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Administrative and Operations Assistant

Community Forklift is seeking a full-time Administrative and Operations Assistant to work with our growing green business. Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The A & O Assistant is primarily responsible for supporting the administrative team of Community Forklift with daily operations. The  position ensures that office-related functions are effectively and efficiently coordinated, to include: human resource functions such as recruiting and hiring, benefit administration, coordinating with workforce development partners, conducting orientations and tracking training, overseeing supply orders and management, timekeeping and payroll support, cash handling and preparing daily deposits, recording and distributing meeting minutes, preparing written correspondence, interacting with customers and donors, and other administrative duties as assigned. This is a demanding and fast-paced position with opportunity for growth.

Qualities of the perfect candidate

  • Excellent time management, attention to detail, and recordkeeping skills
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and maintain focus in a constantly changing environment
  • Experience with human resources, business communication and cash handling
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Openly and respectfully communicate with all CF staff with a commitment to conflict resolution
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to make people comfortable
  • Ability to problem solve independently and creatively
  • Computer literacy with experience using Google Apps, Microsoft Office, and project management software
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for reuse, sustainability, community service and advocacy
  • Relevant work experience required

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid leave; medical, dental, vision and short term disability insurance; an employee discount; and a work shoe allowance.

To Apply
Send a resume, cover letter and three recent professional references: by email to Jobs@CommunityForklift.org or by regular mail to Human Resources Department, Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781. Please, no phone calls.

 


Truck Driver

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


Community Builders

We are always on the lookout 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 & communication 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.  Starting compensation is $10.75/hour.  Get more info or apply to be a Community Builder 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, 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.

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

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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.  We accept individuals and groups of volunteers ages 16 and up.

PLEASE NOTE:  We are temporarily unable to accept new individual applications at this time. We are in the middle of a staff transition and do not currently have a volunteer coordinator to process intake or supervise individual volunteers. We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. Our new volunteer coordinator will be starting in January.

If you have some flexibility around when you volunteer and don’t mind waiting a few weeks, please fill out our volunteer interest form linked here! You will be contacted in January regarding scheduling.

We look forward to working with you!