Rural Carrier Assiociate
As an R.C.A. my job includes two parts: in the office and on the street. In the office I sort letter mail, magazines and parcels in a timely fashion. I make sure to weed out incorrectly sent or misplaced mail. At times I have to fix certain address that are wrong but thankfully I know which home or business it belongs to. I am also responsible for certain mail pieces called registered mail and certified mail, for these I need to obtain signatures from the customers and make sure the receipts are correctly brought back to the Post Office. The job requires an ability to lift up to or around 50-75 pounds, as well as the capacity to do the constant physical work of delivering mail and parcels to hundreds of address. On the street, I have to drive and deliver safely in all circumstances and weather; as the famous U.S.P.S. slogan states: 'whether rain, sleet or snow'. I have had to learn how to use a number of scanners and other devices because of ever-changing technology as well. Being a rural carrier introduces other tasks like delivering to not only homes on gravel roads but highways too, which heightens my awareness to be extra careful and safe. As an R.C.A. I have to maintain a clean driving record both on and off the job, and at times I am required to use my own personal vehicle for certain routes. I also have to be flexible many times, needing to take out express mail and deliver my route in a different manner than accustomed to. Flexibility also is key when I am asked to not just deliver my own route but to help other carriers with routes that are sometimes not covered or when a carrier cannot carry the route by him/herself. My duties also include having to interact with customers who have questions pertaining to their mail, as well as taking orders from management and working alongside mail-handlers and mail-clerks. This job has taught me not only the ability to 'roll with the punches' and adapt to certain changes day to day but the aptitude to work hard and have a good attitude despite drama in the workplace.