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Election jobs

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Elections Calgary is hiring! We are recruiting approximately 3,600 people to work during the Advance Vote (October 4 - 10, 2021) and on Election Day (October 18, 2021) for the 2021 General Election. Applications open on August 3, 2021.

Advance Vote October 4 - 10, 2021

Election Day October 18, 2021

Election worker eligibility


  • If you are eligible to work in Canada, you can apply to work as an election worker.
  • You do not have to be a Canadian citizen to apply.
  • A limited number of positions are available for 16 to 17 year olds. Most positions require workers to be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must be available to complete an online training course (approximately 1 hour) and attend a 2 to 4 hour daytime training session in September or October. The training time ranges depending on the role.

Positions are filled as applications are received. Don’t wait, apply early!

Apply to be an election worker


The online application is open for some positions. 

Click on the application form button for your age: “Adult apply” for ages 18 and older, or “Youth apply” for ages 16 and 17.

Phone screening will be conducted. 

For more information call 403-476-4100 (option 2).

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Election jobs


Responsibilities

Election workers help administer the voting and counting process under the direction of the Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (PDRO) and the Assistant PDRO. Some of the duties that an election worker might be required to perform include:

  • Setting up the voting station
  • Helping voters through the voting process
  • Counting ballots
  • ​Providing information to the public
  • Taking down the voting station

Position descriptions

Position Vote Period Compensation (includes lump sum payment*, training, and eligible expenses**)

Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (PDRO) 

Advance

$755.00 - $2735.00

Assistant Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (APDRO)

Advance

$539.00 - $2229.00

Ballot Clerk (BC)

Advance

$463.00 - $1893.00

Tabulator Clerk (TC)

Advance

$456.00 - $1886.00

Deputy Returning Officer (DRO)

Advance

$425.00 - $1725.00

Information Officer (IO)

Advance

$349.00 - $1389.00

Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (PDRO)

Election Day

$470.00 – 640.00 

Assistant Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (APDRO)

Election Day

$335.00 - $465.00

Ballot Clerk (BC)

Election Day

$305.00 - $368.00

Tabulator Clerk (TC)

Election Day

$305.00 - $375.00

Deputy Returning Officer (DRO)

Election Day

$285.00 - $345.00

Information Officer (IO)

Election Day

$245.00 - $269.00

Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (PDRO)

Training: 1 hour online and 4 hours in-person. 

The PDRO is responsible for the overall conduct of the voting station and understands the requirements of each position within the voting station. The PDRO supervises all positions in the voting station, deals with candidates and scrutineers, organizes all deliveries and materials, maintains the secrecy of the vote and ensures the smooth operation of the voting station. 

Assistant Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (APDRO)

Training: 1 hour online and 4 hour in-person. 

The APDRO assists the PDRO with supervision and conduct of the voting station. The APDRO also acts as a back-up for the Ballot Clerk and Tabulator Clerk roles. 

Ballot Clerk (BC)

Training: 1 hour online and 2 hour in-person. 

The Ballot Clerk is responsible for the account and distribution of the ballots at a voting station. 

Tabulator Clerk (TC)

Training: 1 hour online and 2 hour in-person. 

The Tabulator Clerk is responsible for the operation of the tabulator at the voting station. 

Deputy Returning Officer (DRO)

Training: 1 hour online and 2 hour in-person. 

The Deputy Returning Officer is responsible for helping the voters complete their voter statement, checking ID and issuing ballots

Information Officer (IO)

Training: 1 hour online and 2 hour in-person. 

The Information Officer is responsible for greeting voters, notifying the PDRO/APDRO if a voter requires assistance, managing lines and answering questions. 

Stand-by Worker

Training: 3 hour online and self-directed. 

A Stand-by Worker is a position that you may be called upon to take on should there be a last-minute cancellation by another Election Worker. If you agree to be a stand-by worker, you must be ready to arrive at the assigned location on short notice.

* LUMP SUM: Compensation represents a range. Compensation may vary depending on the number of days or hours specific voting stations are open. 

 

**ELIGIBLE EXPENSES: Some positions are eligible for additional compensation in the form of expenses such as use of a personal cell phone, parking, mileage, and pre-event duties)

 

 

Election Worker hours

Long hours are typical on Election Day.

Election workers cannot leave the voting station for any reason while working, including for meals, which must be brought with you.

Working Hours - Advance Vote, Monday, October 4 – Sunday, October 10 2021
Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Voting station open

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Voting station open
DRO, IO, BC (Mon-Sun sites)

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

DRO, IO, BC (Mon-Fri sites)

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

DRO, IO, BC (Sat-Sun sites)

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

TC (Mon-Sun sites)

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

TC (Mon-Fri sites)

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

TC (Sat-Sun sites)

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

PDRO/APDRO (Mon-Sun sites)

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

PDRO/APDRO (Mon-Fri sites)

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

PDRO/APDRO (Sat-Sun sites)

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Working Hours - Election Day, Monday, October 18, 2021

Monday

Voting Station Open

8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

DRO, IO, BC 

7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

TC

7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

PDRO/APDRO

7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • PDRO - Presiding Deputy Returning Officer
  • APDRO - Assistant Presiding Deputy Returning Officer
  • BC - Ballot Clerk
  • TC - Tabulator Clerk
  • DRO - Deputy Returning Officer
  •  IO - Information Officer

Please see below for further details on the position details. 

Election Worker hiring

If your application is successful and your services are required, you will be contacted between mid-August and the end of September with an offer of a position.

You will be provided with a link to develop a username/password for the Election Worker portal, where you can view the following information:

  • Voting station location;
  • Position assigned;
  • Time and date of your work assignment;
  • Time and date of your training session;
  • How much you will be paid; and
  • How to accept/decline the offer.

Election Worker training

If you are a successful applicant, you must attend a mandatory one-hour online training session, in addition anywhere from two (2) to four (4) hours of in-person training in September/October 2021, depending on the role. Most training sessions take place during regular business hours.

*There is a mandatory online training component that must be completed before attending the in-person session.

Election Worker Role  Online Training  In-Person Training 

PDRO 

1 hour 

4 hours 

APDRO 

1 hour 

4 hours 

DRO 

1 hour 

2 hours 

IO 

1 hour 

2 hours 

BC 

1 hour 

2 hours 

TC 

1 hour 

2 hours 

Elections Worker compensation

Position Vote Period Compensation (includes lump sum payment*, training, and eligible expenses**)

Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (PDRO)

Advance

$755.00 - $2735.00

Assistant Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (APDRO)

Advance

$539.00 - $2229.00

Ballot Clerk (BC)

Advance

$463.00 - $1893.00

Tabulator Clerk (TC)

Advance

$456.00 - $1886.00

Deputy Returning Officer (DRO)

Advance

$425.00 - $1725.00

Information Officer (IO)

Advance

$349.00 - $1389.00

Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (PDRO)

Election Day

$470.00 – 640.00 

Assistant Presiding Deputy Returning Officer (APDRO)

Election Day

$335.00 - $465.00

Ballot Clerk (BC)

Election Day

$305.00 - $368.00

Tabulator Clerk (TC)

Election Day

$305.00 - $375.00

Deputy Returning Officer (DRO)

Election Day

$285.00 - $345.00

Information Officer (IO)

Election Day

$245.00 - $269.00

* LUMP SUM: Compensation represents a range. Compensation may vary depending on the number of days or hours specific voting stations are open. 

 

**ELIGIBLE EXPENSES: Some positions are eligible for additional compensation in the form of expenses such as use of a personal cell phone, parking, mileage, and pre-event duties)

 

 

Preparation for the day

Election Workers cannot leave the voting station for any reason, so please bring plenty of food and beverages to last you the entire shift.

To bring:

  • Water/beverages - enough to last you the entire shift
  • Food/snacks - enough to last the entire shift (there may not be any kitchen facilities at your voting station)
  • Clothing – dress in layers, and ensure you are comfortable
  • Footwear – wear comfortable footwear

COVID-19 precautions

Depending on current health guidelines and requirements of The City and the facilities used for training and voting, wearing a mask may be required. Wearing a mask is strongly recommended. 

Information will be made available to all election workers in advance of training and voting days regarding health guidelines.

Apply to be an election worker


Click on the application form button for your age: “Adult apply” for ages 18 and older, or “Youth apply” for ages 16 and 17.

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