Pros: management, working outside, enjoyable setting, coworkers, self reliance
Cons: short breaks, unstable hours, weather, no benefits, advancement via seniority only
As an Rural Carrier Assistant you perform all of the duties a regular carrier performs. These include sorting the mail, sorting packages, loading and unloading your own truck, and delivering the mail to various residential and business locations. Deliveries may include hazmat material.
At the location I worked for, my typical work week was 8 - 24 hours a week, with only 8 hours guaranteed week to week. By the time I left this position, I was working an average of 84 hours a week in the cold and snow. This would have been fine except my personal relationships, including with my wife, were being strained due to this rigorous work schedule. Which made the unstable hours the most difficult part of the job.
Aside from the work hours, the management really takes care of you as an employee. They are concerned about your health and safety, though they will push you hard.
The job can be fast paced but once you hit a rhythm it becomes second nature. Speaking of nature, being outside, in a rural setting, for the bulk of the day is a real treat.