by Stella Shepard
The City of Charlottetown employs 600 employees during the summer and 400 during the remainder of the year. Employees can be hired as permanent, seasonal, or contract staff.
“The city is a great employer, and we have so many different areas people can work in,” says Emilee MacLeod, Human Resources Service Officer with the City of Charlottetown.
There are 12 different departments, including the following:
- Economic Development
- Environment and Sustainability
- Fire Department
- Human Resources
- Parks and Recreation
- Planning and Heritage
- Police Services
- Public Works and Urban Beautification
- Tourism and Events Development
- Water and Sewage Utility
Public Works, Parks & Recreation and the Charlottetown Fire Department each have 125 to 300 permanent and seasonal staff.
The Water and Sewage Utility has 20 permanent staff and five part-time, seasonal staff.
The Waste Water Treatment Plant has 10 permanent staff.
The Administrative, Professional and Supervisory department has 50 permanent and seasonal staff.
The Police Department has 70 permanent staff and 15 seasonal staff.
Types of jobs
- Human Resource Officer
- Maintenance Person
- Sustainability Officer
- Rink Ice Maker
- Communications Officer
- Planning Officer
- Truck Driver
- Executive Assistant
- Administrative Assistant
- Health and Safety Officer
- Utility Person
- Parks and Recreation Staff
- Fire Fighter
- Building Inspector
- Police Officer
- Public Works Staff
- Utility Technician
- Accounts Payable Clerk
- Water and Sewer Technician
- Development Officer
- Backhoe Operator
- Purchasing Officer
- Tourism Coordinator
- and more
Applying for a job with the City of Charlottetown
“Each job has a different education requirement,” says Emilee. “For some entry-level positions there are no educational requirements, but there is training available.
“For open positions, check the City of Charlottetown website first,” says Emilee.
Positions are often listed on WorkPEI and other professional sites, and permanent and some temporary positions are listed in the Saturday Guardian newspaper.
For seasonal or casual work, you must fill out an application annually. Applications are on the City of Charlottetown website.
To apply for permanent jobs, you will need to submit a professional resumé and cover letter. Depending on the position, other documents may be required, such as drivers’ license, driver abstract, criminal record checks, and more.
What should I include on my resumé?
- Brief description of skills
- Previous experience relevant to the job
- Three professional references
- Contact information with correct email addresses
What does the city look for in an employee?
- Friendliness and a “can-do” attitude
- Good listening and communication skills
- The ability to work well with others
- Excellent judgement and decision-making skills
- Relevant and/or transferable skills and experiences
- Great work-related references
- Do your research and make sure you know something about the city and how the job you are interviewing for fits into the bigger picture
- Always arrive a few minutes early
- Dress appropriately – no jeans or active wear
- Offer a handshake, make eye contact and be friendly
- Avoid fidgeting and slouching
- Be prepared to stay for an hour and don’t rush your answers
- Sell yourself. This is a chance to say what you can do for the city and why you would be a great employee
“We ask a variety of questions, all different depending on the position,” says Emilee. “We may ask a question starting with ‘tell us about a time when…..’ We want to hear a response that explains how you handle a situation.
“Think of a story that will illustrate the example and then describe the situation and the task you had to complete. Explain the result you achieved and how the situation turned out. Most questions will be about your experience in relation to the job you are interviewing for and why you would be a good fit for the position and the organization.
“Be prepared to answer questions about why you left a previous job. Be prepared to answer questions about why there is a gap in your resumé during where no employment is listed.”
“We always call references,” says Emilee. “If you can, provide three references with your application. Always let your references know they should expect a call.
“Be sure to pick references who will provide us with good information about you, your work experience and what you were like to work with.”
“Wages vary by position,” says Emilee. “Most seasonal entry-level workers start at $16 per hour.”
For more information, contact Emilee MacLeod, Human Resources Service Officer with the City of Charlottetown, at 902-629-4213 or email [email protected]