Instacart Application | Applying Online | Career | Hiring Age

  • Full Time
  • USA


How to Apply at Instacart?

Instacart is a grocery delivery service that strives to make buying groceries easy and quick for its customers. The company started working in 2012, and since then, it has proved to be the best delivery service. It works in more than 5,500 cities in the US and Canada.

It works by partnering with local stores and delivering items directly to customers’ homes via independent contractors and part-time workers. 

Due to fast growth as an e-commerce business, they often look for full-time workers, part-time workers, and independent contractors to serve their customers.

If you want to be a part of their workforce, you can apply online via their official careers page or download their free app and enter your ZIP code to check the career options.

How Old You Must Be To Work At Instacart?

The minimum working age for all employees (part-time workers, independent contractors) is 18 years old.

Job Requirements

The commonly available job positions are full-Service Shopper/Delivery Driver, In-store Shopper, and Shift Lead.

Full-service shoppers are independent contractors, and their task is to shop for and deliver groceries. There is no time constraint as they can work at times whenever it is convenient for them.

On the other hand, in-store shoppers are part-time employees of the company and work in-store only and do not deliver. When the demand for in-store shoppers increases, temporary jobs expected to last for 90 days are often opened.

The basic requirements to work are as follows:

  • Candidates for shift lead must have good communication skills, leadership skills, and time management skills.
  • Candidate must be able to lift at least 30 -50 pounds with or without accommodation.
  • Candidate minimum age must be 18 years as he often has to deliver alcohol.
  • Candidate must have a recent smartphone model.
  • Candidate must pass a background check that might take at least 10 business days.
  • Candidate must have a checking or saving account as the company pays via direct deposit.
  • Full-service shoppers must have a valid driver’s license and access to car.
  • Full-service shoppers also need to have enough thermal insulated bags to hold paper grocery bags.

Additional Benefits for Regular Staff

The regular staff enjoys:

  • Range of salary options 
  • Paid vacations
  • Healthcare coverage 
  • 401(k) plan

How to Start?

The best way to work as an in-store or full-service shopper is to apply through their app instead of filling up the regular application form.

  1. Go to the Instacart official page.
  2. Download the app and complete the signup process to log in. Provide the basic information such as name, location. Allow the background check, which might take 10 days or more
  3. Once you are cleared, you can use the app to set your availability timing, pick up the orders, communicate with the Instacart team, and track your earnings.
  4. In-store shoppers also need to attend an in-person session which can be scheduled in the app.
  5. After the selection process, Independent contractors sign contractor agreement and W-9 tax form, whereas part-time employees sign offer letter and W-4 form
  6. In-store shoppers are then assigned shifts each week, which they have to manage via the shopper app
  7. Full-service shoppers set up their own schedules and update their progress on the app.