Feb. 28, 2023

USPS Direct Hiring of Career Employees

Rare Opportunity for Immediate Direct Hires; Job Fairs Throughout March

USPS carrier with scanner delivering mail

For the first time in at least a decade, the Postal Service has immediate openings for direct hires into career carrier positions. As a career employee all available benefits begin on the first day.

Postings are open until the positions are filled in the cities listed below.

  • Portland
  • Bend

Visit www.usps.com/careers, click on “Apply Now”. Enter the keywords “city carrier”, select “Oregon” from the location drop-down menu, and click the start button.

These are career positions which offer excellent benefits from day one. And starting pay for career carrier positions begins at $22.18 per hour, paid bi-weekly.

Newly hired employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Upon hire, employees are eligible to contribute into the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is similar to 401(k) plans. Employees also have the option to enroll into the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program as well as the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), dental, vision, and long-term care insurance programs. Flexible Spending Accounts to cover eligible out-of-pocket health care and dependent care (day care) expenses are also available, in addition to other benefits such as sick leave, annual leave, and holidays.

March Job Fairs

The Postal Service is also holding multiple job fairs in the harder to staff areas of Oregon during the month of March. Anyone in need of a job should stop by one of hosting locations listed below.

While other companies are reducing their workforce, the Postal Service is actively hiring. Our goal is to welcome hundreds of new employees within the next few months across the state. The need is especially urgent for mail carriers, clerks, and mail handlers.   

To help reach that goal, we’re hosting job fairs in the communities which have urgent staffing challenges. Anyone who needs a new career path or is looking for a first-time job, please make plans to stop by:




Saturday, Mar. 4

Oregon City Post Office
19300 Molalla Av.
Oregon City, OR 97045

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 4

Portland Processing &
Distribution Center
7007 NE Cornfoot Rd
Portland, OR 97218

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 18

Gresham Post Office
103 W Powell Blvd.
Gresham, OR 97030

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

No appointment is necessary. All job fairs are open to anyone interested in a Postal career. And our employees can also help locate jobs across the state for potential applicants as needed.

Postal Service human resources employees will be available to help job fair attendees with benefits, qualifications, and application questions. Laptops will be available on the day of the event for immediate application submission.

Our employees are our greatest asset, and we are investing in our new personnel by providing robust training and on-the-job support. The Postal Service offers stability, competitive wages and benefits, and career advancement opportunities.

Starting pay varies depending on the job. But starting pay for carriers ranges between $19 and $20 per hour paid bi-weekly. Applications are accepted online at www.usps.com/careers.

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Applicants must be 18 years of age and be able to pass drug screening and a criminal background investigation. Although in some instances, interested candidates can also be 16 with a high school diploma.

Applicants must be available to work weekends and holidays. Refer to the job announcement for full details, duties, responsibilities, job requirements, and benefits information. Job postings are updated frequently, so check back often for additional opportunities.

If someone can’t make it to the job fair, or for additional information regarding available positions in all areas, applicants can go to our website at www.usps.com/careers. Jobs are uploaded every other Tuesday until filled. Potential applicants can also visit any Post Office location for more information.

Stabilizing our workforce to ensure we consistently service nearly 165 million addresses across the country is one part of the Postal Service’s 10-year Delivering for America plan to achieve financial stability and service excellence.



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