The RVDA of Alberta is a group of independent businesses that exists to promote the growth, development and awareness of the RV Industry and the RV lifestyle. We provide leadership, education, training and support to our membership and Industry partners to help them exceed consumer expectations.
The Association has the task of educating the Alberta youth of all the rewarding careers available in the RV Industry. We attend career and job fairs throughout the province with the goal of attracting new faces to our diverse careers and creating more awareness of our Industry. With over 140 members in all types of RV related businesses we offer something for everyone.
Do you have locations besides Calgary?
Yes, the Association serves all of Alberta and our members are located throughout the province.
How many employees does your organization employ?
With our members there are always a variety of careers available, we just need to make them available for everyone to access. Currently there are approximately 5000 people working in RV dealerships in Alberta. There has been and always will be a demand for skilled workers.
What type of positions do you offer?
There is a full range of employment opportunities in; Management, Sales, Parts, Service, Marketing and Administration. There is a lot of diversity. If you are looking for a static, routine job then it's probably not the right Industry for you.
What are some entry level career opportunities that your organization offers?
They vary depending on the employer, within an RV dealership there are a number of choices such as; Lot and Clean up Personnel, Unit Cleaner, Detailer, Accessory Installer, Tractor Operator, Parts Clerk, Rental Coordinator, Receptionist, Office Assistant and many more.
What is your hiring process?
The hiring process for each company within the Association will vary but most will post the available jobs on their website and on ours. Then it's a matter of getting the resumes in and matching the job to the right person. Often a phone interview is done first then a second in-person interview would be held. Then it is up to the employer to determine who would be the best fit to their organization.
How can one apply?
Whether you use the RV careers website or go directly to the employer's website, there will be instructions on how they want you to apply; by email, fax or even bringing your resume down to the business in person.
What do you look for in Employees? What type of education/training/equipment do you require?
Each Association member will have different criteria for their businesses. The job description on the website will have this outlined for each different career choice. Those that show enthusiasm, are punctual and are able to work alongside other employees are a definite asset to any employer.
If you are interested in becoming an RV Service Technician Apprentice, you will need to be enrolled in an apprenticeship program.
How old does someone have to be to work for your company?
Age is dependent on the business and position applied for. Some seasonal work could start at 16 but the average is 18 years old.
How much will employees get paid?
That would depend on the available position.
How would someone find out about opportunities at your company?
The best way to check out the various job opportunities is to either go to our website; www.rvda-alberta.org, select a member that interest you and link to their website or go directly to www.rvcareers.ca website and check out the job postings there. Make sure you select Alberta for you search as the RVDA is across Canada and the career website offers jobs for the entire country. The posted jobs offer an excellent description of the job being filled, the experience/education required for the position plus the contact name of the employer who will be doing the interviews. This is more beneficial than just sending your resume out to an anonymous recipient.
We support an excellent apprenticeship program at SAIT, the Recreation Vehicle Service Technician, which is a three year course. The student needs to spend 2 months per year in class and the other 10 months apprenticing at a dealership. Our dealer members are always looking for enthusiastic apprentices. Some dealerships are also able to offer employment through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) in high schools.