Every day, we see mail carriers keeping up with the still-vital job of ensuring efficient and secure delivery of letters, packages, and catalogs. The US Postal system's creed is that neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night prevents them from making their deliveries, and often the brunt of that promise falls to mail carriers who must negotiate various weather and driving conditions in that effort.
Mail carriers are typically assigned a regular route that includes a sequential delivery strategy. This involves visiting each mailbox or bank of mailboxes in the same order every day during their deliveries. These schedules and delivery strategies are often worked out over a period of time to account for factors such as construction and traffic patterns to make delivering as fast and efficient as possible.
Postal workers who carry mail are also responsible for delivering packages and certified letters that require either proof of identity or a signature from the recipient. The carrier either receives the necessary signature or leaves notice for the recipient regarding how he/she can receive their mail.
Most mail carriers must operate a truck or other large vehicle, and must show an ability to drive in bad weather, on bad roads, and in bad traffic. Postal workers are expected to operate their vehicles safely and efficiently at all times.
To work as a postal worker, a person must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid commercial driver's license. Many mail carriers begin working in entry-level postal jobs in mail-sorting and receiving, and there is often a test to take prior to being promoted to a mail carrier. Most postal carriers work five or six days per week, from early in the morning until late afternoon.
United States Postal Worker (Carrier) Tasks
Dismounting if required to deliver parcels, Express mail, and other accountable mail items.
Delivering mail to customer boxes along an assigned line-of-travel.
Loading mail and parcels in delivery sequence into delivery vehicle.
Other administrative duties are required.