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Employment Opportunities

Presiding Election Official

The City of Richmond is a diverse and dynamic community in pursuit of our vision
to be the most appealing, livable and well-managed community in Canada.


The City of Richmond is looking for motivated and high-performing individuals to work the 2018 General Local and School Election as Presiding Election Officials. We are a vibrant, diverse cosmopolitan City, supported by a strong economy and recognized as leaders in innovation and service delivery excellence. The City of Richmond is committed to be the most appealing, livable, well-managed community in Canada. This is a great opportunity to join the 2018 Election team and serve your community.

Presiding Election Official (PEO)
2018 General Local and School Election

Do you have supervisory and leadership experience leading the activities of a small team and have you participated in an election process? If so, we are looking for you!  

The Presiding Election Official (PEO) is responsible for the conduct of all election proceedings at a voting place in accordance with the Local Government Act.

Examples of key work activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee and ensure that the voting place is operated in compliance with election procedures and rules and in accordance with the Local Government Act
  • Attend training sessions and thoroughly review all training materials
  • Inspect the assigned voting place prior to assignment(s) to check the facility and determine setup and voting place layout
  • Meet with voting place election staff prior to Election Day(s) to train and assign duties
  • Maintain communication with Election Headquarters throughout Election Day(s)
  • Provide direction, supervision and support to all election staff on Election Day(s)
  • Administer oaths to Election Officials
  • Supervise the setup of the voting place (computers, booths, signage, and supplies)
  • Assemble the vote counting unit/ballot box and perform opening checks prior to the opening of the poll
  • Ensure all election staff are accurately administering voter declarations
  • Provide assistance to electors including responding to all enquiries
  • Supervise staff in the operation of the vote counting unit including ensuring staff assist electors to insert ballots into the vote counting unit while maintaining the secrecy of the ballot
  • Supervise staff in handling vote counting unit messages
  • Ensure electors have the necessary registration documentation/identification
  • Ensure all registration, and other documentation, are accurately and thoroughly completed
  • Maintain the integrity of the voting place including ensuring there are no posters or literature of a political nature displayed in or within 100 metres of the voting place
  • Work with scrutineers and the media
  • Supervise the closing of the voting place, including conducting closing procedures on the vote counting unit/ballot box, delivering all election equipment and supplies to the Election Headquarters and reporting election results to the Chief Election Officer

The Presiding Election Official should: ​

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada and have a Social Insurance Number
  • Have a minimum of one year previous experience as a PEO or an Alternate Presiding Election Official (APEO) in either a federal, provincial or municipal election, or equivalent
  • Not be actively working for any election campaign, elector organization or candidate
  • Not be related to a candidate running for office in the 2018 General Local and School Election
  • Attend training sessions prior to Election Day(s)
  • Be able to carry out the duties of a Presiding Election Official faithfully and impartially
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively communicate and provide a high level of customer service
  • Skill and ability in dealing tactfully and courteously with the public
  • Ability to multitask, identify and adapt to changing priorities for self and staff
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to solve practical problems 
  • Ability to clearly explain election procedures
  • Knowledge and aptitude for working with technology 
  • Proficiency in a second language is considered an asset

Voting Hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Hours of Work: Approximately 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, or until duties are fulfilled

Compensation rates:

  • General Voting Day: $450 per day
  • Advance Voting Day(s): $450 per day
  • Training Allowance: $110 total for mandatory training sessions
  • Staff Supervision: $10 per staff member

The City of Richmond’s Election office offers competitive pay rates and extensive training. If you are looking to be a part of the 2018 General Local and School Election team, and to share our vision “to be the most appealing, livable, and well-managed community in Canada,” please submit your application by following the instructions below. 

  1. Download the PDF Document application form.
  2. Send a completed application form to Richmond City Hall, 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC, V6Y 2C1, or attach your application to an email and send to elections@richmond.caPlease include your name and the position(s) you're applying for on the subject line.

The position of the Presiding Election Official will remain open until all positions are filled.

The City of Richmond is an inclusive employer committed to employment equity objectives and invites applications from all qualified individuals. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. If you are unsuccessful, please accept our appreciation for your interest.

This position is restricted to those legally entitled to work in Canada.