Elections Job Vacancies

At busy periods such as Polling Days we rely on a pool of dedicated additional staff to support the democratic process.

Applicants may be added to a database to be contacted about election specific roles.

Being accepted onto our database does not guarantee that you will be offered a post.

  • Election roles are paid on a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) basis, which means that tax may be deducted from earnings. If you are not a tax payer you will be responsible for claiming the tax back from HMRC
  • Any work that you do may affect any state pension or benefit that you receive. You will be responsible for telling your pension or benefit provider about your earnings
  • Any work that you do  may affect  how much tax that you are required to pay. You will be responsible for telling HMRC about your earnings
  • You will be required to provide proof of entitlement to work in the UK.

Election Day Vacancies

There are four levels of Covid Alert: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 & Tier 4 as well as the potential for Wealden District Council to be in a Lockdown scenario.

We ask that you only apply for election roles if you would be prepared to work under any of the Covid Alert Tiers or if we are in a Lockdown scenario where the running of an Election is permitted.

The Elections Team are making plans to protect Polling Station Staff, Count Staff & Voters in the Elections being held in May 2021.

Plans include deep cleaning of polling stations; one way systems; observing the 2 metre distance rule; communication to voters asking them to wear masks and to sanitise their hands; provision of PPE & hand sanitisers to staff; step by step online training to staff.

Polling station staff ensure that voters are able to cast their vote in secret, free from influence and in a calm atmosphere. If you are a good communicator, methodical and quick to learn, apply to work in one of the many polling stations across Wealden:

Poll Clerks work under the direction of the Presiding Officer, who is an important interface between the public and the Returning Officer. They assist with keeping the polling station clean and tidy, answer electors questions and hand out ballot papers.

Presiding Officers are experienced polling station staff with a comprehensive knowledge of the voting process and electoral law. They must be able to manage a small team of poll clerks, ensure that people with additional needs can cast their vote, liaise appropriately with tellers, party agents and polling station inspectors and maintain the secrecy of the ballot.

Polling Station Marshalls work under the direction of a Presiding Officer, who is an important interface between the public and the Returning Officer.  They assist with setting up the polling station, greeting electors & ensuring Covid-19 measures are observed at all times.

Count Staff  Once voting is over ballot papers are taken to the counting station, where they are checked, sorted and counted, by hand. The Counts for the Local Elections in May will be held of Friday 7 & Monday 10 May 2021 during the day. For information, future Election Counts may start at 10pm in the evening, others on weekdays or on a Saturday. Count staff must be able to quickly and accurately sort and count ballot papers, working under the direction of a Count Supervisor.

Applying for a job

To express an interest in any of these roles, please complete the online application form.  If you are not a Wealden resident please select the “continue without an account” option.  If you would like to apply for more than one job please apply for each job separately.

Job descriptions and pay rates are indicative only and subject to change.

If you have any questions about anything on this page, or if you need adjustments to the recruitment process in line with the Equality Act 2010 please contact the Elections Team using the contact details at the bottom of this page.