Seasonal Hiring - 2016

To most effectively handle increasing package volume, the U.S Postal Service works year-round to maintain a flexible workforce.

In 2015, the U.S. Postal Service hired nearly 29,000 seasonal workers to perform as mail handlers, retail associates, tractor trailer drivers and city carrier assistants. 

This holiday season, the Postal Service plans to hire between 35,000 and 40,000 seasonal workers to process and deliver holiday cards and packages to our customers. We have already begun the hiring process and are experiencing a positive response throughout the country.

Some Postal Service seasonal employees have opportunities for permanent work, and a path to become career employees. The online application process is easy by going to and clicking on “careers” under “USPS JOBS” at the bottom left of the page.

For help with getting holiday mail volume delivered, the Postal Service looks to recent retirees, inviting letter carriers, clerks and motor vehicle operators who have retired within the last few years to come back and help us deliver holiday cheer. They have virtually no learning curve, and can hit the ground running as they make some extra cash during the holidays… which is great for them, great for the Postal Service and great for our customers.