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Receiving and Processing Associate

Community Forklift is seeking a Receiving and Processing Associate to work full-time with our growing green business. This person will assist with the receiving and processing of donated building materials. Responsibilities include cleaning, repair and organization of donated items, coordinating with the Pricing and Sales Teams for pricing and merchandising, and assisting with day-to-day operations of the warehouse and sales areas of the facility.

Qualities of the perfect candidate
• Working knowledge of building materials or architectural salvage; prior work experience in a hardware store preferred but not required
• Familiarity and enthusiasm for recycling, reuse, sustainability, environmental advocacy and green business
• Expressed commitment to the Community Forklift mission
• Works well in a cooperative team-based environment
• Excellent organizational and customer service skills
• Ability to follow through on work assignments in a timely manner
• 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 multitask and prioritize responsibilities
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong English speaking and writing skills; bilingual Spanish preferred

About the Position
• 40 hours a week
• Unload and process donated materials accurately and efficiently
• Organize priced building materials and products to facilitate easy distribution to the sales floor
• Support Pricing and Sales Teams
• Help keep the processing areas organized and clean
• Monitor and maintain inventory of pricing supplies
• 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 Receiving and Processing Associate, c/o Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.

Online Sales Associate

Community Forklift is seeking an experienced Online Sales Associate to work 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, photographing and listing items for sale on-line. Must have extensive knowledge of on-line selling platforms such as eBay, ability to pack and ship fragile material, and respond to customer inquiries in a professional, courteous and timely manner. Help maintain Community Forklift’s status as a top-seller.
• Experience selling vintage or antique materials
• Retail sales experience
• Strong math and English skills
• Ability to do computer research with a high attention to detail
• Experience exercising sound judgment and common sense
• Ability to work well within a cooperative team-based work environment
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to fully follow through on work assignments in a timely manner
• Ability to follow store policy and procedures
• Good customer service skills
• Entrepreneurial approach to work
• 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
• Prior work experience in a hardware store or home improvement store preferred but not required
• Expressed commitment to the Community Forklift mission
• 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 Online Sales Associate is primarily responsible for assisting the online sales team by identifying valuable, unusual or high dollar items from our stream of donations. The Online Sales Associate must be able to photograph the item clearly, showing its flaws, marks or unique characteristics. This position requires attention to detail and the ability to research the item’s age, worth and use. The Online Sales Associate must be able to convey that information using keywords that will make the item easily found in the search engines. Responding to customers in a timely manner, facilitating sales by answering questions, and promoting our sustainable green non-profit business is a critical part of the job. The Online Sales Associate must be able to pack and ship items quickly in order to help maintain our top-seller status. This is a part-time position.

REQUIRED: 20 – 26 hours per week

Benefits include:
• Great team and mission focused environment
• Employer subsidized health insurance
• Paid leave
• 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) recent professional references: by response to jobs@communityforklift.org. Please, no phone calls.

Director of Donations

We are seeking an experienced leader highly proficient in developing and expanding partnerships for the donation of surplus and salvage materials to a successful local green nonprofit located in Hyattsville, MD.

What you’ll be doing…

We are looking to increase high end donations. You will work as part of an executive team working to strategically grow Community Forklift. You will report to the CEO and work closely with Store Operations, Administration and Development. You will supervise a Donations Coordinator who manages logistics and the two truck teams that go out daily to pick up donations. Your ability to provide excellent customer support to donors (building supply wholesalers and retailers, contractors, designers, government agencies, etc.) will create the increase in product we need to take Community Forklift to the next level. There is opportunity for creativity and vision to make this job your own.

Qualities of the perfect candidate…
• Knowledge of building materials, vintage house parts, furnishings, antiques and valuables
• Evidence of strong interpersonal, communication and customer service skills particularly the ability to work with a diverse constituency of donors
• Evidence of being energetic, self-starting, entrepreneurial and creative in developing ideas and opportunities
• Demonstrated record of success at soliciting donations, or similar sales, customer service, or fundraising experience
• Successful supervisory experience
• Ability to meet agreed upon performance requirements
• Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational skills in managing time, information, competing demands, and record keeping
• Excellent computer skills and ability to follow through on managing information in a timely manner
• Ability to write well and produce written copy for correspondence, newsletters, etc.
• A commitment to and passion for the Community Forklift mission

What we offer…
• Compensation commensurate with experience and opportunity for commission
• Excellent benefit package that includes paid leave; medical, dental and vision insurance; retirement plan and more
• A mission worth working for

As Director of Donations, you’ll find…
Yourself at the center of an organization dedicated to lifting the community through sustainability, creativity and economic opportunity. Community Forklift runs a reuse warehouse where we redistribute donated materials to homeowners, nonprofits, contractors, artists and neighbors in need. Every year, Forklift offers dozens of free educational workshops, community events, and special programs that celebrate the riches of the local community. Community Forklift acts as a catalyst for sustainability and economic opportunity by offering resources and employment that improve local housing and support local business.

To apply…

Send a resume, cover letter and three (3) recent professional references by reply to jobs@communityforklift.org. 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.


Director of Store Marketing and Communications

Community Forklift is seeking an experienced marketing and communications professional, who is highly proficient in developing brand recognition across multiple platforms, merchandising campaigns, and expanding the outreach of an effective nonprofit with an unusual business model. The right person will embrace the mission of waste diversion, green job creation, giving back to the community, while bringing communications expertise, managerial and leadership skills, and social media know-how to a nonprofit retail environment.

At Community Forklift, you’ll find…
A nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting the community through sustainability, creativity, and economic opportunity. Community Forklift is a reuse warehouse where donated building materials and architectural salvage are made available to neighbors in need, home owners, nonprofits, contractors and artists at low-cost or for free. It’s a place where the community gathers, learns, and plays together. Every year Forklift offers dozens of free educational workshops, events, and special programs that educate and celebrate the multicultural richness and historical significance of the surrounding area. Community Forklift acts as a catalyst for sustainability and economic opportunity by offering opportunities to expand employment opportunities, improve housing and support local business.

What you’ll be doing…..
You will provide leadership to the team, supervise staff, and oversee seasonal internal and external events and workshops. You will create a cohesive strategy for social media outreach, with the goal of expanding our brand, and increasing revenue in the store. You will oversee store displays, merchandising of donated products, and specialty pop-up shops which contribute to the marketing esthetic and physical brand of the store. Through these programs and activities, you will promote the distribution of surplus and salvage building materials, home goods, and architectural elements. You will oversee the newsletter, website, electronic press kit and other marketing materials that promote the mission and the brick and mortar and online stores. A creative and funky approach, artistic sensibility, and collaborative approach are essential to your success. You will be a part of an executive team that is working to strategically grow Community Forklift. There is opportunity for creativity and vision to make this job your own.

What you need to be prepared for….
Every job at Forklift is hands on. You will take this team to new heights with collaboration, vision, and dedication while learning how we can improve and fulfill our mission.

Qualities of the perfect candidate…
• Evidence of strong interpersonal, communication and customer service skills particularly the ability to work with a diverse constituency and workplace environment
• Evidence of being energetic, self-starting, entrepreneurial and creative in developing ideas and opportunities
• Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office, Google Apps, CRM platforms, and Adobe Creative Suites
• Successful supervisory experience
• Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational skills in managing time, information, competing demands and record keeping
• Excellent writing skills required for letters, newsletter, blog, marketing materials, etc.
• A commitment and passion for the Community Forklift mission

What we offer…
• A supportive and highly motivated team that will assist you
• A mission worth working for
• Compensation commensurate with experience
• Excellent benefit package that includes paid leave, medical, dental and vision insurance, short term disability, matched retirement plan, 50% store discount, shoe allowance and more.

How to apply…
Send a resume, cover letter and three (3) recent professional references by reply to jobs@communityforklift.org or by regular mail to Director of Store Marketing and Communication 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
• 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.

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

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.