Rural Carrier Associate Jobs in maryland

What is this job?

A Rural Carrier Associate (RCA) job is a relief position that covers for a career Rural Carrier when he/she is out due to sick leave, vacation leave, days off, etc. Rural Carrier Associates deliver and collect mail in rural areas. Many Postal employees will tell you that this position is the best possible job to have. They say that Rural Carriers and Rural Carrier Associates work with little supervision in a rural environment that is far more enjoyable than an inner-city or metro area.

A Rural Carrier Associate job is a non-career, but it can work directly in to a career opportunity. There is only one way to get a career Rural Carrier position. When one of these career positions becomes available, it is offered to the senior Rural Carrier Associate who has worked at that particular facility the longest.

Wages can vary by location, but the average starting wage for a Rural Carrier Associate is about $18.00 per hour. Specific information on wages is provided on individual job postings. Once you convert to a career position, the average salary for a career Rural Carrier is about $50,000 per year.

Some associate jobs may come with partial benefits. Specific information on benefits is provided on individual job postings. Once you convert to a career position, you will have the full range of benefits for which the Postal Service is famous. See our Career Benefits page for details.

How do I get it?
Following is a brief recap of the hiring and testing process. See our How to apply page for full details.

1. First you must find an open job posting on the USPS website. This sounds easy enough, but unfortunately the Postal Service online job search function is a nightmare that does not work as intended due to technical issues and chronic posting errors. See our Why the Postal Job Search Function Does Not Work article for details.

2. Once you find a job posting, you apply for that job online. Again this sounds easy enough, but the online application process is a seemingly endless series of conflicting instructions, confusing forms, electronic steps, cover letters, and attachments.  Our How to Really Get Postal Jobs is a step-by-step guide for successfully navigating the challenging job search, the frustrating application process, and the employment interview. Included is their official checklist used when interviewing applicants for Rural Carrier Associate jobs. You will have the inside scoop needed to ace your employment interview!

3. You are scheduled to take an employment exam as you apply. The vast majority of all Postal jobs, including Rural Carrier Associate jobs, are filled from exam 473/473E. See our Exam 473/473E page for details on exam content. According to the Postal Service, this computerized test carries an 80-90% failure rate, and only the top three applicants are invited for interviews. So you must have one of the top three scores for any chance at all. Effective test preparation is essential, and interactive online practice tests - formatted exactly like the real thing - are an absolute necessity for mastering the incredible speed and foreign skills demanded. Our bestselling Complete Postal Exam 473 / 473E Interactive eGuide provides the effective test preparation so critically needed. Included are a comprehensive tutorial and ultrarealistic electronic practice exams. Such a small investment to assure such a valuable career opportunity!