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Elections BC is a non-partisan Office of the Legislature and offers several types of employment opportunities.
Permanent Employment Opportunities
There are more than 70 permanent staff at Elections BC headquarters in Victoria. The Public Service Act applies to these appointments and all appointments are excluded from the bargaining unit (Schedule A or management positions). For more information on working in the B.C. public service, visit gov.bc.ca/myhr/employment.
Temporary Employment Opportunities
To deliver electoral events, Elections BC hires temporary employees at headquarters and around the Province. The Public Service Act does not apply to temporary employees, nor do temporary work terms apply towards periods of public service.
Working for Elections BC
Why work for Elections BC?
- Build your resume and get your foot in the door with the public service
- Serve democracy in B.C.
- Experience challenging, dynamic work
- Gain event management experience
- Elections BC is one of the top work units in the BC public service and receives awards for being a great place to work
Elections BC is a non-partisan Office of the Legislature. It is essential that staff are, and appear to be, impartial in the conduct of their duties.
Employees of Elections BC are prohibited from certain political activities and must ensure that any political activities they engage in do not affect the perception of neutrality in their work.
Political activity includes campaigning, canvassing, soliciting funds, writing, etc. on behalf of a candidate or political party in a federal, provincial, or local election, or at any time between elections.
Elections BC employees may participate in the political process, but must ensure that their activities in no way compromise the perception of impartiality.
For more information, see Elections BC's "Being Non-Partisan" policy or watch the video below about “Our Independent Status”.
Employment conditions and benefits
Learn more about the terms and conditions and benefits of employment:
- For permanent staff:
- For temporary staff at headquarters
- For District Electoral Officers and Deputies
- For district electoral office staff
Elections BC is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workplace. To support this, we welcome diversity throughout our organization.
Work at Elections BC Headquarters
- Employee recognition program
- Flexible hours (for many)
- 35 hour work-week
- Flu shots and biometric clinics
- Employee and Family Assistance Program
EBC has a program to nominate and recognize employees who go above and beyond.
EBC values work-life balance. Flexible working hours are available for many positions and full-time staff work a 35 hour week.
EBC supports our employees’ health. Flu shots are provided at no cost and a biometrics clinic is offered through the BC Public Service annually. An employee and family assistance program is also available to all employees.
- Social committee (ice cream day, BBQ, build your own sandwich)
- Participate in TC10K
- Bike to work week
- Monthly coffee klatches with Chief Electoral Officer
- Core team located in one place
Elections BC has an active social committee that holds events throughout the year including ice cream day, build your own sandwich day, and an annual summer BBQ.
We participate in community events such as the Times Colonist 10K and Bike to Work Week.
Staff at EBC headquarters are accessible at all levels. Our CEO hosts a monthly coffee klatch to give all staff the opportunity to ask questions of him directly.
- Provincial Employees Community Services Fund (PECSF)
- Our Place breakfasts sponsors
- Family charity sponsors
Community involvement is an important part of Elections BC’s work culture. We consistently rank high for our participation with the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund which raises money for charities throughout the province.
We also hold other fundraising events to raise money to fund breakfasts for Our Place and provide holiday hampers to families in need.
- Sunny patio
- Bike lane, bike storage, shower and changing facilities
- Located close to downtown, surrounded by good lunch options
- On bus route
- Recycling and compost facilities
Elections BC headquarters is located next to a bike lane and the building provides secured bike storage, showers and changing facilities.
The building is located close to downtown and is on a busy bus route. There are many good options for lunch in the area. The building offers a sunny patio.
Work in your community
Working in elections provides a range of benefits including:
- Learning about the democratic process
- Gaining professional experience
- Meeting new people in your community
District and Deputy District Electoral Officers
District Electoral Officers (DEOs) are management-level employees, responsible for conducting elections for their assigned electoral district with the assistance of the Deputy District Electoral Officers (DDEOs).
DEOs and DDEOs plan and manage the administration of provincial general elections, by-elections and related events. As representatives of the Chief Electoral Officer, DEOs and DDEOs play a critical role in ensuring voters and stakeholders experience an impartial, fair, accessible and inclusive electoral process.
Find out what DEOs and DDEOs have to say about serving democracy:
- Read a DEO’s perspective of the 2017 Provincial General Election on Twitter
- Listen to DEOs and DDEOs talk about their roles on YouTube
Election-period Employment opportunities
DEOs hire staff to assist with the administration of elections, including staff in the district electoral office and election officials at voting places.
Office Staff in Electoral Districts
The team of staff in a district electoral office have a variety of duties to deliver services to voters and stakeholders in the electoral process. They assist the DEO and DDEO in managing all aspects of electoral events within their electoral district including providing voting services in the office. Working in a district electoral office is fast paced, dynamic and can be a fun team environment! For more information, see the office staff job descriptions.
The Office Manager is responsible for the smooth and efficient day-to-day operations of the district electoral office and supervises the work of support staff.
The Recruitment Officer supports the hiring of 250 to 350 election officials for the electoral district in a four to six week time period. They manage applicant and employee records, track and report on recruitment progress, and assist the DEO and DDEO with selecting applicants.
The Trainer plans, coordinates and delivers face-to-face training to all election officials employed in the electoral district. The Trainer ensures that all election officials have completed the online and classroom training necessary to perform their duties.
The Technical Officer oversees election administration technology and equipment in the district electoral office and in the field. They set-up and maintain the equipment and are the go-to person for technology infrastructure.
There are a number of office support jobs in a district electoral office. Duties may include basic data entry, answering questions, managing inventory, scheduling training and voting administration.
Election officials (EOs) are trained in the various procedures used to administer voting in different circumstances. Work terms are between one and six days. For more information, see the election official job descriptions.
Voting Officers (VOs) are responsible for administering voting at an assigned voting station, issuing ballots to voters, and conducting initial count at the end of General Voting Day.
Voting Clerks (VCs) are responsible for completing and maintaining voting documents and assisting the Voting Officer with vote counting.
Voting Officers and Voting Clerks at special voting opportunities travel to administer voting as part of a mobile team, using voting technology. They visit locations such as long-term care facilities, remote communities, correctional facilities, acute-care hospitals and work camps.
Information Officers (IOs) greet voters, place signs and give directions at the voting location, providing information and assistance to all voters, especially those with special needs.
Supervisory Voting Officers (SVOs) oversee a voting place or group of voting places and supervise staff at the voting place(s). The SVO ensures that voting procedures are followed correctly, that voting places are safe and accessible, and that data and results are reported for each voting station to the district electoral office.
Individuals who work as Counting Support (CS) assist the SVO or VO with sorting ballots for counting on General Voting Day.
For more information about election official hiring policies, click here.