Not a Teacher? Yes, You Can Have a Great Career in Education

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Looking for a secure career with long-term benefits? We got you. BC schools throughout the province need a range of dedicated employees to help ensure the success of students in BC.  

Teaching and education assistants usually come to mind when we think of education careers, but there are countless opportunities for those working in trades, clerical, custodial roles, IT, accounting, payroll and more. 

While teachers and EAs are in demand throughout the province, support staff who help BC schools run smoothly are also highly sought after.   


What to Expect from an Education Career  

Along with the opportunity to provide productive, full-time support, these positions offer extended health and dental benefits and a first-rate pension.  

Some roles mean supporting the district administration at the senior level, while others involve working directly inside schools. 

But they all deliver the chance to support student learning in creating safe, functional learning environments.  


Flexible Work Arrangements for Casual On-Call Staff 

Support Careers in BC Schools 

  • Trades Staff - Both skilled and unskilled trades do school maintenance and repairs. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, gas fitters, HVAC technicians, horticulturists, painters, mechanics, and other trades assist districts with minor repairs to major renovations of school district facilities. Other trades include janitors, custodians, grounds people and general labourers. 
  • Office and Clerical Staff School secretary, clerk typist, office assistant, receptionist, dispatch clerk roles – these positions provide clerical and general office assistance to support the functioning of districts and schools. 
  • Custodians and Building Service Workers School custodians clean and maintain the upkeep and safety of schools and district facilities. They may work shifts in the morning, evening, weekends, or overnight. A custodian's work is often independent, though they also work with maintenance and facilities department staff, school district employees, students and the public. 
  • IT Techs Responsible for maintaining and technologically supporting school district communications networks and information systems. Positions within the Information Technology department include information technology manager, computer systems technician, network systems analyst, IT technologist and district computer systems technician.  
  • Accounting and Payroll Staff – Payroll, finance, accounts payable, accounts receivable, purchasing, accounting clerks, and other related positions perform a variety of tasks and duties pertaining to the accounting functions and maintenance of school district payroll records and reports. 
  • Bus Drivers - Operate the school buses, transporting students to and from school and related events and ensuring the bus is maintained and operated safely and hygienically. This is a good fit for individuals looking for part-time work and for those who prefer to work short shifts in the morning and afternoon.  

Current Education Support Staff Opportunities  

Here are just a few of the many roles available throughout British Columbia:  

Carpenter (Surrey)  

Hourly Rate of Pay: $39.50  

On-call Clerical Assistant (Sea-to-Sky)  

Hourly Rate of Pay: $28.95 to $32.25  

IT Field Technologist (Cariboo-Chilcotin)  

Hourly Rate of Pay: $29.26 to $31.98  

Bus Drivers On-Call (Sooke)  

Hourly Rate of Pay: $29.85 




*Photos courtesy of the Delta School District.