Postal Clerks provide a full range of postal services to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and their families at CAF bases and establishments.
The primary responsibilities of the Postal Clerk are to:
- Perform all mail handling duties related to the receipt, dispatch and delivery of mail
- Operate a postal tracing service
- Maintain the security of mail and of post office premises as well as the security of cash, postal valuables and sensitive equipment
- Prepare and distribute bills of lading for international and domestic mail dispatched by road, rail, sea and air
- Operate a postal financial counter in accordance with Canada Post regulations and directives
- Conduct financial accounting and audit duties at military post offices
- Type routine correspondence, forms and documents
- Operate office equipment including calculators, photocopiers, computers and postage meters
Postal Clerks serve with Royal Canadian Navy, the Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada and abroad. They typically work in a postal office, but may also be on a ship at sea, in a temporary postal office in an operational unit, or a mobile postal van.
Pay and career development
The starting salary for a fully trained Postal Clerk is $49,400 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Postal Clerks who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.
Related civilian occupations
- Mail Clerk
- Mail Sorter
Basic military qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the CAF physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Basic occupational qualification training
Postal Clerks complete six weeks of training related to postal services in the military setting in Trenton, Ontario. Topics include:
- Receipt, handling, sorting, redirecting, delivering and dispatching of all classes of mail
- Safeguarding mail, recognizing and reporting mail irregularities
- Interpretation of postal Law and Regulations
Postal Clerks may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
- Financial Accounting and Audit
- Instructional Techniques
As they progress in their career, Postal Clerks who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include:
- Personnel Management
- Postal Administration
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.
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