Postal Service PTF Clerk Job Description


The United States Postal Service employs part-time, flexible (PTF) clerks to work in various capacities in individual town post offices. Anyone interested in applying for this position must go through a vigorous screening process, pass a written and drug test and provide proof of citizenship. The average hourly salary for a PTF postal clerk is around $20.


  • The duties of a PTF clerk include a variety of post-office tasks, including sorting mail into post office boxes and bags for delivery, receiving packages and selling stamps and money orders.


  • PTF clerks must be able to lift up to 70 pounds, have a valid driver's license, be at least 18 years old and pass a Postal Service examination required for all civil-service workers.


  • PTF clerks are not guaranteed a set number of hours per week. Hours are often reduced when mail volume is low, and clerks may be assigned to work at different offices depending on need.

Famous Ties

  • A number of celebrities worked as postal clerks before discovering their true calling, including actors Bing Crosby, Sherman Hemsley and Hal Williams and football coach Knute Rockne.

Expert Insight

  • According to the National Association of Letter Carriers, all postal service letter carriers begin their career as PTF employees. Normally, PTF employees become full-time regulars, but the length of time before that happens can vary greatly.

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