A variety of opportunities with the PEI Public Service
by Stacy Dunn
The PEI Public Service Commission (PSC) provides staffing services to various government departments and Health PEI. Staffing Consultants lead the hiring manager in the screening, assessment/interviewing, testing (for some positions) and reference checking of qualified candidates.
A sample of jobs available within the provincial government departments
- Administrative Assistants
- Youth Workers
- Social Workers
- Human Resources
- Policy Analysts
- Heavy Duty Mechanics
- IT Specialists
Health PEI has a significant need for Social Workers, Service Workers, Cooks, Resident Care Workers, Registered Nurses, LPNs, Medical Secretaries, and Administrative and Clerical positions.
“We are one of the largest employers on PEI,” says Monic Vokey, Targeted Recruitment Coordinator with the PSC. “We cover the Island from tip to tip. There are many benefits from working with the Government of PEI. We offer competitive wages and benefits. If you are in a permanent position, you get a pension upon retirement.”
She says there are good opportunities for mobility and advancement within the provincial government. “As an employee, there are temporary and permanent opportunities to move across various departments.”
Monic says employees have continual learning opportunities. “As an employee of the civil service, you may apply for up to $2,500 a year in funding to support your professional development. We also offer internal training courses that are free and are held during the workday.”
The provincial government has positions which allow you to work from home, in the office, or a hybrid of the two. Each department determines its own work settings. Monic recommends applicants ask about the work setting during the interview.
“We have some flexible work arrangements too, it’s something an employee can discuss with their supervisor.”
A list of benefits can be found at https://jobspei.ca/why-work-with-the-government
She says the types of benefits offered depend on your employment type.
“You will be able to apply for internal jobs after working one shift with Health PEI, or if you are with the civil service, you can apply for internal jobs after working for one year of continuous service.”
Jobs for students and graduates
Bilingual Recruitment Coordinator Amber James says there is a variety of opportunities for students and graduates. “In the summer, different departments may be hiring. For example, Tourism would be hiring for the provincial parks.
“Graduates can apply for the new Government of PEI Internship Program up to 36 months after the successful completion of their program. Through the program, they can get a one-year placement with the province, and after that year, they can apply internally to other jobs. This internship program is a great point of entry for new grads.”
The program will open in February 2024. Check the Government of PEI Jobs Facebook page for notification of these internships.
For other student opportunities, click here
Temporary and casual positions
“Temporary and casual positions are a great way to get your foot in the door,” she says. “It’s a great way to get experience.”
The PSC encourages applicants to apply for pool lists in the civil service and Health PEI. These lists are open year-round and consist of jobs in office administration, service work, (maintenance, kitchen, laundry, or cleaning) and more.
The job description may include words such as demonstrated equivalencies. This means if you do not have the specific diploma or degree that the job is asking for, you may have an equivalency to that diploma or degree. For example, for an administrative assistant position, you could have a partial degree plus directly-related work experience and could be considered.
She encourages job seekers to apply for the job even if they don’t have the exact qualifications listed because the applicant may meet the education requirements and qualifications for the job by showing their equivalent training and work experience.
“We don’t look at resumés until after the closing date for the job posting,” Monic says. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an assessment/interview and references will be conducted on the top applicants.
“If you are successful in the assessment and referencing process, a verbal job offer may be made.”
Diversity Talent Pool
Applicants may self-identify as belonging to a diversity group. Their information goes into a database that departments can access for opportunities that come up. The positions could be internships, casual, or project-based.
Services this program provides
- Resumé, cover letter, and interview preparation tips
- Information on alternate careers, student and youth employment programs
- Civil service employment application assistance
- Mentorship and networking
- Referral to other support services
The applicant’s file is active for one year. They must be eligible to work in Canada, and bilingualism in English and French or fluency in other languages are assets. They must have a minimum education of Grade 12 or equivalent combined with work and volunteer experience.
For more information on the Diversity Talent Pool, click here or email email@example.com
The Jobs PEI website was redesigned this past summer. Amber says applicants can use more keywords and filters to find jobs on their website.
“You can sign up for job alerts and save job postings. Other improved features include access to the website from your phone.”