BARGAINING UNIT QUALIFICATION STANDARD
(2315-04XX) DISTRIBUTION CLERK
DRAFT DOCUMENT DATE:
April 21, 2008
Separates mail in a post office, terminal, airmail facility, or other
postal facility, in accordance with established schemes, including
incoming and/or outgoing mail.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
See the Standard Position Description for the Occupation Code given
Clerks sort and distribute mail to post offices and to carrier routes in
accordance with established schemes. They may also perform a variety of
services at public windows of post offices, post office branches, or
stations. They perform related duties as assigned. The work involves
continuous standing, stretching, and reaching. Clerks may be required
to handle heavy sacks of letter mail or parcel post weighing up to 70
No experience is required. All competitors must take Postal Service
Test 470, Configuration 1. The test subjects will be of the following
(1) memory for addresses and (2) address checking. Competitors
will be rated on the written examination on a scale of 100 and must
attain a rating of at least 70.
1. Applicants must be physically able to perform efficiently the
duties of the position, which require arduous exertion involving
prolonged standing, walking, and reaching, and may involve the handling
of heavy sacks of mail. In most instances the absence of arm, hand,
leg, or foot will not disqualify an applicant for appointment, although
it may be necessary that this condition be compensated by use of a
satisfactory prosthesis. Distant vision must test 20/40 (Snellen) in
one eye, corrective lenses permitted. The ability to read without
strain printed material the size of typewritten characters is required.
Corrective lenses are permitted. For clerk positions required to
perform a variety of services at public windows, the ability to hear the
ordinary conversational voice is required, with or without a hearing
aid. Color vision is not required for these positions. Applicants must
possess emotional and mental stability.
2. Applicants will be disqualified for appointment if they have an
irremediable defect or incurable disease which prevents efficient
performance of duty or which renders them a hazard to themselves, fellow
employees, or others. Remediable defects or curable diseases will not
exclude a person from examination, but proof that such conditions have
been remedied or cured must be received during the life of the eligible
register before persons otherwise qualified may be considered for
3. For a position requiring the driving of vehicles weighing less
than 10,000 pounds (GVW), applicants must have vision of 20/40 (Snellen)
in one eye and be able to read without strain printed material the size
of typewritten characters. Corrective lenses are permitted. The
ability to hear is not a requirement for drivers of vehicles weighing
less than 10,000 pounds (GVW).
1. The duties of newly appointed part-time clerks are at times
2. Clerks act as representatives of the Postal Service. They must
maintain pleasant and effective public relations with customers and
others, requiring a general familiarity with postal laws, regulations,
and procedures commonly used and with the geography of the area.
3. These employees at any time may be assigned to work in places
exposed to public view. Their appearance influences the general
public's confidence in and attitude toward the entire Postal Service.
Employees appointed under this standard are therefore expected to
maintain neat and proper personal attire and grooming appropriate to
conducting public business, including the wearing of a uniform when
4. For a position requiring driving, applicants must have a valid
state driver's license, and demonstrate and maintain a safe driving
record. Applicants must pass the Postal Service road test to show the
ability to safely drive a vehicle of the type used on the job.