Positions

Returning Office

A returning office is established in each electoral division to conduct electoral events. This office is staffed by a Returning Officer, Election Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Trainer and IT Support. While the returning office is only open during the election period, the Returning Officer and Election Clerk are appointed well in advance of the election to perform pre-election preparation duties.

  • Returning Officers are responsible for the planning, preparation, and conduct of an election in their electoral division. One Returning Officer is appointed to each of the 87 electoral divisions, to ensure that all eligible electors living within that division are provided with an opportunity to vote.

    Each Returning Officer establishes polling subdivisions, and makes arrangements for Election Day, advance and mobile polling locations. The Returning Officer recruits a team of returning office staff, including the Election Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Trainer, and IT Support to assist them in conducting the election. The Returning Officer is supported by a Returning Officer Liaison and Elections Alberta in performing their role and is required to follow all processes and procedures in accordance with the Election Act and the direction of Elections Alberta.

    RO Job Description
    RO Fee Schedule

  • Election Clerks are appointed in each electoral division to provide election management support for the Returning Officer. The Election Clerk provides direct support and assistance to the Returning Officer in preparing for the election, selecting returning office staff, opening a returning office and conducting the election. Once an election is called, the Election Clerk leads the recruitment of election officers, as well as assists the Returning Officer in managing the duties of returning office staff.

    The Election Clerk would perform the role of the Returning Officer, should the Returning Officer not be able to continue in their duties. The Election Clerk is required to follow all processes and procedures in accordance with the Election Act and the direction of Elections Alberta.

    EC Job Description
    EC Fee Schedule

  • Administrative Assistants are hired by the Returning Officer in each electoral division to provide administrative support. The Administrative Assistant is the first contact to the public, candidates, and other election stakeholders. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for managing the in-office and mail-out Special Ballots for the electoral division. The Administrative Assistant performs data entry and prepares reports for the Returning Officer, Election Clerk, and the Trainer throughout the election period. The Administrative Assistant is required to follow all processes and procedures in accordance with the Election Act and the direction of Elections Alberta.

    AA Job Description
    Returning Office Staff Fee Schedule

  • Trainers are hired in each electoral division to provide classroom training to all election officers. Trainers conduct in-person scenario-based training sessions to prepare election staff for their roles. The training provided includes the technology-based processes for advance polls, paper-based processes used on Election Day, and problem-solving techniques. Trainer’s plan and organize the training schedules for election officers and conduct training sessions in various locations throughout the electoral division. The Trainer uses the provided training materials supplied by Elections Alberta to assist in the delivery of training. Trainers also assist in the recruitment of election officers. The Trainer is required to follow all processes and procedures in accordance with the Election Act and the direction of Elections Alberta.

    Trainer Job Description
    Returning Office Staff Fee Schedule

  • One IT Support Staff is hired for each electoral division to assist with technology in the returning office and at the advance polls. The IT Support Staff prepares and manages equipment including loading software and files on laptops. They ensure equipment is delivered and assembled at polling stations and returned after the electoral event concludes. The IT Support Staff supports the trainer in conducting training for election officers and provide troubleshooting support throughout the election period, especially during advance poll days. The IT Support staff is required to follow all processes and procedures in accordance with the Election Act and the direction of Elections Alberta.

    IT Support Staff Job Description
    Returning Office Staff Fee Schedule


Election Day

The workday begins with the set-up of the polling place at 8:00 am and concludes with the completion of an unofficial count after the close of the poll. Election officers must be prepared to set up the polling place, provide back-up to other polling day staff, assist with the unofficial count, and complete additional tasks (as assigned).

  • A Supervisory Deputy Returning Officer (SDRO) is responsible for supervising all election staff and activities occurring in a polling place.

    Responsibilities 

    • Preparing the polling sites for the election (inspecting the polling place; arranging access and receiving keys – in advance of a voting day);
    • Supervising the polling place set-up;
    • Supervising polling place activities and quality of work completed by other election officers;
    • Providing assistance to electors;
    • Assigning tasks to election officers to best serve electors;
    • Assigning break times to election officers;
    • Maintaining peace and order in the polling place;
    • Instructing scrutineers of the proper procedures in the polling place;
    • Performing the duties of other election officers as required; and
    • Coordinating with candidates and media.

    Qualifications 

    • Be a resident of Alberta;
    • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day;
    • Have significant election experience;
    • Have map reading skills;
    • Have good communication skills;
    • Have experience in dealing with the public; and
    • Have experience in conflict resolution.

    Remuneration (rates are subject to change) 

    • $150 for the completion of online and classroom training
    • $350 for Election Day duties
  • A Deputy Returning Officer (DRO)  is responsible for assisting electors with the voting process and for responding to elector questions. As a DRO, you will work with a Poll Clerk, who will assist you in managing a polling station.

    Responsibilities 

    • Setting up the polling station;
    • Maintaining the ballots, ballot box, and polling booth;
    • Administering necessary oaths and declarations;
    • Instructing electors in completing the ballot;
    • Maintaining peace and order in the polling station;
    • Conducting the unofficial count;
    • Communicating the unofficial results as directed by the Returning Officer;
    • Returning the ballot box and supplies to the Returning Officer if a supervisor cannot; and
    • Instructing scrutineers of the proper procedures in the polling place.

    Qualifications

    • Be a resident of Alberta;
    • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day; and
    • Have experience in dealing with the public.

     Remuneration (rates are subject to change) 

    • $75 for the completion of online and classroom training
    • $255 for Election Day duties
  • A Registration Officer (RGO) is responsible for administering declarations to electors to assist them in adding their names to the List of Electors.

    Responsibilities 

    • Verifying an elector’s qualifications;
    • Checking for authorized identification;
    • Administering the Declaration of Elector;
    • Administering Vouching Declarations;
    • Determining an elector’s polling subdivision;
    • Assisting the supervisor as required;
    • Maintaining peace and order in the polling place; and
    • Removing material from the polling place (including voting screens, posters, signs) while the unofficial count is conducted.

    Qualifications 

    • Be a resident of Alberta;
    • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day;
    • Have legible printing;
    • Have strong communications skills;
    • Have map reading skills; and
    • Have experience in dealing with the public.

    Remuneration (rates are subject to change)

    • $75 for the completion of online and classroom training
    • $255 for Election Day duties
  • An Information Officer (IO) is responsible for assisting electors in determining if they are eligible to vote, if they are on the list, directing them to the correct poll, and determining their polling subdivision, if necessary.

    Responsibilities 

    • Greeting electors and directing them to the correct election officer;
    • Determining an elector’s polling subdivision, if necessary;
    • Assisting the supervisor in any area required;
    • Maintaining peace and order in the polling place; and
    • Maintaining the premises where the polling place is located.

    Qualifications 

    • Be a resident of Alberta;
    • Be at least 16 years old on Election Day;
    • Have strong communications skills;
    • Have map reading skills; and
    • Have experience in dealing with the public.

    Remuneration (rates are subject to change) 

    •  $75 for the completion of online and classroom training
    • $255 for Election Day duties
  • A Poll Clerk is responsible for maintaining the poll book by recording elector information as voting takes place. As a Poll Clerk, you will work with a DRO to manage the polling station.

    Responsibilities 

    • Maintaining the poll book;
    • Gathering where-to-vote cards;
    • Assisting the DRO;
    • Maintaining the Record of Electors Who Have Voted on Election Day;
    • Maintaining peace and order in the polling place;
    • Assuming the responsibilities of the DRO, if necessary; and, only if the Poll Clerk is at least 18 years of age; and
    • Assisting in the unofficial count.

    Qualifications

    • Be a resident of Alberta;
    • Be at least 16 years old on Election Day; and
    • Have experience in dealing with the public.

    Remuneration (rates are subject to change) 

    • $75 for the completion of online and classroom training
    • $255 for Election Day duties
  • Responsibilities 

    A Site Monitor is responsible for making sure that electors go directly to the polling place and leave immediately after casting their ballot. This position is an as-required role, mainly at schools.

    Qualifications 

    You must be at least 16 years of age to be eligible for this position.

    Remuneration (rates are subject to change) 

    You will be paid $15/hour.


Advance Poll

Advance poll staff usually work all five advance polling days. The workday begins with the set up of the polling place one hour prior to its opening and concludes with the close of the polling place each day. Advance poll staff must also work later on election night, between 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm, to complete the unofficial count.

Anyone working an advance poll position must be prepared to set up the polling place, provide back-up to other polling day staff, assist with the unofficial count, and complete additional tasks (as assigned).

  • Supervisory Deputy Returning Officer (SDRO) is responsible for supervising all election staff and activities occurring in a polling place. The SDRO is also responsible to provide support to election officers using technology (laptops, electronic poll books, and tabulators).

    Responsibilities 

    • Preparing the polling sites for the election (inspecting the polling place; arranging access and receiving keys);
    • Supervising the polling place set-up;
    • Supervising polling place activities and quality of work completed by other election officers;
    • Providing assistance to electors;
    • Assigning tasks to election officers to best serve electors;
    • Assigning break times to election officers;
    • Maintaining peace and order in the polling place;
    • Instructing scrutineers of the proper procedures in the polling place;
    • Performing the duties of other election officers as required; and
    • Coordinating with candidates and media.

    Qualifications

    • Be a resident of Alberta;
    • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day;
    • Have significant election experience;
    • Have map reading skills;
    • Have good communication skills;
    • Have experience in dealing with the public; and
    • Have experience in conflict resolution.

    Remuneration (rates are subject to change) 

    • $150 for the completion of online and classroom training
    • $350 for Election Day duties
  • A Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) is responsible for assisting electors with the voting process and for responding to elector questions. As a DRO, you will use a laptop to access an electronic poll book to search for and mark electors as voted.

    Responsibilities 

    • Setting up the polling station;
    • Maintaining the ballots, ballot box, and polling booth;
    • Administering necessary oaths and declarations;
    • Instructing electors in completing the ballot;
    • Maintaining peace and order in the polling station;
    • Conducting the unofficial count;
    • Communicating the unofficial results as directed by the Returning Officer; and
    • Returning the ballot box and supplies to the Returning Officer if a supervisor cannot.

    Qualifications 

    • Be a resident of Alberta;
    • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day;
    • Have previous election experience;
    • Have good map reading skills;
    • Have good communication skills;
    • Have good familiarity with using technology; and
    • Have experience in dealing with the public.

     Remuneration (rates are subject to change) 

    • $75 for the completion of online and classroom training
    • $255 for Election Day duties
  • An Information Officer (IO) is responsible for assisting electors in determining if they are eligible to vote, if they are on the list, directing them to the correct poll, and determining their polling subdivision, if necessary.

    Responsibilities 

    • Greeting electors and directing them to the correct election officer;
    • Determining an elector’s polling subdivision, if necessary;
    • Assisting the supervisor in any area required;
    • Maintaining peace and order in the polling place; and
    • Maintaining the premises where the polling place is located.

    Qualifications 

    • Be a resident of Alberta;
    • Be at least 16 years old on Election Day;
    • Have strong communications skills;
    • Have map reading skills; and
    • Have experience in dealing with the public.

    Remuneration (rates are subject to change) 

    • $75 for the completion of online and classroom training
    • $255 for Election Day duties
  • A Tabulator Operator (TO) is responsible for operating a vote tabulator and assisting electors in casting their ballots.

    Responsibilities 

    • Setting up and operating the vote tabulator;
    • Assisting electors to cast their ballots;
    • Informing electors of any issues with their ballot, as indicated by the vote tabulator;
    • Maintaining peace and order in the polling place; and
    • Maintaining the premises where the polling place is located.

    Qualifications

    • Be a resident of Alberta;
    • Be at least 16 years old on Election Day; and
    • Have experience in dealing with the public.

     Remuneration (rates are subject to change)

    • $75 for the completion of online and classroom training
    • $255 for each advance poll day