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Truck Driver, Manual Transmission

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, or by regular mail to Human Resources, Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.

Community Forklift está buscando un Conductor de camión de tiempo completo para trabajar con nuestro creciente negocio ecológico. Esta persona representará a la organización recogiendo materiales de construcción usados ​​y excedentes en el área de DC. Las responsabilidades incluyen conducir nuestra camioneta de transmisión manual de 24 pies. Se prefiere una licencia de conducir comercial (CDL). Todos los solicitantes deben tener un excelente historial de manejo, experiencia relevante de conducción profesional y una tarjeta médica actual del Departamento de Transporte de Maryland. Si no tiene tarjeta médica, necesitará un examen físico antes de comenzar.

Cualidades del candidato perfecto:

  • Experiencia profesional comprobable conduciendo un camión caja de transmisión manual de 24 pies
  • Capacidad de cargar y asegurar materiales cuidadosamente en el camión y descargarlos en una ubicación de almacén.
  • Capacidad para realizar trabajo físico y levantamiento de moderado a pesado en un entorno sin clima controlado, incluye la capacidad de trabajar en todas las estaciones del año y en condiciones climáticas difíciles.
  • Capacidad de utilizar programación computarizada y un iPad para la navegación.
  • Personalidad extrovertida y la capacidad natural de comunicarse con los donantes.
  • Ejercer un buen juicio y sentido común; confiable y atento.
  • Capacidad de resolver problemas y atención a los detalles al cargar / empacar material delicado.
  • Fuertes habilidades interpersonales y de comunicación.
  • Fuertes habilidades de hablar inglés, las habilidades bilingües para hablar en español es un ventaja.
  • Conocimiento práctico de materiales de construcción o salvamento arquitectónico .
  • Familiaridad y entusiasmo por el reciclaje, la reutilización, la sostenibilidad, la defensa del medio ambiente y el negocio verde

Sobre la posición:

  • 35-40 horas a la semana
  • Transportar materiales de sitios de construcción, patios, estacionamientos y otras áreas de difícil acceso y ayudar instalarlos en el almacén.
  • Reconocer materiales aceptables e inaceptables para recoger y proporcionar información a los donantes y clientes sobre esos artículos.
  • Asegúrese de que cada donación recogida tenga todas las piezas y las etiquetas adjuntas.
  • Ayuda a mantener el equipo y el camión organizado, ordenado y en buen estado de funcionamiento
  • Proporcionar un excelente servicio de atención al cliente a los donantes, así como responder preguntas sobre la misión de Community Forklift Trabajar cooperativamente y en colaboración con el personal para cumplir con la misión y apoyar las actividades del equipo

Beneficios incluidos:

  • $17 por hora
  • Planes subsidiados de salud, dentales y de visión disponibles
  • Oportunidad de avance a medida que crece el negocio

Para aplicar

Envíe su currículum, carta de presentación y tres (3) referencias profesionales recientes: por correo electrónico a, o por correo postal a Human Resources, Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Por favor, no llamadas telefónicas.


Community Builders

Looking for extra or occasional work?

We are always on the lookout for on-call contractors, or “Community Builders,” to join our Outreach & Education team.  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 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!).  Our Community Builders are extremely enthusiastic, 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
  • Provide the public with information 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 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: $10.75
  • 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!



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 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!



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!