Sunday, September 24, 2023

The (perhaps) most exotic job offer in Quebec

The school in the northernmost Inuit village in Quebec is currently looking for someone who knows how to repair small machines (snowmobiles, ATVs) to introduce four young people in special education to the basics of mechanics. within a month.

Some people manage, but for electronics, it’s more difficult, and in the village we don’t have mechanics for small machines.explained Sylvie Roussy, director of the school in Ivujivik, on the line.

In this northern community of more than 400 souls, located six hours by plane from Montreal, traveling to the territory to fish, hunt or simply enjoy nature is an important part of the culture. A culture that therefore depends on the ability to act.

Map Of Northern Canada

However, replacing a broken snowmobile or ATV is not easy because the community is only supplied by boat once a year and transportation is relatively expensive. Ms. Roussy experienced this recently: the snowmobile he bought used in the South also cost him $1,300 in the package for transportation, which required an additional $1,600 to extend.

That’s why it’s important to know how to fix your mount. For spare parts, no problem, here, the dump is a real gold mine for DIY enthusiasts determines the job offer.

Because yes, in addition to the qualities of a mechanic, the position to be filled requires a certain sense of creativity and creativity, in addition to managing four teenagers and ensuring their safety in the garage. In this topic, you don’t need to be a great mechanical theoretician: Young people here are adventurous and learn very quickly by observing the school director explained.

With five years of experience in the North, he noted that the best combination is those who show flexibility, have a kind of good attitude, openness to the world and a desire to learn.

It is important to understand that we come here as visitors.

Oh yes, even though the Nunavik region is located in Quebec, Inuktitut and English are mostly spoken there (remnants of the controversial settlement schools), so the candidate must be English speaking or bilingual. The job offer includes the hourly salary of an adult teacher, but also a plane ticket, accommodation (in a coop hotel or apartment) and an allowance for food. In fact, while many basic foods like milk are subsidized, pizza is not and can cost an arm and a leg.

A Cubic Building Facing The Water.

And of course, employment also involves a change of scenery. Ivujivik, whose name means where the ice accumulates, bordered on one side by mountains and on the other by the waters of Hudson Bay. In October, the date on which the position will be filled, the belugas will return. Also remember to bring a little wool, even if the extreme cold is not there yet (the average temperature is -3.1 °C in October).

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The recruitment problem is particularly acute in the Far North of Quebec and Ivujivik is no exception.

This summer, the Hudson’s Bay Northern Nurses Union noted that, at times, only half of the 35 nursing positions were filled in the villages of western Nunavik, forcing a reduction in services.

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