UPS looking to hire 49 people for seasonal bike delivery

An ad from UPS for bike delivery personnel.

Shipping giant United Parcel Service is once again looking to save money on fleet vehicle costs by hiring bicycle delivery staffers during the busy holiday season.

Tomorrow in North Portland, Worksource Portland Central will host a hiring event for as many as 49 “Bicycle Delivery Helper” positions.

This isn’t the first time UPS has supplemented their holiday delivery staff with bike-mounted employees. When we first reported on this in 2008, UPS spokesman Jeff Grant told us it’s a matter of dollars and cents. “For every three bikes we use for deliveries, we save an average of 17 gallons of fuel per day (compared to one truck),” said Grant, “That’s about $50 in savings.”

Across the entire Oregon and Washington region, Grant said for every three bikes used during the holiday season, UPS will save $38,000 in vehicle operation and upkeep costs.

If you’re looking for a way to make a few extra bucks while pedaling packages around town, show up to WorkSource’s office tomorrow. More details below…

And if you’re curious what the job entails, check out this great little video by Paul Lopez

UPS Delivery By Bike! Salem, Oregon from nwduffer on Vimeo.

— Thanks to the Community Cycling Center for the heads up!

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