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In these economically-trying times, holding two jobs is not uncommon. Having a full time career and part-time work is how individuals and families meet the pressing expenses that beset the American way of life today. And the United States Postal Service is one of the more popular Federal agencies that those looking for a full time or second job go to. This is because of the high wages that the USPS gives to their temporary postal workers and the comprehensive pay and benefits package given to those who are fortunate enough to be employed in regular career-track positions.

However, if you’re considering dual employment with the USPS, you should know that there are rules that govern this move. Even if you have worked hard to become a postal worker, you can expect your employment with the USPS to be terminated if you violated these rules.

Dual Employment Considered Valid by the Postal Service:

  1. Someone who is already employed with the US Postal Service may be given assignments between different postal installations. Through this, non-career postal employees are given the chance to expand their responsibilities. Thus, the USPS allows a postmaster relief/replacement to be assigned in more than a single post office. In the same manner, a rural carrier associate may also be employed as a postmaster relief/replacement.
  2. Someone who is on active military duty but is on a terminal or transitional leave can be hired for a USPS non-career position. However, the applicant must provide the unofficial or uncertified copy of DD Form 214 for the USPS to review.
  3. Disabled veterans can be recruited for temporary non-career positions. However, they may not hold rural carrier associate or data conversion operator positions.

Dual Employment Considered Invalid by the Postal Service:

Generally, those who are working for other branches in the Federal government are not eligible for dual employment by the USPS. The USPS Handbook EL-312 Employment and Placement explains how getting a dual job for the Postal Service when you’re already a Federal employee works:

“An applicant who works for another federal agency and is under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees” Retirement System (FERS) may not be hired by the Postal Service for a temporary or noncareer position unless the applicant is willing to relinquish the other agency position and have at least a “calendar” day break in service before appointment to the postal position. Applicants who participate in CSRS or FERS who are unwilling to relinquish the position that entitles them to participate in one of these retirement systems are ineligible for noncareer postal employment. This ineligibility includes federal employees under CSRS or FERS on leave without pay or in a furlough status. An applicant who works for another federal agency and who is not under CSRS or FERS may be considered for a temporary or noncareer position, provided that the applicant is available to work the hours required by the Postal Service.


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