • Retail sales experience, hardware or home improvement store a plus
  • 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 regularly
  • 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

About the Position

The Vintage Pricing Associate is primarily responsible for assisting with the intake, processing, pricing and display of vintage and specialty products for Community Forklift. This may include custom or high-end building materials, architectural elements, antique or vintage house parts, housewares, and other unique products and furniture. The primary function of the VPA is to follow store policy and procedures on pricing. The VPA works with the Vintage and Specialty Products Coordinator to ensure that donated materials are priced according to store policy in a timely manner through research, discussion and consultation with other staff as directed. The VPA assists with processing and merchandizing said materials. The VPA also works with customers, as requested, to provide information about materials, products, sales and other inquiries.

REQUIRED: 16 – 20 hours per week primarily on weekends

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
  • 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 Vintage Pricing Associate at jobs@communityforklift.org.


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

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.