Become a Legislative Page
Application For Legislative Page
Each year a small group of young Vermonters is selected to work as Legislative pages in the Vermont State House. Pages deliver messages for the members of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the various Legislative offices. Serving as a page offers a unique opportunity to observe the workings of the legislature and to witness first-hand the often- historic events in Montpelier.
Many Vermont politicians, including members of the current Legislature, got their start working as pages. If you will be an eighth-grade student during the 2016-2017 school year, are interested in public affairs, and would like to serve as a Legislative page, you and your parents must submit a cover letter with a completed application form and other supporting information to the office of the Sergeant At Arms postmarked on or before September 30, 2016.
YOUR APPLICATION PACKET SHOULD INCLUDE:
1. A letter from you.
a. Tell me about yourself
b. What you like to do
c. What activities you are involved in
d. Why you would like to be a page
2. A letter from your principal. Your principal's letter should give permission for you to be out of school for a period of six weeks if you are selected. This letter MUST be included in your packet.
3. The attached application signed and dated by you and one of your parents.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to make sure the application packet is complete.
To be considered for the Page Program your completed application must be postmarked on or before September 30, 2016. All applicants who have completed their paperwork will be notified by Friday, November 4, 2016 whether or not they have been chosen to be a Legislative Page.
Between 125 and 150 applications are received each year, and only a small group is chosen from those applications, so no one should be disappointed if he or she is not selected.
Pages must be in the eighth grade the year that they serve. Only one child per family is allowed to serve; this gives more families a chance to participate in the program.
The pages are divided into three groups. The first two groups each serve for a period of six weeks and the third group will serve for the remainder of the session which may end earlier than six weeks. Successful applicants will be told in their acceptance letter which session they will serve as well as the date for the orientation which will be held at the State House. Applicants should be available to serve in any of the groups, however, some accomodations can be made in scheduling. If you will be unavailable for work for a given time frame, please bring this to our attention in your application and we will make every effort to accommodate this request. There will be NO switching sessions once Pages have been chosen. This is done to prevent having pages from the same area serving at the same time.
Page applicants and their parents should be aware that at various times sensitive issues may be debated on the House and Senate floor and in committees. These issues can include, but are not limited to, sexual behavior, abortion, and criminal actions. Many times the discussions can include written documents and/or photographs. Both you and your parents should be aware of these possibilities when applying to be a Page in the Vermont Legislature.
Pages must have the ability to communicate with both members of the General Assembly and the general public. Discipline is firm but fair. If pages fail to carry out their duties or conduct themselves with decorum befitting their position, they will be subject to dismissal.
Pages are furnished with green blazers. Boys must wear white shirts, grey dress pants, black dress shoes and ties. Girls must wear white blouses, grey skirts (knee length or longer) or dress pants and black dress shoes. Jewelry in good taste is allowed.
Pages are responsible for finding their own transportation to and from Montpelier, as well as finding housing in the area. Pages receive a salary of $130.00 per week, plus $95 per week for those staying in Montpelier or $60 per week for those commuting to Montpelier.
Pages begin their work day at 7:30 a.m. and work until 4:30 p.m. or later. Normally the workweek is Tuesday through Friday, but there are times when pages may have to work on Mondays and/or Saturdays.
These rules and regulations must be adhered to, to assure the smooth running of the program.
If you have any questions please feel free to call:
Janet Miller, Sergeant at Arms
David Hilton, Assistant to the the Sergeant at Arms
Please complete and return your application, your letter, and letter of permission from your Principal Postmarked on or before Friday, September 30, 2016.